Day Trips from Phuket
Phuket sits amid some of the world’s most ravishing scenery. Lush limestone peaks jut from the emerald Andaman Sea and punctuate the dense jungles on land, providing superb options for day trips. The most popular excursions are multi-island boat tours, where you can skim the clear waters through towering rock formations on a speedboat or traditional longtail boat and explore nearby archipelagos.
Phi Phi Islands
Hands down the most popular day trip from Phuket are the Phi Phi Islands. About 45-60 minutes away by speedboat from the Royal Phuket Marina, these six dazzling islands are famous for their dramatic limestone karst formations, cloaked in lush foliage, which jut from the jade-green sea. But all this beauty comes at a price. Throngs of day trippers descend on these shores every day, so if you’re seeking seclusion, you won’t find it here. What you will find are some famous sights such as of Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley, the location of the famous film The Beach and Koh Phi Phi Don, the archipelago’s only inhabited island. Packed with resorts, this island is famous for the crab-eating macaques at Monkey Beach and the white sands of Laem Thong. Snorkeling is excellent in the crystal clear waters around the islands.
Khao Sok National Park
About 150 kilometers from Phuket, Khao Sok National Park is a visual symphony of lush greens, deep blue lakes, waterfalls, and towering limestone peaks, all set in 738 square kilometers of one of the planet’s oldest rainforests. Favorite activities here are canoeing and kayaking down the Sok River, elephant experiences, exploring bat-filled caves, and jungle trekking. Deep in the national park, man-made Cheow Lan Lake is a top attraction, with its floating raft houses and luxury tented camps. The park is home to diverse flora and fauna.
Called Koh Hae by the locals, Coral Island lies about six kilometers southeast of Phuket and is a popular day trip destination for snorkelers and beach lovers, although the coral here has seen better days. The island is home to two lovely, but typically crowded stretches of soft, white sand: Long Beach, where many of the tour boats land, and Banana Beach, a rugged fifteen-minute walk through the jungle from the eastern end of Long Beach.
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