Thailand West Coast: Bangkok to Phuket Trip Notes

Trip Overview


Embark on a mesmerizing 8-day journey from the vibrant city of Bangkok to the tropical paradise of Phuket, with enchanting stops in Krabi and Khao Lak along the way. Our carefully crafted tour takes you through Thailand’s most alluring destinations, immersing you in the rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and serene beaches. Discover the bustling streets of Bangkok, delve into the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Krabi, soak in the tranquility of Khao Lak’s pristine beaches, and culminate your adventure in the sun-kissed shores of Phuket. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Thailand’s hidden gems, where every step unveils a new marvel.

Duration : 8 Days

Destination : Thailand

Start/Ends in : Bangkok / Phuket

Group Size : 4-18 People

Age Req. : 18+

Trip Theme : Classic, Short Break

Hotels : 4 Star

Departs : All Year Round

Why you will love this tour

  • * From exploring the bustling markets and ancient temples in Bangkok to experiencing local traditions in Khao Lak, this tour offers a glimpse into the vibrant Thai culture. 
  • * Stay in carefully selected comfortable 4-star accommodation and daily breakfasts included on the tour.
  • * With guided tours, explore the most iconic attractions from Khao Sok to the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation at each stop. 
  • * Whether it’s snorkeling around vibrant coral reefs, kayaking through hidden lagoons, or hiking to stunning viewpoints, this tour offers a variety of exhilarating activities.
  • * Unwind and rejuvenate amidst the tranquil and picturesque surroundings of Thailand’s most famous island, Phuket. 

  • * With an 8-day itinerary carefully designed to maximize your time and experiences, you can rest assured that you’ll see each destination’s highlights with moments of relaxation in between. 

Arrival Details

The group welcome meeting with your guide and other travelers is held around 18:30 at the hotel lobby on Day 1 of your tour unless otherwise notified.

Meeting Point:

The meeting point for the tour is :

Grand Mercure Atrium – 4 Star – Bangkok

Address: 1880 New Petchaburi Rd, Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand

Phone : +66 2 718 2000

Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200

Finishing Point:

The finishing point for this tour is:

Chanalai Flora Resort – Phuket – 4 Star

Address : 175 Koktanode Road Kata Beach Amphur Muang Phuket 83100, Thailand

Phone : +66 76 330 148

Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200


Bangkok: Bangkok, Thailand’s famous capital, also knows as a large city with ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds it’s network of canals.

Aonang: This tropical paradise nestled along the Andaman Sea boasts stunning beaches, limestone cliffs, vibrant marine life, and unforgettable adventures for every traveler.

Khao Lak: The breathtaking allure of Khao Lak, Thailand, offers a serene haven renowned for its pristine beaches, lush national parks, and world-class diving spots.

Krabi: Krabi, Thailand, beckons with its enchanting blend of emerald waters, majestic limestone cliffs, pristine islands, and rich cultural heritage, promising a tropical escape.

Phuket: Welcome to Phuket, a tropical paradise nestled in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, where stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage come together.


Please note that the itinerary may be subject to small changes depending on the conditions during the tour. Alternative accommodation of similar standards may be used depending on the group size and hotel availability.

Welcome to Thailand! Freshen up and meet in the hotel lobby around 6:00pm for an informal meeting with your guide and other tour members. Afterwards you have free time to start exploring vibrant Bangkok or go out for an optional group dinner. Take a stroll down the iconic Khao San Road and explore the bustling night markets, live music bars and restaurants as you wish.

Accommodation : Grand Mercure Bangkok Atrium – 4 Star

Optional Activities :  Group Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel, say goodbye to the brilliant Bangkok as we fly to Krabi, located in the Southern Thailand. Upon arrival, transfer and check in to your hotel at Aonang Beach. Here you can discover the spellbinding beauty of the famous Railay Beach, where towering limestone cliffs meet turquoise waters, creating a postcard-perfect scene. Marvel at the awe-inspiring natural formations of the Four Islands, each possessing its own unique charm.

At night, you will have some free time to indulge in the nightlife offerings of Krabi, from cocktails at trendy beachside bars to the electric atmosphere of night markets.

Accommodation : Holiday Style Ao Nang Beach Resort or La Playa Resort – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Today is yours to enjoy the captivating coastal town of Aonang at your own pace, renowned for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Or, join our optional guided tour to Hong Island with a Longtail Boat. With its turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs, and lush mangrove forests, Hong Marine National Park offers a breathtaking backdrop for an unforgettable journey. Immerse yourself in the vibrant marine life as you snorkel or dive among the diverse coral gardens, or embark on a kayaking expedition through the picturesque limestone karsts. In the evening, return to Krabi for your overnight stay.

Accommodation : Holiday Style Ao Nang Beach Resort or La Playa Resort – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Optional Activities :

Boat Trip to Hong Island – From 1,250 THB

  • Pick up from your hotel, drive to the pier and board the boat to the Hong Marine National Park.
  • “Hong” in Thai means “room” and you will sure enjoy this “room with a view”.
  • After visiting this truly awesome natural wonder lagoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the underwater-life around the group of islands, with beautiful reefs, fishes, corals and other marine life.

Duration: 09.00-16.00 hrs

SIC Minimum: require minimum 2 paxs to operate

SIC Operate : Daily with English speaking guide

What you need: Sun-protection/ towel/ cap/ camera


Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, fueling up for an exciting adventure ahead. Then, get ready to immerse yourself in the cultural charm of Baan Nai Nang Community-Based Tourism (CBT) Village. Embark on a captivating village walk, where you’ll interact with friendly locals, learn about their traditional way of life, and gain insights into their fascinating customs and traditions.

Next, prepare for a thrilling sea kayaking experience at Khao Ka Rot. Paddle your way through the serene waters, surrounded by awe-inspiring limestone cliffs and picturesque landscapes.

It’s time to bid farewell to Krabi and transfer to the tranquil paradise of Khao Lak. Check-in at your hotel, where comfort and luxury blend harmoniously with the stunning surroundings.

Accommodation : The Leaf Oceanside by Katathani – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Baan Nai Nang CBT village – Village Walk
Khao Ka Rot – Sea Kayaking

After a fulfilling breakfast, it is your free day to engage in some local activities. No trip to Khao Sok is complete without a visit to the quintessential Thai temples. Perhaps freely explore the serene Wat Baan Thung temple in the afternoon, known for its intricate architectural details and tranquil atmosphere. Or, take an optional and guided jungle safari in Khao Sok.

On this optional adventure, immerse yourself in the natural splendor as you embark on an exciting journey through Phang Nga Province. Nearing our destination the scenery changes, beside the road views of mountains covered in rainforest can be seen. Khao Sok is part of the largest area of rainforest in southern Thailand. The Sok River Valley cuts through the jungle and spectacular views of Limestone Mountain and cliffs can be seen. This was once part of an ancient trade route linking China and India.

One of the best ways to experience the jungle is to canoe down the Sok River in inflatable canoes. A local guide paddles the canoe and is expert at spotting any animals along the way. The exotic tropical vegetation clinging to the riverbanks with limestone cliffs and mountains rising up on both sides creates a secret primeval world that very few people ever see. Birds such as hornbill, kingfisher, heron, egret, various reptiles and even wild monkeys live in the area. A buffet lunch of freshly prepared Thai dishes cooked not too spicy will be served.

After lunch visit Elephant Camp. Trek on elephant back into the jungle – we don’t offer elephant trekking – we do only elephant bathing and elephant care, a unique and memorable experience. You get a bird eye view of nature as the elephant silently moves along the jungle trail. The valley you trek in is surrounded by mountains of the national park and the scenery is truly spectacular. Sadly it is time to return to your hotel but experiencing the rainforest by canoe and elephant is something you will never forget.

Accommodation : The Leaf Oceanside by Katathani – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Optional Activities :

Khao Sok Jungle Safari – From 3,045 TBH

Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel. Bid farewell to Khao Lak as we embark on a comfortable transfer to the vibrant island of Phuket. Upon arriving your hotel in Phuket, get ready for a meaningful and educational experience at the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation. This remarkable foundation is dedicated to the conservation and protection of marine turtles, playing a vital role in preserving these magnificent creatures and their natural habitat.

After an enriching visit, you will have some resting time at the hotel, where warm hospitality and modern comforts await. Whether you choose to explore the vibrant nightlife, sample tantalising local cuisine, or simply relax by the poolside, Phuket offers an array of experiences to suit every preference.

Accommodation : Chanalai Flora Resort – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Visit to the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation

Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the hotel and get ready for a day of leisure where you can relax and explore Phuket at your own pace. Optionally, join a half-day guided tour exploring Phuket City, or a full-day James Bond Island and Nature Canoe Tour.

Option 1 Phuket City Half day (No lunch) 09:00 Pick up from hotel and transfer for sightseeing as per following venues:

Karon View Point – visit one of the most famous Phuket view from the highpoint south of Kata Noi Beach where you can see the 3 beaches (Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon) altogether at one time and it is the beautiful places to take amazing photos.

Promthep Cape – Transfer to the beautiful peninsular adjacent to the famous Nai Harn Beach. Phuket’s

southern most point, which is one of Phuket natural landmark where you should not miss. Normally it is wellknown place where you can see the most beautiful sunset in the evening time.

Big Buddha – where is one of Phuket Island’s most important and revered Landmarks with the huge image of Big Buddha made of white marble sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills. Mostly built on people’s donation in 2004, located between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres high, which is easily seen from far away Chalong Temple – this temple is very famous about its monks since previous times. It is the place where stands the cast statue of Luang Por Cham, who helped the people put down the Ahngyee, or Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. There are also other statues of famous monks, which gain the respectful and believes from all people of Phuket

Phuket Old Town – see the Sino Portuguese Houses and walk in the old part of Phuket city around Thalang road which will take you back to the charm of a century ago. The escort guide will bring you by walks wander the cultural streets “Phuket Old Town” where is Baba Phuket Traditional Community Life, Old Town, Sino-Portuguese style old buildings, which over than 100 years old, there you can enjoy taking photo with Photo corner or Phuket Street Arts.

14:00 return to hotel

Duration: 5 hrs. depending on the hotel location .

Pick up time: 09:00 hrs.

Included : Round-trip transfer in Phuket,  English speaking tour guide, admission fee, transportation by van (capacity maximum 6 pax/per van)

Option 2:  James Bond Island and Nature Canoe by speedboat (incl.lunch) SIC 

05.30am  Pick up from your hotel and arrive at the prestigious Royal Phuket Marina. Then, head to Phang Nga Bay by speedboat.

Visit one of the most famous attractions of Phang Nga, the “James Bond Island” from the Movie The Man with the Golden Gun, and get amazed by nature’s wonders that are only accessible by a canoe. Visit the beautiful islands Panak Island, Hong Island, Panyee Island and Naka Island. Breathe the fresh air of the Phang Nga seas and see the natures of the Southern Thailand with this day trip with Crystal Sea Marine. Choose a program with or without transfer service and enjoy a fulfilling day of the sun, the sea, and the limestone cliffs of Andaman.

15:30 Arrive at Royal Phuket Marina and transfer back to your hotel

Duration: 05:30- 15.30 hrs.

Included : Round-trip transfer in Phuket,  English speaking tour guide, admission fee, transportation by van (capacity maximum 9 pax/per van), speedboat, National park entrance fee

SIC Minimum: require minimum 12 pax to operate.

Accommodation : Chanalai Flora Resort – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Optional Activities :

Half-day Phuket City Guided Tour (No lunch) – From 900 TBH
James Bond Island and Nature Canoe by speedboat (incl. lunch) – 3,590 TBH – Requires a minimum of 12 people

After breakfast at the hotel, our trip will end in Phuket as we bid farewell to our new travel mates and check-out of the hotel by 11am. Luckily it’s not a final goodbye, but only until next time!

Included Meals : Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions

The tour price covers the following services:

Accomodation : 4 Star Hotels and Resorts

Meals : 7 Breakfasts

Transportation : Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle

Guide : Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

Sightseeing : Bangkok, Aonang, Khao Lak, Krabi, Phuket

What is NOT included in the tour price?

  • Any flights not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Hotels & Accommodation

Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender in a twin or triple room, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement. You may choose the solo room option when booking online or contact us to arrange a private room. Your tour leader will allocate rooms upon arrival at the starting hotel in accordance with the rooming lists, last-minute changes may not be guaranteed.

The Leaf Oceanside by Katathani – KHAO LAK 4 Star

Set against the backdrop of the Andaman Sea, this luxurious resort offers a serene and tranquil ambiance, perfect for those seeking a beachside retreat, featuring infinity pools, rejuvenating spa treatments, and delicious cuisine.

Holiday Style Ao Nang Beach Resort – KRABI 4 Star

An elegant resort located in Ao Nang Beach. The hotel is equipped with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and an on-site restaurant & bar.

Krabi La Playa Resort – KRABI 4 Star

Nestled amidst lush tropical gardens and just a short stroll away from the pristine white sands of Ao Nang Beach, this resort is a charming and idyllic retreat located in the beautiful Krabi.

Grand Mercure Bangkok Atrium  BANGKOK 4 Star

Grand Mercure Atrium is located in the heart of dazzling Bangkok. The hotel is conveniently situated and at the same time, offers serenity with its outdoor pool & weel-being center.

Chanalai Flora Resort – PHUKET 4 Star

Situated on Kata Beach, this resort offers a tranquil and serene atmosphere that is perfect for a relaxing getaway. The resort features elegantly appointed rooms and suites, each designed with comfort and modern amenities in mind.

Essential Information: Thailand

Passport & Visas

If you are a citizen of the following countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, you are exempt from a tourist visa and can stay in Thailand for up to 30 days without the need to acquire a tourist visa. All travelers to Thailand must hold a Passport or travel document with a validity not less than 6 months. We recommend checking the legal requirements from

This information is provided as guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate or embassy as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling.

Travel Advice

We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to Thailand and following the advice of the UK Foreign Office (FCDO). For the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, please visit

We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:

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Travel Insurance

All passengers travelling with Travel Talk are required to have personal travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance for you in place, you may read more at

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited is of utmost priority. As we monitor and comply with the official advice from the UK Foreign Office, as well as World Health Organization and government authorities regularly, we have implemented several policies and precautions on our tours for your wellbeing. You may find our Safe Travels Protocols at

Travel Talk Adventures has received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers canexperience ‘Safe Travels’.

Please make sure to regularly check your Government’s travel advice before travelling and be well-informed of any requirements. Your tour guide will also notify you of the regulations and protocols to follow throughout your trip with us.

Please note that if any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary or possess a potential risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to remove them from all or part of a trip.

Please consult with your doctor for the latest medical travel information and any vaccinations you may need. We recommend that you bring any personal medical requirements and medications with you as these may be difficult to obtain while on tour.


The best time to visit Thailand is during the dry season between November and April. The weather is warm, and the days are filled with sunlight around this time, offering quality time in the country’s heartland. Thailand experiences its busiest and liveliest time from January to March, hosting numerous cultural events and exciting activities. In the rainy season from May to October, nature is at its finest. The inland forests flourish, and the rivers are majestic, creating the most spectacular landscapes for photography enthusiasts. It is also less busy in popular attractions such as Sukhotai and Lopburi. May to October offers the best time to visit Thailand to experience its cultural jewels. For more, check out our Thailand weather guide.

Money Matters

The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB) and 1 USD converts to approximately 36THB. Credit and debit cards are accepted at ATMs across Thailand. There is no need to dispense large quantities of THB prior to arrival in Thailand. Most travellers never require more than 20THB worth of Thai Baht on them at any one time. USD cash is also widely accepted across Thailand; however change is often given in THB. Many businesses will not accept notes larger than 20USD, so we recommend carrying small denominations of both THB and USD. Credit and Debit cards can also be used to pay for accommodation or more expensive services in Thailand’s major cities, however cash remains king. We recommend you do not exchange bulk sums of money at the airport, as the exchange rates are usually more favourable in the major cities. Your tour leader will be happy to help if you need any assistance.

Tipping is not customary in Thailand but is very much appreciated, a small tip can equate to a large portion of the daily wage for service staff. Rounding your bill to the nearest 1 USD equivalent is a small gesture that is greatly appreciated nationwide for good service. You may also consider tipping your leader and driver for outstanding service at the end of your trip.

Eating & Drinking

Thai food is one of the lightest among Southeast Asian cuisines. It makes use of various local ingredients and aims for a harmonious finish. Spices and herbs consist a pivotal part of Thai culinary arts, giving each dish a distinctive aromatic edge. It carries traces from Chinese cuisine, especially in the street food scene, with deep-fries and stir-fries among the most popular snacks. You will love the experience of browsing the food stalls for different flavors and dining multi-course at Thai restaurants. With a large number of regional variations and historical influences, Thai food may be difficult to explore. Check out our Thailand food guide for more.

Guay Teow: It is the classic broth filled with rice or egg noodles and either pork, beef, or chicken. Sadly, vegetarian versions are rare, but you can always ask.

Tom Yum Goong: Tom Yum is famous for its intense spice content, generally featuring lemongrass, galangal, and chili peppers. Lime juice and kaffir lime leaves give the dish a refreshing aroma.

Pad Thai:  Pad Thai is fried noodles usually made with chicken or shrimp and seasoned with peanuts, bean sprouts, sesame, and sweet and sour sauces. You will mostly see it in street food stalls.

Thai Roti: Thai people replace waffles and pancakes with Thai Roti. It is a greasy and mouthwatering sweet dough cooked in street grills at almost every corner in Thailand. It is the signature dessert dish and a favorite quick bite for locals and travelers.

Essentials to Bring & Internet

-Face mask/cover and hand sanitiser enough for your personal use throughout the trip – See more at

-Travel Documents: Passport, Visa (if required), flight or transport ticket (and photocopies)

-Travel Talk Tour Voucher (printed or digital)Travel Insurance Policy (and photocopy)

-Personal medical kit and medicine

-Money (cash, credit card, travellers’ cheques)

-Power Adapter

-Reusable water bottle

-Ear plugs and eye mask

-Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

-Comfortable, closed walking shoes

-Wind/water proof jacket

-Warm clothes, hat, and gloves for cold weather

-Sandals, swimwear, shorts for warm weather

Internet Access

Many cafes, hotels and restaurants in cities of Thailand provide free Wi-Fi, but the connection may be spotty or slow. If you wish to use your own 3G/4G Data, be sure to enable data roaming on your mobile. Purchasing a SIM card for the duration of your tour may be a cost-effective alternative. Make sure that your phone is unlocked before you leave home so a local SIM will be compatible. Your local guide will be able to provide advice on where to purchase data SIMs in Thailand.

Culture, Religion, and Traditions

Thailand is a country rich in culture and diverse religious practices. The predominant religion in Thailand is Theravada Buddhism, which deeply influences the country’s traditions, customs, and way of life. Temples, or “wats,” are scattered throughout the country and serve as spiritual and community centers. Buddhism plays a significant role in Thai society, with many Thais actively participating in religious rituals, making merit, and offering alms to monks. Alongside Buddhism, there are also significant influences from Hinduism, as seen in the majestic temples and sculptures in places like Ayutthaya. Additionally, there are vibrant minority communities practicing other religions such as Islam, Christianity, and Sikhism. Thai culture is characterized by its emphasis on respect, politeness, and hierarchy, with strong family ties and a reverence for the monarchy. Traditional arts, such as classical dance, music, and craftsmanship, are celebrated, and Thai cuisine, known for its intricate flavors and use of aromatic herbs, is widely enjoyed.

Etiquette and How to Dress

When travelling abroad it is important to be aware of the cultural etiquette of the destinations you will be visiting. If planning to visit religious or UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites in Thailand, it is essential to remember shorts and skirts above the knee as well as shirts that show bare shoulders are not allowed.
Visitors must dress modestly with long shorts or a long skirt and cover their shoulders and chest. Monks are respected in Thailand and if you wish to take a photograph of a Monk, it is respectful to ask their permission first. Women should not stand or sit too close to Monks, as Monks are forbidden from touching a woman, even for a handshake. While Thai people are warm, friendly, and patient – following these simple rules on etiquette will ensure your experience in Thailand is met with authentic and pleasant experiences with all the locals.

Solo Travellers

We have many solo travellers joining our tours. Solo travellers will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender. If you would like a private solo room, please contact us. You may see out solo travels page for more details.

Rules to Follow

We are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. We do not tolerate any form of violence (physical or verbal), bullying or harassment involving customers, partners, Travel Talk staff or locals. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a passenger are forbidden.

We will not tolerate any illegal activity, including but not limited to: use and possession of illegal drugs, trespassing, and disrupting public order. If you consume alcohol, please ensure that you drink responsibly and follow the local laws and regulations.

You must follow the advice of your tour leader and local officials regarding health and safety measures. We operate all tours under Safe Travels protocols for the wellbeing of our passengers, staff and communities visited. Please ensure that you have read the and are fully prepared for your trip.

If someone is acting inappropriately regarding these matters, please notify your tour leader immediately or contact us on the emergency contact number provided below.

Your tour leader has the right to remove from the group anyone not abiding by these rules, with no right of compensation or refund. See more at

Please remember that our travellers come from different parts of the world and will have various needs and preferences. Be understanding and patient with your fellow travellers, and always strive to be on time.

Responsible Travel

We believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with you, we strive to make a positive impact on local people and economies, respecting the local culture, environment, social fabric and customs; encouraging respectful and meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Read more at

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