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Bangkok with island hopping on Koh Phangan & Koh Tao

Published: Sep, 2020 | Travel Date: May - Jun 2019

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This individual trip is the perfect combination of sightseeing and a beach vacation. The starting point is the dazzling metropolis of Bangkok, which is part of every vacation in Thailand. After a few exciting days in the big city, we continue to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao: two dreamy islands that have a lot to offer. A vacation that you will not soon forget!

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ITINERARY


  • General Information

    As one of the largest metropolises in Asia, Bangkok has numerous sights, shopping opportunities, restaurants and bars. I can highly recommend Uber for getting around the city - we've only had positive experiences. The Skytrain does not always drive optimally to all sights, Tuk Tuks are the tourist trap and with taxis you should negotiate the price well in advance. In addition, many sights in the center can be easily reached by water taxi. Take the boats with the orange (!) Flag. Here the journey costs only 14 baht. I don't want to go into the numerous cheap food options here, but our tip: Dare to eat at one of the many street stalls or in the garage restaurant around the corner;)

    Accommodation

    Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Thung Wat Don, Sathon, Bangkok

    A really great hotel with the best breakfast buffet of my life and an infinity pool with a great view of the city. Well worth the money!

    Activities and Sights

      Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok, Thailand
      Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok, Thailand

      The best way to get to Wat Arun is by orange boat.


      Lumphini Park, Rama IV Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District
      Lumphini Park, Rama IV Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District

      Nice park to take a walk. You can watch the Thais doing sports here: there are public "fitness studios" for lifting weights and we were able to experience some fitness classes live in the park. It is best to come in the afternoon.


      Chatuchak Weekend Market Entrance 2, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand
      Chatuchak Weekend Market Entrance 2, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand

      Great and very big market that you absolutely should see!


      Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
      Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

      Well-known backpacker and party district. Quite touristy, there is one souvenir shop after the next.


      The Grand Palace, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
      The Grand Palace, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

      Unfortunately, we didn't go to the Grand Palace, as we only had one cloth to cover our shoulders. But here you also have to cover your entire legs.


      Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Sanam Chai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon
      Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Sanam Chai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon

      Called Wat Po, is a Buddhist temple complex in the Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand. The famous reclining Buddha can also be found here.


      Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, Ban Len, Bang Pa-in District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
      Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, Ban Len, Bang Pa-in District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

      Very nice facility. We visited the Summer Palace as part of a guided day tour. There are numerous tours to get there at Viator or getyourguide.


      Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
      Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

      Very beautiful and extraordinary temple complex!


      Wat Lokayasutharam, Uthong Road, Pratu Chai Sub-district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District
      Wat Lokayasutharam, Uthong Road, Pratu Chai Sub-district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District

      Very beautiful reclining Buddha!


      Bangkok: Sukhumvit Road - in the evening
      Sukhumvit Road - in the evening

      There is a lot to discover here, just explore the street in the evening


      Siam Center

      The Siam Paragon is a shopping mall in the Pathum Wan district of Bangkok, Thailand. It is definitely worth a visit!


      Bangkok: Boat trip on the Chao Phraya
      Boat trip on the Chao Phraya

      This boat trip was part of our day tour


      Bangkok: Relax by the pool
      Relax by the pool


      Wat Intharawihan, Bang Khun Phrom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
      Wat Intharawihan, Bang Khun Phrom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

      Also a very imposing Buddha


      Bangkok: Stroll through the streets of Bangkok
      Stroll through the streets of Bangkok


      Tour: Ayutthaya Temples Visit and Boat Tour

      We booked this tour through Viator.com and visited Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. There are many temples to explore here. We also visited the Summer Palace and took a boat trip back into town. We highly recommend this tour!

    Transportation to next station

    • plane Plane | 00:00 Hour | 0 USD | Overnight

      You can fly to Koh Samui by plane and then take the ferry to the island.

    • ship Ship | 00:40 Hour | 12 USD | Overnight

      By ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. You can buy the ticket in the internet in advance.

USEFUL APPS

SUMMARY

These two weeks were packed with great excursions to various cultural sights and beautiful beaches. For us it was the perfect mix of sightseeing in the big city and beach vacation on beautiful islands. We saw and experienced so much even though we were only on the road for 2 weeks. You can certainly stay much longer at the individual stations, but even if you only have two weeks available, a trip to Thailand is definitely worth it!

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