18 days in Phuket & Bangkok Itinerary

18 days in Phuket & Bangkok Itinerary

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18 days in Phuket & Bangkok Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
1
Karon
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mai Khao
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Bangkok
— 8 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Townsville

6
nights
Karon

Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
For shopping fun, head to Instyle Fashion or Jungceylon. Visiting Patong Beach and Karon Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Mon), spend a cool day on the water with Andys Scuba Diving Phuket. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kata Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chalong (Chaithararam Temple), take some stellar pictures from Nai Harn Beach, and kick back and relax at Rawai Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Karon trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Karon is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Karon at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Mai Khao.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Patong, Rawai, Phuket Town
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

2
nights
Mai Khao

Mai Khao ©
The vast stretches of beach in Mai Khao, once a nesting area for the giant leatherback turtle, are home to various aquatic and relaxation activities.
On the 25th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Phang Nga Bay, then make a trip to Saphan Sarasin Bridge, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Turtle Village Shops & Cuisine. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Splash Jungle Waterpark and then stroll through Mai Khao Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mai Khao itinerary planner.

You can drive from Karon to Mai Khao in 1.5 hours. In October in Mai Khao, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Mai Khao

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phang Nga Bay., Mai Khao Beach
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Mai Khao Beach ©
Mai Khao Beach
Turtle Village Shops & Cuisine ©
Turtle Village Shops & Cuisine
Splash Jungle Waterpark ©
Splash Jungle Waterpark

8
nights
Bangkok

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Rajawongse Clothierfor plenty of shopping. Visit The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bangkok: Wat Mahathat (in Ayutthaya), Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (in Damnoen Saduak) and Bang Saen Beach (in Chonburi). Spend the 31st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get a taste of the local shopping with Khao San Road.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Mai Khao to Bangkok with the Route module. October in Bangkok sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bang Saen Beach, Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, Wat Maha That
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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