No matter how old you are or what you’re interested in, if you visit Thailand; you are guaranteed with days of enjoyment and relaxation. Your trip starts out in the vibrant metropolis of Bangkok, with the Chao Phraya River flowing through its bustling streets, unique skyscrapers, busy markets, and structures depicting Thailand’s rich heritage. You can see why the capital has been named the "World's Best City" to travel in by many publications, as it truly is highly explorer-friendly. After 3 days of jam-packed fun, shift gears and take it easy on the tropical island of Phuket. With its azure waters, white-sand beaches, and lively nightlife; Phuket is a blast! So, get your holiday mood on, and take a trip to Thailand!
Getting in and around
Getting into Thailand is easy as Bangkok has the Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is one of Southeast Asia’s biggest airports and travel hubs, that connects the country to more than 175 cities in the world. From the airport, you can take the Bangkok Airport Rail Link to Phaya Thai station near central Bangkok. Tickets cost 45 Thai baht (or THB). Alternatively, you could take a metred taxi from the marked booths at the airport, or a taxi from the Grab app, which would cost anywhere between 250-400 baht for a ride to the city.
Travelling in the city is both convenient and fun, with its extensive public transport system that uses road, rail and river! The easiest way to travel from one part of the city to another is by using the BTS Skytrain. This rail system is easy to understand, as long as you know the closest station to your destination. Tickets cost between 15 and 55 baht, and you can check the prices at the English fare maps at every station. If you have 5 or 10 baht coins, use the vending machines as they usually have shorter queues than the normal ticket counters. Another way to travel in the city is by using the iconic Chao Phraya River that meanders through the city. The Chao Phraya Express Boat is a great way to commute. Take the orange-flag boats that halt at all the important stops, with tickets costing 14 baht that you buy at the piers or, sometimes, on the boat itself. Keep in mind when your stop is supposed to arrive, as there are generally no announcements. Although the roads in Bangkok gets jammed during rush-hour, one can take the occasional metred taxi ride, with base fare being 35 baht (make sure the metre is on, and displays this). You can also use the Grab app to book cabs. And finally, a crazy tuk-tuk ride is one you have to take for experience’s sake. Use them for just a short 5-10 minute ride, and make sure to agree on a price beforehand. Of course, exploring the city on foot is by far the best way, as you get to see Bangkok up-close and personal, and can experience it like a local.
To get to Phuket, the easiest way is to take a flight from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok. Nok Air and Air Asia have the most economical services; fares being as low as 1200 baht (one-way) if booked well in advance. From Phuket International Airport, the minibus service is perfect to get to your hotel in Phuket, costing 100-200 baht per seat (depending on where on the island your hotel is). You can also take the metred taxi service, which generally cost around 600 baht to places in Phuket.
Getting around each of the beach-towns in Phuket is best done on foot, with taxis/minibuses being able to take you from one town to the other.
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Mid-range: Inn A Day, Old Capital Bike Inn, Akara Hotel, Lancaster Bangkok, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
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Mid-range: Angsana Laguna Phuket, Allamanda Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort, Novotel Phuket Resort, Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa, Andaman White Beach Resort, Ramada Phuket Deevana, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
Luxury: Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, BYD Lofts Boutique Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Amari Phuket, The Surin Phuket, Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa