A 2-week itinerary from Bangkok to the southern islands
There’s far more to Thailand than packed out beaches and neon-drenched nightlife. You could escape to secluded islands where traditional life still goes on. Or look beyond world-famous views to uncover fresh wonders. From tips on destinations to recommendations for luxury hotels, Thailand is yours to discover on our SLH itinerary.
At a glance
● 2-week independent itinerary for southern Thailand, starting and ending in Bangkok
● Based on stays in specially selected SLH boutique hotels, spend your days exploring vibrant local cultures and soaking up spectacular scenery
● Highlights include the urban energy of Bangkok, eclectic Phuket and the cinematic vistas of Koh Phi Phi – as well as suggestions for lesser-known islands
START IN STYLE: BANGKOK
Bangkok is an energetic city and rewards those who stay to explore rather than dart off to the coast straight away. And for an introduction to Thai culture past and present, there’s nowhere quite like it.
Spend a day exploring the Old City (Rattanakosin), visiting the magnificent Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew temple, with its gleaming gold stupas. And of course, enjoy your first taste of Thai food cooked on its home turf. Whether you stick to Pad Thai or try everything from lemongrass and seafood soup to grilled insects, the flavours are guaranteed to be fresher, brighter (and spicier) than anything you’ve tried elsewhere.
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Stay at 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok for a chic welcome to Bangkok – you can even take in skyline views from the city’s highest infinity pool. Or take a look at our three other hotels, all centrally located to allow for optimum exploring - Akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok, Akyra Thonglor Bangkok and Maduzi Hotel Bangkok. Suggested stay 2-3 nights.
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: PHUKET
A short internal flight takes you from Bangkok to Phuket. Thailand’s largest island and home to six stunning SLH hotels, its tropical rainforests and golden shores are a taste of things to come.
Wrap yourself in the sights and sounds of the forest at Keemala. This boutique hotel close to Phuket’s western shore is focused on finding harmony – with nature, and within yourself. You could even stay in a luxury treehouse with a private plunge pool, and welcome each sunrise with a yoga class.
Or, for a classic beachside break, opt for Mom Tri’s Villa Royale. This stylish resort is a converted royal residence set in its own tropical gardens. Soak up views of Kata Noi Bay, and ease away any lingering travel fatigue at the spa, which offers a wide choice of traditional Thai treatments.
NEXT OVER THE HORIZON: ISLAND BLISS
Thailand’s Andaman Sea is dotted with almost impossibly scenic islands, with sheer limestone hills cloaked in emerald forest. Not surprisingly, they attract lots of visitors on tours of famous landmarks such as ‘James Bond island’. But you don’t have to go far to find an altogether more laid-back pace of life. On Koh Yao Noi, you get the benefit of cruising between the otherworldly rock formations of Phang Nga Bay – without the crowds.
Stay awhile with coastal chic resort, Cape Kudu Hotel as your base and you’ll discover an island where local life is largely unchanged. Visit fishing communities for dinner inspiration – and even learn to bring in a catch yourself, with a fishing lesson at the hotel.
Another peaceful option is nearby Koh Lanta. On its edges are long, quiet beaches with plenty of snorkelling spots and sea caves to nose into in a kayak. If you’re a diver, luxury hotel Pimalai Resort & Spa leads daily trips to the best sites – you might even find yourself swimming alongside majestic manta rays. Suggested stay 3-4 nights.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: KOH PHI PHI
The islands that make up Koh Phi Phi offer heart-snaring scenery at every turn. Maya Bay – made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring The Beach – makes a classic photo location. But there’s plenty more secluded places to be found.
Head to the north of the main island, Phi Phi Don, to leave the backpackers far behind. Here, it’s all about swimming in clear turquoise waters, lounging on white sands and watching local wildlife on jungle hikes.
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Zeavola, on Phi Phi Don’s northern tip, is styled on a rustic Thai village – with added luxury touches such as a private spa. The hotel also runs modern castaway experiences to nearby Bamboo Island, where you can finish your adventure in your own private paradise. Suggested stay 3 nights.
Bangkok is the main international gateway to Thailand. It’s also where you can pick up internal flights down to Phuket. Ferries to Koh Lanta or Koh Yao Noi depart from Phuket’s eastern shore. You can travel from either island to Koh Phi Phi by speedboat transfer. Ask our Voice Reservation Team for details about private transport provided by individual hotels.
BOOK YOUR BOUTIQUE HOTELS
To book the hotels on this independent itinerary, get in touch with our Voice Reservation Team on 0800 0482 314 (UK) & 1-877-234-7033 (US). You can find a full list of our dedicated toll-free numbers here. We’re ready and waiting to plan luxury adventures 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So whenever inspiration strikes, just get in touch.