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If you’re only passing through Phuket on a whirlwind trip around Thailand, or simply want to see as much of the island as possible in one day so you can dedicate the rest of your stay to lounging on the beach, our Forbes Travel Guide editors think organized public or private tours are the best way to cover a lot of ground in a short time.
One recommended option is the Phuket Island & City Tour, a standard tour provided through a local company that works directly with the island’s hotels and resorts on Phuket. They’ll pick you up at your hotel early in the morning — around 8 a.m. — then whisk you away for about five hours of fast and furious sightseeing, including a cruise past the island’s popular beaches on the western coast and a stop at the picturesque Kata-Karon Viewpoint. You’ll also drive through Phuket Town, stop at gem and cashew factories, and visit Phuket’s most-famous Buddhist monastery, among other things. You can also work with the tour company to ensure there’s enough time to see the Big Buddha and to stop for snacks and shopping.