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exploring phuket by boat

People who want to experience the natural beauty of Phuket in a different way can take a boat trip. In addition to seeing the scenery, this is a good way of getting around in Phuket and boats travel to various different piers on the island. Tour companies on Phuket offer a range of different boat trips for visitors to choose from, ranging from just a few hours to several days.

Phuket Long Tail Boat Trips

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Traditional Thai long tail boats line most of the main beaches on Phuket. These beautiful boats feature a motor on the back and are able to whip through the waves in a mere matter of minutes. Private long tail boat trips are offered by a large number of boat drivers and this is a good way to take a trip around Phuket in comfort and style.

Private long tail boat hire costs around 400 baht per hour or up to 1,000 baht a day. Alternatively, visitors can join special half or full day long tail boat tours, which include a maximum of 15 people and usually include a trip to some of the enchanting islands close to Phuket as well as activities such as snorkelling.

Phuket Phang Nga Bay Cruise

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Set sail around the picturesque PhangNga Bay on a traditional Chinese junk. Tours can be arranged every day and run from 07:00 until 18:00, including a trip to a local Sea Gypsy Village. Part of the magic of this tour is the stunning old Chinese junk, which features a canopy to shade passengers from the sun as they sit on the deck and soak up the spectacular scenery. The trip also includes the chance to explore the famous James Bond Island and dine on the ship before returning to Phuket in time to watch the sunset.

Tourist can also take sunset dinner cruise package. This romantic experience is ideal for couples and includes a sunset cruise around Phan Nga Bay as the sun slowly sinks behind the horizon as well as a decadent dinner on board the large boat. Unlike many other types of boat trips, these large boats move slowly through the water, allowing passengers plenty of time to take photographs and full savour the experience.

Phuket Speed Boat Trips

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Modern speed boats can also be used to reach various parts of Phuket in a flash. These boats travel at high speed and the ride can be hair raising at times, although adrenaline junkies are sure to get a kick out of it.

Phuket Boat Charters

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People who really want to experience life on the open water can charter a motor catamaran or a yacht, which comes complete with a crew that will ensure that the trip is fun and invigorating while also being very safe. Boat charter trips typically last from two to five days and can be tailored to suit the needs of travellers.

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