3 Days in Phuket: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2015

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Dubbed the "Pearl of the South," Thailand's largest and most visited island is one of the world's most famous dream destinations. A whirl of color and cosmopolitanism, Phuket revolves around and thrives on tourism, yet it retains a spark of the real Thailand.

Day 1: Exploring the Island

Even before you arrive on this stunning tropical island, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Best advice is to see the downtown scene for what it is, get a few trinkets or souvenirs and head out to the real Phuket. The best way to do this is by a morning introduction tour, where an English-speaking guide will tell you all you need to know about your new surroundings. In the evening, be dazzled by the Las Vegas-style Simon Cabaret Show, or combine dinner and a Thai cultural show at FantaSea, where you’ll stare in wonder at the whirling, swirling, vivid display of Thailand's exotic heritage. Oh, and dancing elephants. You’ll love the dancing elephants.

Day 2: Get Active

After your introductory day out and about on the island, it’s time to get out there and get active! Admire Phuket's pristine landscape by way of the world's largest land mammal, the elephant. Elephant tours are a fun and distinctive way to see the jungle scenery, while the Phuket Safari Tour offers you a comprehensive look into regional landscapes and customs such as monkey-training, tree tapping, and Thai cooking lessons. Of course, a vacation in Phuket also means dipping your toe in that gorgeous blue water. Take the plunge on a trekking and rafting adventure, combining whitewater rafting and an elephant trek. Go for a rainforest canoe ride down the Sok River in the island's interior, or explore the mysterious tidal caves of Phang Nga Bay by canoe.

Day 3: The Surrounding Waters

If yesterday's activities weren't enough of a water fill for you, you're in luck. Phuket is surrounded by exquisite groups of islands, all an easy day trip from Phuket. Ride a speedboat to Krabi, famous for its snorkeler's wonderland of limestone caves and white-sand beaches. Some say Koh Phi Phi is the region's most beautiful island group, so put it to the test on a speedboat tour from Phuket. If you'd rather sail more leisurely, ride a ferry to Phi Phi, with free time to swim, snorkel and soak up the sunshine.

Tours & Tickets

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Phuket to Phi Phi Islands by Speedboat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

This tour offers a full day out to visit Koh Phi Phi, which many regard as the two most beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea.

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.93

Best Phuket Fantasea Show and Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

Spend an evening at Phuket Fantasea, a theme park and entertainment complex the whole family can enjoy. Buffet dinner is included as you sit back and ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.94

Best Canoe Cave Explorer Phang Nga Bay Tour from Phuket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

Canoe through the idyllic scenery of Phang Nga Bay on this day trip from Phuket. This national marine park is dotted with dozens of islands, limestone cliffs ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.04

Best Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 209 Reviews

Familiarize yourself with the island of Phuket on a half day guided coach tour. Take in the islands natural beauty as you drive along the beach roads through ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $8.43

Sunset Dinner Cruise: Phang Nga Bay by Chinese Junk Boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Capture a postcard-perfect sunset during a Phang Nga Bay dinner cruise aboard a traditional junk from Phuket. Embrace the balmy evening air as you soak up ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.77

Khao Sok Full Day Jungle Safari from Phuket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Enjoy a jungle safari day out, as you explore the Khao Sok National Park. Ride on top of an elephant, explore the waterways by canoe and be impressed by the ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.31

White-Water Rafting and ATV Adventure from Phuket

Want to up the ante on your Phuket trip? Combine off-roading and white-water rafting on a full-day guided adventure from Phuket. Go for a wild ride in the rain ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.28

Simon Cabaret Show in Phuket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Experience the ultimate extravaganza at the Phuket Simon Cabaret Show. An entertaining night not to be missed! Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $22.31

Splash Jungle Water Park Admission with Optional Transfer

Cool off in the tropical heat of Phuket at Splash Jungle Water Park — perfect for children and fun for the entire family. With tons of pools and water slides ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: Up to 8 hours

From USD $41.31

Jungle Xtrem Adventures Park Ropes Course from Phuket

Calling all adrenaline junkies! This thrilling outdoor adventure from Phuket is a must-do activity for children and adults who wish to test their stamina at ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $73.77

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