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About Phuket

Thailand's Phuket is one of its most popular resorts and a wonderful place to enjoy a 'chill out' day. Embark on one of our Phuket cruises and experience the lush scenery this destination has to offer, its colourful markets and soft white beaches.

Bustling Patong Beach has the best range of shops, market stalls and places to eat but Kalim Beach, north of Patong, is removed from the main hustle but still close enough to be lively. While enjoying your Phuket cruise you can try parasailing or jet skiing, or simply relax with an exquisite beach massage.

Snorkellers will be in heaven at unspoiled Karon Beach, and you can encounter land-based wildlife at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project near Bang Pae Waterfalls, or at Phuket's elephant sanctuary, where you can ride one of these magnificent creatures along a woodland trail and reward it with a lunch of bananas.

 

Shore excursions in Phuket

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Authentic Phuket

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Discover some of the hidden gems of the island and experience the authentic side of Phuket on this fascinating tour.

Visit one of the most famous Chinese temples in Phuket, the Jui Tui Chinese Shrine. Dedicated to the vegetarian god, Kui Wong, the shrine attracts many believers and worshippers during the annual Vegetarian Festival. Marvel at the building’s beautiful architectural style.

Next, you’ll take a walk to Baan Chin-Pracha that dates back to 1904 and is one of the oldest and most beautiful Chinese mansions remaining on the island. The furniture was imported from China, the marble floor from Italy and the lights from England. The owners are the descendents of some of the first settlers from China. During your visit, refreshments of tea or coffee and Thai Coconut sweets will be served.

To round off, you’ll drive to a local shop for a brief stop to buy some souvenir items, handicrafts, Thai silk, porcelain, and semi-precious stones.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved on this tour, including some steps and uneven surfaces at the mansion. Passengers are requested to remove their shoes before entering the shrine and the Baan Chin Pracha Mansion.

Beach Resort Retreat

Activity lowMeal includedShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Escape to a leading hotel resort for relaxation by the pool, followed by lunch.

Sit back and relax as a journey of around 30-40 minutes takes you to the Centara Grand Beach Resort Hotel. Idyllically situated on the sands of Karon Beach, this hotel is the perfect location for a day of relaxation.

Upon arrival you’ll have approximately 4-4½ hours to spend at your leisure. During your stay, relax on the warm sands or perhaps enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel pool. A delicious Thai buffet lunch will be served from noon-2pm, for you to enjoy.

During your return journey to the ship, a brief shopping stop will be made for the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is non-guided; however an English speaking escort will travel with you on the transfer. The transportation is by minivan and the road to the resort may be uneven and bumpy in parts. Although the beach is available for passengers to use during their visit, please note that the tide may be low during the afternoon. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Due to the popularity of the resort, beach chairs and umbrellas cannot be guaranteed for everyone. Please carry local currency if you wish to make purchases during the shopping stop. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Catch Beach Club

Activity lowMeal includedShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Enjoy some time to relax at the Catch Beach Club.

Sit back and relax as a journey of around 30 minutes takes you to the Catch Beach Club.

Upon arrival you’ll have approximately 4 hours to spend at your leisure. During your stay, relax on a sunbed, stroll along the beach or perhaps enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool. A delicious Thai lunch will be served from noon-2pm, for you to enjoy.

During your return journey to the ship, a brief shopping stop will be made for the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach.This tour is non-guided; however an English speaking escort will travel with you on the transfer. Guests are reminded to wear swimwear and take sun protection. The beach club will provide one towel per person. Please carry local currency if you wish to make purchases during the shopping stop. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. Lunch may be a buffet or set lunch depending on numbers. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in the shore excursions brochure.

Catch Beach Club

Highlights and Thai Show

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

Take in the highlights of Phuket and enjoy a colourful Thai show.

Visit one of the most enchanting spots on the island, Promthep Cape. From here you can capture wonderful views of the surrounding landscapes and islets.

Wat Chalong is the largest, most important and ornate of the 29 temples in Phuket. The architecture is typical of ‘wats’ throughout Thailand. This particular monastery is associated with 3 revered monks who were famous for their work in herbal medicines.

At a local restaurant, enjoy a traditional buffet lunch, before heading to the Phuket Thai Village to watch a delightful Thai performance lasting approximately 1 hour. The show features many colourful costumes and folkloric dances and offers a glimpse of traditional life and culture of the southern Thai people.

Round off your day with a shopping stop at a reputable local store, where you’ll find a selection of Thai Silk, Silverware and Ceramics.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. . Guests are advised that shoulders and legs should be covered and shoes must be removed before entering the temple. Wat Chalong consists of several temples and shrines situated in a small area. The ground is mainly paved; however there are several steps up to the entrance of each building. There is approximately 1½ hours total walking during this tour including 25 steps at Promthep Cape

Hotel Resort Getaway

Activity lowMeal includedShopping

Duration: 6½ hours

Escape to a leading hotel resort for relaxation by the pool, including lunch.

Sit back and relax as a journey of around 1 hour takes you to the Westin Sirey Resort.

Upon arrival you’ll have approximately 4 hours to spend at your leisure. During your stay, relax on a sunbed and enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel pool. A delicious Thai lunch will be served from noon-2pm, for you to enjoy.

During your return journey to the ship, a brief shopping stop will be made for the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour is non-guided; however an English speaking escort will travel with you on the transfer. Guests are reminded to wear swimwear and take sun protection. The hotel will provide one towel per person. Please carry local currency if you wish to make purchases during the shopping stop. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. Lunch may be a buffet or set lunch depending on numbers. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in the shore excursions brochure.

Hotel Resort Getaway

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