This list of the best cheap tours in Phuket proves that you don’t need to be a big spender to get the most out of Thailand’s most famous island destination. For comparatively little money, you can enjoy a diverse selection of attractions, from the historical Old Town to beautiful viewpoints, striking temples to stunning cabaret shows and the best of the nearby islands and attractions, such as the Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga Bay.

    We've carefully selected the very best and most popular tours available in and around Phuket which cost less than 2,000 baht per traveler, meaning that you can easily enjoy a fun day of exploration without it blowing your whole vacation budget in one go. In fact, several of the following Phuket low-cost tours are available for less than 1,000 baht each.


    Phuket Island introduction tour

    Explore various locations in Phuket and learn the history behind its buildings and sacred temples. Don't miss the amazing views of beaches and the sea on your comprehensive half-day tour. Stop at Patong Beach, Karon Viewpoint, Promthep Cape, Wat Chalong, and Phuket Town – most of the top attractions of Phuket. Stop by the Gems Gallery for some souvenir shopping for your loved ones back home, before returning to your hotel.


    Phi Phi Island tour by express boat

    Escape via ferry to the beautiful Phi Phi Islands off Phuket’s coast. Have a day at your leisure, marveling at colorful marine life and exotic coral reefs. Board the Royal Jet Cruiser ferry at the jetty and set out for the stunning Phi Phi Islands. Along the way, take in scenic views of the Andaman Sea and its surroundings while relishing complimentary snacks and soft drinks. Upon arrival on the island, dive into the exquisite emerald waters for a swim. Alternately, observe the stunning scenery and relax on the pristine, white sandy beach. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious Thai buffet lunch at a local restaurant.


    Simon Cabaret Show admission

    Get set for a glamorous night at the cabaret when you attend the vibrant Simon Cabaret Show. See a wide variety of acts played out with beautiful backdrops by dazzling men dressed as beautiful women in eye-catching costumes. Travel through history as thespians in colorful Korean costumes do elegant fan dances before transitioning to modern, Thai-style performances featuring powerful vocals.


    James Bond Island full-day tour by big boat

    Explore the famed James Bond Island that was featured in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), as well as the stunning scenery of Phang Nga Bay, which provided the backdrop for Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Also see Suwankuha Temple, aptly nicknamed Monkey Cave. Inside the cave, you find an enormous golden Buddha statue and a host of friendly monkeys. Around lunchtime, you’ll stop in a quaint fisherman's village, Koh Panyee, for a delicious meal of traditional Thai cuisine.


    Half-day city tour to Kata Beach, cashew nut factory and Wat Chalong

    Treat yourself to spectacular sights and cultural indulgences on this half-day tour of Phuket. Stroll along idyllic beaches, visit a unique cashew nut factory and marvel at the historic Wat Chalong monastery while listening to insights and anecdotes from your knowledgeable guide. Make your final stop in Phuket Old town where you can admire the Baba community's heritage through architecture, culture, commerce and way of life.


    Khai Nok and Khai Nui Islands

    Just off the coast of Phuket are 2 magnificent islands called Khai Nok and Khai Nui – small gems of white-sand beaches and tree-covered rocks surrounded by clear, turquoise water. Take a boat ride to these peaceful islands and spend the day basking in their paradisiacal ambience.


    Day trip to Coral Island with Thai lunch

    Let the crashing surf soothe your senses during a day trip to Coral Island – a tropical oasis off of Phuket's southern coast. Snorkel in the luminous blue-green waters, sink into the sand for a rejuvenating nap, or take a stroll and keep your eyes peeled for tiny lizards sunning themselves on the exposed rocks. The trip includes a stop at a beachside restaurant, where you can savor traditional Thai flavors like basil and lemongrass before cruising back to Phuket.


    Morning Sino heritage walk

    Take a journey through Phuket and explore its rich heritage and fascinating buildings. Discover a bustling wet market showcasing age-old traditions, see samples of Sino-Portuguese architecture, then visit a majestic mansion. Along the tour, peek into the past at Chin Pracha House, wander around the Thai Hua Museum and see Phuket’s first hotel, built in 1929. Your morning heritage walk finishes with a well-earned lunch featuring the local favorite specialty of Hokkien Mee, or fried Chinese noodles.


    Phuket ATV tour

    Whether you’re new to riding or an experienced pro, quench your thirst for adventure on an ATV journey in the exciting terrain of a 142-hectare off-road area. Explore the wonderlands of plantations, farms, and jungles on this 2-hour guided tour. Head to the riding site in comfortable and convenient transportation from your hotel. Upon arrival, listen to brief safety instructions before climbing aboard your all-terrain vehicle and preparing for your adrenaline-fueled excursion. Follow a knowledgeable guide as you maneuver the rugged roads of Phuket. Splash down muddy trails, power over bumps, and zoom around obstacles. Along the way, pass by dense mangrove swamps, rubber plantations, and palm gardens. Take breaks to get closer looks at the environment – you might even see a Venus flytrap as it captures insects in its sticky grasp.

    Ben Reeves | Compulsive Traveler

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