Phuket affords its guests a vast amount of holiday options, none more exciting than a Southern Thai island hopping experience. With numerous outlying islands that provide you with secluded bays and idyllic paradise retreats, there are no more beautiful places to visit in South East Asia than the islands surrounding Phuket. Please enjoy our example of the islands you can visit on a single day tour route, ideally with a speedboat, which will make the journey not only speedier but also more interesting.
9 am – Departing from Boat Lagoon or Royal Phuket Marina
Start off your day by departing on your boat of choice from Boat Lagoon Marina or Royal Phuket Marina. From here, you can start out your journey towards the beautiful and famous Phi Phi Island.
10 am – Monkey Island
En-route to Phi Phi, your first stop of the day will be at Monkey Island. Although you can visit this southern Thai island, many of the tour operators will make a flying stop to the island, allowing you the opportunity to take some breathtaking photographs, which you will fondly remember when your holiday is over. As the name might suggest, here you will find peaceful and uncluttered beaches, where the monkeys will come down from the trees and pay you a visit.
10:45 am – Arrival at Phi Phi Leh
Phi Phi Leh is famously the location of Maya Bay, which is the place where the hit movie ‘The Beach’ was partially filmed. Those who have seen the movie will already know the untold beauty you can expect on arrival. Take advantage of the excellent swimming and snorkeling conditions, where you can view a plethora of tropical fish in the clear blue waters. Explore Lho Samah Bay and Pi Leh Cove, whose beauty has to be seen to be believed. The much-revered ‘Viking Cave’ will also be on your itinerary, so keep that camera ready at all times.
1:30 pm – Snorkeling at Hin Klang
Hin Klang is an underwater reef on the way to Bamboo Island. Strap on your snorkeling gear and explore the deep blue abyss. The reef is also sometimes referred to as a coral mountain situated to the north of Phi Phi. Being 90 meters long and 60 meters wide, you sometimes don’t realize you have reached it until it is upon you. This is one o
2:30 pm – Bamboo Island
5km north of Phi Phi Island, you will find the aptly named Bamboo Island. The waters in and around the island are extremely shallow, and even though many boats take the island in during their routes, the island is still relatively peaceful. The island is only 500 meters across, but the beaches are simply breathtaking. This is yet one of the other best snorkeling destinations in the whole of Thailand.
4 pm – Khai Island
On your way back from the Phi Phi Island region, you will encounter Khai Island, where you will find the islands of Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nai. The islands are known for their beautiful rock formations, beaches, corals and emerald green waters. If you are fortunate enough, you might sneak a glimpse of the dolphins that sometimes inhabit the surrounding waters. This is a great way to finish off your southern Thai island day trip. From Khai Island, Phuket is only a 30-minute journey.