From Bangkok to Phuket, the experience of a lifetime awaits.
You couldn’t get any more iconic when it comes to Thai destinations than these two. Embark on an epic adventure between them and stay in a Thai fishing village, practice your cooking skills at a local cooking class and enjoy some of the most stunning beaches in the world on our Bangkok to Phuket tours. You might just find yourself in a slice of paradise.
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Explore limestone caves by kayak
It’s one thing to snap some photos of incredibly beautiful landscapes but jumping in a kayak and paddling through them is another thing entirely. Explore Thailand’s waterways – from stunning inlets and secluded caves to mangrove forests full of playful monkeys – with a new perspective and let your sense of adventure take hold as you float gently along.
Refuel with traditional and tasty Thai food
Thailand promises some of the world’s best cuisine so it only makes sense to eat as many traditional dishes as you can while you’re there. You may already be familiar with the flavours of pad thai and panang curry, but there are plenty of other dishes to try including tom yum goong (hot and sour soup), som tam (green papaya salad), and khao pad (fried rice).
Embrace the island life at Thailand’s best beaches
Undoubtedly known as one of the best beach destinations in the world, Thailand will blow you away with its turquoise water, golden sand, and nodding palm trees. Whether you want to lie out under the sun or go for a dip in water so clear it sparkles, the likes of Kata Beach in Phuket and Nang Thong Beach in Khao Lak will have you utterly transfixed.
Cycle your way through Thailand’s epic landscapes
Sometimes the best way to explore a country isn’t on two feet, it’s on two wheels, and Thailand’s many breathtaking landscapes can be quickly and wholly seen, appreciated, and marvelled at from the seat of a bicycle. From cycling among historical ruins to pedalling past rice fields, enjoy a scenic ride with your group at your own leisurely pace.
Learn about elephant rehabilitation in Chiang Mai
Do you know what’s cooler than watching elephants in their natural habitat? Learning about the conservation efforts to protect them. Do just that at ChangChill (an hour and a half from Chiang Mai) where you’ll be treated to ‘live lectures’ on the elephants themselves and get the chance to see how they socialize with their giant, grey friends.
Visit ancient temples and religious monuments
Religion and culture go hand in hand in Thailand and taking the time out to fully explore these places of worship goes a long way in understanding the history of this fascinating country’s people. From the magnificent architecture to the ornate details, these temples or ‘wats’ (in the Thai language) can be found all over and are a must-do when visiting.
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Bangkok to Phuket FAQs
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months after your arrival date in Thailand and should have a few blank pages left for a new stamp.
Thailand's climate is generally hot, humid and at times (like other South-East Asian countries) monsoonal. The seasons differ from coast to coast, so depending on which areas you're visiting, the weather can vary.
Thailand's north, east and west are great to visit from November to February, when the weather is cooler and dryer. If heading south, it's best to travel from January to April as these months provide conditions optimal for diving and snorkelling. This is peak time, however, so be aware that popular places like Chiang Mai, Ko Samui and Phuket can get particularly busy. It can also get quite busy from July to August as it's the northern hemisphere school holidays.
The monsoon season is from July to November, so it can get quite wet and the weather may be uncomfortably hot and humid for those who aren't accustomed to it. Yet travelling during this time can provide a different picture of Thailand, and is generally a less crowded time of year. March to June is less wet but is the hottest time in terms of temperatures. If you don't mind the heat then this can be a good time to go on holiday to Thailand to avoid the crowds.
There are a few ways you can get from Bangkok to Phuket including joining a small group adventure where all the organisation is taken care of for you, flying between the two destinations (flying time is 1 and a half hours), and catching public transport in the form of a bus (the cheapest but longest way to travel between the two cities).
Generally, Thailand is a very safe country to visit, even for solo female travellers (as long as you're being careful). When travelling in large crowds, be mindful of your personal belongings as pickpockets are known to target tourists and you should avoid drinking the tap water as it'll likely make you sick. If you're going out at night, stick to well-lit, populated areas or try to travel in groups.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
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