18 days in Phuket, Ko Phi Phi Don & Ko Samui Itinerary

18 days in Phuket, Ko Phi Phi Don & Ko Samui Itinerary

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18 days in Phuket, Ko Phi Phi Don & Ko Samui Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Patong
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Bophut
— 8 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Cape Town


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3
nights
Patong

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get in touch with nature at Yanui Beach and Zipline. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nordic Fashion. Change things up with a short trip to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Patong Beach, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Patong online travel planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Patong is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Indochina Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, things will get a bit warmer in Patong: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Nordic Fashion, Yanui Beach, Big Buddha Phuket
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Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

4
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Loh Lana Bay and Viking Cave. Kids will appreciate attractions like Maya Bay and Nui Beach. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loh Moo Dee Beach, look for gifts at Phi Phi Postcard Shop, and kick back and relax at Long Beach.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Patong to Ko Phi Phi Don in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

8
nights
Bophut

Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Plai Laem and Secret Buddha Garden. Fisherman’s Village and Wat Khunaram (Mummified Monk) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Buddha’s Footprint Temple in Na Mueang (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Art-samui, kick back and relax at Choeng Mon Beach, and stroll through Chaweng Beach.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bophut online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Phi Phi Don to Bophut in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. December in Bophut sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Mae Nam, Hua Thanon Beach, Buddha’s Footprint Temple
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach

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