15 days in Bangkok & Phuket Itinerary

15 days in Bangkok & Phuket Itinerary

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15 days in Bangkok & Phuket Itinerary

Johannesburg
Fly + train:  16​h
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly + bus + taxi:  4​h 30​min
Karon
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Nai Yang
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Johannesburg

3
days
Bangkok

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jim Thompson House and Wat Pho. Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) and Vimanmek Mansion will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Bangkok is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Bangkok, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Bangkok at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Karon.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Chatuchak Weekend Market
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho

8
days
Karon

Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Instyle Fashion and Freedom Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Phromthep Cape. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Karon: Phuket Town (Phuket Trickeye Museum & My Boss Collection), Surin Beach (in Choeng Thale) and Kamala Beach (in Kamala). Spend the 11th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 12th (Tue), spend a cool day on the water with Andys Scuba Diving Phuket. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chalong (Chaithararam Temple), look for gifts at James Fashion House Co Ltd., enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, and hunt for treasures at Naka Market.

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Do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Bangkok to Karon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. December in Karon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Nai Yang.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rawai, Phuket Town, Patong, Phuket Big Buddha, Surin Beach
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Freedom Beach
Rawai Beach
Andys Scuba Diving Phuket

2
days
Nai Yang

On the 15th (Fri), kick back and relax at Nai Thon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mai Khao Beach, then take in the waterfront activity at Ao Po Pier, and finally identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nai Yang Beach, stop by James Bespoke Suit, and then stop by Unique Art Collection.

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Getting from Karon to Nai Yang by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nai Yang

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phuket, Thalang District
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Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
Nai Yang Beach
Mai Khao Beach

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