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Phuket City

Come for the island's beaches and jungle, stay for the capital's colorful Old Town and flourishing food scene.

Our most recommended things to do in Phuket City

Phuket Airport: VIP Immigration Fast-Track Service & Lounge

1. Phuket Airport: VIP Immigration Fast-Track Service & Lounge

Enjoy a VIP arrival or departure experience with this fast-track ticket! With the arrivals option, your personal concierge will be waiting for you and your guests with welcoming signage as you exit the plane at Phuket International Airport. From here, you can relax and enjoy all of the amenities of true VIP treatment as you are whisked away to a dedicated fast-track Immigration line for fast entry. As you head downstairs, a dedicated baggage porter will already be arranging the collection of your checked bags. Your concierge will fast-track you through Customs and escort you and your guests to your airport transportation into the city. Your expertly-trained concierge hosts are there to ensure your trip is memorable, so feel free to ask for anything to make your vacation that much more exceptional! With the departure option, complete your check-in at the airline counter then go to the Coral Counter near check-in counter Thai Airways Roll H. After meeting the friendly staff, your personal concierge will escort you to the fast-track immigration line and the VIP airport lounge then assist you with getting settled. Enjoy the many amenities of the departure lounge while you wait for your flight, including television, food and refreshments, Wi-Fi, and even a neck and shoulder massage.

Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

2. Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

Take in the highlights of Phang Nga Bay on this action-packed full-day cruise from Phuket, with hotel transfers included. Paddle around Hong islands on a kayak, marvel at the natural wonders of James Bond Island, take a swim at Yai Island, and tuck into a delicious lunch onboard. After a hotel pickup, set off for the pier at Ao Por Pier. Begin your Phang Nga Bay luxury cruise in style and comfort with a buffet lunch served on board. Admire the spectacular limestone scenery along the coast as you savor a wide array of international cuisine ranging from sushi to local dishes. Next, explore the sea caves by kayaking to Hong Island, where you can discover many lost worlds inside the caves. Admire the limestone walls covered in greenery and the open-sky cavern ceilings. After kayaking, spend some time relaxing, swimming, or lounging on a water hammock at Yai Island.  Then, arrive at Phing Kan Island, the centerpiece of Phang Nga National Park, to admire its amazing leaning vertical rocks. This island is also known as James Bond Island - and you may recognize it from the movie, 'The Man with the Golden Gun'.  Cruise back towards the marina as you enjoy a buffet dinner during a stunning panoramic sunset. Get amazing views of the evening sun setting over the water from the cruise ship - a truly unmissable experience. Arrive back a the Yacht Haven Marina and be transferred back to your hotel.

From Phuket: Maya Bay, Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands with Lunch

3. From Phuket: Maya Bay, Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands with Lunch

Discover the natural wonders on the Phi Phi Islands on this boat tour from Phuket. Snorkel through colorful marine life at Bamboo Island and Maya Bay. Enjoy the stunning limestone formations at the Viking Cave and the turquoise waters of the Pileh Lagoon.  Following pickup in a minivan, head to the marina. There, listen to your guide as they give you a brief introduction to your day. Take in the scenery in style as you whizz to Bamboo Island on a speedboat. Stop to swim in the clear blue waters, snorkel to discover the amazing underwater world or take a walk on the white beach. Visit Yong Kasem, also known as Monkey Beach. There, continue your snorkeling experience, exploring the stunning coral reefs. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Phi Phi Island to discover the unique Viking Cave. Admire the breathtaking turquoise waters of Pileh Lagoon and swim in the amazing natural pool surrounded by cliff formations. Stop at Maya Bay, famous for the movie The Beach, and enjoy the local white sand beach. At 5:30 PM, return to the marine for a transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

Phuket: Simon Cabaret Show Admission Ticket

4. Phuket: Simon Cabaret Show Admission Ticket

Get set for a glamorous night at the vibrant Simon Cabaret Show. Spend 1 hour and 15 minutes watching a wide variety of acts played out by men dressed as beautiful women. Sit back and marvel at the elaborate backdrops with performers dressed in flamboyant, glittering costumes. Enjoy performances featuring tribal themes with dancers in ornate, feathered headdresses before a quick stage change transports you to a completely different scene. Travel through history as performers in colorful Korean costumes do elegant fan dances before transitioning to modern, Thai-style performances featuring powerful vocals.

Phuket: One-way Speedboat Transfer to/from Phi Phi Don

5. Phuket: One-way Speedboat Transfer to/from Phi Phi Don

Enjoy a fast, convenient, and safe 1-way speedboat ride from Phuket to Phi Phi Islands Tonsai Pier or Laemtong Beach, or vice versa. Reach your destination quicker than any other mode of transportation. Choose from a transfer from Phuket Rassada Pier to Tonsai Pier or Laemtong Beach. You can also book a transfer from Phi Phi to Phuket. Take in the scenery of the bay between Phuket, Phang Nga, and Krabi while crossing over the Andaman Ocean. Benefit from shared hotel pickup and drop-off from/to Patong, Kata, Karon, Rawai, Naiharn Beach, Phuket Town, and Chalong. If you are staying outside the mentioned areas please select the meeting point options.

Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

6. Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

Are you ready to explore why Phuket is often considered one of Thailand's top foodie hotspots? Greet your guide in the cool of the morning at 10:00am outside the city's famous central market and begin your walking tour weaving your way through the streets passing a glorious Chinese temple en route to try a Phuketian classic snack of spiced rice cooked in banana leaves. Back down at the market, your guide will take you to a hidden little teashop which serves the local Burmese working community. Here, you'll try Burmese curries, crispy samosas and other delights accompanied by naans freshly cooked in their wood-fired oven and washed down with sweet tea. Just down the road is a fine outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable market where your guide will explain the ingredients that go into Thai cuisine and sample exotic fruits, juices, and other tasty morsels like deep-fried coconut balls and prawns cooked in banana leaves. Continue on your culinary adventure by working your way over a bowl of rich Hokkien noodles with a pair of chopsticks (don't worry, cutlery's available too) from a little restaurant that's been serving up the good stuff for decades. Don't worry, it's not over yet. Your guide will take you to a local indoor market famed for its fresh spring rolls filled with cured pork and topped with sweet sauce and pickles and coconut pork skewers served with rich peanut satay and zingy ajat cucumber relish. It's unthinkable not to visit Phuket Old Town without delving into the sweets. Your guide will take you for a particularly special Phuket-style crepe cooked over fiery coals, a refreshing and vivid iced dessert and finishing on sweet milky tea and flaky rotis at a joint that's been knocking them out for years. Return back to the central market where the tour ends. You'll return back to your hotel with a deeper understanding of Phuketian cuisine. Be warned, the food on the rest of your vacation will now solely disappoint.

Phuket: One-Way Ferry Transfer to/from Koh Phi Phi

7. Phuket: One-Way Ferry Transfer to/from Koh Phi Phi

Take the worry out of your transfer between Koh Phi Phi and Phuket with an open ticket for any time slot available with a ferry that takes you across the Andaman Sea.  If you are in Phuket, you can access the meeting point at Rassada Habour 30 minutes before the departure or select the option to be picked up from Patong, Kata, Karon, or the Phuket City area. Sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy the views of Thailand's beautiful seaside. After the boat journey, get ready to begin your perfect holiday on the beautiful island. One-way ticket or roundtrip ticket are available for purschase and are open ticket for any time slot.

Phuket: Old Town, Chalong Temple, and Great Buddha Van Tour

8. Phuket: Old Town, Chalong Temple, and Great Buddha Van Tour

Discover the beauty of Phuket on a full-day group tour by van. Capture pictures at the Karon, Nak-Kerd Sea, and Rang Hill viewpoints. See the Big Buddha statue and Phuket Old Town. Learn about local food production at a cashew factory. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Phuket. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to Karon viewpoint. Stop to gaze out over the Andaman Sea. Continue to the Nak-Kerd Sea viewpoint to take in the breathtaking views of the coastline. Head to the iconic Big Buddha statue to take photographs of the largest sitting Buddha statue on the island. Travel to Chalong Temple and discover Buddhist traditions and architecture in one of the most celebrated temples in Phuket. See one of Phuket's major exports at a local cashew nut factory. Find out how cashews are manufactured. Drive to Phuket Old Town and have some free time to wander through the unique architecture of the colorful Sino-Portuguese buildings. Make your way to the Rang Hill viewpoint to catch stunning panoramic views of the south of Phuket. Relax and purchase a drink before returning to your accommodation in Phuket.

From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

9. From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

First, you will get picked up from your hotel. Start this full-day tour visiting the famous Monkey Cave of Wat Suwan Kuha. Discover the many interconnected caves in the mountain and admire the gold reclining Buddha image at the temple. Explore the magical mangrove forest of Ao Phang Nga National Park by long-tail boat. Stop at a fishing village on Pan Yee Island to enjoy a tasty lunch before seeing James Bond Island, where the blockbuster movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed. Continue to Khao Phing Kan to see the stunning limestone karst formations. Experience the area’s beauty by sea canoe, paddling around Talu Island before returning to the pier. Your expert guide will paddle the canoe for you, as the waters in this area can be difficult for paddling. 

Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

10. Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

Take part in a half–day cooking class in a local kitchen, after you explore the local market to select your ingredients. Choose from 2 half–day classes: a the morning class starting at 9:30 AM or an afternoon class starting at 2:30 PM. For a more flexible menu, choose the Special Sunday class. See below for a sample of your menu: Monday: in the morning class, enjoy tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. In the afternoon class, prepare chicken satay, tom kha kai, phad see-ew, and mango sticky rice. Tuesday: the morning class will prepare fish cake, papaya salad, panang curry, and deep fried banana. In the afternoon, prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and deep fried banana. Wednesday: in the morning, cook tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and banana in coconut milk. In the afternoon, cook fried chicken cashew nut, tom kha kai, fried basil leaves,  and banana in coconut milk. Thursday: the morning menu includes spring rolls, paneang curry, tom kha kai, and mango sticky rice. The afternoon class will prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. Friday: join the morning class to prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and deep fried banana. Choose an afternoon class for fried chicken in oyster sauce, spring roll, tom kha kai, and deep fried banana. Saturday: In the morning class, cook massaman curry, spring rolls, tom yam kung, and banana in coconut milk. In the afternoon, prepare red curry, larb, tom kah kai, and banana in coconut milk. Special Sundays: Choose 3 Thai main course dishes and a Thai dessert. 

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What people are saying about Phuket City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,938 reviews

100% recommended. If you go to Pukhet it is almost mandatory to take this excursion (I recommend staying a couple of days in PhiPhi). It is worth hiring the photographer 1,500 Baths (about €40) very professional photographer, more if you go as a couple. The very nice guide and the fast boat is worth it. Everything went perfect since we had good weather

This trip with Maria was extremely enjoyable, informative and well planned. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide who not only was knowledgeable but catered the outing for our interests. Although the weather prevented us for doing some of the activities, we still believe the trip was money well spent! The yoga instructor was excellent!!

We had a fantastic day wandering the streets of Old Phuket Town with Nam and Lucky as our guides. Their warmth and sense of humour made for a day filled with much laughter. We got to experience the amazing flavors of the diverse regional dishes of Phuket.

Tour operator was so good all the activities was proper line up food was excellent and staff amazing so humble and cooperative. Definitely try next also

Great to do and boat did a tourist route along maya bay