Using Phuket to Explore the Surrounding Islands

Thailand is one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations. Its largest island, Phuket, has been a holiday destination for many years; it sits on the east coast in the Andaman Sea. The island’s countless sandy beaches and pure blue seas appeal to tourists seeking relaxation in a picture postcard setting. Phuket is also home to a significant boat trip industry with many types of craft, leaving the island daily to visit one of the many nearby islands. These range from famous movie locations to isolated and tranquil isles that are home to marine national parks perfect for diving. The majority of boat trip operators will collect you from your beachside hotel or private event venue; Phuket’s boat trips also offer various extra activities during the trip, such as snorkelling or sea kayaking, along with some food for lunch. This short article will look at some of the destinations that ferries and speedboats set off for and what they have to offer.

Famous Movie Locations

Sitting around forty kilometres south or around one hour by boat, the Phi Phi group of islands have fine sandy beaches and stunning limestone cliffs. Maya Bay was made famous by the 2000 film The Beach, it had been closed but has recently re-opened, and it’s the reason for many traveller’s visit; the island’s beauty is jaw-dropping. Another famous location not far from Phuket is James Bond Island, featured in the 1974 film The Man With The Golden Gun. The scenery is stunning, with limestone pillars called karsts rising out of the clear blue seas.

Stunning Scuba Experiences

A little further away from Phuket are the amazing Similan islands; they sit around eighty kilometres to the northwest and are different to other destinations; visitors find the low-lying islands covered with huge boulders and thick forests. The nearby marine national parks are protected areas that feature stunning coral reefs, making these islands one of the best dive sites in the world, hugely popular with scuba and snorkel divers of all levels.

A further choice for a day out is the spectacular destination of Phang Nga Bay, which is reached by boat trips from the island’s northern end. The trip itinerary will usually include visits to the Sea Caves, the floating village of Koh Panyee.

Phuket’s boat trip industry offers something for all; excursions in fast speedboats, sleek catamarans or more leisurely ferries are all available and are not only restricted to the destinations I’ve described. By spending a small part of your holiday seeing one of these amazing islands, you will make memories you will never forget.