Tours in Thailand

8 Day Bangkok and Phuket Tour

Hop on this guided 7 Day Bangkok and Phuket Tour and enjoy some amazing sightseeing experiences from beautiful city temples to unique island excursions. This tour allows for total flexibility meaning you get to decide on which day you want to do the given tour, PLUS there is sufficient time for leisure where you get to chill a bit or make time to explore these awesome destinations even more!

Learn about Thailand's religion and culture on this Bangkok and Phuket tour by visiting three of Bangkok's most significant temples including; Wat Trimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple). Bargain for fresh produce and goods as you paddle in long-tailed boats along the canals of the most famous floating market, “Damnoen Saduak”.

Traveling to the pearl of the Andaman, Phuket is not only the playground of Thailand, but its centuries-old culture and architectural heritage is a treasure chest waiting to be explored. You will venture on a half-day tour where you get to learn about the history of this island, visit Phuket Town with its unique Sino-Portuguese buildings that were built in the late 19th century. Visit Thailand's most beautiful islands on two full-day tours where you will enjoy a speedboat trip to Phi Phi Islands as well as the well-known James Bond Island.

This tour is ideal for families traveling with kids, couples to most discerning travelers.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Shop till you drop in Thailand's capital city, Bangkok
  • Drive through China Town & visit three of the most significant temples found in Bangkok
  • Experience a long-tail boat ride through the "klongs" (canals) of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Enjoy a half-day trip and visit the historical Phuket Town with its Sino‐Portuguese style buildings and bustling markets
  • Travel by speedboat to the beautiful islands of Phi Phi and the Phang Nga Bay province.
  • Discover amazing underwater life of the Andaman Sea
  • Cave exploring by canoe

Summary

8 Days / 7 Nights
Thailand

Day 1 - Arrive In Bangkok
Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel. After a long flight, you will likely be tired, so this day is at your own leisure to explore or rest.

Day 2 - Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples (B)
The Grand Palace is the historic royal mini-city located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It comprises dozens of buildings, courtyards, halls, temples, pagodas, gardens and even a miniature mountain. The palace was the residence of the kings of Siam from 1782 to 1925 and among the attractions are the Funeral and Coronation halls while another big draw is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, where a 45cm statue of the Gautama Buddha was carved from one piece of solid translucent jade.

Adjacent to the Grand Palace is the city’s oldest temple, Wat Pho, which is famed for the Reclining Buddha. This 43 metre-long figure is covered in gold leaf and reaches up to 15 metres at its highest point. There are also more than 1,000 images of the Lord Buddha as well as a sacred tree.

Visit the Wat Traimit temple, which is home to a 5.5-tonne solid gold Buddha with an intriguing tale to tell. The Golden Buddha is believed to be about seven centuries old and at some point it was covered in plaster to hide its true value. Over time, this was forgotten and it was only when it fell in 1954 that its true composition was discovered. To round off the tour, we call in at a local lapidary factory and showroom where you will be able to get locally made jewelry, handicrafts and silk at competitive prices.

Day 3 - Half Day Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour (B)
Start off your day at the world-famous floating market of ''Damnern Saduak'', which is located about 100 km southwest of Bangkok, just off the longest and straightest canal in Thailand; the Damnoen Saduak.

If you are looking to try a new experience, this is definitely for you. Thailand has countless floating markets throughout the country, many of which are within a couple of hours of the capital.

You will see thee colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along the congested canals in sturdy canoes brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks.

There is definitely a lot of chatter and activity happening and bargaining is not uncommon – but that's half of the fun! Just don't expect to get the price down more than a few baht. Apart from the fresh fruits and vegetables, you can also find flowers to everyday necessities, leaving nothing to be desired.

You will visit the lively market at its finest, early in the morning, before the large crowds arrive and the day's heat breaks. A truly exciting and fun way to immerse yourself in to the local life and go bargain hunting!

Day 4 - Travel to Phuket (B)
After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport for your flight onward to Phuket (flight included). On arrival in Phuket, you will be greeted by a representative and taken to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5 - Half day tour of Phuket (B)
This five-and-a-half-hour tour brings you to the top attractions around Phuket Island including the magnificent Big Buddha.

Choose from a Morning Tour which has you winding along Phuket’s southern shoreline, marvelling at white sands, lush tropical flora and the unique vibe of Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai beaches. The photo opportunities will be particularly fantastic from two viewpoints and other stops at Wat Chalong Temple, The Big Buddha plus a cashew nut factory and the world's biggest gem store. You'll also drive through Phuket Old Town to see old Sino-Portuguese buildings.

Should you choose the Afternoon Tour, the focus is on the Phuket Old Town component as it is a Walking Tour. Stops are made at the cashew nut factory, The Big Buddha and Wat Chalong. Promthep Cape, Phuket's southern-most tip, is the last place you'll stop at where you will be mesmerised by the striking sunset (weather permitting).

Day 6 - Phi Phi Island by speedboat (B & L)
Your one-day trip begins when you board the first-class speedboat and whisk off to Maya Bay, the area made famous in 1999 by the movie “The Beach”.

Take your time to enjoy the beautiful bay surrounded by high cliffs along with heaps of other popular attractions waiting for you to explore like the Viking Cave and Monkey Bay.

At noon, you can satisfy your appetite with a Thai lunch buffet at a beachfront restaurant on Phi Phi Don. Then the afternoon session starts with heading to Bamboo Island and Ko Khai where there are plenty of activities on the powdery white sand beaches or amid the crisp, turquoise water.

After spending a whole day swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing, you will surely go back to your hotel with loads of wonderful memories and something to write home about! If this sounds like a good day for you, then what are you waiting for!

Day 7 - Phang Nga Bay Sea Canoeing Trip (B & L)
Enjoy a full day trip of stunning Phang Nga Bay where limestone mountains and islands are surrounded by mangroves and emerald green waters. Some key attractions of this excursion include the exploring of caves by canoe, visiting James Bond Island, Hong Island, and Koh Panyee Village as well as a stop for some lunch and swimming at Naka Island.
Return back to the pier and transfer to your hotel stay in Phuket

Day 8 - Depart Phuket (B)
A sad day indeed as your trip comes to an end and you get yourself ready to leave Phuket for your journey back home.
Airport transfers are included.

End of Tour

8 Day Bangkok & Phuket Tour

Rates in SA Rand Standard Tour Superior Tour
Mar 2022 R 18,900 pp sharing R 21,655 pp sharing
Apr - Oct 2022 R 19,550 pp sharing R 23,030 pp sharing
Nov - 15 Dec 2022 R 23,290 pp sharing R 26,015 pp sharing
X-mas & NYE 2022 R 25,810 pp sharing R 30,940 pp sharing

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Note: High Season supplements apply to public & school holidays periods.
This tour is flexible and can be arranged in any order. Your stay in Thailand can be extended.
Contact us for a customized package.

Included:

  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Bangkok / Phuket
  • Internal flight between Bangkok and Phuket
  • All airport taxes
  • Return airport transfers in both destinations
  • 3 Nights' accommodation in Bangkok
  • 4 Nights' accommodation in Phuket
  • Breakfast Daily & 2 Lunches
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to attractions included in itinerary
  • 24 Hour emergency assistance while in Thailand

Excluded:

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas (Not required for South African Passport holders)
  • Meals not specified
  • Optional excursions not specified
  • Items of personal nature
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations, and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.
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