Phi Phi Islands. Photos by Rosie Ortiz-Torres

Phi Phi Islands. Photos by Rosie Ortiz-Torres ()

If you’re seeking an affordable and adventurous trip that won’t break the bank, then Thailand is for you. Even better if you can pair with friends for added fun and further savings if you're on a budget.

Many of the activities and tours we took were kid-friendly, so a family trip would also be just as great. If you book in advance, you can easily nab a roundtrip ticket from Japan for under $500 per person.

For our trip, my friends and I split our time between Bangkok and Phuket for three days each. Our flight was direct to Bangkok, and booking an additional domestic roundtrip flight to Phuket was simple and under $100.

A great tip is to book your driver in advance as this makes it convenient for airport pick-ups and drop-offs. The majority of drivers also have the best recommendations for local insights and tourism deals. More importantly, they do not make you feel obligated to go with their recommendations and accommodate your plans as much as possible. We went with recommendations from friends on Facebook and Instagram when choosing our drivers. It’s easier to have one driver for your entire trip, but we had one in Bangkok and another in Phuket.

Quick trip to Phuket Our trip to Phuket with, its lovely beaches and island tours, was honestly more enjoyable than Bangkok. We loved our seven-bedroom villa with private pool, which was walking distance from the beach below. The beach had many activities, food and drinks to spend a day in the sun.

The three days in Phuket were packed with activities and we could’ve done more but we ran out of time. Here are the fun spots and activities in Phuket: Phi Phi Islands day tour, Patong Beach, Pullman Beach Resort, Three Monkey’s Restaurant, and endless beach sunrise/sunset views.

Buzzing through Bangkok In Bangkok, we spent time exploring Khao San Road, a backpacker district, and Wat Pho, a famous temple known for its reclining Buddha. We also took a tuk-tuk ride through the busy streets, shopped at MBK Mall, the floating markets and took in the views while enjoying some roof top dining. If you’re looking for the nightlife, floating markets, temples, and exotic foods, then Bangkok is for you.

A memorable holiday Overall, we were very satisfied with the trip at both locations and captured so many memorable photos. Thai culture is enticing, and the people were friendly. We filled our hearts and our bellies with so much pad Thai, mango sticky rice, and fresh coconut drinks.

If Thailand has been on your list, definitely start planning as you will not be disappointed. Happy travels!

Speakin’ Thai

Hello: Sawadee Yes: Chai No: Mai Thank you: khop khun

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