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Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

1. Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

Are you ready to explore why Phuket is often considered one of Thailand's top foodie hotspots? Greet your guide in the cool of the morning at 10:00am outside the city's famous central market and begin your walking tour weaving your way through the streets passing a glorious Chinese temple en route to try a Phuketian classic snack of spiced rice cooked in banana leaves. Back down 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. Just down the road is a fine outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable market where your guide will explain the ingredients that go into Thai cuisine and sample exotic fruits, juices, and other tasty morsels like deep-fried coconut balls and prawns cooked in banana leaves. Continue on your culinary adventure by working your way over a bowl of rich Hokkien noodles with a pair of chopsticks (don't worry, cutlery's available too) from a little restaurant that's been serving up the good stuff for decades. Don't worry, it's not over yet. Your guide will take you to a local indoor market famed for its fresh spring rolls filled with cured pork and topped with sweet sauce and pickles and coconut pork skewers served with rich peanut satay and zingy ajat cucumber relish. It's unthinkable not to visit Phuket Old Town without delving into the sweets. Your guide will take you for a particularly special Phuket-style crepe cooked over fiery coals, a refreshing and vivid iced dessert and finishing on sweet milky tea and flaky rotis at a joint that's been knocking them out for years. Return back to the central market where the tour ends. You'll return back to your hotel with a deeper understanding of Phuketian cuisine. Be warned, the food on the rest of your vacation will now solely disappoint.

Phuket: Old Town, Chalong Temple, and Great Buddha Van Tour

2. Phuket: Old Town, Chalong Temple, and Great Buddha Van Tour

Discover the beauty of Phuket on a full-day group tour by van. Capture pictures at the Karon, Nak-Kerd Sea, and Rang Hill viewpoints. See the Big Buddha statue and Phuket Old Town. Learn about local food production at a cashew factory. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Phuket. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to Karon viewpoint. Stop to gaze out over the Andaman Sea. Continue to the Nak-Kerd Sea viewpoint to take in the breathtaking views of the coastline. Head to the iconic Big Buddha statue to take photographs of the largest sitting Buddha statue on the island. Travel to Chalong Temple and discover Buddhist traditions and architecture in one of the most celebrated temples in Phuket. See one of Phuket's major exports at a local cashew nut factory. Find out how cashews are manufactured. Drive to Phuket Old Town and have some free time to wander through the unique architecture of the colorful Sino-Portuguese buildings. Make your way to the Rang Hill viewpoint to catch stunning panoramic views of the south of Phuket. Relax and purchase a drink before returning to your accommodation in Phuket.

Phuket: City Highlights and Hidden Gems Instagram Tour

3. 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.

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: Phuket Old Town, Kayaking, Tie Dyeing, and Dinner

5. Phuket: Phuket Old Town, Kayaking, Tie Dyeing, and Dinner

Enjoy this family-friendly tour to Phuket's Old Town and a lobster and black salmon farm. Explore the island's mangrove forest on kayak tour. Pickup a new skill during a tie-dye workshop and eat a scrumptious dinner while admiring the sunset.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Phuket from 12:30 to 1:00 PM. Stop to appreciate the vivid colors of the century-old Sino-Portuguese architecture in Phuket's Old Town.  Catch a short boat ride from the pier to a a lobster and black salmon farm. Follow your guide on a kayaking tour through a mangrove forest and look for local wildlife in this biodiversity hotspot.  Create your own souvenir and learn a new skill during an interactive tie dye workshop. After the workshop, head to dinner which includes dishes like black salmon and sea-grape seaweed. Taste some mouth-watering local dishes while enjoying the colors of the sunset.  Return to your accommodation at 7:00 PM. 

Phuket: Private ATV, Zipline & Phuket City Tour

6. Phuket: Private ATV, Zipline & Phuket City Tour

Get the adrenaline pumping with an ATV ride and zipline adventure in nature. Snap photos of glorious views at Karon Viewpoint, marvel at the Big Buddha, explore the temple grounds of Wat Chalong, and stroll through colorful Phuket Old Town. Start bright and early by picking you up from your hotel before we kick things off with an-hour long ATV ride. Go off road on a Phuket ATV and explore the island’s terrain before heading straight to the zipline area, where you’ll soar through the air, witnessing the beauty of Phuket. After an exhilarating ride, it’s time to get out your cameras as you make our way to Karon Viewpoint. Snap photos and take in the glorious vista before going to Ao Sane Beach. After all the energy expended, refuel with a delicious lunch before enjoying the refreshing waters by the shore. You can even rent out a snorkelling mask and try your hand at spotting marine creatures before the next stop. One of the main landmarks of the city, the 45 meter alabaster statue known as the Big Buddha Phuket is the next destination. Take in the sweeping views once you reach the base of the statue and marvel at the majesty of the third tallest statue in Thailand. The next stop in the rest of our Phuket City Tour is the Wat Chalong or Chalong Temple. The largest and most sacred temple in Phuket, legend has it that the grand pagoda actually houses a fragment of Buddha’s bone. Walk through the temple grounds and explore the gilded halls with beautiful golden statues and intricate details. The last stop of the day is Phuket Old Town, known for its colorful old-style shophouses and many opportunities to browse. Ogle at the many street vendors selling their wares, stop to taste the local street food, and even purchase a souvenir to remember your day by before you make your way back to your hotel to end the day.

Phuket: Street Food and Art Tour with Lunch and Cooking Demo

7. Phuket: Street Food and Art Tour with Lunch and Cooking Demo

Explore Phuket Old Town's UNESCO awarded heritage through its exciting street food and eclectic art scene. Participate in a cooking demonstration and document your culinary adventure through plenty of photos. After getting picked up from your hotel, you'll pass by popular beaches on the way to Phuket City, a port town that has been a melting pot of various cultures for centuries. European, Arab, Indian, and Chinese influence have shaped the local culture, cuisine, and architecture. Stop at the famous Wat Chalong Buddhist temple where locals come to pray. See sacred relics and admire the ornate architecture in this peaceful setting. Meet your local host who will teach you how to prepare Thai recipes that you will be able to recreate back at home. After working up an appetite, sit down to lunch with the rest of the group. Visit Art Street, a narrow lane that houses Sino-Portughese style shops, which sell paintings, home decor, hats, and other handmade crafts. You may even find a few inexpensive souvenirs along the way. Venture to a neighborhood that showcases cryptic street art and wall graffiti painted by famous local and international artists as part of Phuket's Food, Art, Town initiative. Delight in hearing your guide explain the hidden messages behind these art depictions. You'll want to snap a few photos against the many colorful backdrops you pass by to share with friends and followers. Throughout the day, your guide will teach you the names of exotic-looking dishes, and you can choose to purchase street food to taste along the way. Ascend Rang Hill to take in breathtaking views of the city and more great photo opportunities. Before heading back to the hotel, you'll have time to try a dessert, such as fried ice cream, sticky mango with rice, or a coconut delicacy to end the tour on a sweet note.

Phuket: Half-Day Instagram Photography Tour

8. Phuket: Half-Day Instagram Photography Tour

Your photography adventure begins with hotel pickup after midday and heads to the colorful old town district of Phuket. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, this artsy neighborhood is known for its vibrant streets and well-preserved Sino-Portuguese town houses. Spend some time exploring the area with your guide, snapping photos of the eclectic architecture and the hustle and bustle of locals going about their day. Capture incredible photos of the sprawling landscape from this impressive vantage point before moving on to the next stop of the day, Wat Chalong. After some time exploring and snapping photos of the temples at Wat Chalong, continue the tour towards the highest mountain in Phuket and discover the world-famous Big Buddha. Marvel at and take photos of this religious landmark that dominates the skyline and glows against the ever changing colors of the sky behind it. Time to hit some beaches next with a stop at Yanui Beach, also known as the 'secret beach of Phuket', as well as viewpoints of Chalong and Kata Beach. Finally, visit the iconic Promthep Cape and watch the sunset across the sea, providing an incredibly colorful landscape to photograph. After an unforgettable day, relax, reminisce, and look over your photos as you are dropped off to your hotel at around 8pm.

Phuket: Rum Distillery and Old Town Tour with Tastings

9. Phuket: Rum Distillery and Old Town Tour with Tastings

If you’re looking for a tour in Phuket that mixes sightseeing with a taste of some classic Thai spirits, you’re in for a treat on this half-day adventure. Walk through Phuket Old Town, then head to a local distillery for a guided visit and tasting. Your trip begins with pickup directly from your accommodation. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and head to the first stop: Khao Rang Viewpoint. Famously known for its sweeping views of the island, marvel at the scenery and snap photos of 360-degree views. Continue on to Phuket Old Town, a quaint and charming area built and preserved in colonial style. Wander along the colorful and most popular shopping streets, spotting vendors, shophouses, and more. Stop at Soi Soon Utis for a quick coffee break at Sri the Shophouse (costs not included) before continuing along the town streets for more souvenir and window shopping. Later, make your last stop of the day at Chalong Bay Distillery. At the distillery, go on a 30-minute guided tour of the facilities. Learn about the intricate processes of making the distillery’s signature spirits and marvel at the locals’ craftsmanship. Taste their signature mojito and sugarcane juice before the end of your visit.

Phuket: City Tour with Yoga, or Muay Thai Class

10. Phuket: City Tour with Yoga, or Muay Thai Class

Start the day bright and early and be taken to your first activity, get the opportunity to choose between a yoga class or a Muay Thai class. If you choose yoga, prepare yourself for the day ahead with a tranquil workout and meditation sessions with a local yoga teacher. The shared yoga class will be taught in a studio, the private group option will get to workout on the beach at Naiharn Beach. Or, burn off some calories in a Muay Thai class. Learn the basics of this much-loved Thai martial art and perfect a couple of punch and kick combos. After a sweaty workout, purchase a delicious local lunch. Head to Karon Viewpoint for the first stop of the Phuket city tour. Snap photos of all corners of the island, then continue on to the Big Buddha statue. Standing an impressive 45 meters in height, the statue is one of the most famous landmarks on the island. Continue to Wat Chalong, one of Phuket’s most sacred temples. It is rumored that a fragment of Buddha’s bone can be found in the hall of the grand pagoda. Marvel at the numerous golden statues and detailed carvings of the temple before heading to the last stop. Finish the tour in the Old Town of Phuket. This famous Portuguese-inspired area houses colorful shops that sell a variety of local wares. Wander the streets to take in the sights, sounds, and culinary smells, before you’re returned back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Phuket Old Town

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 485 reviews

The excursion was exactly what I was looking for. Not to long, and you were able to see some beautiful sites in the area. The group was a great size to have good conversation. It would have been nice if the guide stayed close to explain the significance of certain sites (ie the Big Buddha) - but I’m sure he would’ve done it if we asked because the guide was super nice! The time was pretty accurate to the description.

This was by far the best food tour I have done. Pema was a brilliant guide and, along with filling our bellies with happiness, she gave us a crash course in local history and culture. I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat. I feel like I made a new friend in Phuket!

Tour guide was super friendly and informative - spoke very good English and was very passionate about the places visited. Given plenty of time at each destination to take everything in. Would definitely recommend!

Informative and loads of yummy food. The walkabout is a good way to burn those calories! Thanks Nam!

It was great! Pema knows everything about Thai cuisine and culture. :)