Skip to main content
1-800-590-1161Help & contactEarn free travel
Highlights of Southern...

Highlights of Southern Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket & Krabi

12 days |  15 days with Cambodia & Bangkok extension
12 days |  15 days with Cambodia & Bangkok extension
Group size1222 travelers
Physical activity
OverviewItineraryDates & pricesReviewsHotels, flights & FAQ
You have 60 days to get a full refund

Feel good about putting a tour on the calendar today. Enroll in AutoPay or pay in full when you book and if you change your mind, you'll get your money back.†

From buzzing city soundscapes to the gentle murmur of Thai islands teeming with wildlife—hear Thailand roar

Come to Thailand with your heart open and leave with your heart full. Start in Bangkok’s dizzying, busy streets, then explore Thailand’s lush tropical Andaman Coast from Phuket to Krabi. In Khao Sok National Park, take to the water around the world's oldest evergreen rainforest, brimming with wildlife. You’ll traverse canals by longboat, speedboat through limestone cliffs, and participate in vital conservation efforts. Yes, there will be elephants—an ethical sanctuary visit awaits. Extend your trip to Cambodia and stand in awe of the world’s largest religious monument glowing at sunrise with a trek to Angkor Wat.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 food tastings
Read more

Included highlights

  • Bangkok’s Grand Palace
  • Klong canal cruise
  • Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park
  • James Bond Island
  • Phuket night market
Read more
Start planning today

An expert specializing in tours of this region is here to help.

Talk to a Tour Consultant

Day-by-day itinerary

Print itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Bangkok today.

Bangkok2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! As you settle into your hotel tonight, you might be greeted with a wai—a gesture where hands are placed in a prayer position followed by a gentle bowing of the head. You can choose to return the gesture if you want.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bangkok
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch, Tasting

Join your Tour Director for a sightseeing tour of Bangkok, the bustling capital city set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

  • Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex—home to the kings of Siam from 1782 to 1925—featuring traditional Thai architecture as well as European Renaissance inspiration
  • Pass by the Wat Phra Kaew temple complex, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and a pilgrimage site for devout Buddhists
  • Step inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, or Wat Pho, to admire the grandeur of the gilded 150-foot-long statue depicting the passing of the Buddha into nirvana (it’s the biggest Reclining Buddha statue in the city)
  • Visit the nearby flower market’s rainbow-hued rows of blooms before taking a walking tour of the Chinatown neighborhood—one of the largest Chinatowns in the world—bursting with mouthwatering food stalls, ornate temples, and the rich history of Chinese immigrants
  • Enjoy an included welcome lunch at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers
  • Tour the city’s canals, called klongs, on a motorized longboat as you sample local fruits from floating markets. Canals once criss-crossed Bangkok, earning it the nickname Venice of the East
Phuket Island2 nights
Day 4: Flight to Phuket & walking tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Fly to Phuket this morning, Thailand’s largest island, and embark on a walking tour to get to know this slice of heaven in the Andaman Sea.

  • Learn about Phuket’s importance to trade routes between Europe and China
  • Admire the restored, candy-colored shophouses along Dibuk Road in the Old Town. The café-lined street is a feast for the eyes
  • View the Chinpracha House as it peeks through palm trees, an ornate Sino-Portuguese-style colonial mansion
  • Sample regional snacks in a restored coffee house. Keep your eyes out for o-aew, a shaved ice and jelly dessert that originated in Phuket

Tonight, enjoy an included dinner with beer or wine alongside your fellow travelers.

Please note: On some departures the included dinner will take place on day 5 and the night market visit on day 5 will move to day 4.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Ao Phang Nga Bay, Talu Island canoeing & Phuket night market visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting

Depart Phuket Island and spend today boating the deep turquoise waters surrounding jungle-crowned tropical islands on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Board a speedboat and cruise around Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park, known for its towering limestone rock formations, known as karsts, thick mangrove forests, and almost 200 bird species
  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard your boat while surrounded by the bay’s clear water bejeweled with karsts
  • Head to Talu Island and canoe through dramatically arched sea caves with experienced local paddlers as your guides
  • Visit the iconic steep shores of Khao Phing Kan, or James Bond Island, made into a popular tourist destination when it was chosen as one of the locations for The Man with the Golden Gun starring Roger Moore

Tonight, immerse yourself in authentic local flavor when you head to the night market on Phuket, where you’ll find stalls of fresh fruit, drinks, fiery snacks, slurp-worthy noodles, and for the adventurous—fried insects. Spend time exploring the seemingly endless stalls, stopping for sips and bites along the way.

Please note: On some departures the night market visit may take place on day 4 and the included dinner from day 4 will move to day 5.

Khao Sok Region2 nights
Day 6: Transfer to the Khao Sok Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning on Phuket—warming your feet in the fine, white sand of Karon Beach or lounging by the pool—before traveling north to the Khao Sok region, renowned for its national park—an unspoiled area where towering limestone cliffs, unspoiled jungles, and teal water meet.

After freshening up at your hotel, gather together for an included dinner served with beer or wine this evening.

Day 7: Khao Sok National Park & Cheow Lan Lake cruise
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take to the water this morning for a full day in Khao Sok National Park, home to the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, exploring the stunning Cheow Lan Lake aboard a traditional long-tail boat.

  • Admire dramatic, jungle-topped limestone cliffs and karsts as you cruise across the lake’s turquoise waters
  • Khao Sok is teeming with diverse fauna. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including long-tailed macaques and gibbons. The national park is also home to the Malayan sun bear, cobras, and hornbills
  • Enjoy an included lunch at a floating restaurant followed by free time to swim, canoe, or just relax and take in the majestic scenery
Krabi Region3 nights
Day 8: Krabi Conservation Project
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel south to Krabi, an iconic port town where you’ll find postcard views, pristine beaches, and a laid-back atmosphere. Spend the morning taking part in a service project with a local conservation effort where a guide will teach you about mangrove reforestation and sustainable development projects. You’ll have the chance to make a direct impact—planting a tree or joining another conservation activity.

Afterwards, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to your hotel where you can spend a free evening in the Krabi region, or add an optional excursion to try your hand at whipping up Thai dishes alongside professional chefs at a local culinary school.

Krabi Thai Cooking Class

From $85 per person

Day 9: Following Giants Elephant Sanctuary
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive south to the island of Koh Lanta and visit Following Giants Elephant Sanctuary, an organization which has taken steps to move away from elephant trekking to become a genuine, observation-only sanctuary, where elephants can just be elephants. Prepare yourself for the heart-filling experience of a lifetime.

  • Hear how the organization has worked to create a safe living environment for the elephants and an educational experience for visitors
  • Learn about Asian elephants as you watch these gentle giants roam freely during a hands-off elephant exploration walk
  • Take part in a hands-on replanting activity where you’ll create fertilizer seed balls and slingshot them into the surrounding fields. When grown, they’ll provide vegetation for the elephants to eat
  • Sit down to enjoy an included lunch at the sanctuary
Day 10: Free day in the Krabi Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Join an optional excursion aboard a Junk, an ancient, fixed-sail Chinese ship design, and set sail on the Andaman Sea for more island exploration, swimming, snorkeling, or taking in the views. Choosing to spend your free day in Krabi? Ask your Tour Director for activity recommendations—how about unwinding in the Krabi Hot Springs, a natural thermal spa, or Phra Nang Cave Beach, known for its sugar white sand and—as its name suggests—interesting caves to explore.

Krabi Junk Cruise & Lunch

From $145 per person

Bangkok1 night
Day 11: Flight to Bangkok
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Fly to Bangkok this afternoon and freshen up at your hotel.

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner served with beer or wine at a local restaurant.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home, or continue your tour on the extension to Cambodia, where the massive lotus bud-shaped towers of Angkor Wat and flourishing night markets of Siem Reap await you.

Extension to Cambodia & Bangkok
In Cambodia, you won't just see majestic temples, you'll experience them, body and soul. Fly to Siem Reap—Cambodia's second-largest city—and get an insider's peek at Angkor Wat's out-of-this-world architecture and history. Far more than just the gateway to the famed temple complex, Siem Reap boasts exciting night life and delectable Khmer cuisine. Get a taste of both with a visit to a lively night market where you can feast on rice cake fritters and Khmer noodles before browsing the market stalls for handmade crafts.
Siem Reap2 nights
Day 12: Flight to Siem Reap, sightseeing tour of Wat Thmei & night market visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting, Dinner

Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and witness remnants of the region’s difficult history—and hopeful future—alongside your Tour Director.

  • Visit a local cooking school and enjoy an included lunch made by students honing their culinary skills
  • Head to the Wat Thmei Killing Field Memorial to learn about the 1.7 million souls who perished during the Cambodian Genocide
  • Hear how the intellectual and creative classes, as well as anyone who opposed the Khmer Rouge regime, were targeted for mass execution while others suffered diseases and famine

Please note: For some, the Wat Thmei can be a very emotional visit, travelers who do not wish to take part in this portion of today’s schedule may opt for free time in Siem Reap instead.

After paying your respects to Cambodia’s past, celebrate its resilience. Tonight, you’ll see Siem Reap come alive with a visit to the night bazaar where your Tour Director will pick out local specialties for you to sample. Afterwards, enjoy free time to peruse the stalls before sitting down for an included dinner with beer or wine.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you’ll experience some of Southeast Asia’s most iconic sites, including Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument.

  • Rise early today and see the impressive Angkor Wat be illuminated by the morning light—a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built as a Hindu temple and became a Buddhist temple, all in the 12th century
  • Follow along as your Tour Director guides you and your fellow travelers through different areas of the temple—and, if you like, climb a set of steep, narrow stairs to a third-story viewing area
  • Depart Angkor Wat and enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Continue along with your Tour Director to Angkor Thom, the ruined capital complex of the Khmer Empire that dates to the late 12th and early 13th centuries
  • View the Terrace of the Elephants, the striking, ornamental wall from which King Jayavarman VII—King of the Khmer Empire—looked out over his victorious returning army; the Terrace of the Leper King, which is home to an androgynous statue whose meaning remains somewhat mysterious; and Bayon, the staggeringly detailed state temple of King Jayavarman VII
  • Depart Siem Reap and enjoy the glowing embers of the evening light at Ta Prohm, a temple that has largely been reclaimed by the jungle and served as a filming location for the 2001 movie Lara Craft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie
Bangkok1 night
Day 14: Flight to Bangkok
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Use your free time in Siem Reap this morning for one last trip to an artisan market for textiles or handmade crafts—or to simply relax—before flying back to Bangkok, where you’ll celebrate your trip during a group farewell dinner served with beer or wine.

Flight home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home. In Thai culture, we don’t leave without saying goodbye. Take your time as you depart and if you’re feeling it, offer a parting wai—the Thai greeting is also used when bidding farewell.  


Show full itinerary
Book for just $99 down

That's all it takes to secure your spot on tour with AutoPay. Then, pay for your trip in interest-free, monthly installments.†


Be the first to submit a review for this tour.
Sign in to your account to submit a review.

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Doubletree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit
Doubletree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit

This contemporary hotel is located in the Sukhumvit district of downtown Bangkok, Thailand. Guests enjoy an outdoor saltwater pool, sun terrace, and f...

Read more +
Centara Karon Resort Phuket
Centara Karon Resort Phuket

This modern hotel is located steps from the Karon Beach in Phuket. Guests enjoy several pools and dining options, tennis courts, and spa. Nearby you’l...

Read more +
Our Jungle Camp
Our Jungle Camp

This peaceful eco-resort is located in Khao Sok National Park. Guests enjoy their own private huts with private balconies, optional activities like wa...

Read more +
Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi
Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi

This peaceful resort is located in the Krabi Region. Guests enjoy stunning views of the surrounding limestone cliffs, the outdoor pool, and on-site re...

Read more +
Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok
Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok

This stylish hotel is located in the heart of Bangkok. Guests enjoy the rooftop sundeck and dining, fitness center, and steam room. Nearby you’ll find...

Read more +
Angkor Paradise Hotel
Angkor Paradise Hotel

This classic hotel is located in Siem Reap’s city center. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, sun terrace, and on-site restaurant. Nearby you’ll find Angko...

Read more +


Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.
Add our airfare package and you'll get:
  • Round-trip flight for your tour
  • Airport transfers at your destination
  • A great price locked in today
  • 24/7 support from our dedicated service team
  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
  • Find out more about flights


Print FAQ
Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Thailand (and Cambodia on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens traveling to Thailand.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa to enter Cambodia on the tour extension. You may choose to obtain your Cambodia visa at the port of entry (you will need $30USD and two passport-sized photos), by purchasing an electronic visa on the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by applying directly to the Cambodian consulate, or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code TOM.
Was this information helpful?
Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across uneven terrain with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of pick-up trucks and small boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Was this information helpful?
Tour Director
  • You will have two separate Tour Directors on this tour: one in Thailand and one in Cambodia if you choose the Cambodia & Bangkok trip extension.
Was this information helpful?
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Bangkok. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Small boat rides and flights from Bangkok to Phuket and Krabi to Bangkok are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes one round-trip flight between Bangkok and Siem Reap.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Was this information helpful?
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. We recommend that you limit your baggage to under 44lbs to avoid charges on included flights within Thailand.
  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Was this information helpful?
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. Please note that you will be required to remove your shoes at all Buddhist religious sites.
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit temples or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Was this information helpful?
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure as the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry-on bag.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code TOM.
Was this information helpful?
  • Traditional Thai cooking uses market-fresh ingredients seasoned with a mix of herbs, spices, and condiments such as chili peppers and fish sauce. The main staple is rice. Most meals include a soup, a curry, a steamed or fried dish, and a salad.
  • On the tour extension, international influence is evident in the Khmer cuisine of Cambodia, where flavor is created through the mix of herbs and spices such as sweet basil, Asian coriander, mint, lemongrass, and pepper. The base of almost all Cambodian dishes is rice or noodles, served with a curry, soup, or vegetable stir-fry. Grilled freshwater fish is popular, and the fermented fish paste known as prahok is a traditional seasoning.
Was this information helpful?
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Thailand (plus Cambodia on the tour extension) operates on 230 volts.
  • Thailand uses Types A, B, C, or O plugs with two flat pins, two flat and one rounded pin, or two or three rounded pins, respectively.
  • Cambodia uses Types A, C, or G plugs with two flat pins, two rounded pins, or three flat pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in Asian hotels is often not as strong, or as cool, as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Was this information helpful?
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Was this information helpful?
Time zones
  • Thailand (plus Cambodia on the tour extension) is 11 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 11pm on tour.
Was this information helpful?
  • You will use the Thai baht in Thailand (plus the riel in Cambodia on the tour extension.)
  • On the tour extension in Cambodia, U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere, though change may be given in riel. Most hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, buses, and airlines list their prices in U.S. dollars, but small transactions (less than a dollar) are usually conducted in riel. Always carry small amounts of riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks, and other small purchases.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Was this information helpful?
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director, $3USD per person per day for your driver, and $2USD per person per day for your bus attendant.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Was this information helpful?
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
Was this information helpful?

Compare similar tours

Highlights of Southern Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket & Krabi
No reviews yet
12 days
15 days with extension
Cambodia & Bangkok|3 nights
Overnight stays
Overnight Flight|1 night
Bangkok|2 nights
Phuket Island|2 nights
Khao Sok Region|2 nights
Krabi Region|3 nights
Bangkok|1 night
From $3,759 $3,159*
Currently viewing
Thailand Adventure: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & the Islands

4.8 star rating

88 reviews
14 days
17 days with extension
Cambodia|3 nights
Overnight stays
Overnight Flight|1 night
Bangkok|3 nights
Chiang Rai|2 nights
Chiang Mai|3 nights
Phuket Island|3 nights
Bangkok|1 night
From $3,619 $2,619*