Looking for things to do for 14 to 16 days in Thailand? This trip is perfect if you are flying into Phuket Airport and don’t want to have to fly domestically, as everything can be reached by either ferry or car.
We had 16 days in total, but it can be modified to be shorter or longer depending on how long you would want to stay in the different places. These places are a good mix of jungle, wildlife, snorkeling, diving, bars & restaurants and beaches.
Khao Sok National park
Getting here: Elephant Hills offer free pickup from Phuket area and surroundings. If you’re going with another tour or operator, I’m sure they do the same.
Glamping in the jungle, hanging out with elephants rescued from riding camps and the logging industry at Elephant Hills, exploring the jungle and going for a swim in a freshwater lake with a gorgeous backdrop. You can stay in the jungle or on the floating rainforest camp.
Getting here: First option is to take a car/bus to Donsak Pier and then a ferry to Koh Tao. We took advantage of the free transfer from Elephant Hills to Koh Samui and then took a ferry from Samui to Koh Tao. The second option is take a domestic flight from Phuket Airport to Koh Samui and then take a ferry to Koh Tao. Ferries can be booked online prior to arrival, or booked at the ferry terminals.
We decided to stay in the quiet part of the island in Sai Daeng Bay (next to Shark Bay). There’s great snorkeling and diving all around the island, and Sairee Beach is great if you want a big night out, or just a great meal and a few cold ones.
Getting here: The easiest way to get to Khao Lak is by car or bus. It’s a 1.5 hour ride from Phuket Airport and 3.5 from Donsak Pier.
Khao Lak was a bit of a stopover destination for us as it is the gateway to the Similan Islands. To get from Koh Tao to Khao Lak you can either ferry to Donsak Pier and then get a car/bus across the mainland or ferry to Samui, fly to Phuket and then get a car up. We took the first option. We stayed in the southern part this time, went to Monkey Bar and spent the day at Coconuts Bar by the beach.
Similan & Surin Islands
Getting here: Diving to the Similan & Surin Islands depart from Khao Lak. Usually the dive operator offers free pickup from anywhere in Khao Lak.
We went with Similan Seven Sea Club for the second year in a row and they never disappoint.
Located 1.5h with a speedboat from Khao Lak, it’s one of the best dive sites in Thailand. To get the most out of it, I would recommend staying on a liveaboard. We did 4 days and 14 dives in various places.
Getting here: Memories Beach Bar can be found 10-20 minute taxi ride from Khao Lak, depending on where you are. If you are staying in the northern part (where the tsunami memorial is), there is a taxi rank next to the night markets.
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This place is all about relaxing. Located in the northern part of Khao Lak, it offers a stunning white beach, a great beach bar with delicious food and cooling cocktails and sunsets that will take your breath away.