Things To Do In Phuket, Thailand, on a Budget
Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea. It has some of Thailand's most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. The island of Phuket has long been misunderstood. Firstly, the 'h' is silent. And secondly, Phuket doesn't feel like an island at all. It's so huge (49km long, the biggest in Thailand) that you rarely feel surrounded by water, which is probably why Ko (‘island') was dropped from its name. Branded the pearl of the Andaman, this is Thailand's original flavor of tailor-made fun in the sun. Ultimately, the island's affinity for luxury far outshines its other stereotypes. Jet-setters swing through in droves, getting pummeled during swanky spa sessions and sipping sundowners at fashion-forward nightspots or on rented yachts. And you don't have to be an heiress to tap into Phuket's style-packed to-do list. With deep-sea diving, high-end dining, luxury shopping, fabulous white beaches and some of Thailand's swankiest hotels at your fingertips, you might forget to leave. With so much to see and do, Phuket is a great place to experience, and there are several options for exciting activities and tours in or near the city.
After hotel pickup in Phuket in the early morning, your driver transfers you to the northeast area of Phuket for your bike tour. Start by getting outfitted with a bike and helmet, then receive a safety briefing from your guide. When ready, set out on a leisurely ride that covers about 12 miles (20 km), taking both paved and unpaved roads with a few hills. Stop at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center to learn about their work to rehabilitate captive gibbons and return them to the wild. Then pedal along country roads that wind past waterfalls and palm, pineapple, and rubber plantations, revealing a side of Phuket that remains unchanged, in contrast to the bustling tourism hubs on the island. The last section of the ride skirts the shores of Phang Nga Bay. At the end of the ride, your minivan driver meets you for the return transfer to your Phuket hotel.
Approximate Price: $63.96
Don't miss this iconic experience while in Thailand: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island. The iconic island, made famous in the Man with the Golden Gun
, can be visited by boat. On this tour, you'll also get to experience the hidden caves and beautiful rock formations from a canoe/kayak with your guides. You'll also get lunch and refreshing drinks. There will be time to swim, too! This part of Thailand is not to be missed.
Approximate Price: $59.64
Your aerial adventures begin with pickup at your Phuket hotel in the morning or afternoon, depending on the time slot that you select when booking. Drive out to the adventure park, situated in a lush forest on Phuket. Meet your guide and receive a safety briefing and orientation, then put on the provided safety gear - including harness, double lanyard, two carabiners, a sling and pulley. Follow your guide to the beginning of the course. Climb up to the initial platform, then embark on your canopy adventure, crossing between platforms on a series of suspended walkways, nets, bridges and barrels. Designed for all ages to experience fun challenges, the course provides a playground for adults and children alike. Test your balance, strength and agility along the physically challenging course. Walk, swing, climb and balance from tree to tree for a bird's-eye view of nature. Your stamina is rewarded at the end of your outdoor workout with the grand finale: thrilling ziplines that take you back down to earth. Rest assured that a safety net supports your every move, and guides are on hand to offer assistance throughout the park. After approximately 3 hours, you're taken back to your hotel in Phuket.
Approximate Price: $37.28
Spend a balmy evening soaking up a tropical sunset over Phang Nga Bay, starting with hotel pickup in Phuket. Once you're transferred to the marina, board the beautiful boat for your cruise. As the catamaran glides past the moored yachts and sets sail for Coral Island, take a seat and relax to atmospheric. Savor a Thai dinner and enjoy the view! Focus your camera lens on the last rays of sun casting their colors over the blue waters strewn with hidden lagoons. End your memorable evening with a return to the marina for ground transport back to your hotel.
Approximate Price: $46.59
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