Phuket: Suggested Itinerary

A Beautiful Bankgkok On Sea

Day 1: Fly in and settle in your accommodation. With all that sorted it’s time to get out and see this beautiful island. Get oriented with a private morning Phuket Introduction Tour, taking in lively Phuket Town, Buddhist temples and Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai beaches. In the afternoon, marvel at the island's pristine scenery from the back of an elephant on an unforgettable hour-long elephant jungle trek. In the evening, be dazzled by the Las Vegas-style Simon Cabaret Show or combine dinner and a Thai cultural show at Fantasea, where local myths and magic are on full display.

Day 2: Thailand's island province is surrounded by exquisite groups of islands - an easy day trip from Phuket. Ride a speedboat to Krabi, famous for its snorkeller's wonderland of limestone caves and white-sand beaches. Koh Phi Phi is often touted as the region's most beautiful island group, so put it to the test on a speedboat tour from Phuket. If you'd rather sail more leisurely, ride a ferry to Phi Phi, with free time to swim, snorkel and soak up the sunshine. After spending time on Phi Phi, take a more structured tour of Phang Nga Bay by speedboat, visiting grotto caves, enjoying lunch at a Sea Gypsy village and touring offshore islands for swimming and even more snorkelling.

Day 3: Take a half-day Phuket safari tour and indulge in a range of activities. As well as visiting the Siam Safari elephant camp for elephant rides, take a Thai cooking lesson and taste Thai jungle curry; see how rubber trees are tapped; watch how monkeys are trained to pick coconuts and go for a ride on a cart pulled by buffalo. Of course, a vacation in Phuket also means dipping your toe in that gorgeous blue water. Take the plunge on a trekking and rafting adventure, combining whitewater rafting and an elephant trek. Go for a rainforest canoe ride down the Sok River in the island's interior or explore the mysterious tidalcaves of Phang Nga Bay by canoe.

Day 4: Depending on whether you managed to cram all that frivolous activity into just three days, you may find yourself needing an extra 48 hours or so. After which, fly home.