I'm going to Phuket in November. My flight gets in around 11:30am and I am going to Karon first to check into my hotel. I have the entire rest of my day open, plus 2 more full days.
How much time do I need to see the major things in Phuket - Wat Chalong, Karon Beach, Kata Beach, the viewpoint, Big Buddha, and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project? If I hire a driver, can we see all of this in a half day after checking into our hotel?
The reason for wanting to do all this my first day is because I'd like to take a sail tour the other 2 days to Pha Nga Bay and Phi Phi Islands. From what I've read, those are separate trips and can't be combined in one day. Is that correct? If I have to choose just one, which is better? I really want to see some beautiful rock formations, beaches that are not totally full of tourists, and go snorkeling.
Any advice on how to fit this all in is much appreciated!