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Phuket, Thailand-port

With a land area of 215 square miles, Phuket Island is about the same size as Singapore, making it Thailand's largest island. Known as the "Pearl of Thailand," this beautiful retreat offers pristine beaches, lush vegetation, traditional villages, and seascapes of huge limestone pillars that tower over the turquoise waters of Phang-Nga Bay. Apart from tourism, much of the province's wealth derives from tin production, which started back in the 16th century.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Highlights of Phuket
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Phuket Highlights & Cultural Show
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Phuket Landmarks
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Scenic Phuket & Elephant Camp
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Spectacular Phang Nga Bay
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal

Highlights of Phuket

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 5 hours

Tour Code: HKT-001

Thailand's only island province, Phuket is a world famous tourist destination renowned for its magnificent mountains covered with lush tropical vegetation, its surrounding azure blue sea and stretches of powder-white sandy beaches fringed with coral reefs. Once renowned for its tin mines and rubber plantations, visitors now arrive looking for a place to relax and explore the incredible scenery. Most of the buildings in Phuket Town's city center were built nearly a hundred years ago, and show an enchanting mix of Chinese and Western influences in their architecture. This tour introduces you to the unique array of island sights found on this tropical paradise.

Departing the ship, drive south of Phuket Town to a cashew nut factory, curiously named the Sri Bhurapa Orchid Company. There you will see how delectable cashew nut products are made, as skilled workers create a mouth-watering variety of snacks and sweets.

Your next stop is the Phuket Sea Shell Museum, displaying one of the world's most valuable collections of seashells. Shells from all over the globe are featured and include numerous rarities and curiosities such as the world's largest golden pearl (160 karats) and a massive 550 pound shell.

The island drive continues with a stop at the Buddhist temple, Wat Chalong. Considered the most beautiful and ornate temple on the island, Wat Chalong enshrines a gilt statue of Luang Por Cham, the monk who became a hero when he helped the people of Phuket put down the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876.

Departing the temple, the picturesque tour resumes driving along the west coast past some of the island's incredibly stunning beaches.

See Karon Beach, straight out of a tropical daydream with its small sparkling white sand dunes and scattering of evergreen trees edging the glittering Adaman Sea. Further north, view Phuket's most developed tourist area Patong Beach, with its three-mile long, gently curving crescent of beautiful white sand.

Finally, enjoy a photo opportunity at the top of Rang Hill, where you will have a stunning panoramic view of the offshore islands and southern tip of Phuket Island before returning to the ship.