15 days in Phuket & Ko Samui Itinerary

15 days in Phuket & Ko Samui Itinerary

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Fly to Phuket International Airport, Drive to Mai Khao
Mai Khao, Phuket
— 2 nights
Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Maret
— 6 nights
Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Karon
Karon, Phuket
— 6 nights


Mai Khao, Phuket

— 2 nights
The vast stretches of beach in Mai Khao, once a nesting area for the giant leatherback turtle, are home to various aquatic and relaxation activities.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Takeoff Landing and then discover the deep blue sea with Paradise Diving Asia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Phuket Elephant Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Siam Herbs For Health Spa - Mai Khao Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mai Khao trip site.

Doha, Qatar to Mai Khao is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Doha to Mai Khao, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Doha in January; daily highs in Mai Khao reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Maret.

Things to do in Mai Khao

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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— 6 nights
Maret, a bustling area on the island of Koh Samui, offers an abundance of activities and small settlements along a stretch of attractive coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maret: Chaweng Beach (in Chaweng) and Bophut (Big Buddha, Koh Samui Golf Academy, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Classic International Suits, make a trip to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, take some stellar pictures from Lamai Viewpoint, and enjoy the sand and surf at Maenam Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Maret trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mai Khao to Maret in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Maret are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Karon.

Things to do in Maret

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Karon, Phuket

— 6 nights
Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Karon is known for beaches, shopping, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Karon Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Kata Beach, and try out the rides at Football Crazy Golf - Phuket.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Karon itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Maret to Karon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Maret in January, Karon is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Karon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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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.

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.