BY Sydney, The Bear Traveler

A Hopping Day Trip Itinerary to the Islands of Phuket

Hi, I am Sydney πŸ’•, recently I was on a day trip to the Southern Islands of Phuket and felt the urge to share my travel experience with you and recommend some places to visit that you can visit in a single day.

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. 

So please enjoy my recommendations 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. 

 

The Bear Travel  Fun Fact!

As Phuket has an archipelago of small Islands it's an adventure of its own to visit each and everyone by speed boat. Visitors can go scuba diving, snorkeling and indulge in watersports, or have calm walks on soft sandy beaches.

 

9 am – Departing from Boat Lagoon or Royal Phuket Marina

I started off my day in the morning πŸ’• by departing on a boat of my 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. 

 

The Bear Travel  Trivia!

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand with 32 smaller Islands and many beach resorts.

 

10 am – Monkey Island

En-route to Phi Phi, my first stop of the day was 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. After taking lots of photos πŸ’• and a quick stop it was time to leave for Phi Phi Island. 

 

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. I took advantage of the excellent swimming and snorkeling conditions and came across a plethora of tropical fish in the clear blue waters πŸ’•. Explore Lho Samah Bay and Pi Leh Cove, whose beauty has to be seen to be believed. The much-revered ‘Viking Cave’ must also be on your itinerary, so keep that camera ready at all times. 

 

The Bear Travel  Did You Know?

In the 2006 Tsunami, almost all of the beaches in Phuket were affected. As a result, Thailand launched many early warning buoys in the Indian Ocean as part of a regional warning system.

 

1:30 pm – Snorkeling at Hin Klang

My next stop was Hin Klang, an underwater reef on the way to Bamboo Island. Once again I strapped on my snorkeling gear and explored 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. 

 

2:30 pm – Bamboo Island

5km north of Phi Phi Island, I reached the aptly named Bamboo Island at around 2:30 pm. 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 but this time I preferred walking along the beach and exploring the Island πŸ’•.

 

4 pm - Khai Island

On my way back from the Phi Phi Island region, I came across Khai Island, where I witnessed 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. It was time to call it a day and head back. From Khai Island, Phuket is only a 30-minute journey by boat.

 

I was fortunate enough, as I got a glimpse of the dolphins that sometimes inhabit the surrounding waters πŸ’•on my way back. This was a great way to finish off my Southern Thai islands day trip. 

Stay blessed and enjoy your trip across Thailand πŸ’•

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Sydney, The Bear Traveler

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