There are a number of ‘pre-arranged excursions / tours’ around the island and mainland. The ‘carry bag’ of brochures that you collect in the Airport Arrivals Hall will often have specials for a number of ‘outings’. Alternately, the beaches have ‘information kiosks’ with someone in attendance who can help with more information on the available tours and the relative pricing.
‘Outings / Activities’ include …
- ‘Banana’ Island
- Diving / Snorkelling / Fishing
- Golf Courses
- Island Drive
- James Bond Island
- Koh Yao Noi Island
- Phi Phi Island
From Nai Yang Beach there is a 30 minute trip to ‘Banana Island’ where one can snorkel with hundreds of fish. For the ‘non-snorkellers’, just going on the trip is well worth while.
Diving / Snorkelling / Fishing:
For qualified divers or those wishing to qualify Paradise Diving at Nai Yang Beach is probably the best place to go.
They also organise sightseeing and snorkelling trips which leave from Nai Yang Beach.
Locals, on a number of the beaches, offer trips in long tail boats for snorkelling and fishing and are a great ‘local’ experience.
There are a number of magnificent Golf Courses, both on the island of Phuket and on the mainland of Thailand within reach from the Guesthouse. Most of the Golf Clubs offer ‘packages’ which include clubs, caddies, carts, etc.
Feel like a scenic drive – a tour of the island is a must. Start your trip at the turn-off to Nai Yang Beach (the West Coast) and travel South towards the tip of the Island. There are many ‘side roads’, which don’t lead anywhere but keep to the ‘main roads’ and there are many breath-taking views. Be aware of signposts and place names on the map and you will avoid the many ‘detours’, which take you to resorts along the coast. Sometimes these are worthwhile for the view / a cup of tea or a drink.
James Bond Island:
There are various day trips available in the Phang Nga Bay area which include James Bond Island, canoeing, swimming, a visit to a fishing village, lunch on a floating village, etc. and the scenery in Phang Nga Bay is absolutely breath-taking.
Koh Yao Noi Island:
A different and fun way to spend a day – travel by speed boat from Bang Rong Pier (on the east coast of the island, approximately ½ way down the island) to the island and spend the day touring the island on a moped or bicycle, stopping in at the various coffee shops / restaurants / beaches.
A must if you’re a diver ! It’s recommended to go for the ‘speed boat’ option rather than the ‘ferry option’ so that you’ve got more time for swimming, snorkelling, etc. once on the island. The scenery is once again breath-taking.