Two Tickets to Paradise: The Complete Guide for Exploring Thailand

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6th May 2017
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Thailand Itinerary

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7N/ 8D

Route Followed:

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Bangkok

Day 1

So here it is our Island Hopping Itinerary for Thailand. There are more than 300 islands near and around Thailand and visiting each one of them is not possible until and unless your boss gives you two months off as an incentive for your hard work. The land of free people- Thailand, is a beautiful country and is exposed to be explored. Without wasting any further time, we would start with our planning and execution in detail.

So, like we have mentioned in our Backpacking hacks 1 and Backpacking Hacks 2, we did a lot of research and read several blogs before planning our itinerary. Since we had only 8 days to explore the land, we decided on the major cities and made a list of islands we wanted to explore. There is a lot of information on the internet about the same. At one point, it seemed impossible to select the islands, but then we watched the vlogs and decided to explore Khai Islands (Khai Nui, Khai Nai, and Khai Nok). Other than that Phi Phi Island was a must and lastly, we decided to explore Koh Tup, Koh Mor, Koh Gai (Chicken Island) and Koh Poda. We had read about the crystal-clear water and the wide variety of marine life found there. Also, these islands are known to be less crowded.

We started from Bangalore early in the morning. Having a connecting flight from Kolkata, we reached Bangkok by 5:00 PM and took the Airport Rail to reach to our place of stay. After relaxing for some time, we decided to check out the market nearby and clicked some beautiful pictures (to have a glimpse of the same, check out our Instagram Account- @footloosebackpackers). Post dinner, we went to Erawan Shrine, Hua Lumphong Temple and the statue of Lord Ganesha and the Goddess in front of Central World Ratchaprasong Intersection. These three places can be seen in the night as they look magnificent when they are lit up.

Skyscrapers in and around Sukhumvit Street (s)

Photo of Erawan Shrine Bangkok Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of Erawan Shrine Bangkok Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers

The Erawan Shrine

Photo of Erawan Shrine Bangkok Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers

Elephant statues offered by the devotees

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Lord Ganesha in front of Central World Ratchaprasong Intersection

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Day 2

The next day, which was supposedly our last day in Bangkok, we decided to appreciate the rich architecture of the city and visited The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Wat Phra Kaew. We kept Siam’s Ocean World and Madame Tussauds for the evening. The details (Ticket price and timings) are mentioned below. For other details, check out our detailed post on exploring Bangkok in Two days (Click Here).

We have also penned down the details of the ticket price and timings of the major attractions in Bangkok (Click here to know more)

At a junction close to the Grand Palace

Photo of The Grand Palace Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of The Grand Palace Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of The Grand Palace Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of The Grand Palace Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of The Grand Palace Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers

Wat Arun

Photo of The Grand Palace Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of The Grand Palace Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Bangkok Thailand by Footloose Backpackers

Madam Tussauds and Sealife Ocean World can be visited by buying combo/ early-bird tickets from the following website:

https://www.madametussauds.com/bangkok/en/tickets/

A combo package will include the ticket to Ocean World, Madam Tussauds, Complimentary Photo, Wax hand, Glass Boat Ticket and a gift from Ocean World. Other details can be obtained from the website.

Another cheaper and more comfortable option is to download the KLOOK app and buy combo tickets from there. We bought a combo pack for 880 THB/ person. Cheap, isn’t it?

Day 3

Phuket

We were scheduled to fly to Phuket on the third day of our trip. Landing at about 11:30 AM in Phuket, we booked a taxi to our hotel (Sinu House Hotel), which was located near the Rassada Pier towards the eastern side of Phuket Town. Refreshed and all enthused to explore Phuket, we started for Baan Teelanka where the infamous Upside Down House, The Tree House, and The Maze are located. Honestly, all three places were not worth a penny. Upside Down is super confusing as one cannot decide the pose for clicking the photographs at a right angle. The Tree House is not something great. And the Tree Maze is a namesake. It hardly took us 5 minutes to finish the maze.

The details (Ticket price and timings) can be found here. For other details, check out our detailed post on exploring Phuket in Two days (Click Here).

Day 4

Since we had planned to stay only for two nights in Phuket, we tried to cover Upside Down, Tree House, Maze, Big Buddha and Promthepe Cape View Point on day 1 and Trick-eye Museum on day 2. We spent most of our time on day 2 at Koh Khai Islands.

Photo of Koh Khai Nok Phru Nai Phang-nga Thailand by Footloose Backpackers

Koh Phi Phi Don

Day 5

Phi Phi Don Island is well-maintained and to keep the lush green flora and crystal blue waters clear, the management charges 20 THB/ person from every tourist before letting them enter the island.

On the morning of our 6th day, we had book a ferry to Koh Phi Phi Don and luckily that ferry turned out to be a mini Cruise. We left at 9:00 AM and reached Phi Phi Islands by 11: 00 AM. The two-hour journey in the ferry was splendid. There was nothing much to enjoy inside the seating chamber but the view from the deck was amazing. These pictures will speak louder than what we will describe in writing. A day in Phi Phi is more than enough to explore the island. We won’t say it is a small island, but it can be explored on foot and at the same time one can have a relaxed stay in the hotels too. The place offers Live Jazz Music in the evenings with delicious seafood. From street food vendors to good restaurants, this island has everything. There is a big market with shops selling souvenirs, antics, paintings, liquor, glass showpieces, clothes, snorkeling gears, caps, mobile covers, dry bags, and groceries.

On the same day, we trekked towards Long Beach and clicked some good photographs there. The trek is not at all difficult as a nicely paved path helps you move forward smoothly. The evening was reserved for a lavish back and neck massage, sumptuous dinner along with live music and shopping plans.

For the next day, we had booked a ferry to Ao Nang and it was scheduled to depart at 15:30 PM. Since we had the morning to ourselves, we decided to trek to the Phi Phi view point early in the morning (at around 07:30 AM). The trek to Phi Phi View Point is not a child’s play. A long pathway, more than 300 steps and a walk for 1km on an inclined path is what it takes to reach the top. But the effort is worth a shot, for the view from the top is mesmerizing.

Long Beach, Phi Phi Island

Photo of Koh Phi Phi (Tonsai Pier) Ao Nang Krabi Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of Koh Phi Phi (Tonsai Pier) Ao Nang Krabi Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of Koh Phi Phi (Tonsai Pier) Ao Nang Krabi Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of Koh Phi Phi (Tonsai Pier) Ao Nang Krabi Thailand by Footloose Backpackers

The Phi Phi View Point

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Loh Dalum Beach, Phi Phi Island

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A detailed itinerary for Koh Phi Phi can be found here or on our Tripoto page.

The next day, we had planned on going to Ao Nang. We preferred Ao Nang over Krabi because the former is the hive of activity. Ao Nang has an enormous market and eating joints and the best part is that there are restaurants that offer Indian food (trust us, this place has some of the best Indian Restaurants and the food offered is piquant).

Ao Nang

Day 6

On our 6th day of the trip, we booked a ferry to Ao Nang from Koh Phi Phi. It was a mini cruiser (more like a huge speedboat). Luckily, we got the free pick-up option both ways. There are many websites that offer this service and if you are staying in close proximity to the pier, the companies would not charge anything for the pick-up. To add on, this is the most convenient option available otherwise you will have to spend a fortune on cabs via Grab or Uber.

We were booked in The Nine Hotel, Ao Nang. Though there was no lift in the hotel, the location was pretty decent as the street market was just steps away. For a detailed Hotel Review, check out our post on ‘Travel Options and Finding Accommodation in Thailand’. We reached Ao Nang by 05:00 PM; the two-hour speedboat journey was a little tiring but the mesmerizing views added up to our energy levels. Our Drop off was scheduled from the Pier (Nopparat-Thara Pier) to The Nine Hotel (this was included in the speedboat ticket- another reason to stay in Ao Nang is that you get free pick-up and drop off).

View from our hotel

Photo of Ao Nang Krabi Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of Ao Nang Krabi Thailand by Footloose Backpackers

Street market on Ao Nang Street

Photo of Ao Nang Krabi Thailand by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of Ao Nang Krabi Thailand by Footloose Backpackers

Having reached our hotel, we settled on relaxing for a bit and then exploring the nearby market. Ao Nang has a lot to offer: The Ao Nang mosque, numerous 7 to 11 stores, family marts, the street market that offer plenty souvenirs, beachwear and other antics, massage parlors, and food joints that offer Live Music.

Day 7

For the next day, we had booked the most famous ‘Four Island Tour’. We booked it through KLOOK app and got a great deal. The tour gave us an opportunity to see four Islands (Koh Tup, Koh Mor, Koh Poda and Koh Gai (Chicken Island)) and Phranang Caves.

Photo of Ko Poda ตำบล อ่าวนาง กระบี่ ประเทศไทย by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of Ko Poda ตำบล อ่าวนาง กระบี่ ประเทศไทย by Footloose Backpackers
Photo of Ko Poda ตำบล อ่าวนาง กระบี่ ประเทศไทย by Footloose Backpackers

In and around Phranang Cav

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Photo of Ko Poda ตำบล อ่าวนาง กระบี่ ประเทศไทย by Footloose Backpackers

To know about our experience of the Four Island tour and to know the other relevant details, click here.

Chicken Island (Koh Gai)

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On the way to Koh Poda

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Koh Poda

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Koh Tup and Koh Mor

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Day 8

Krabi to Bangkok

We had our flight for Bangkok the next day. We booked tickets for the airport shuttle (priced at 150 THB/ person) and reached Bangkok by 05: 30 PM. We spent some time with our relatives there and then headed for the Suvarnabhumi airport with lots of memories and exhilarating experiences.

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