Phuket is a wonderful tourist destination in Thailand with its most ravishing scenery that is perfect for the multi-island boat tours. Phuket boat tours are possible on a traditional long-tail boat or speedboat to give the opportunity to explore the clear waters, stunning islands and many other local attractions. Here are a few of the most exciting day trips from Phuket:
Phi Phi Islands
One of the most enjoyable day trips is certain to include a stop at the Phi Phi Islands. This island is only a 50-60 minute journey from Phuket and has the stunning scenery of jade-green sea mixed with the limestone karst formations. Even though the Phi Phi Islands has the picture-perfect scenery, it isn’t the best destination for those in search of seclusion because it is extremely popular with day trippers. A couple of the great sights include Koh Phi Phi Don and Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley. Also, the crystal-clear waters make a visit to these islands a great choice for the snorkeling enthusiasts.
Cheow Larn Lake
Khao Sok National Park is nearly 150 km from Phuket and has rich, lush-green rain forests, towering limestone peaks, waterfalls and deep blue lakes. This nature park is appreciated for not only its natural beauty, but also the ability to get involved in many different activities, such as jungle trekking, exploring bat-filled caves and kayaking down the Sok River. Also, a great part of the park to visit is the artificial Cheow Lan Lake with its luxury tented camps and floating raft houses. This region of Thailand can get quite wet in the rainy season, so it is more practical to travel between December and April for the more comfortable and dry weather.
Coral Island is a popular day trip destination that is only 6 km from mainland Phuket and favored by beach lovers and snorkelers for the soft white sands and coral. Snorkeling gives the chance to see a variety of tropical fish, such as trumpet fish, butterfly fish and parrotfish. The island has two major beaches with Long Beach the easiest to reach, while Banana Beach is a further option, but does require a 15 minute trek through the jungle to reach. Popular activities include relaxing and massages on the beach, banana boat rides, kayaking and parasailing.
The white sands and clear waters of the Racha Islands attract plenty of day trippers. Racha Islands is about 12 km from Phuket and easily reached by boat in 45-60 minutes. At Siam is the quietest island, while Racha Yai (Big Racha) is the one that gets the most attention and popular for its swimming and snorkeling activities.