Have you ever dreamed of escaping to a tropical paradise, where pristine sea-shores and lush landscapes urge you to explore? Well, in 2023, Thailand is set to welcome a staggering 25-30 million international tourists, and it's no wonder why. The island provinces of this Southeast Asian treasure are like hidden treasures waiting to be discovered by eager travelers like you.
Phuket Island is a sprawling paradise in Thailand, ready to unveil itself to those who seek adventure and relaxation. The various activities and beachfront destinations are simply irresistible. But wait, there's more. Nestled in the Andaman Sea are the Phi Phi Islands, harboring uninhabited hideaways where you'll find everything from delectable restaurants to cozy hotels. It's a place where nature's untouched beauty meets modern convenience.
If you want to keep your itinerary as diverse as possible, don't forget to venture into the Krabi province. Here, a mesmerizing world of off-shore islands awaits your exploration, promising experiences you'll cherish forever.
If you’ve been planning a long-awaited getaway from the city or simply feeling the strongest urge to feel the sea-breeze kiss your face – the tropics are the only way to experience the best of it all. It’s safe to say that there’s nothing more tropical than an island. Thailand is one of the most popular choices for tropical getaways in the entire continent. In this blog, we narrow the list down to the 3 iconic Thai island destinations: Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands and the turquoise paradise of Krabi. Can’t pick between the 3? ShareTrip can provide you a quick and comprehensive travel guide of 5 days and 4 nights at all three of these magnificent destinations.
Some of the key questions to address before you choose your preferred getaway are as follows:
- How to visit Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands and Krabi?
- What are Thailand’s Visa Requirements?
- When is the best time of the year to visit Thailand beaches?
- How do you spend 5 days and 4 nights in coastal Thailand?
How to visit?
You can avail cheap air tickets for your stop at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok through ShareTrip. Biman Bangladesh Airlines and US-Bangla Airlines both offer flights to Bangkok. Other airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Air Asia also offer direct flights to Thailand. Once you’re there, you can choose between a bus ride or a domestic flight to Phuket. A bus ride can take up to 8-9 hrs. However, a flight would take only up to 1.5 hrs.
The easiest way to get from Phuket to your next stop – the Phi Phi Islands – is by speedboat or ferry. It’s a fairly comfy ride that may take just up to an hour to 2 hrs, depending on your choice of transport. To start sailing, you’d have to arrive at the Rassada Pier from Phuket Island. You may do so by taking a 15-45 min drive from Phuket Old town or other areas such as Patong, Karon or Kata. The third phase of your trip will take you to Krabi. The best part about this itinerary is that these island provinces are quite accessible by ferry. It would take you around 90 minutes to get from the Tonsai Pier at Phi Phi Don to Klong Jilad Pier in Krabi.
What are Thailand’s Visa requirements?
Before you start planning your trip, it’s important to consider the factors related to Visa. You don’t want any unforeseen issues to derail your itinerary once you get your hopes up. First things first, the basic requirements to get a Thailand Visa are a valid passport with at least 7 months of validity, your last old passport if you have one, 2 copies of your recent passport-size photograph taken in the last 6 months, a Personal/Company Bank statement of the last 06 months with Bank Solvency Certificate (Minimum balance BDT 60,000 for each applicant) and your visiting card.
The documents required for business persons, job holders and students differ from each other. To find more information on eVisa processing and other specific documents, get visa assistance from the ShareTrip Visa team with the lowest fee or visit our website.
Prepare in Advance:
Make sure you prepare all the required documents for your trip well before it. Next, determine the budget keeping all kinds of expenses such as hotels, transport, activities and food in consideration. This will help you avoid any money issues while you’re on the trip. To make the travel experience even more stress-free, avail ShareTrip’s travel insurance along with their travel package. Travel Insurance is a great way to deal with unexpected discrepancies during traveling.
When is the best time of the year to visit Thailand beaches?
Since this is mostly a beach trip, it calls for nice and dry sunny weather conditions. Peak pleasant weather for a trip to coastal Thailand is through mid-December to April. However, you will find that the city can be quite hot during these months.
How do you spend 5 days and 4 nights in coastal Thailand?
Coastal Thailand is full of amazing wonders that attract tourists from all over the world. Besides the majestic serene beauty and a wide range of activities, Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. We’ve laid out a 5 day 4 night plan through Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands and Krabi to give you a taste of all the great things that they have to offer.
Day 1: Arrival at Phuket
The first day of your trip will be at the magnificent island of Phuket. The first thing you’d want to do is settle into your hotel. Find a hotel best suited to your budget from ShareTrip’s selection of diversely priced hotels at Phuket.
If you want to enjoy the bustles and liveliness of Phuket, Patong is a must-visit. It offers a great number of entertaining activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, etc. The beach road also has many shops and stalls. Patong nightlife is quite famous and is a great place to check out clubs and bars in Thailand.
Another area that tourists should not miss out on if they’re in Phuket is Old Town. It’s a relatively smaller area that you can cover by foot. It is historically rich and is home to the famous Walking Street, a long stretch of road that is lined with shops, restaurants and bars.
Day 2: Explore the heart of Phuket
If you wish to experience a calmer version of Phuket, visit Kata Noi Beach or Karon Beach on the second day. The Green Elephant Sanctuary Park is a wholesome tourist attraction near Surin beach at Phuket. It’s a great place to interact and connect with the large inhabitants of the park.
While you’re still at Kata or Karon, you should take the opportunity to try some traditional food from Phuket. Phuket Thai cuisine is Asian Fusion at heart. A lot of the flavors are influenced by Malaysian and Indian cuisines. Kwong Seafood Shop at Kata beach serves excellent seafood for really affordable prices. Phuket Old Town has a vast number of highly rated Thai restaurants. It would be worth visiting the area just to try some authentic Thai food while you’re still in Phuket. Traditional Thai massages are highly sought after and can be a good way to unwind and relax at the end of the day.
Day 3: The stunning Phi Phi Islands
You can travel from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands for Day 3 by ferry or speedboat. While speedboats are a faster way to travel, ferries make it possible for you to get acquainted with other tourists and enhance your experience. Once you get to the Phi Phi Islands, you’ll be able to choose among some very scenic resorts. The dreamy island of Koh Phi Phi is home to several incredible beaches. Tonsai Bay is the most well-known beach there due to its laid-back atmosphere and crystal clear waters. However, Loh Dalum beach is a better attraction as there’s a lot more space for activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking etc. Long Beach is another stunning beach that offers a calm and secluded vibe. After a day of adventurous activities, you can try the popular delicacies at Basil Bistro, one of the highly recommended restaurants. The local market also has lots of stalls and restaurants that offer cheap yet tasty Thai food.
Day 4: Boat Rides at Koh Phi Phi
Utilize your second day at the Phi Phi Islands by visiting the other stops that you do not want to miss out - Maya Bay, Monkey Bay, Shark Point and Viking Cave. The best way to explore them at your own pace is by hiring a long-tail boat. The Phi Phi archipelago offers tons of different activities and attractions across all its must-visit locations.
Day 5: The Island Province of Krabi
End your Thailand tales at the Andaman coast of Krabi. To do so, you’ll be taking a ferry from the Phi Phi Islands. After checking into a hotel for the day, set out to explore a truly unique phenomenon. The Klang Cave in Krabi is a stalactite and stalagmite wonder. It ranks as the 2nd most beautiful cave in Asia and is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself at Krabi. It is considered a premier destination for Muslim tourism as the majority population is Muslim. This means that the Thai food in this region is a great reason to include it in your travel plan if you want to try various Halal Thai restaurants.
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We’ll explore other exotic Thailand attractions in our future blogs.