From temples galore in Bangkok to island hopping off the coast of Phuket, you'll get two different perspectives of Thailand on this exciting six-day trip. Start in the capital to see the city's most historic and spectacular temples, then grab your bathing suit and head to the beaches of Phuket, Thailand's largest island. Here you'll zoom around the islands of Ko Phi Phi by speedboat and discover secluded beaches, caves, and coves for the ultimate island escape.


  • Admire Bangkok's palaces and temples before enjoying its vibrant nightlife
  • Explore Phuket's colonial Old Town, beaches, and stunning limestone cliffs
  • Travel by speedboat to the islands of Ko Phi Phi and discover secluded coves
  • Laze on the beach and become an expert in coconut drinks by the sea

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok, Explore Bangkok & Optional Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk Bangkok
Day 2 Half-Day Temples City Tour Bangkok
Day 3 Transfer to Phuket, Optional Activities in Phuket Phuket
Day 4 Explore the Phi Phi Islands by Speed Boat Phuket
Day 5 Beach Day in Phuket Phuket
Day 6 Depart Phuket  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok, Explore Bangkok & Optional Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk

Bangkok free day
A bird's eye view of Bangkok

Your Thailand journey begins with an arrival in Bangkok. A driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel in the city's heart. After some rest, you are free to discover the capital at your leisure. The city combines the old with the new, and there's something for everyone. You could visit Chinatown and try delicious street food. If you like shopping, spend time at Siam Paragon, one of Bangkok's largest and most popular shopping malls.

If you're visiting Bangkok during the weekend, don't miss Chatuchak Market, one of the world's largest outdoor markets, with over 15,000 stalls. For sports lovers, watch a kickboxing fight, Thailand's signature sport. See a puppet show for some traditional culture or visit Warehouse 30 for modern art exhibitions. In the evening, you'll have the option of sampling Bangkok's street snacks around Chinatown by tuk-tuk. You'll be picked up at your hotel and wind through the capital's streets as you taste exotic food such as fried grasshoppers or grilled squid. 

Day 2: Half-Day Temples City Tour

Half Day Temples City Tour
Strike a pose at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to explore Bangkok's most remarkable sites. Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and explore Wat Traimit to see the Golden Buddha statue. Head to Wat Pho to admire the beauty of its architecture and see a giant, Reclining Buddha. Spend time visiting the Grand Palace, Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall, and the famous Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is the most famous landmark in Bangkok, which used to be the residence of the royal family since 1782 and still is used for official ceremonies.

After a traditional Thai lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is free. You could hop aboard a long-tail boat and cruise along the canal to see Thai houses and typical rural life. Finally, finish your day of sightseeing with a visit to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the city's most beautiful temples. 

Day 3: Transfer to Phuket, Optional Activities in Phuket

Phuket Beach
Phuket's night market

Savor the remaining moments in Bangkok before your private driver escorts you to the airport to catch a 1.5-hour flight to Phuket. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon free to start exploring. The largest island in Thailand, Phuket is located off the country's west coast on the Andaman Sea. It is renowned for its diverse landscapes, from famous sandy beaches to forested hills, mountains, limestone cliffs, low plains, lagoons, and lush tropical forests.

Relax at the beach and go swimming or snorkeling. You could also visit the aquarium in Cape Panwa to see the exotic marine life of the island up close. If you're into adrenaline rushes, challenge yourself with a zip line adventure at Flying Hanuman, an eco-adventure outfit. Visit Phuket's lively Old Town, where you'll stroll among colorful Sino-Portuguese shophouses, colonial mansions, and cafés. Don't miss the night markets and visit the busy Bangla Road for a drink.
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Day 4: Explore the Phi Phi Islands by Speed Boat 

Swimming And Snorkeling On Phi Phi Islands  - Join speed boat
View of Maya Beach

Get ready for an escapade in paradise as you head to Ko Phi Phi on a full-day boat tour. You'll be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Phuket Pier, where you'll board a speed boat to Phi Phi Ley (Maya Beach). Known for its crystal-clear marine blue waters with limestone cliffs that jut out from the ocean, you'll marvel at the stunning scenery during the one-hour ride to the island. Once there, enjoy swimming and taking stunning pictures at Pileh Lagoon and Viking Cave. You will be amazed by this secluded hideaway surrounded by cliff formations on three sides.

Next, head to Phi Phi Don, and on the way, you'll pass the beautiful Monkey Beach, home to long-tailed macaques, who will clamber down the cliffs to greet you. If you still need more beach time, there's plenty at Phi Phi Don, where there's an opportunity to go snorkeling and have a traditional Thai lunch. In the afternoon, visit Bamboo Island for more swimming or relax on the beach. From here, you will return to Phuket and be transferred to your hotel.

Day 5: Beach Day in Phuket

Take your pick of Phuket's beaches today
Phuket is known for its outstanding beaches, offering a wide variety of scenery, atmospheres, facilities, and even textures of sand. Spend your day relaxing at one of the island's beaches. You have many options to choose from. Kata is a reliable favorite, with soft white sand, shady palm trees, water sports, and a laid-back atmosphere. You can easily spend the day there with a handful of food and drink vendors. Another idea is Nai Harn, located at the end of Phuket, which is popular, but thanks to the relatively small bay, it hasn't developed like others nearby. 
If you seek a more isolated atmosphere, head to Freedom Beach, possibly the best white-sand beach in Phuket. Though it's more challenging to get to (you must hike a steep path or take a long-tail boat to arrive), you'll escape the motorized water sports and beach vendors for a peaceful environment.

Day 6: Depart Phuket

Beach Day in Phuket
A typical beach day in Phuket

It's time to say sawadee ka (goodbye) to Thailand. When the time comes, your driver will be waiting to take you to the airport for your departing flight. Safe travels!

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Written by Long Dao, updated Jan 11, 2023