Phuket is called Pearl of the Andaman for a reason. With its glorious beaches, swanky resorts, heart pumping adventures and action packed nights, it lures millions of visitors every year. Apart from the tonnes of attractions the island offers, there are a bevy of exotic places around Phuket.

Whether you fancy offbeat islands or untouched jungles or a scenic wonderland, there is a place to suit your taste. So make the world go green by checking in from these 10 amazing places near Phuket.

1. Koh Phi Phi

The darling child of backpackers from around the world, Koh Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. It rose to prominence after Di Caprio fell in love with it in the movie The Beach.

Koh Phi Phi Islands

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Set amidst picturesque bays, its unbelievably green tinted waters, teeming with exotic marine life are perfect for diving. Its also one of the cheapest places to dive in Thailand – the icing on the cake.

The biggest attraction in Koh Phi Phi is Maya Bay. Protected by majestic cliffs on three sides, it hides a secret beach – a landscape unlike any you have ever seen. In fact it’s even more popular than Koh Phi Phi.

When you are done drooling over the surreal beauty, you can let loose at the wild beach parties the island is famous for.

How to reach: Koh Phi Phi can be reached in 2 hours from Phuket by ferry.

2. Krabi

Phuket’s incredibly scenic neighbor, Krabi draws in droves of travelers every year. Covered with dense mangroves and surrounded by limestone pillars, its the perfect place to bask in the glory of mother nature.

Krabi

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Although as mainstream as Phuket, it has a more authentic Thai vibe to it. Everyone leads a laid back existence here, with travelers lounging about its beaches, hiking in the jungles and mountains, only to chill with a drink at a mellow bar in the night.

So if your idea of a trip is uninterrupted silence in the company of nature, then Krabi will delight you to no end.

How to reach: Krabi can be reached from Phuket by ferry in 2 hours.


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3. Khao Sok National Park

If you like waking up to the call of birds and the sweet smell of jungle, Khao Sok National Park is only a short drive away.

Khao Sok

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It houses a dense virgin rainforest dripping with waterfalls, its emerald green lakes are dotted with limestone formations and a large number of animals and birds call it home. Hiking through the forest, you might even stumble on the world’s largest flower – Rafflesia.

The best way to absorb the beauty of this place is to trek its jungle clad interiors on foot. It will be an adventurous experience. If you want to take it easy, why not kayak leisurely on a placid lake or just camp under the stars?

How to reach: Khao Sok can be reached from Phuket by road in 2 hours.

4. Khao Lak

Khao Lak is like an oasis for those in search of tranquility in Thailand. The dreamy combination of tropical forests and beautiful beach resorts lets you enjoy the best of both worlds. Away from the crowds of Phuket, Khao Lak invites you to lay yourself on its soft, fine sand in absolute peace and silence.

Khao Lak

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How to reach: Khao Lak can be reached from Phuket by road in 2 hours

5. Koh Lanta

If you have ever dreamed of having an island all to yourself, Koh Lanta can make it a reality. With its vast expanse of mangroves, some of the best beaches in Thailand and an ethereal underwater world, its nothing short of a paradise.

koh Lanta

The diving sites in Koh Lanta compare to some of the best in the world with an array of marine life frolicking in its waters. When you are not diving, just lie on its flour like sand and watch poetry in motion, as the sun sets.

How to reach: Koh Lanta can be reached from Phuket by ferry in 2 hours

6. Similan Islands

A group of 9 hidden gems, Similan islands is where the ocean weaves magic to mesmerize you with its underwater beauty. With some of the best diving sites on the planet, Similan attracts divers from around the world.

Similan

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The corals seem from another planet, the marine life exotic and the visibility as clear as glass. Its landscape above the surface is just as mystical, with gigantic boulders strewn around and picture perfect beaches.

Although it can be done as a day trip from Phuket, it can get quite hectic. Most travelers opt for Liveboard cruises, which include multiple day diving trips around Similan.

How to reach: It can be reached from Phuket by speedboat in an hour.

7. James Bond Island

The island earned its name from a James Bond movie (The Man with the Golden Gun), with an iconic scene shot here. Ever since then, images of its scenic beauty have caught the travel world by storm.

James Bond

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Its gifted with thick vegetation, stunning caves and surrounded by turquoise sea water. But the biggest draw for most remains the towering limestone cliffs. Bizarre, yet astonishing to look at, you can rent a kayak and paddle through the sea while appreciating them from close quarters.

How to reach: There are plenty of day trips from Phuket to James Bond Island.

8. Koh Hae

Also called Coral Island, Koh Hae is a small jungle covered island famous for its shallow coral reefs and excellent snorkeling. In fact, even if you just swim upto 100 meters from the beach, you will find shoals of colourful fishes.

Coral Island

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The beaches have plenty of deck chairs for relaxation and during high season, some of them have watersports like Jet Skiing and Parasailing.

If you want to stay away from the crowds, you can hike to Banana beach, where you can sunbathe in privacy.

How to reach: You can hire a long tail boat from Rawai beach in Phuket.The trip takes 25 mins one way.

9. Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi

The Racha islands are ideal for those who want to string up a hammock and just stay bewitched in the beauty of nature.

Koh Racha Islands

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Racha Noi is a paradise for Scuba Divers and Snorkelers, with its outstanding dive sites. The visibility under water is incredible and the colourful corals are alluring.

Racha Yai has a good collection of luxury resorts, making it ideal for couples who want to sidestep the crowds of Phuket.

How to reach: The Racha islands can be reached by ferry in an hour

10. Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi

The Koh Yao islands make you feel like you have gone back in time. The pace of life is firmly set to local and their laidback existence will surely rub off on you.

Koh Yao Yai

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The islands have a diverse landscape with lush green mangroves, golden sand beaches and huge limestone cliffs blocking the horizon from view. The best thing to do is to explore the place on two wheelers. And when your not doing that, you can swim, snorkel and kayak in its azure blue waters.

How to reach: Both islands can be reached by slow boat in an hour

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