Duration : 4 days
Starting from : Grand Palace
Ending at : Coral Islands
Duration : First time travelers, Youth
Visit Bangkok’s top historical attractions, such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and then explore southern Thailand’s most spectacular natural sights, including Koh Phi Phi and Phan Nga Bay.
Day 1 : Bangkok
The Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple
The outstanding Grand Palace is an architectural marvel and the gem of Bangkok's impressive collection of temples and palaces. However, the four main buildings are incorporated in the grounds of the glittering Wat Phra Keo. This is the must to visit the experience of its diverse styles that no one should miss.
The entrance fee is THB 250 which includes the allowance entrance to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. The opening hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.
Erawan Shrine is built incongruously in one of Bangkok's hubs of consumerism. This very popular shrine is devoted to Brahma and Erawan, his elephant. It is located next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. The shrine was beset by a series of accidents during its construction in the 1950s. You can often get to see traditional Thai dancing over here. It is a public place and is free to visit 24 hours a day from Monday to Sunday.
Wat Pho also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon situated just behind the extravagance of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Most western tourists never miss to visit the temple's huge reclining Buddha and other attractions of the temple.
The most attractive point other than the Buddha's face are the soles of the Buddha's feet, 45 meters (150 feet) away from the head, which have been inlaid with mother-of-pearl to display the 108 auspicious signs which distinguish a true Buddha.
Moreover, Wat Pho is also Thailand's oldest learning center and a respected Thai massage school that operates teaching techniques to the eager and providing massages to the weary.
Day 2 : Phuket
Phang Nga Bay National Park
Surveys in 1991 report states that the Phang Nga Bay National Park has more than 206 species of animals.
There are over 40 islands situated about 300 meters or more out of the milky brown grey water of the bay, creating one of the most photogenic scenes in the world. Many tourists usually visit the place for canoeing, kayaking, boating, caving, rock climbing, trekking, camping, or just to relax and reload.
In order to get there, from Phang Nga city drive to the sea on highway no. 4 (toward Khok Kloi district) for about 8 km to an intersection with route no. 4144. Continue on the route 4144 for 2 km to the headquarters. The boat pier (with an information center) is further down 2 km.
Usually, there are long tail boats available for rent.
Patong Beach is a very popular spot for those seeking an active, fun filled holiday. You are at ease for water activities, and excellent dishes of every cuisine at restaurants next to the beach.
There are accommodations available in a variety of range from simple guest houses to luxurious hotels, whereas shops and support services are varied and plentiful.
Patong's long curving beach is backed by the island's main tourist center, in order to serve you an ease of nightlife on the island.
Phuket FantaSea is a unique cultural complex. It showcases the charm and beauty of Thailand, while enriching ancient Thai traditions with the wonder of cutting-edge technology and special effects.
Highlights include the festival village, the Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant (a 5,000-seat restaurant offering a grand buffet of Thai and international cuisines) and a breathtaking Las Vegas-style show, which starts at 9 p.m.
The cost of show and buffet is THB 1,500 per person. The opening hours are 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday and buffet starts at 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.
It is located at 99 Moo 3 Kamala Beach, Phuket 83150 Thailand. For more information, please visit http://www.phuket-fantasea.com or Tel: +66 76 38 5000
Day 3 : Phuket
Eco Tourism Training Center (ETC) in Khao Lak
The ETC, a non-profit training program for Thai nationals, was formed in response to the 2004 Tsunami Disaster and is now located in the worst hit area of Thailand i.e. in Khao Lak.
The long-term tsunami recovery project provides immediate employment and vocational career training to young adults of affected Thai communities. It is a program designed to truly empower and change lives forever.
Ko Phi Phi
Regarded by travelers from all walks of life as being among the most beautiful tropical islands of the world, Phi Phi Islands have become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. In addition, the islands are famous as the location where the movie ""The Beach"" featuring Leonardo Di Caprio was shot. The islands, together with the nearby Noppharat Thara Beach, a total area of 390 square kilometers, were recently established as a national park.
Phi Phi Islands are located just 40 kilometers away from both Krabi and Phuket. Thus, despite the fact that both Noppharat Thara Beach and Phi Phi administratively are a part of Krabi Province, most tourists think that Ko Phi Phi is part of Phuket Province.
The islands and the coastal hills are composed mainly of limestone and are an extension of the limestone mountain range in Phang-Nga Province. The main characteristics of these mountains and islands are their steep cliffs, large caves and dwarf trees growing out of the rock crevices, like those in Phang-Nga Bay
Phuket town being the provincial capital of Phuket can be best explored on foot. The town offers many tourist facilities including accommodation, restaurants and some of the best shopping on the island.
You will find Government Offices, the Tourist Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, and the main Post Office here as well.
Day 4 : Phuket
Kata Beach is located 17 kilometers south of the town. The bay at Kata is made up of two smaller bays, Kata Yai and Kata Noi. Both are blessed with impressively long, relatively peaceful, sandy beaches.
You are free to swim, sail, windsurf, sunbathe and even scuba dive over here, as there is an extensive coral reef off Pu Isle, just in front of the beach. Kata itself offers all tourist related amenities such as accommodation, tour agents, shops and restaurants.
Coral Island is a half hour by boat from Chalong Pier and is one of Phuket Island's most popular one-day, offshore destinations. The weather is always good, even during the monsoon season from May to October.
The colorful reefs that surround the island and lovely beach areas are ideal for snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing and scuba diving. Moreover, you will be pleased with the ample restaurants facilities by indulging in the delicious seafood.