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Phuket: Elephant Save & Care Program Tour

1. Phuket: Elephant Save & Care Program Tour

Explore the Elephant Wildlife Sanctuary in Phuket and feed the elephants with bananas, corn, and more. Learn more about the elephants from your guide, and uncover the benefits of spa treatment on the animals before savoring a delicious lunch box.  Begin with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Phuket and a one-hour transfer to the elephant sanctuary. Be warmly welcomed upon arrival with an Elephant Behavior and Save & Care program to prepare for your encounter. Feed the elephants baskets of bananas, sugarcane, cucumber, and corn. While they enjoy their food, learn from the guides about the background of each elephant. Next, prepare the elephants with a spa treatment and shower. Discover the healing benefits of special spa mud that help to heal elephant wounds from many kinds of scratches, and skin damage, and provides heat balance benefits for the body and blood flow. Enjoy lunch with a Pad Thai box set and seasonal fruits before departing back to your hotel in Phuket. Leave inspired and informed, having supported the elephants and future care at the Elephants Wildlife Sanctuary.

From Phuket: Elephant & Sea Turtle Conservation Private Tour

2. From Phuket: Elephant & Sea Turtle Conservation Private Tour

Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Phuket. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop. Wang Kiang Koo waterfall, where our local paddlers await us at the river bank. With their gigantic bamboo raft waiting for us to hop on, see our paddler in action maneuvering the raft along the stream of Kiang Koo waterfall. After the unforgettable experience with the bamboo rafting with a blast from the past, enjoy playing in crystal clear refreshing water. Next, visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center for a close turtle encounter. Hear about their species and how they were rescued. Explore the conservation center and meet different sizes of turtles, species, and colors. Then, visit Wat Lak Kaen. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the area, hear the story of the Buddha's holy relic. From here, head to a local restaurant located at Wang Kiang Koo waterfall and savor a delicious southern Thai set lunch. Then, set off on your next adventure visiting an elephant sanctuary and meeting the friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories and how they were rescued. Interact with them by giving a meal for the elephants with the loving elephant carer (mahout), then bathe the elephants in a fun mud spa. Lastly, feed them from your own hands while taking some exciting new photos for your Instagram. After your adventurous day, hop back on the van transferring back to your hotel.

Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

3. Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

Take part in a half–day cooking class in a local kitchen, after you explore the local market to select your ingredients. Choose from 2 half–day classes: a the morning class starting at 9:30 AM or an afternoon class starting at 2:30 PM. For a more flexible menu, choose the Special Sunday class. See below for a sample of your menu: Monday: in the morning class, enjoy tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. In the afternoon class, prepare chicken satay, tom kha kai, phad see-ew, and mango sticky rice. Tuesday: the morning class will prepare fish cake, papaya salad, panang curry, and deep fried banana. In the afternoon, prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and deep fried banana. Wednesday: in the morning, cook tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and banana in coconut milk. In the afternoon, cook fried chicken cashew nut, tom kha kai, fried basil leaves,  and banana in coconut milk. Thursday: the morning menu includes spring rolls, paneang curry, tom kha kai, and mango sticky rice. The afternoon class will prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. Friday: join the morning class to prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and deep fried banana. Choose an afternoon class for fried chicken in oyster sauce, spring roll, tom kha kai, and deep fried banana. Saturday: In the morning class, cook massaman curry, spring rolls, tom yam kung, and banana in coconut milk. In the afternoon, prepare red curry, larb, tom kah kai, and banana in coconut milk. Special Sundays: Choose 3 Thai main course dishes and a Thai dessert. 

Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints Group Tour

4. Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints Group Tour

Discover the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Phuket on this half-day tour and learn local history from your guide along the way. Snap pictures at locations like the Karon view point and the charming streets of Phuket's Old Town.   Starts with pickup in the main lobby of your hotel and relax on on your way to the first stop in Phuket Old Town. Discover Sino-Portuguese style architecture, such as the former Charter Standard Bank building and vibrant street art along Thalang Road. Find out where the locals like to eat before heading to the Chalong Temple, where you can see the glistering pagoda and wax model of "Cham Abbot," who is highly respected by the people of Phuket.  Continue on the top of the Nakkerd Hills where the Big Buddha statue was built as a symbol of peace and unity. Marvel at the majestic 45-meter high marble, Marnwichai-style statue up-close while enjoying the views of both Chalong Bay and Kata Bay. Go to a wind power energy plant situated near the Promthep Cape which is renowned for its stunning views. Finally, take in the views from the Karon viewpoint overlooking the west coast of the island and the sea before heading back to your accommodation.

Phuket: Old Town Food Tasting Tour with 14 Dishes

5. Phuket: Old Town Food Tasting Tour with 14 Dishes

Explore why Phuket is considered one of Thailand's top foodie hotspots on a walking and tasting tour in the Old Town. Treat yourself to more than 14 different dishes as you make your way through the Central Market. Enjoy spiced rice cooked in banana leaves and traditional rotis. Meet your guide in outside the famous Central Market and begin your walking tour. Weave through the streets and admire a Chinese temple from the outside. Start off with trying a Phuketian classic snack of spiced rice cooked in banana leaves. Back at the market, your guide will take you to a hidden little teashop which serves the local Burmese working community. Here, you'll try Burmese curries, crispy samosas, and other delights accompanied by naans freshly cooked in their wood-fired oven and washed down with sweet tea. Go down the road to find an outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable market where your guide will explain the ingredients that go into Thai cuisine. Sample exotic fruits, juices, and other tasty morsels like deep-fried coconut balls and prawns cooked in banana leaves. Continue your culinary adventure with a bowl of rich Hokkien noodles from a little restaurant. Discover an indoor market famed for its fresh spring rolls filled with cured pork and topped with sweet sauce. Try their coconut pork skewers served with rich peanut satay and zingy ajat cucumber relish. Take a sweet twist as you help yourself to a particularly special Phuket-style crepe cooked over fiery coals. Cool down with a refreshing iced dessert and a sweet milky tea as you indulge on flaky rotis. Return back to the Central Market with a full stomach. Your guide will help direct you back to your accommdations.

Sunrise in Phangnga with Off-Peak James Bond Island Visit

6. Sunrise in Phangnga with Off-Peak James Bond Island Visit

This full-day excursion begins with a short trek to the Samed Nangshe viewpoint for stunning sunrise views over Phangnga Bay. Enjoy a light snack with hot coffee or tea. Board a private longtail boat for the trip to Koh Tapu, or James Bond Island. Visit places where scenes from The Man with the Golden Gun were filmed. Explore several different islands and caves, and paddle a sea canoe into hidden lagoons. Marvel at the hidden 5,000-year-old shell cemetery near the rock and mangrove forest. Before returning to Phuket, head to a local restaurant for a freshly prepared lunch, accompanied by a beer or soft drink.

Phuket: City Highlights and Hidden Gems Instagram Tour

7. Phuket: City Highlights and Hidden Gems Instagram Tour

Snap cool photos at the vibrant Romani Street in Phuket Old Town and see most beautiful landscape over Phrom Cape on this full day tour with an expert local guide. Enjoy the luxury of a hotel transfer service. Start the day’s adventure with a visit to two of the most famous sites on the island. The first stop is Chaithararam Temple or Wat Chalong, the largest and most sacred temple in Phuket. Check out the bone fragment of Buddha. Listen as your guide shows you the local way of making an offering to the monks. Wander around the temple, taking in the decorative walls and ceilings that depict mosaics of Buddha’s life. Then head over to the Big Buddha, named for the large 45-meter alabaster statue of Buddha sitting atop a hill. Snap some photos of this famous landmark as well as the surrounding scenery before making your way to Phuket’s Old Town. Don’t let the name fool you. The old town of Phuket is known for its vibrantly colored, century-old Sino-Portuguese houses. Explore Soi Romanee, one of the most famous streets in the old town. Next, head on over to Nui Beach, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch before making your way to Rock Swing to take some photos on a swing. Enjoy stunning views of the Andaman Sea and the lush greenery of the island from Cape Krating. Next up is Ao Sane Beach, also called Jungle Beach. You’ll have some free time to rest and relax, snorkel and swim, or even take a quick hike uphill to Cape Krating, which also holds amazing views of the sea. To end the day, head to Promthep Cape and take photos of even more seascapes and gorgeous views to memorialize the day’s adventure.

From Phuket: Cheow Lan Lake Overnight Resort Stay with Meals

8. From Phuket: Cheow Lan Lake Overnight Resort Stay with Meals

Stay overnight at the 500Rai Floating Resort in Cheow Lan Lake on this full-board tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Phuket. Partake in exciting activities like kayaking, seeing the Gui Lin rock formation, and visiting the Khlong Seang Wildlife Sanctuary. Day 1 Start your adventure bright and early with pickup from your hotel in Phuket. Ridein an air-conditioned van and snap a picture at a scenic viewpoint on the way. Hop aboard a traditional longtail boat once you arrive at Cheow Lan Lake. Go for a jungle walk, try bamboo rafting, and have free time to explore Coral Cave. Get your picture taken at the famous Gui Lin rock formation. Tuck into a Thai set buffet lunch at one of the nearby raft houses. Travel to the idyllic 500Rai Floating Resort to check into your deluxe room. Take on a self-guided adventure with a kayak on the lake. Sip on coffee, tea, and fruit juice and snack on seasonal fruit as you relax by the pool in the afternoon. Visit the Khlong Seang Wildlife Sanctuary by longtail boat and have a chance on seeing different wildlife such as elephants, gibbons, and hornbills. Then return to the resort for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2 Wake up early and have a coffee or tea before going out on another longtail boat ride. Search for colorful birds in the rainforest canopy before heading back to the resort for a hearty breakfast. Have the rest of the morning to relax by the pool, go swimming in the lake, or explore a small island with the kayak. Pack up your things to depart to the resort and have lunch at a local restaurant on the mainland. Ready your camera and phones for the Cheow Lan Lake's viewpoint. Be amazed by the vast horizon covered by the shimmering water of the lake. Return to your hotel in Phuket.

Khao Sok: Private Elephant Day Care and Bamboo Rafting

9. Khao Sok: Private Elephant Day Care and Bamboo Rafting

Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Phuket, Khao Lak, or Khao Sok. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop, the Khao Sok Viewpoint. Once there, delight in a unique photo opportunity with panoramic views over the national park, the home of 51 species of mammals, 300 different birds, and wild orchids.  Next, visit an elephant sanctuary and meet the friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories and how they were rescued. Learn how to make a medicinal meal for the elephants from the loving elephant carer (mahout), then bathe the elephants in a fun mud spa. Lastly, feed them from your own hands while taking some exciting new photos for your Instagram. From here, head to a local restaurant to savor a delicious southern Thai set lunch. Then, set off on your next adventure along the peaceful and lush Sok River with bamboo raft paddlers. Admire stunning views of dramatic towering mountains, and maybe catch a glimpse of the various birds, reptiles, wild orchids, and monkeys that call the area home. Take a well-deserved break on the river banks and enjoy fresh coffee made from bamboo. After your adventurous day, hop back on the van and make your last quick stop at Mea Yai waterfall before transferring back to your hotel.

Baba Tastes Evening Phuket Food Tour for 8 Guests

10. Baba Tastes Evening Phuket Food Tour for 8 Guests

Our Phuket food tours have been voted the best culinary adventures on this food-obsessed island. You’d be one wonton short of a noodle bowl not to drag yourself off the sun-kissed beaches and hit up the drool-worthy eating spots around old Phuket Town, a place bestowed with UNESCO status for its culinary history. In an intimate group of up to 8 guests explore this fascinating trading outpost that's been influencers from across Asia and beyond. We don't want to spoil the surprise, but some drool-worthy highlights including the handmade fresh spring rolls slathered in sticky tamarind sauce, peppery wok-fried mee hoon, Hokkien noodles with delicate prawn wontons and char sui barbecue pork, Southern-style gaeng som curry and over ten more lip-smackingly food tastings in places you'd struggle to find alone. The tour concludes back at the start point, the Phuket Town Central Market, located along Ranong Road in the heart of the city. Enjoy local hospitality and meet new friends along the way. End the tour armed with the knowledge you'll need to continue eating street food across Thailand. Our tour reflects the local cuisine and the limitations of street food vendors means we unfortunately cannot cater for every dietary restriction. Here's an honest appraisal for the tour so no-one is disappointed: ✘ Unsuitable for vegetarians, pescatarians and no-pork diets ✘ Unsuitable for shellfish, peanut and severe allergies. ✘ Unsuitable for severe gluten intolerances, there are traces of gluten in soy sauce. ✔ Suitable for lactose intolerances. ✔ Suitable for no beef diets.

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4.7 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Had a small hiccup where the activity provider’s initial message said pickup was between 6:45-7:00 am and couldn’t get ahold of them when the driver didn’t show, however after reaching out to GYG’s support team it turned out they meant to pick us up at 8:30-8:45 am. After looking up the sanctuary it appeared they open only after 9:00 at anyhow, and thus the initial message must have just been incorrect. After resolving that small issue and getting to the sanctuary, my partner and I had an amazing time getting to experience how these beautiful creatures live and seeing them up close. Pictures/videos were also very easy to take (we even got some of the elephants “hugging” us with their trunks!). They will take photos and send them to your email for free, but you are also welcome to bring a camera/phone/etc and take your own photos. We prep’d food, fed the elephants, prep’d mud and covered them with it, played in the water and bathed with them, and more. Amazing experience.

Excellent trip, the animals were clearly well cared for (no chains or harsh treatment at all). We got to learn about them, prepare and feed them, give them a mud scrub and then bath them. We then had a delicious lunch. Afterwards they send you all the photos as long as you provide your email address. Really good value for money and I would highly recommend. (One tip - if you get car sick take a travel sickness tablet because the road there has lots of hill and turns.)

Kat is amazing & passionate about the people she takes you to meet. We would have missed these awesome places as a tourist. Great examples of all the different cuisines in the area as well. Food was tailored for spice tolerances of everyone. Don’t eat breakfast before you go.

Nam was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable about Phuket & the food vendors we visited. Every tasting was amazing! A must do when in Phuket!

Great viewpoints and a bit of Phuket old town. We saw a lot in a short time and the guide explained a lot to us.