11 days in Cairo, Ko Samui & Phuket Itinerary

11 days in Cairo, Ko Samui & Phuket Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Patong
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights


Cairo, Egypt

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairo itinerary maker tool.

Doha, Qatar to Cairo is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Doha, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Bophut.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Bophut, Thailand

— 2 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): add some fun to your beach time CSI: SAMUI Dive School and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, make a trip to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, and then look for gifts at Classic International Suits.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bophut road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairo to Bophut in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Indochina Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Cairo in January, things will get much warmer in Bophut: highs are around 35°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly to Patong.

Things to do in Bophut

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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Patong, Thailand

— 4 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Take a break from Patong with a short trip to Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by New Era's Vienna, and browse the different shops at Jungceylon.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Patong trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bophut to Patong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bophut in January, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Patong. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

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Ko Samui travel guide

Gift & Specialty Shops · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Coconut Island
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the island of Ko Samui lies some 700 km (430 mi) south of Bangkok and features a palm-fringed coastline and hillsides shrouded in virgin rainforest. Take a trip to Ko Samui to discover a heaven for kayakers, snorkelers, and nature lovers of all ages. Together with about 60 other islands, Ko Samui is part of a sprawling marine national park sheltering a diverse wildlife that includes fish, frogs, otters, dolphins, monkeys, bats, turtles, iguanas, cobras, and hogs. Although you can tour Ko Samui's developed beaches in a few hours by car or motorcycle, the island is still large enough for serious adventures in the wild.

Phuket travel guide

Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.