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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Phuket

Khao Lak

This string of serene beaches is still associated with the 2004 tsunami, though the area has been completely rebuilt. Go elephant trekking in jungles, sample fresh seafood from fishermen's huts, and stay in breathtaking boutique resorts.

66 miles north of Phuket, www.khaolak.net
Tags: beach | family | day trip | adventure

Khao Sok

Southern Thailand's most impressive national park boasts native rainforests, towering limestone crags, a mountain-ringed lake and long, rewarding hikes. The wildlife sanctuary is home to elephants, bears, tigers and Rafflesia, the world's largest flower.

92 miles north of Phuket, www.dnp.go.th
Tags: family | hiking | day trip | wildlife | national park

Ko Phi-Phi

These two limestone islands rising from the Andaman Sea are most recognized from The Beach, the Leonardo DiCaprio film shot on the beach connecting resorty Ph Phi Don and uninhabited Phi Phi Lek.

25 miles east of Phuket, www.phi-phi.com
Tags: beach | family | snorkeling | day trip | diving

Phang Nga Bay

This idyllic bay filled with limestone outcroppings is the perfect day trip from Phuket. Discover eerie mangrove swamps and secret tidal lagoons hidden inside karsts that seem straight out of a James Bond movie. Explore via sea kayak or a two-day excursion on longtail boats.

Sea Canoe; 36 miles north of Phuket, 367/4 Yaowarat Rd., 011-66-76-212-172, www.seacanoe.net
Tags: family | smart splurge | off the path | day trip | adventure

Similan Islands

Far out in the Andaman Sea, this group of islands offers spectacular diving and snorkelling sites. As it’s a national park, the only accommodations are in rustic park-owned bungalows, but a handful of trustworthy Phuket-based agencies, including Diving Phuket (www.diving.phuket.com), organize great-value, all-inclusive excursions.

62 miles northwest of Phuket, www.dnp.go.th
Tags: beach | family | snorkeling | day trip | wildlife | diving

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