What are the Best Boat Tours for Families

Phuket, Thailand is a very popular holiday destination for many different types of tourists. From the young adults looking to party hard late into the night in Patong. Luxury travelers looking to stay in a stunning villa on the hills of Phuket overlooking the Andaman Sea. Backpackers and students on a year out traveling, and families looking for a mix of stunning tropical beaches, great food and family-friendly activities.

Today we are looking at what are the best 5 Star Marine Phuket boat tours for families.

Just to clarify our definition of families. Yes, of course, we know that a “family” could be many different things, but for this blog and video, we are defining families as anyone with children under 12.

So, let’s look at what are the best private boat Tours for Families.

When looking for an easy, close-by island day trip that is good for families, snorkelling, and relaxing on the beach you can’t beat the Khai Islands.

These three islands are very close together and are accessible in only 15 to 20 minutes from the 5 Star Marine pier at Boat Lagoon.

The Khai Islands are made up of 3 separate islands:

  • Khai Nai
  • Khai Nau
  • Khai Nok

These Islands are especially good for beginner snorkellers as they offer the opportunity to snorkel straight off the beach and experience a plethora of tropical fish.

Each of the three Islands offers something slightly different for you to experience

Want to know more about Khai islands Click here

This stunning Phuket island has 2 main beaches (Long Beach and Banana Beach), where you can find a handful of restaurants, enjoy a few different snorkelling spots or just relax on its sandy beaches.

Coral Island, is also known locally as Koh He, is an easy and family-friendly day-trip destination from Phuket and you can combine it with other tours as well. More of that later. It will take around 30 – 40 mins to get to Coral Island from the 5 Star Marine Pier.

The beach at Coral Island is stunning, just what you are looking for when you think of a tropical paradise beach. The white sands and the clear tropical water, make this island truly awesome. The snorkeling right off the beach is possibly some of the best in Phuket. It’s so easy just to walk from the beach right into some stunning reefs.

You can climb up over a small hill and get to a stunning viewpoint and it’s a very easy path, and you might even get to see the islands mascots the Hornbill. There are many flying all over the island and sometimes even into the restaurant.

At Coral Island, you can also rent a canoe or banana boat as well as parasailing.

You can also combine the Coral Island tour with an afternoon stop at Mai Ton on the way back to try your luck spotting the dolphins there. See below:

Learn more about Coral Island Click here

You can add this trip to either of the tours above and it can be tailored to your requirements.

Nothing compares to seeing dolphins in their natural habitat, and getting the opportunity to witness them in the wild is a spectacular experience.

Of, course we can never guarantee that you will see the dolphins but we do know the best times to go and see if they are there.

Maiton Island is not just a place to see Phuket dolphins you can also go snorkeling there as well. There is nothing like jumping off a boat for young kids to make them feel alive, and to be fair, adults should do it to. Once you have jumped off the underwater world comes to life.

Learn more about Maiton Island Dolphin Spotting Click here

BTS’ Suga’s visit to Phuket

World superstar Suga from K-pop band BTS was in Phuket recently taking some time offer during the Asian leg of his world tour. While in Phuket Suga took a private boat tour with 5 Star Marine Phuket and shared his experiences with his millions of fans with a YouTube Vlog.

See the vlog here:

What is K-pop?

I know some of you are asking what is K-Pop? Well:

K-pop, short for Korean pop music and has a rich and fascinating history that dates back several decades. Origins can be traced back to the early 1990s when Korean music began to adopt Western influences and experiment with new sounds. However, it wasn’t until the late 1990s and early 2000s that K-pop started gaining significant popularity both domestically and internationally.

In the early 2000s, K-pop expanded its reach beyond South Korea, primarily targeting neighboring Asian countries.However, it was in the late 2000s and early 2010s that K-pop truly exploded onto the global stage. The debut of groups like Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, Big Bang, and 2NE1 captivated audiences with their polished performances, addictive music, and innovative music videos.

Since then, K-pop has continued to dominate charts and captivate audiences worldwide. Groups like BTS, EXO, BLACKPINK, and TWICE have achieved unprecedented success, breaking records and collaborating with renowned international artists.

Who is Suga?

South Korean rapper, song writer and record producer Min Yoon-Gi, known by millions of fans around the world as Suga from BTS was out on a 5 Star Marine Private Boat with guide Jimmy.

Suga joined South Korean boy Band BTS in 2013 and then released his first solo mixtape under the name Agust D in 2016.

Suga Agust D Tour is the first worldwide concert tour by South Korean rapper Suga, also known as Agust D, in support of his debut studio album, D-Day. The tour began on April 26, 2023, in Belmont, New York, and will end on August 6, 2023, in Seoul, South Korea.

What did Suga do on tour?

They headed out on Lucus 6 from Phuket Boat Lagoon and spent a whole day exploring the wonders of Phuket, went snorkeling in Phi Phi and enjoyed some awesome local Thai food.

This was the full itinerary for the day that was designed by 5 Star Marine Phuket guide Jimmy specifically for Suga and his day out on tour:

Left from the 5 Star Marine Phuket pier at Phuket Boat Lagoon

Went to Phi Phi Don and visited:

  • Monkey Beach
  • Lunch at Leam Tong Bay

They then headed to Phi Phi Leh and visited:

  • Viking Cave
  • Pileh Lagoon
  • Maya Beach

Suga and the team then headed to spend some time relaxing on Rang Yai Island before heading back to Phuket as the sun set and arriving back at the 5 Star Marine Pier.

If you would like to book the BTS Suga Tour then contact us now. You can even book Lucus 6 so you can get the same tour that Suga went on. Click here

Things to do in Phuket 2023

Things to do in Phuket 2023.

Phuket, Thailand, offers a myriad of experiences and things to do, that will leave you enchanted and longing to return again and again. From its stunning beaches, underwater wonders and the many surrounding islands, to its rich cultural heritage and vibrant nightlife, this tropical paradise island has something to offer every visitor. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a blend of both, Phuket is the perfect destination to create unforgettable memories for you and your family.

We headed out to look for some of the newest things to do in Phuket in 2023 and check out some of the older activities that you can do during the rainy season in Phuket.

Padel Tennis Phuket

Opened in 2022 Phuket Padel Tennis has brought the game to the north of Phuket with its purpose-built covered courts located at Blue Tree Phuket. Padel Tennis is a sport which combines action with fun and social interaction. It’s a great sport for players of all ages and skills, as it is both quick and easy to pick up.

Most players get the basics within the first half an hour of playing so that they can enjoy the game.

Padel Tennis is not as dominated by strength, technique and serve as it happens in Tennis and therefore is an ideal game for men, women and families to compete together.

Just don’t mention Pickle ball to anyone.

Padel Tennis – https://www.padel-phuket.com/

Upside Down House

The Upside-Down House Museum and Attractions is one of Phuket’s must-visit and most popular tourist places. It really is one of the quirkiest tourist attractions in Phuket. You really have to see it, and best of all its perfect activity in the rain and for the whole family.

You can get very creative with taking pictures and videos and if you’re feeling like an adventure there is also a garden maze to explore. Make sure you check out the Upside-Down House in Phuket.\

Upside Down House – https://upsidedownhouse-phuket.com/

Selfie Experience Phuket

The Selfie Experience Phuket is a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience that blends the art of photography and the joy of self-expression in a vibrant and inspiring space that spans over 3000 square meters.

You will enter a world where creativity reigns supreme, where every corner is a canvas for your imagination, and every moment is a memory waiting to be captured. With over 40 distinct photo booths and thematic rooms, your selfies will never be the same again.

Each scene is crafted with painstaking attention to detail, and each prop chosen to provide the perfect backdrop for your photos and videos. If you are looking for a unique experience, a creative outlet, or simply a fun way to spend the day? Look no further than the The Selfie Experience Phuket.

Selfie Experience Phuket –  https://www.tse.asia/

Rebel Rock Climbing

Rebel Rock Climbing Phuket is a full-scale commercial indoor rock-climbing facility. Rebel Rock Climbing provides a unique atmosphere for a safe and controlled indoor rock climbing, while offering an outdoor-feel with its huge windows overlooking a stunning lake and tropical forest.

The facilities include over 700 sqm of wall space, with a boulder wall, top-out boulder wall, boulder cave, top-rope wall, lead climb wall and deep-water solo wall. A rock climbing equipment pro-shop and restaurant are in site as well as shower facilities and lockers. They also provide rock climbing course for beginners and advanced climbers.

Rebel Rock Climbing – https://www.rebelrockclimbing.com/

Niran Horse Ridding Phuket

Niran Horse Ridding and equestrian center Phuket is semi new to Phuket, although it did use to operate under the name Red Bamboo Riding School. Early 2023 the new owners moved the equestrian center to a new location and a purpose-built facility including stables, grooming rooms, and a hug covered indoor training center.

There are plans for a petting zoo, restaurant and kids play zone all to come in 2024. They offer beginner lessons right up to advanced, as well as show jumping and dressage training. They also offer pony trekking in the tropical Phuket jungles.

Niran Horse Ridding – https://www.facebook.com/p/Niran-Equestrian-Center-Phuket-100090176808418/

Electric Go Karts Phuket

Situated on the top floor car park of the new Central Floresta Phuket this is a great new edition to Phuket. They offer three different electric karts depending on your skill level. There are also two tracks to try out. The top-level karts also come with a speaker to give you the noise of a petrol go kart.

It’s a super fun activity however you do need to go when it’s not raining as there is no cover and water and electric is never a good mix.

Electric Go Karts –  https://www.facebook.com/egokartbymonowheel/

Phuket Tourism News – Rescued Turtle On Patong Beach & Snake Cross the Phuket Road

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 25 | July 9

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Patong Surf Life Saving team rescued a turtle on Patong Beach

Rescued Turtle On Patong Beach

Lifeguard staff of Patong Municipality, Jetski and parasailing crews, plus tourists joined to help a Turtle now named “Nong Tao Talay”, who was caught in a huge amount of fishing lines and nets.

They managed to cut off all the lines and nets that was entangling, Nong Tao, and then they released it back to the sea.

Reported the Phuket Times on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/PhuketTimeNews

Thai elephant Sak Surin safely repatriated after 22 years in Sri Lanka

Rescued Turtle On Patong Beach

The enduring odyssey of Sak Surin, an elephant initially gifted by Thailand to Sri Lanka, took a homeward trajectory as the elephant touched down in Chiang Mai, ending a 22 yearlong overseas sojourn.

Sak Surin’s journey back to Chiang Mai was an elaborate endeavor.

Encased within a specially designed cage that was placed in the cargo hold of an Ilyushin IL-76, Sak Surin was accompanied by a team of four veterinarians and two mahouts who had journeyed to Sri Lanka earlier to facilitate the repatriation.

Read more at The Thaiger – https://thethaiger.com/news/national/thai-elephant-sak-surin-safely-repatriated-after-22-years-in-sri-lanka

Phuket Police praised for stopping traffic to save snake

Rescued Turtle On Patong Beach

The Police on duty at the Heroines Monument in Phuket this have been praised online for stopping traffic at the Heroines Monument to prevent a python crossing the road from being run over. The over 2m long python crossed the road and then local animal control offices came and took the python and released it into the jungle well away from the busy roads of Phuket.

Foreign nationals in Phuket donate blood amid Rh-negative shortage

Rescued Turtle On Patong Beach

In an uplifting gesture of community unity, the Immigration Department of Phuket extended heartfelt appreciation to the 121 foreign nationals who donated blood at a special drive held at the Central Floresta shopping complex. The blood donation event was jointly orchestrated by the Phuket Immigration Department and the local chapter of the Red Cross Society.

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Which is best? Phuket Private Speedboat Tours, Group Tour or Yacht Charter

Phuket Private Speedboat Tour vs Group Tour Vs Yacht Charter

A tour of the many islands around Phuket is always a brilliant idea. No matter if you choose a private boat tour, or Group boat tour or a Yacht charter.

All three options will enable you to visit Phuket’s spectacular destinations and have new and unique experiences.

But what is the difference and which one is best for you?

Each of the three options offers unique advantages. We will delve into the key differences between a Phuket Private Tour, a group Tour, and a Yacht Charter.

Phuket Private Speedboat Tours

A Phuket private speedboat tour offers a more personalized and exclusive experience. On a Phuket private tour, the itinerary is customisable, and we can prepare a tailor-made tour just for you. So, what are some of the other benefits of a Phuket private speedboat tour?

Flexibility and Customization: Private tours allow you to tailor the experience according to your preferences. You have the freedom to choose the destinations, duration, and activities that interest you the most. The tour can be customized to match your specific needs, making it ideal for those seeking a unique and personalized adventure.

Privacy and Intimacy: You have the luxury of privacy and exclusivity. You can enjoy the company of your own group of friends or family without the presence of strangers.

Enhanced Interactions with Guides: Private tours often provide more one-on-one time with the guides. This allows for deeper conversations, personalized attention, and the opportunity to ask specific questions. The guide can focus on your group’s interests, making the experience more informative and engaging.

Flexibility in Timing: Unlike Phuket group tours, Phuket private tours offer more flexibility in terms of departure time and duration. You have the freedom to choose the timing that suits you best, allowing for a relaxed and stress-free experience.

Phuket Group Tours

A Phuket group speedboat tour involves joining a larger group of individuals and heading out altogether, generally on a set route. So, what are some of the benefits of a group speedboat tour:

Affordability: Group tours often tend to be more budget-friendly as the costs are divided among many participants.

Social Interaction: Group tours provide an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with fellow travelers who share a similar passion for exploration.

Pre-planned Itinerary: Group tours usually have a pre-determined itinerary, ensuring that you cover the most popular sights and attractions.

Phuket Yacht Charter

A Phuket yacht charter from one of the many Phuket marinas offers a luxurious and exclusive way to explore the islands around Phuket. Here are some characteristics and benefits of a yacht charter:

Size and Comfort: Yachts are typically larger vessels equipped with spacious interiors, comfortable cabins, and ample deck space.

They offer a more relaxed and opulent experience and enjoy the panoramic views of Phuket and the surrounding islands.

Privacy and Exclusivity: Phuket Yacht charters offer complete privacy, as the vessel is only for you and your chosen companions.

Customization and Freedom: Phuket Yacht charters provide the ultimate freedom to create your own itinerary and tailor the experience to your preferences. You can choose your destinations, anchor in secluded bays, engage in water sports, or simply relax onboard.

But – please note that some Phuket Yacht Charters do follow a set route and depending on the size of the yacht you may not be able to get to all the destinations.

Luxury and Amenities: Yachts are renowned for their luxurious amenities, which may include Jacuzzis, spacious sun decks, gourmet dining options, entertainment systems, and water toys. The onboard crew takes care of all the details, ensuring that your every need is met, from gourmet meals to personalized service.

So, there are your three options for spending a day exploring all that Phuket has to offer. Of course, 5 Star Marine offers Phuket Private tours and the reason for this is very simple. When I first came to Phuket I wanted to go out and explore the islands around Phuket. Yacht charter was very expensive and I was not able to really explore the islands as I wanted, as the yachts could not get too close to some of the places that I wanted to visit.

I also went on some group tours and while many of these were great fun, I didn’t like to be restricted to where I went or how long I spent at one place, and personally for me I didn’t want to be on a boat with lots of strangers, and so after doing both of these around Phuket the concept of Phuket Private tours came up and 5 Star Marine was born.

All three options are amazing and it’s up to you to choose which one suits you best, I know which one I would pick.

Phuket Tourism News – Soi Rommanee wins, Hong Kong flies to Phuket, Spinal Boards donation.

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 24 | July 2

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Living Waters Phuket Donates 14,000 spinal boards

Medical supplies worth over US$1.1 million consisting of 14,000 spinal boards has been donated by Living Waters Phuket to the Thai Ministry of Public Health and National Emergency Medicine Foundation. Owner of 5 Star Marne and of Living Waters Shaun was on hand to be part of the handing over event in Phuket Town.

A tour group apologised after causing harm to Thai marine life

The serene waters of Ao La on Koh Racha Yai, situated south of Phuket, were recently embroiled in controversy when tourists from a tour company, engaged in activities harmful to marine life and environment. They posed for photos with seemingly innocent starfish in hand and ventured onto delicate coral reefs, drawing the ire of locals.

They have said sorry for their actions but it does look like there will be a big fine and the possibility of a prison sentence. PLEASE not touch the marine life. Just take pictures and leave only footprints in the sand.

Read More – A tour group apologised after causing harm to Thai marine life

Hong Kong Airlines commences flights to Phuket

Hong Kong Airlines’ inaugural direct flight from Hong Kong arrived in Phuket on Thursday (June 21) evening, bringing 147 passengers to the island. The firetrucks where out in force to create a rainbow of water as the jet taxied its way to the Phuket international Airport terminal.

Soi Rommanee’s place among world’s best streets

The inclusion of Phuket’s historical alley, Soi Rommanee, in the list of The World’s 20 Most Beautiful Streets has garnered praise from caretaker Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to acting government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri. The announcement was made on June 22.

Soi Rommanee is arguable one of the most photographed places in all of Phuket and is a must see when coming on holiday to the island.

Read More – Soi Rommanee’s place among world’s best streets

Best Restaurant In Phang Nga Bay

Where is The Best Thai Restaurant in Phang Nga Bay?

Thai food is renowned worldwide for its irresistible flavors, aromatic spices, and vibrant presentation. The cuisine of Thailand has captured the hearts and palates of people from all corners of the globe.

Thai food is known for its perfect balance of flavors. Thai dishes masterfully combine sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy elements, creating a symphony of tastes that tantalize the taste buds. Whether it’s the tangy lemongrass in Tom Yum soup, the fiery kick of chili peppers in Som Tum, or the creamy coconut milk in Massaman curry, Thai food delights in its ability to create a harmonious blend of contrasting flavors in each dish.

Baan Rim Nam Koh Yao Yai

When you are out on a 5 Star Marine Tour in Phang Nga Bay, we would highly recommend the amazing Baan Rim Nam, on Koh Yao Yai.

Baan Rim Nam restaurant is a must-visit and not only because the food is very tasty, but also because of the fantastic location. As you sit on the wooden deck you overlook the tranquil bay and right in front

of you, see the floating shacks of the local fishermen, who bring their catch daily to the restaurant.

There are magnificent views from Baan Rim Nam. The awesome staff welcomes people all year round as t is such a popular restaurant. The service is very professional and polite and you really feel like you are at a 5-star restaurant, but still with that local restaurant feel.

There is no surprise there are so many good reviews online for Baan Rim Nam. Immediately as we arrived, we were met with a warm welcome and sat with a stunning view of the bay. The Thai food was to die for. Massive fresh tiger prawns from local fishermen prepared perfectly. Freshly fried fish, crispy and light, and one of my personal favorites is the raw prawn dish called locally – “Kung chae nampla”.

This is a Thai salad made from fresh raw shrimp soaked in Thai fish sauce and served with chunks of gourd, cloves of garlic, chilies, and spicy sauce.

NOTES – The spicy sauce is VERY spicy, and the gourds are VERY bitter

Their signature dessert was a total surprise. You need to watch the video to find out what this is.

Thai Food

Thai food is more than just a meal—it’s a social and cultural experience. In Thailand, meals are often shared, and dining is seen as a communal activity. The warm hospitality, lively atmosphere, and conviviality associated with Thai dining enhance the overall enjoyment of the food. Sharing a variety of dishes with loved ones, engaging in conversation, and experiencing the unique Thai dining culture

add an extra layer of satisfaction to the culinary experience.

Thai food’s irresistible flavors, fresh ingredients, diverse textures, versatility, exquisite presentation, and social aspect all contribute to its exceptional reputation. The balance of flavors, commitment to freshness, and attention to detail make Thai cuisine an absolute delight for the senses.

Whether you’re indulging in a spicy locally caught tiger prawn curry or savoring a tangy salad, the food at Baan Rim Nam, on Koh Yao Yai offers you a culinary journey that is unparalleled, making it truly deserving of its recommendations by the 5 Star Marine Phuket team as the Best Restaurant in Phang Nga Bay.

Beach and Water Safety In Phuket, Live Rescue Caught on Tape

Beach and Water Safety In Phuket

During Phuket’s rainy season, or as some call it, the Phuket low season or ‘green season’ which runs from May through late October the West coast beaches such as Surin Beach, Kamala Beach, Patong Beach, and Kata and Karon Beach all are affected by the South westly monsoons.

The waves are a lot stronger and there can be a lot of trash and drift wood washed up. There are also rip tides, also called rip currents.

These Phuket beaches can be a dangerous place to swim IF you do not follow the rules which are very simple, but still each year there are people who just think, well in fact, they don’t think and just jump right in.

Yes, playing in big waves can be fun, but please read the details below to make sure you stay safe when coming on holiday to Phuket during the rainy season.

The Phuket Beaches Flag system.

Flags on beaches are used as a visual communication system to convey important information about water conditions and potential hazards to beachgoers.

Green Flag: A green flag typically indicates that the water conditions are calm and it is safe to swim. However, it’s always important to exercise caution and be aware of your swimming abilities.

Yellow Flag: A yellow flag is a cautionary flag that suggests moderate surf or currents. It advises swimmers to be aware of potentially hazardous conditions and to exercise caution while swimming.

Red Flag: A red flag is a warning sign indicating high surf and strong currents. It is used when there are potentially dangerous conditions, such as strong waves or rip currents. Swimmers are advised to stay out of the water when a red flag is flying.

NOTE: Sometimes on the Phuket beaches they will have a half red and half yellow flag, you will notice that there will be two flags around 100m to 200m apart. These are to indicate swimming zones and are set up by the Phuket Lifeguards to ensure you swim in the correct area.

It’s important to familiarize yourself with the specific flag system which is used here in Phuket where you’re visiting a beach. Additionally, pay attention to any signs or instructions provided by the Phuket lifeguards to ensure your safety while enjoying the beach.

Rip Tides

A rip tide, also known as a rip current, is a powerful and narrow current of water that flows away from the shoreline, typically through a gap in sandbars or between offshore structures such as jetties. Rip tides can occur on any beach with breaking waves and are most commonly found in coastal areas.

If you find yourself caught in a rip tide, it’s important to remain calm and remember the following guidelines:

Stay afloat and don’t panic: The most important thing is to keep yourself afloat by treading water or floating on your back. Avoid wasting energy by struggling against the current or trying to swim directly back to shore.

Don’t swim against the current: Rip tides are extremely strong, and even the strongest swimmers can struggle to swim against them. Instead, swim parallel to the shoreline, following the current. Most rip tides are relatively narrow, so swimming parallel to the shore will eventually allow you to escape its pull.

Signal for help: If you’re unable to swim out of the rip tide or you become too tired, try to signal for help by waving your arms and calling out to people on the shore. Lifeguards or other beachgoers may be able to assist you or alert professional rescuers.

Conserve energy: If you’re unable to swim out of the rip tide and there’s no immediate help available, conserve your energy by floating calmly. It’s essential to stay afloat and conserve your energy until you can escape the rip tide or until help arrives.

Swim parallel to the shore: Once you have escaped the rip tide’s pull, swim at an angle away from it and toward the shore. It’s important not to swim directly against the current as it may exhaust you.

Preventing getting caught in a rip tide is the best course of action. Always swim at beaches with lifeguards and pay attention to their instructions and warning signs. If you’re unsure about the water conditions or the presence of rip tides, it’s best to stay out of the water.

5 Star Marine Awarded 2023 Tripadvisor® Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best

Outstanding Visitor Reviews and Ratings Place 5 Star Marine Among
Thailand’s Best Tours & Activities

We are honoured and privileged to be acknowledged by Tripadvisor with these prestigious achievements, which recognise companies that consistently provide exceptional experiences to their customers, resulting in outstanding guest reviews.

These awards position 5 Star Marine among the top businesses on Tripadvisor, acknowledging their tours and activities as the absolute “best of the best” in Thailand.

Shaun Stenning, CEO of 5 Star Marine commented: “We are delighted that we have managed to continue to exceed our travellers’ expectations. Achieving awards of this calibre requires immense dedication, hard work and an exceptional team. I take immense pride in our entire 5 Star Marine family, whose collective efforts have contributed to these awards; and extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our amazing guests for their unwavering support throughout the past year.”

From humble beginnings as a boutique private tour company with just one speedboat, 5 Star Marine has now emerged as the number 1 ranked Tours & Activities provider in Phuket. Adding to these accomplishments, we are thrilled to have received the prestigious TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award for the third consecutive year.

In addition to this, 5 Star Marine’s Phi Phi Island Private Tour and James Bond Island Private Tour have been recognised as the “Best Of The Best,” solidifying their status as one of the top 10 must-do experiences for every traveller visiting Thailand.

In conclusion, the company now holds impressive rankings of the 4th and 9th for the best things to do in Phuket as tours, while also securing the top spot as the number 1 tour operator in Phuket.

“Congratulations to the 2023 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best winners,” said John Boris, Chief Growth Officer at Tripadvisor. “The travel resurgence we’ve seen throughout the past year has even further heightened the competition. Ranking among the Best of the Best demonstrates that you have provided exemplary experiences to those who matter most: your guests”

Discover more about our highly sought-after private tours on Tripadvisor by exploring them here:



Alternatively, please contact us directly to discuss or to book a bespoke private day trip itinerary.

Shaun Stenning

+66 (0) 93720 6221


[email protected]

Phuket Tourism News – Specialised Expo, Phuket Dolphins, Tripadvisor Awards 2023

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 23 | June 25

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Phuket fails bid to host Specialised Expo

Sad news came out last night (June 21st) from Paris as Thailand has not won its bid for Phuket to host the World Specialised Expo 2027/28 following the final voting held at the 172nd general assembly of the event organiser, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), in Paris. We would like to say well done to the Phuket TAT the Phuket Governor and all the

local Phuket companies and businesses who have all put in so much effort to try to win the bid. We would like to wish Serbia congratulations in their bid to host the event in Belgrade.

Read more – Phuket fails bid to host Specialised Expo

Phuket tourism revenue returns to pre-Covid level

It has been reported in the media that tourism in the southern island province, that’s Phuket by the way, has returned to its pre-Covid level by revenue, while the number of visitors remains lower than before the pandemic due partly to fewer returning Chinese tourists, according to local authorities. Seems that the Russian’s who came in force during the high season were big spenders.

Stranded dolphin rescued, taken into care in Phuket

A young bottlenose dolphin, which was spotted in Phuket waters has been successfully rescued and is now receiving treatment at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC), as confirmed by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR). The authorities successfully rescued the lost bottlenose dolphin that had ventured into the Tha Chin River in the Ratsada

district of Phuket. Residents, anglers, and fishermen in the district spotted the dolphin swimming in Tha Chin River near Koh Sire Bridge and reported it to the Sireetarn Marine Endangered Animals Rescue Centre.

Read More – Stranded dolphin rescued, taken into care in Phuket

Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice and the Best of the Best Things to Do Thailand 2023

For the third year running, 5 Star Marne Phuket has been awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award, and that alone is awesome:


Two of our private tours, our Phi Phi Island Private Tour and our James Bond Island Private Tour were ranked in the top 10 “Best Of The Best

Thailand 2023” Making them one of the top 10 things to do in Thailand for any traveller visiting the Kingdom.

The Tripadvisor’s travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Overall Experiences Thailand 2023 top 10 were picked due to the high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the Tripadvisor community over a 12-month period and each winner has passed a Tripadvisor rigorous trust and safety standards.

Did you know that fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor’s 8 million listings are awarded Best of the Best, signifying the highest level of excellence in travel.

Awards like this come with hard work, dedication and an amazing team. We are so proud of our team who have all individually contributed to these awards.

And thank you to our awesome guests.

To see the full list, click here – https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-ThingsToDo-cTopExperiences-g293915#9

Upcoming Events in Phuket

Phuket Surf festival – www.facebook.com/events/549672407324383

PHIST – https://www.facebook.com/events/6035872379834085

Phuket Tourism News now in audio format

We have added the Phuket Tourism News in audio format and you can now listen to it on Apple Music and Spotify or on your favorite podcast provider.

Just search Phuket Tourism News or click the icons below:

Dr Pepper – Please note that the Phuket Tourism News is NOT sponsored by Dr Pepper, however if anyone from Dr Pepper does want to reach out and give us a free baseball cap and mug, we would be very great full. Oh, if you can make it easier to get Dr Pepper into Phuket that would be awesome. Thanks Dr Pepper you ROCK.