Thailand West Coast: Bangkok to Phuket Trip Notes
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thailand-tourist-visa
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.
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 https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand
We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:
Australia – https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
Canada – https://travel.gc.ca/
New Zealand – https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
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 https://www.traveltalktours.com/travel-insurance
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 https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels
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.
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 https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/
-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)
-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
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.
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 https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/ 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 https://www.traveltalktours.com/booking-terms/
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.
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 https://www.traveltalktours.com/responsible-travel/