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About Phuket

Thailand's Phuket is one of its most popular resorts and a wonderful place to enjoy a 'chill out' day. Embark on one of our Phuket cruises and experience the lush scenery this destination has to offer, its colourful markets and soft white beaches.

Bustling Patong Beach has the best range of shops, market stalls and places to eat but Kalim Beach, north of Patong, is removed from the main hustle but still close enough to be lively. While enjoying your Phuket cruise you can try parasailing or jet skiing, or simply relax with an exquisite beach massage.

Snorkellers will be in heaven at unspoiled Karon Beach, and you can encounter land-based wildlife at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project near Bang Pae Waterfalls, or at Phuket's elephant sanctuary, where you can ride one of these magnificent creatures along a woodland trail and reward it with a lunch of bananas.

 

Shore excursions in Phuket

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Authentic Phuket

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover some of the hidden gems of the island and experience the authentic side of Phuket on this fascinating tour.

Visit one of the most famous Chinese temples in Phuket, the Jui Tui Chinese Shrine. Dedicated to the vegetarian god, Kui Wong, the shrine attracts many believers and worshippers during the annual Vegetarian Festival. Marvel at the building’s beautiful architectural style.

Enjoy a walk through the vibrant and colourful local market and watch the hustle and bustle of the locals, as they shop for their cooking ingredients.

Baan Chin Pracha dates back to 1904 and is one of the oldest and most beautiful Chinese mansions remaining on the island. The furniture was imported from China, the marble floor from Italy and the lights from England. The owners are the descendents of some of the first settlers from China. During your visit, refreshments of tea or coffee will be served.

A brief stop will be included for shopping, where you will have the opportunity to buy some souvenir items, handicrafts, Thai silk, porcelain, and semi-precious stones.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved on this tour, including some steps and uneven surfaces at the mansion. Passengers are requested to remove their shoes before entering the shrine and the Baan Chin Pracha Mansion.

Beach Resort Retreat

Activity lowMeal includedShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Escape to a leading hotel resort for relaxation by the pool, followed by lunch.

Sit back and relax as a journey of around 30-40 minutes takes you to the Centara Grand Beach Resort Hotel. Idyllically situated on the sands of Karon Beach, this hotel is the perfect location for a day of relaxation.

Upon arrival you’ll have approximately 4-4½ hours to spend at your leisure. During your stay, relax on the warm sands or perhaps enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel pool. A delicious Thai buffet lunch will be served from noon-2pm, for you to enjoy.

During your return journey to the ship, a brief shopping stop will be made for the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is non-guided; however an English speaking escort will travel with you on the coach. Although the beach is available for passengers to use during their visit, please note that the tide may be low during the afternoon. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Due to the popularity of the resort, beach chairs and umbrellas cannot be guaranteed for everyone. Please carry local currency if you wish to make purchases during the shopping stop. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Highlights and Thai Show

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Enjoy a wonderful overview of Phuket, including a visit to the Chalong Temple and a colourful Thai show.

Visit one of the most enchanting spots on the island, Promthep Cape. From here you can capture wonderful views of the surrounding landscapes and islets.

Wat Chalong is the largest, most important and ornate of the 29 temples in Phuket. The architecture is typical of ‘wats’ throughout Thailand. This particular monastery is associated with 3 revered monks who were famous for their work in herbal medicines.

At the Phuket Thai Village and Orchid Garden you’ll be treated to a delightful Thai performance lasting approximately 1 hour. The show features many colourful costumes and folkloric dances and offers a glimpse of traditional life and culture of the southern Thai people.

Round off your day with a shopping stop at a reputable local store, where you’ll find a selection of high quality jewellery and precious stones, as well as souvenirs and handicrafts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are advised that shoulders and legs should be covered and shoes must be removed before entering the temple. Wat Chalong consists of several temples and shrines situated in a small area. The ground is mainly paved; however there are several steps up to the entrance of each building. There is approximately 1½ hours total walking during this tour including 25 steps at Promthep Cape.

James Bond Island Cruise

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9 hours

Discover Phang-Nga Bay, the location of ‘James Bond Island’ made famous in the film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

A scenic journey across the island takes you through lush forests before reaching Phang-Nga Bay, where you’ll board a local motorised boat for a cruise along the breathtaking waterways.

Towering limestone stacks rise like pinnacles out of the calm emerald-green waters. Have your camera at the ready as you pass a spectacular high cliff that appears to be split in 2, the halves supported by leaning against each other. This sight of rare and exquisite beauty, is Khao Ping Gun, ‘James Bond Island’. Your boat will circumnavigate the island, to allow you to capture the stunning scenery.

From here, you’ll sail on to Koh Panyi, home to a 150 year-old Thai Muslim fishing village, built on stilts in the sea and connected by wooden bridges. During a leisurely walk through the village you’ll discover how the local people live and you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs at the local stalls before re-boarding your boat.

A delicious Thai buffet lunch will be served at a hotel in Phang-Nga Bay prior to your 2 hour drive back to Patong.

Round off your day with a shopping stop at a reputable local store, where you’ll find a selection of high quality jewellery and precious stones, as well as souvenirs and handicrafts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. The coach journey from the pier to Phang-Nga is approximately 2 hours each way. There are some inclines and uneven ground at Panyi Island. Participants must be able to board the boat by stepping over the side, onto a bench and down into the boat. This tour does not include a stop on James Bond Island; it is a cruise around the island only. There are no opportunities for swimming on this tour.

Phuket On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

The ideal choice for those who would like time to explore on their own.

Phuket Town is best explored on foot and, upon arrival you are free to do as you please. The town offers many tourist facilities, including some great shopping opportunities. There are also elaborate Thai temples, public markets, Chinese shrines and shop houses in the downtown Phuket area.

This bustling town is the provincial capital of Phuket. Centuries ago, Chinese merchants settled here, and then contact with Portuguese traders led to the development of a particular style of architecture known as Sino Portuguese, which is still visible in the town today.

You’ll be dropped off close to the Robinson Department Store, located right in the heart of Phuket Town. This store offers numerous kinds of merchandise. Within the same complex, there are local food shops and, nearby, various local shops selling clothes, CD’s and leather goods.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Robinson Department Store is open daily from 11am; most other shops in the area are open from 10am. This transfer is exclusive of any entrance fees and you are advised to carry US dollars or Thai Baht with you. The tour fare includes a return, guided transfer from Patong Beach to Phuket Town, approximately 45 minutes drive away.

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