Early 2016, I bumped into a seat sale promotion which perfectly coincided with my homecoming trip. I have been planning to bring the parents to Bangkok and Phuket has been in my travel bucketlist for so long; hence I took the cheap flight offer as a sign to make a family trip happen.
Wanting to make the most of our less than a week stay in Thailand, I quickly jotted down a Phuket and Bangkok itinerary never really knowing if it's doable for our family or not. Thankfully, although it was quite a hectic schedule for the seniors, my itinerary worked!
Here's our Phuket - Bangkok 5-day tour itinerary.
Day 1: Hello, Phuket!
00:30 - Arrival in Phuket International Airport
As expected, our flight from Manila was delayed for two hours. We were supposed to arrive in Phuket at 10:00 PM, but it was already half past midnight when our plane landed. It took us around 30 minutes at the passport control and baggage claim, and at 1 AM we were welcomed to Thailand by a man holding a placard with my name on it. Thank goodness he was still smiling despite the delay!
I booked the two-way airport transfer at Phuket SRC Travel website for 1,400 THB (plus 200 THB due to early pick-up) during our travel date - March 2016.
02:00 - Check-in at The Frutta Boutique in Patong
Patong is an hour drive from Phuket International Airport. It was already 2 in the morning when we checked-in at The Frutta Boutique. It is an affordable accommodation in the most touristy town of Phuket.
3 nights was at 1,800 THB / Standard Double Room for 2 people without breakfast
|The Frutta Boutique|
10:00 - Pick up for Phuket City Tour
After a few hours of sleep, we commenced our Thailand trip with a private Phuket city tour. We rented a family van for 6 hours and asked the driver to take us to the attractions we want to visit.
I opted to book all our tours in Phuket at Phuket SRC Travel as it was more convenient for me in terms of communication. Their rates are pretty reasonable as well.
For a flexible city tour itinerary, I paid 1,700 THB.
Here's our city tour schedule.
For more details, kindly refer to this blog post: 10 Things To Do in Phuket
11:00 - Old Town Phuket
12:00 - Wat Chalong
13:30 - Big Bhudda
14:30 - Lunch at Kan Eang@Pier
16:00 - Promthep Cape
17:00 - Karon Viewpoint
18:00 - Drop off in the hotel
We rest a little, then headed out for dinner.
20:00 - Bangla Road
We rode a tuktuk from The Frutta Boutique to Bangla Road to experience the infamous Phuket nightlife.
One-way tuktuk fare: 200 THB
22:00 - Back to the hotel
|The Golden Buddha near the Big Buddha in Nakkred Hills|
Day 2: Phi Phi Island Hopping Tour
8:00 - Pick up at the hotel
It was time to cross out #8 in my 20 before 2020 list!
For more details, kindly refer to this blog post: Island Hopping in Koh Phi Phi.
8:30 - Royal Phuket Marina
9:00 - Departure to Phi Phi
10:00 - Maya Bay
11:00 - Viking Cave
11:30 - Monkey Beach
12:00 - Lunch at Phi Phi Don
14:00 - Snorkeling
15:00 - Khai Nok
16:30 - Back to Royal Phuket Marina
17:30 - Drop off at the hotel
This all-inclusive island hopping trip was at 1,800 THB per person.
18:30 - Patong Beach
It was our last day in Phuket; hence, we hurriedly went to Patong Beach to catch the sunset. It was then followed with a Thai street food dinner.
20:00 - Back to the hotel
|Koh Phi Phi|
Day 3: Hello, Bangkok!
5:00 - Pick up at the hotel
8:00 - Flight to Bangkok via Nok Air
We flew from Phuket to Bangkok via Nok Air - a Thai domestic budget-airline. Service was excellent. Light snack was served on board without additional fee.
9:30 - Arrival at Don Mueang International Airport
Unlike Phuket, I did not arrange an airport transfer in Bangkok as I have read that traveling to and from the airport is easy via public transportation. There is a designated taxi stand outside the airport. I simply showed our hotel address and the journey was a breeze.
Taxi rate is based on meter plus 50 THB airport surcharge.
11:00 - Check in at Chang Siam Inn
Chang Siam Inn is a lovely and affordable accommodation in Makkasan. But based on our experience, I would rather not recommend it for those who will only spend two nights in Bangkok. The location is quite far from the BTS. It is 10 minutes by foot from Ratchaprarop station, then we had to take a train to Phaya Thai which is connected to Phaya Thai BTS.
BTS is Bangkok Skytrain with two lines which run through the main attractions in the city. To ride the BTS, you need to purchase a Rabbit card for 80 THB plus a minimum 100 THB top up. It is quite similar to our Dubai Metro NOL Card.
15:00 - Terminal 21
We had a short rest at the hotel, then took the train to Terminal 21. It is a travel-themed shopping mall; each floor was built to look like a world-famous city. One of the floors in Terminal 21 made me feel like I was back in Istanbul. And other floors took me to Tokyo, London and San Franciso!
We had our late lunch in Tim Ho Wan - known as the "cheapest Michelin restaurant" in the world.
18:00 - Asiatique The Riverfront
Just in time for sunset, we took the boat to Asiatique. It is a large night market with entertainment, retail shops and restaurants.
To get there, alight in Saphan Taksin BTS and ride the Asiatique's free shuttle boat in the pier.
21:00 - Back to the hotel
|Chang Siam Inn|
|Tim Ho Wan in BKK|
Day 4: Bangkok Old City DIY Tour
10:00 - Breakfast
Breakfast was not included in our booking at Chang Siam Inn. It was totally fine with me as there was an interesting Thai breakfast in McDonald's that I wanted to try. What do think about McD Porridge and Patongko? :)
We opted to take a tuktuk to our breakfast spot instead of riding the train to save time.
One-way tuktuk fare from the hotel to a BTS station is 100 THB.
11:00 - Chao Praya River
Our main itinerary for the day started in Sathron Central Pier in Chao Praya River.
For more details, kindly refer to my blog post: Old Town Bangkok Itinerary
12:00 - Wat Arun
14:00 - Wat Pho
15:00 - Lunch in AMA Art and Eatery
16:00 - Grand Palace
18:00 - Back to Sathorn Central Pier
After temple hopping in Bangkok, we took the BTS to a famous shopping mall.
19:00 - Siam Paragon
Apparently, this mall was the world's most instagrammed place in 2013!
21:00 - Back to the hotel
|family in Wat Arun|
|The Reclining Buddha|
|temples in the Grand Palace|
Day 5: Last day in Thailand
7:00 - Pick up at the hotel
I booked a floating market tour for our last day in Bangkok. A DIY visit to the floating market is possible, but since we didn't have a time to waste, joining a guided tour was the best option.
We checked out at the hotel before the tour and stored our luggage in the lobby as our flight to Manila was still at midnight.
9:00 - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak has the most popular floating market in Bangkok. It is vibrant and very touristy. Food was affordable, but souvenirs were extremely expensive!
The tour costs 800 THB per person.
12:00 - Chang Puak Camp
Our floating market tour includes a stop at Chang Puak Camp where elephant rides are offered. I highly advice not to patronize this activity though!
13:00 - Souvenir Shop
Guided tours are never complete without a souvenir stop. So, we spent an hour in a woodcraft shop.
15:00 - Drop off at the Hotel
16:00 - Platinum Mall
Since we still had extra hours to spend in Bangkok, we went to Platinum Mall for early dinner and some last minute shopping.
19:00 - Back to the hotel
20:00 - Taxi ride to Suvarnabhumi Airport
00:35 - Flight to Manila
|Damnoen Saduak Floating Market|
|The Beautiful Chaos|
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