Spice up your holiday with day trips from Phuket to three of its spectacular neighbours — Phi Phi Island, Phang Nga Bay and Khao Sok National Park.
Beautiful beaches and incredible tropical landscapes are just some of the attractions that bring millions of people to Phuket island every year, but chief among all of Phuket’s attractions is the spectacular island scenery that surrounds its coastline. Exploring these can keep you pleasantly busy for weeks! Here are three must-not-miss destinations for your next Phuket adventure.
Thanks to a combination of Hollywood exposure and stunning scenery, the Phi Phi islands are arguably more famous than Phuket itself. Often used as film locations and visited by many high-profile celebrities, it’s no surprise that it has achieved superstar status as a tourist hotspot.
Relax on the tranquil beaches of Bamboo Island or Loh Dalum Bay, enjoy sublime sunsets and explore caves and mountains as you travel inshore. Conditions are also perfect for those with a diving certificate — the area’s rich marine ecosystem needs to be seen up close and personal to be truly appreciated! Dive enthusiasts should not miss the King Cruiser wreck , arguably one of the best dive sites around.
While you may not be able to see everything Phi Phi island has to offer in one day, you will definitely not be disappointed by a visit, and it may even become the highlight of your whole vacation. And hey, the number of activities on offer might be just the excuse you need to extend your trip...
Another place that you have probably seen numerous times in pictures or even movies is Phang Nga Bay, and there’s a good reason why it’s so popular among visitors.
The incredible rock towers in the water make it one of the most surreal places in the world, but there is so much more to explore when visiting.
If you take a speedboat tour, you will also be able to visit the bay’s limestone caves, Lawa Island, Panak Island and James Bond Island.
About a four-hour drive from Phuket, Khao Sok National Park is the perfect place to seek respite if you need to recover from island-hopping fatigue.
It’s a great choice for a good old-fashioned hike; you can trek through lush rainforests, kayak through the winding rivers of Khao Sok and explore majestic, sometimes bat-ridden caves. Take the opportunity to experience an encounter with Asian elephants — an ethical and educational yet still fun way of getting close to Asia’s largest land animals.
At the very heart of the park, you'll find the stunning Cheow Lan Lake and its famous floating raft houses. Sail on its calm waters in a longtail boat and enjoy the majestic scenery.
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