Phuket isn’t just the largest island in Thailand; it’s also one of the most popular destinations in the country. This has greatly helped the island’s tourism and economy, but it has lost some of its idyllic, peaceful beauty due to the large numbers of visitors every year. Fortunately, all is not lost since there are many smaller islands around the area, and they can be easily reached by Phuket boat tours.
One of the best examples is the Phi Phi Islands, which is an archipelago of six small islands. Only the largest, Koh Phi Phi Don, is inhabited; the rest don’t have any residents but are known for their great beauty. Leonardo DiCaprio fans will definitely want to visit this archipelago since it is home to Maya Bay, which is the filming location of the star’s 2000 movie “The Beach”. Aside from Maya Bay, there are many other beaches, lagoons, and other attractions to visit in the Phi Phi Islands, and you can explore all of them by getting different kinds of speed boat charters.
The Similan Islands are also another must-see destination in southern Thailand. Located more than 80 kilometers from Phuket, they can be reached by booking Phuket speedboat charter services and are ideal for both half-day and full-day tours. The Similans are a great choice for divers since they’re one of the ten best diving sites in the whole world. With crystal-clear waters and rich marine life, these islands will surely help you have a memorable diving experience.
Of course, let’s not forget other destinations near Phuket, such as Coral Island (aka Koh Hae), the Racha Islands (Racha Noi and Racha Yai), and the Koh Yao islands (Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi). By renting a private Phuket speedboat or simply going on a group tour, you can visit these fantastic destinations, see the best that Thailand has to offer, and have an exciting and unforgettable trip.