Phuket Cruises

Located off the south coast of Thailand, the island of Phuket has long been a popular destination for people looking to enjoy a break in the sun.

But the island is also a popular port of call for the many major cruise lines that are sailing in the waters of the Far East, offering the opportunity to experience the different cultures that have come together to create one of Asia’s most vibrant and colourful destinations.

Soft white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters make Phuket one of the most scenic resorts in Thailand, and the ideal place in which to sit back and take in the sun.

Those clear waters are also good for diving and snorkeling, which are amongst a raft of water-based activities that can be enjoyed during your time ashore.

That won’t appeal to everyone however, and those who prefer to head off and explore will be rewarded by the opportunity to explore a wide range of different activities and attractions.

Old Town Phuket is well worth a visit if you want to examine the history of the island with impressive old buildings that show the influence of the European and the Chinese – including stunning mansions that were once the home of Phuket’s tin barons.

A number of the older preserved buildings have now been converted into cafes where you can grab a bite to eat, thereby offering the chance to sample some traditional Thai cuisine. You’ll also find the Thalang National Museum, which features a range of exhibitions that are focused on what life was like in the city through the ages.

As with many places within Thailand, Phuket is home to various religious monuments, with Wat Chalong being the most famous. Regarded as the spiritual centre of the island, the temple is the largest of the 29 Buddhist monasteries on Phuket and is well worth a visit, as is the towering marble statue of the Big Bhudda that looks down across Phuket City from one of the nearby mountains.

Promthep Cape on the southernmost tip of Phuket is home to a museum and lighthouse and is a great place to if you want to embrace some of the best views on the island, whilst the limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay National Park are also well visited.

The bay sits between Phuket and the mainland and is one of the most scenic destinations for visitors to the island, with it’s imposing limestone cliffs and network of collapsed caves. James Bond Island, which featured in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun, is one of the most famous sites.

Heading inland, Khao Phra Taew National Park is somewhere to see a different side to Phuket, with impressive waterfalls and a wide selection of native wildlife to be found deep within impressive forest landscapes.

Whilst deep in the forest, you may be able to enjoy a high-speed trip through the trees on a zipline – well worth considering if you are an adrenaline junkie.

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