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Thailand in 2 Weeks: The Island Hopping Trip That Hits the World’s Best Beaches

Thailand in 2 Weeks: The Island Hopping Trip That Hits the World’s Best Beaches

“This paradise offers a varied menu: playing in the gentle surf of Ko Lipe, diving with whale sharks off Ko Tao, scaling the sea cliffs of Krabi, kiteboarding in Hua Hin, partying on Ko Phi Phi, recuperating at a health resort on Ko Samui and feasting on the beach wherever sand meets sea.”- Lonely Planet

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What You Need To Know Before You Go:

 

 This Trip Is For You If: 

✓Looking for a cheap trip amongst tropical islands

✓Looking at travelling between November 1-May 1 (best time for this trip)

✓Want to sail, snorkel and swim amongst colorful waters and marine life

 

 How Long To Go For: 10-14 Days 

 

 Weather In Thailand: 

  • May is the hottest month in Ko Samui with an average temperature of 30°C (85°F)
  • The coldest is January at 26°C (79°F)
  • The wettest month is November with an average of 430mm of rain.
                SOURCE: HOLIDAY WEATHER

 

 Daily Travel Costs In Thailand: 

Below is daily average of a typical travel budget for Thailand. Costs include accommodations and food in US dollars.

Budget Travel:  $30/day

  • Basic guesthouse room: $15
  • Market/street stall meal: $2
  • One beer: $2
  • Public transport around town: $1

Mid-Range Travel: $60/day

  • Flashpacker guesthouse or midrange hotel room: $30
  • Western lunches and seafood dinner: $6-8
  • Organised tour or activity: $30
  • Motorbike hire: $8-10

Luxury Travel: $100/day or more

  • Boutique hotel room: $85-100
  • Fine dining: $12
  • Private tours: $60
  • Car hire: from $20
SOURCE: ESTIMATED COSTS AND EXPENSES FROM LONELY PLANET

 

Getting There & Around: 

Flights: See the best flights to Ko Samui and compare prices here.

Airport Transfer: Avoid the hassle of cabs and book a private transfer into Patong here.

Car Rental: Explore Thailand on your own terms with the cheapest car rentals in the country here.

Local Transportation: Find the best bus routes using their local transportation here.

 

The Trip:

 

Days 1-3 : Patong 

 

✓ GET THERE: Bangkok- Patong

Fly: Take a 30 minute flight from Bangkok to Patong, cheapest flights found here.

Shuttle: Book a private shuttle from the airport to your hotel ahead of time here.

 

✓ MUST DO:

  • For a nice and laidback experience, visit Freedom Beach at Patong
  • Say hello to Kamala Beach, a quiet and clean beach perfect for families and couples
  • Stretch and let your worries melt away at Yoga Republic
  • Sign up for diving, snorkeling, and other water activities at Super Divers

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✓ MUST SEE: Nai Yang Beach, Thalang District

Recommended Duration: 2-3 hours

Cost: Beach access is free

Tip: If you want to observe reef and marine life, head to the north end of the beach, part of a protected national park.

More information here

Best beach for young kids in the northern coast. Very close to Phuket airport. It’s shallow, so you can wade through till neck level and enjoy riding the waves while still on your feet.”TripAdvisor

 

✓ EAT & DRINK:

 

✓ SLEEP: Patong

   

Days 4-6: Ko Phi Phi Don 

 

 ✓ GET THERE: Patong – Ko Phi Phi Don

Ferry: Take the ferry from Rassada Pier. Check speedboat and ferry schedules here

 

✓ MUST DO:

  • Visit Phi Le at Ko Phi Phi Le for an amazing snorkeling and swimming experience
  • Watch the beautiful sunset with Maya Bay as the background at Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
  • Dive or snorkel near the Viking Cave to see fantastic marine life

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✓ MUST SEE: Maya Bay

Recommended Duration: Half day

Cost: 400 THB island fee

Tip: This is the location where ‘The Beach’, starring Leonardo di Caprio, was shot. Try to come here early because it can get extremely crowded.

“If you’re in the area, you’ve got to do trip to Maya Bay and surrounding bays. Snorkelling great, views incredible.” – TripAdvisor

 

✓ EAT & DRINK:

 

✓ SLEEP: Koh Phi Phi Don

    

Days 7-9: Rawai 

 

✓ GET THERE: Ko Phi Phi Don to Rawai

Ferry: Take the ferry from Phi Phi Island. Check speedboat and ferry schedules here

Transfers: Take a  taxi from Phuket to Rawai

      

✓ SEE: Nai Harn Beach

Recommended Duration: One day

Cost: Beach access is free

Tip: Nai Harn Beach is one of the quieter beaches of Phuket. Visitors who like less crowded areas opt to stay here for accommodations and then just do a tour of other Phuket beaches.

“Small but excellent beach. Not too crowded and a few small bars/restaurants. Parking space as well. Very nice sandy beach with a view.” – TripAdvisor

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✓ MUST DO:

 

✓ EAT & DRINK:

 

✓ SLEEP: Rawai

 

Days 10-12: Karon 

 

 ✓ GET THERE: Rawai to Karon

Transfers: Take a taxi from Rawai to Karon

 

✓ SEE: Karon View Point

Recommended Duration: 1 hour

Cost: No fee

Tip: Take beautiful photos of the coast from Karon View Point. You can rent a tuk tuk or drive a bike to go up here. Best to go during sunset time.

“Beautiful and amazing. You can see everything from the view point. You can get there by car or bike. It’s free.” – TripAdvisor

 

✓ MUST DO:

 

✓ EAT & DRINK:

  • For homemade ice cream: Nami
  • Coffee and pastries great for breakfast or snacks: Coffee
  • Chic restaurant with delicious Western meal if you need a break from local food: Bar and Grill

 

✓ SLEEP: Karon

 

 

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