Day 1 – 2 Phuket
Day 3 – 10 Koh Lanta
Day 11 Krabi
Day 12 Surat Thani
Day 13 – 14 Hua Hin
Day 15 – 18 Bangkok
Day 19 – 20 Sukhothai
Day 21 – 28 Chiang Mai
As UK citizens we received a 30 day visa exemption on arrival at Phuket airport. Thai immigration authorities are strict and will fine tourists who overstay although it is possible to obtain a longer visa if required. Some fellow passengers in our arrival queue at immigration were asked to show proof of onward travel before being allowed entry into Thailand.
We travelled overland through Thailand although taking a flight between say Krabi and Bangkok or Bangkok and Chiang Mai would save time. Air travel is cheap with budget airlines such as AirAsia.
Our one change to the above itinerary would probably be an extra night or two in Bangkok. There is so much to see and an extra day at least would have been great. Thailand is an amazing country with so many contrasts and so much to see and do that we would definitely love to come back to Bangkok again and perhaps visit other islands too.
Day 1 – 2 Phuket: arrived late on day one and spent a night in a guest house near to the airport. Phuket Town and the ferry port is up to an hours’ drive from the airport especially as there are currently roadworks (March 2016) so we got a taxi from the airport place and stayed in Phuket Town on on day 2.
Day 3 – 10 Koh Lanta: we arranged (via our Phuket Town hotel) the transport and ferry trips to Koh Lanta. There was first a ferry to Koh Phi Phi, a two hour wait (spent in a lovely beach restaurant) and a different smaller ferry to Koh Lanta. In Koh Lanta we stayed in a beach hut on Klong Nin beach.
Day 11 Krabi: our Koh Lanta beach hut host arranged our transfer to Koh Lanta ferry port and a ferry from Koh Lanta to Krabi where we stayed the night on day 11.
Day 12 Surat Thani: we travelled by mini bus from Krabi to Surat Thani and stayed in Surat Thani for the night on day 12. We arrived at Krabi bus station and brought the tickets for the 3 hour journey.
Day 13 – 14 Hua Hin: Surat Thani train station is a few km’s outside of the town so we got a taxi from our Surat Thani accomm to the station. We collected our pre-booked train ticket from Surat Thani station delivery office and boarded our train for Hua Hin, the seaside town we stayed for 2 nights.
Day 15 – 18 Bangkok: train from Hua Hin to Bangkok took nearly 4 hours.
Day 19 – 20 Sukhothai: train from Bangkok to Phitsanulok. Bus from Pitsanulok to Sukhothai and vice versa on day 21.
Day 21 – 28 Chiang Mai: train from Phitsanulok to Chiang Mai (included 2 day trek)