Port report: Phuket


It’s one of the most picturesque and popular destinations in Thailand, and with more and more ships heading to Phuket, it’s the perfect destination for cruisers to visit and explore.


Cruisers like: Phuket Town with its shop-houses, cafes and temples is interesting, but many guests head off on excursions across the island to take a kayak or speedboat tour amongst the stunning Phi Phi limestone islands and their caves. Or you can stay on shore and enjoy the long sandy beaches and swim, surf or sunbathe or try your skills at a number of water sports and activities, including snorkelling or diving in the clear water and around coral reefs. Later, dine on spicy Thai food at a beachside restaurant or enjoy a pampering spa treatment at one of the many high-end resorts.


Don’t miss: Watching the sunset from famous Patong Beach or stay on to experience its equally well-known nightlife. Indulge in retail therapy at the several malls, or browse the local Royal Paradise market. For more authentic handmade local crafts head for the OTOP market.


Best for: Couples, photographers, active people and water-sport fans.


Getting around: During high season, ships moor off Patong Beach and tender passengers to shore. In the monsoon season, they dock at Phuket Deep Sea Port. It is a 20-minute drive to Phuket Town taxis or bemos (three-wheel mini-bus) will be waiting for passengers at the pier. A taxi to Patong Bay, a 45-minute trip, will cost about US$50 round trip.