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How to Spend 1 Day in Phuket

How to Spend 1 Day in Phuket

Thailand’s largest island is renowned for its white sand beaches, lively beach towns, and eclectic nightlife. Water sports, shopping, and the city’s famous shows are just a few of the ways to experience Phuket.  With just one day, it’s best to stick to focus on the highlights—here are some ideas.

Morning: Sunrise Sightseeing

Phuket’s large size and notorious traffic means that exploring with a guide is a good idea, especially when time is of the essence. Booking a private tour offers the greatest flexibility, while a bike tour is a scenic and practical way to explore the coast.

Make an early start and head down to Promthep Cape on the southern coast of Phuket, a spectacular viewpoint from which to watch the sunrise. Continue to the nearby Big Buddha and Wat Chalong, two of Phuket’s most photographed attractions—with a bit of luck you’ll arrive before the crowds and enjoy unobstructed views. 

Afternoon: Hit the Beach

Phuket’s most popular beaches—Kata, Karon, and Patong—lie along the west coast and offer plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports. Enjoy activities such as kayaking, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding; tuck into fresh seafood at a beachfront restaurant; or relax with a traditional Thai foot massage at one of the many area spas. 

At Patong Beach, be sure to visit Bangla Road, one of Phuket busiest streets, lined with cocktail bars, restaurants, shops, and market stalls. For more shopping, pay a visit to nearby Jungceylon shopping center, before strolling down to the seafront to watch the sunset. 

Night: Attend a Show

Bangla Road is the place to party until the early morning, but for a truly unforgettable night out, plan to attend one of Phuket’s shows. The Siam Niramit show tells the story of Thailand’s history, cultural heritage, and spiritual traditions through an 80-minute performance of music, dance, and theater. Alternatively, visit the Phuket FantaSea theme park for an evening show that includes traditional dance, acrobatics, pyrotechnics, and even elephants. For the best value, book a package that includes hotel pickup, round-trip transfers, and a pre-show dinner.

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Small Group Phuket Sightseeing and City Tour

Small Group Phuket Sightseeing and City Tour

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Get to know Phuket on a half-day small-group sightseeing tour. Your guide takes you along coastal roads that go through Patong, Karon, Kata, and Rawai, and makes a photo stop at Three Beaches lookout. Visit cultural attractions such as Wat Chalong, The Big Buddha, and Old Phuket Town; and check out a gem factory and cashew nut factory. Includes lunch, and hotel or port pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
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$45.00
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$45.00

The Real Phuket No-shopping Sightseeing Tour with Cocktail by Phuket Let's Go

The Real Phuket No-shopping Sightseeing Tour with Cocktail by Phuket Let's Go

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See cultural sights and natural attractions of Phuket on this small-group tour that provides an insider look at this popular Thai destination. Learn about the Sino-Portuguese heritage, visit important landmarks, and enjoy a provided rum cocktail to celebrate your experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.23
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$85.23

Private Customized Phuket Tour with Driver

Private Customized Phuket Tour with Driver

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Create the trip of a lifetime on this customized tour of Phuket. Choose your tour duration and set off through the city streets and check out key attractions, landmarks, and must-see sites. Navigate the city like a local and gain insight into local life. Relax in the comfort of your private vehicle and move at your own pace around Phuket.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.07
Price varies by group size
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$42.07
Price varies by group size
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Big Buddha Jungle Trekking with Lunch in Phuket

Big Buddha Jungle Trekking with Lunch in Phuket

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Challenge yourself to a trek through the Thai jungle on this Phuket eco-tour. Follow your guide through the wilderness on a challenging hike with plenty of good views, then head to the Phuket Big Buddha and Wat Chalong, Phuket's largest Buddhist temple. Complete your tour with a healthy lunch at a restaurant or organic farm, depending on the day.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.07
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$42.07

Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the best of paradise on a 4-hour coach tour of Phuket Island! Wind along Phuket’s southern shoreline, marveling at white sands, lush tropical flora and the unique vibe of Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai beaches. You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities from the seat of your comfortable coach or at each stop. Snap gorgeous shots from Karon Viewpoint and witness the sacred beauty of Wat Chalong temple.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.69
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$19.69
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Orientala Spa Package in Patong

Orientala Spa Package in Patong

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Unwind after a long day of sightseeing with a massage package at the Orientala Spa in Patong. Start with a traditional Thai massage then enjoy a foot reflexology during your vacation in Phuket.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.59
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$40.59
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Phuket Airport Arrival – Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel

Phuket Airport Arrival – Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel

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Enjoy professional, reliable and friendly service using this private arrival transfer from Phuket Airport to your local hotel. Meet your driver upon arrival and travel in air-conditioned comfort to your accommodations. Chauffeurs are carefully selected for their local knowledge and are sure to provide a hassle-free service for travelers to Phuket.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.48
Price varies by group size
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$28.48
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Naka Island & Sunset Cruise Aboard the June Bahtra, Phuket

Naka Island & Sunset Cruise Aboard the June Bahtra, Phuket

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Board the well-appointed ‘June Bahtra’ for a sunset dinner cruise on Phang Nga Bay. Your tour includes an intimate seafood dinner and round-trip hotel transport from Phuket. Watch the sun slip past the horizon and cast an array of colors over the emerald-green waters of the Andaman Sea while you cruise along a magnificent coastline punctuated by limestone karsts.
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  • 6 hours
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$114.85
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$114.85

2-Hour ATV Tour from Phuket

2-Hour ATV Tour from Phuket

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Explore 350 acres of challenging terrain on this two-hour ATV tour from Phuket. Navigate muddy waters, mangrove forests and rugged trails after an informative safety briefing from your expert guide. This thrilling adventure is perfect for adrenaline junkies and nature lovers.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.69
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$115.69
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Private Electric Bike Tour of Phuket

Private Electric Bike Tour of Phuket

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Tour Phuket’s Old Town by electric bike, which allows ample coverage of these historic quarters in a relatively short time. This guided, private 3-hour tour includes stops at an area fruit market and visits to several of Phuket’s cultural attractions, including the Thavorn Museum — a unique space filled with local artifacts and memorabilia — and the Thai Hua Museum, showcasing Phuket’s Chinese history. Both morning and afternoon tours are available.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$165.38
Price varies by group size
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$165.38
Price varies by group size
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