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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Canoe Cave Explorer Phang Nga Bay Tour from Phuket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 65 Reviews

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $112.34

Phuket to Phi Phi Islands by Speedboat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $84.27

Phuket Fantasea Show and Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 122 Reviews

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $67.40

Similan Islands Speedboat and Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes

From USD $112.48
From USD $83.02

White-Water Rafting and ATV Adventure from Phuket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $106.40

Sunset Dinner Cruise: Phang Nga Bay by Chinese Junk Boat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $76.00

Khao Sok Full Day Jungle Safari from Phuket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 11 hours

From USD $86.86

Simon Cabaret Show in Phuket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $22.98

Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 216 Reviews

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $8.69

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