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Best Phuket 2 Day Itinerary

Thailand is such a beautiful country with so many different types of things to do. Most Thailand vacations include 3 main areas – Chiang Mai, Bangkok and a beach area like Phuket. We spent 3 days and 2 nights in Phuket on our way home from Bali. Phuket is the perfect place to unwind. Whether you are planning a big Thai adventure or a stopover, I’m sharing our Phuket 2 day itinerary with the things we did and the things we will do differently next time around.

I’ve been to Thailand twice now. Bangkok was terrific and what I expected but I have to say that Phuket was not. First, I was totally unprepared for the size. From the Phuket airport to the furthest hotels, it is 1 hour drive without traffic. Phuket is split up into different town/cities that each have their beaches. Because of that, it can be misleading thinking you are choosing a particular beach to stay near but really you are choosing one type of city over another.

2 Perfect Days in Phuket

How to Choose a Phuket Hotel for Your 2 Day Itinerary

I read that people are often disappointed when they go to Phuket because they make their hotel choice based on deals. They end up being in the wrong location and having a bad experience. That was us in a nutshell. We went on Hotels.com and picked a pretty hotel that was having a deal. That put us in the Patong Beach area, which is the party area of Phuket. Although our hotel was nice and the beach was beautiful, we would have been much happier in a different area. So how do you choose the right are to stay? Do your research keeping the following in mind.

  1. How far is the hotel area from the Phuket airport or excursions you want to do? If you’re staying for 2-3 days, you don’t want to spend half your time driving to and from the airport/ferry.
  2. What type of vacation do you want?
  3. Are you going for a relaxing vacation on a quiet Phuket beach and romantic dinners at night? If so, you might like Nai Thon or the upscale area of Bang Thao.
  4. Are you ready to party – taking advantage of beach activities by day and clubs by night; you might like Patong or Kata Beach.
  5. Are you going on a Phuket family trip and want a great spot for kids? Try beautiful Kamala Beach with kid friendly activities nearby.

Best Time to go to Phuket

  • High Season: December – March is the high season with December and January having the best weather and the most crowds.
  • Shoulder season: November and April. We went in the beginning of November, and it was a little cloudy but there was no rain.
  • Low Season: June – October is the rainy season and the temperatures are hotter.

For more in depth, month by month information, check out this post about the best time to visit Thailand.

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Phuket Hotels

Phuket Itinerary – Best Things to do in 2 Days

1. Go to the beach

Definitely go to the beach in your area but try other nearby beaches too. The water is beautiful and it’s also a great way to stay cool in the warm weather. Depending on the beach you choose you can also find activities like jet skis, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and more.

2 Days in Phuket Bamboo Island

2. Phi Phi Islands

Koh Phi Phi is the star attraction for many visitors. It’s incredibly alluring, has gorgeous resorts, snorkeling, scuba diving, multiple beaches and nightlife. You can visit the Phi Phi Islands on a full day trip or stay overnight at one of the Resorts. We did a day tour from Phuket Town, which left before dawn so we could get to all the areas before anyone else. I’m not a fan of guided tours but the other options weren’t great – take a ferry (2 hours each way) or rent a private boat ($1,200+ for 8 hours). The small group tour for $120 per person got us to all the attractions and was the best of the 3 options. I highly recommend this day trip for your Phuket itinerary.

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Phi Phi Island View

3. Phang Nga Bay

One of the most popular Phuket day trips that we didn’t do because of a lack of time was seeing Phang Nga Bay. This is main reason I think it’s better to spend more than 2 days in Phuket. Deciding between the beautiful beaches of the Phi Phi Islands and the interesting landscape of Phang Nha Bay is difficult. Why not plan your trip to Phuket to be at least 3 days and do both. Even though I’ve never been to Phang Nga Bay, here are some tips that I read. There are multiple ways to see it – hire a long tail boat, take a kayak tour or a sunset cruise. Just be cautious about signing up for a group tour of Phang Nha National Park, especially if they call it the “Trip to James Bond Island.” My choice would be the long tail boat or kayak.

Phang Nga Bay

4. Phuket Elephants

Sadly people still ride elephants on a Thailand vacation but it hurts the elephants and should never be done. Instead you can have an elephant experience by visiting an elephant sanctuary. Just make sure the place you visit is a real sanctuary that doesn’t offer rides or keep them chained up. Here’s a link to Green Elephant Sanctuary Park Phuket that you can visit and also has information about why you should never ride an elephant.

Elephant Sanctuary

5. Other Great Phuket Itinerary Activities

  • Patong and Bangla Road – I walked down this infamous street during the day and definitely didn’t want to return at night. There’s Thai boxing, wild nightclubs, lady boys, etc… If seedy nightlife isn’t for you, skip it.
  • Phuket Weekend Market – I always love night markets and Phuket is known for them. There are multiple – so pick one closest to your hotel or go to the biggest one in Phuket Old Town. You can sample the enormous variety of amazing street food or get in some souvenir shopping. Open Saturday & Sunday from 4-11pm.
  • Nighttime Show – We didn’t go to any shows in Phuket but if you have time, there are some you might enjoy. Siam Niramit is a Thai cultural show, originally from Bangkok and very popular in Phuket. You might also try the Simon Cabaret, a “ladyboy” musical show located between Patong and Karon Beach.
  • Big Buddha – On a high viewpoint above Phuket, you can see the 150 foot Buddha that is touristy but still worth a visit if you have extra time on your hands.
  • Wat Chalong – If you have been traveling around Thailand, you might feel like you’ve seen enough Buddhist temples. If this is your only stop in Thailand, definitely go see Wat Chalong. It’s the largest and most important of the Buddhist Temples in Phuket.
  • Thalang Maneekram Floating Market – Right near Wat Chalong, there’s a new Phuket floating market, which is exciting because the Kathu Floating Market is permanently closed. They have shops, Thai massage, some games for the kids and other activities. It’s open from 11am to 9pm every day.
  • Khao Phra Thaeo National Park – Visiting this small national park in Phuket will give you a chance to hike through the jungle, splash around in Bang Pae waterfall and visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation project. The park has a variety of wildlife in this last remaining rainforest in Phuket. You can take a tour or go on your own.
Big Buddha in Phuket

What I Would Do Differently

One of the biggest reasons I made this Phuket travel guide is because I would have done some things differently. It’s great to spend 2 days in Phuket but some of the most beautiful places in Thailand are in the surrounding areas that are less touristy and a great addition to your beach vacation. Also, as mentioned, Phuket is a huge area not just a little beach town. If you mistakenly choose the wrong area to stay, you could be spending too much time getting from place to place.

  • Plan a longer trip. I went to Thailand before and missed Phuket so we just thought we’d do a quick stopover. It’s better to plan a longer Thailand itinerary with more days in the areas surrounding Phuket. We would have added Phang Nha National Park and Khao Sok National Park. Did you know you can sleep on a floating raft house there?!
  • Stay in a quieter, more upscale area of Phuket without all the craziness and a hotel that was on the beach, not on a mountain overlooking the beach.

Hopefully this Phuket 2 day itinerary helps you. If you consider spending 3 days in Phuket or more, there are plenty of additional things to do to make your trip longer. Now all you need to do is get to Phuket. Use our Guide to Score Cheap Flights so you can save money and spend longer on vacation! For another amazing bucket list destination, definitely read about Bali.


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79 Comments

  • Reply
    Martina
    January 19, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I have lived in Phuket and haven’t found out about the floating market – a great hint that I gave to check out next time 😊

    However, I cannot recommend the Fantasea show. They use elephants in there, and they are treated and trained cruelly. Pls stay away from shows with elephants 🙏😊

    Great site!

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      Jenifer
      January 19, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks so much for the feedback! The floating market is new and has a bunch of activities. I completely agree with you about the Fantasea show. It’s been removed. Thank you.

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    Jennifer
    January 13, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    It looks absolutely amazing there!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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    M. Walters
    October 24, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I love your post! Definitely in my Bucket list. Great Information and very specific. Cant wait to visit.

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      Jenifer
      October 29, 2019 at 5:08 pm

      So glad it was helpful. Phuket is a great destination and also a great stopover destination.

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    aditi oberoi malhotra
    March 22, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Amazing pictures babe. Seems like a really nice place.
    Adi xx | http://www.fancycorrectitude.com

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      Jenifer
      March 25, 2019 at 6:51 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Zorica
    March 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips.
    Super handy.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      March 11, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      Glad they’re helpful!

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    Heather Rowland
    March 8, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Love the look of this location and you’ve got some fantastic ideas for planning a trip too, thanks so much for sharing. Am loving your photos too 🙂

    Heather xoxo

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      Jenifer
      March 8, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you so much! The scenery there is ethereal and is even hard to capture on camera, I tried my best!

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    lesley kim
    February 21, 2019 at 3:53 am

    There are such stunning photos!! lthank you for sharing them!!

    Lesley Kim

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      Jenifer
      February 21, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked them!

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    Lalaine
    February 5, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I have never been to Thailand before, but I heard that it is a beautiful place to visit.

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      February 18, 2019 at 5:21 am

      It is really beautiful, interesting and the food is delicious. Definitely a great place to visit.

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    miri
    January 31, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I admit that I would love to visit Thailand one day. My parents used to go to Phuket every year and loved it.
    XO
    Miri
    https://currentlywearing.com

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      Jenifer
      February 19, 2019 at 4:35 am

      It’s a beautiful place to travel. I can understand why your parents went every year. Hope you get a chance to go soon!

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    Valerie
    January 30, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Wow, this location looks amazing! I’m in awe of the gorgeous views! This definitely makes me want to visit Thailand someday! Thanks for sharing!

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      Jenifer
      February 19, 2019 at 5:03 am

      So glad you enjoyed it. Thailand is beautiful and there are so many amazing spots in addition to Phuket.

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    Gemma Etc.
    January 27, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Such beautiful photos. I’ve always wanted to visit, it looks like paradise xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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      Jenifer
      January 29, 2019 at 6:11 am

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked them!

  • Reply
    Yiota
    January 27, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Beautiful photos!!! Thailand is an amazing place, hope I get to visit some day, it’s on my bucket list!!! x

    Yiota
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      Jenifer
      January 29, 2019 at 6:09 am

      Thank you Yiota! You should definitely go, it’s an amazing life experience!

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    Nancy
    January 26, 2019 at 4:02 am

    I haven’t been to Phuket before but hear so many great things about this place. It is cool that you’ve been there twice so far. I like that there are resorts with gorgeous views!! Shoot, I really need to make a trip out there one of these days. It is neat to see how the rocks have formed. The elephants look super cool! Thanks for some of these tips. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you Nancy! I’m so glad you liked this post, Phuket is amazing and definitely worth trip out here! You should absolutely try and visit, it’s beautiful!

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    Andreea
    January 25, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Phuket looks completely amazing! Your tips are very useful in case I decide to visit Thailand. Thank you for this lovely post!

    xo, Andreea | https://www.budistyle.com/en/

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you found the post useful! I’m always looking for good tips and recommendations for hotels so I thought this post would be really helpful.

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    Babita
    January 25, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Looks like you have an amazing trip! Loveeee all of these pictures! nothing beats a hotel near beach to unwind a day!

    Xoxo Babita
    http://travelhues.com/

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you like all our pictures.

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    Jessica
    January 25, 2019 at 2:24 am

    What a beautiful paradise! Your photos are amazing dear.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you so much Jessica!

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    Aixa
    January 25, 2019 at 12:07 am

    One of the hardest things is knowing what the area around a hotel is like. I would prefer quiet so your information is very helpful. The photo of Phang Nga Bay is awesome! So picturesque and like no place else!

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      I’m glad the information was helpful, sometimes it can be so difficult to find that kind of information through reviews or other blog posts. I was grateful to find out that the surrounding area of our hotel was peaceful.

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    Emily Hein
    January 24, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Two days seems so short for beautiful Phuket! Would you ever plan to go back for a longer trip?
    Thank you for always opening up my eyes to gorgeous places to travel!! I love your photos!!

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Emily, I’m glad you liked it. And totally, if I were to go back I would definitely go for a little bit longer than two days, that’s just a little bit too short for me. I wasn’t completely aware of how much there was to see so I would try to see so much more if I were to return.

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    Elizabeth Montano
    January 23, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    OMG this looks amazing and I want to go here with my husband!

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      I know right?!? The views there are gorgeous, you should definitely go in the near future!

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    Alyssa
    January 23, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I am planning a trip there this year 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      You’re welcome! That’s so exciting, I can’t wait to see your blog post about the trip! What parts of the island are you planning to see?

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    Recep Hilmi TUFAN
    January 23, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    I want to visit there one day! Thanks for sharing…

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    Margot
    January 23, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Such great tips !
    I really wish to visit Phuket one day ! Looks like so much fun. And I would to visit an elephant sanctuary,
    It looks so beautiful there.
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks Margot! Phuket should definitely be on everyone’s travel bucket list, its a wonderful experience.

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    Yvonne
    January 23, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for sharing making things a bit easier when choosing a vacation spot in Thailand! Love the photos and you look great in that swimsuit!

    https://www.aproposh.com

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you Yvonne! I learned a lot on my trip, a lot of things that I wish I knew in advance. I really thought this would be helpful to other people traveling.

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    Danielle Nikkia Salmon
    January 23, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Love that you went to Phuket and that you had such an experience. The photos are GLOWING! When I went a few years ago Phi Phi islands was a no brainer. Sure everyone and their mother was there, but for good reason, the place is breathtaking!

    Danielle | FollowMyGut.com <3

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      Jenifer
      January 26, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you so much Danielle! The Phi Phi Islands are so much fun, definitely a life-changing experience. I would love to back sometime in the future.

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    Mercy
    January 22, 2019 at 4:19 am

    I like these tips as I would be after a quiet and relaxing hotel near the beach too. My family also want to go to one place only per day that’s why 5 days is always perfect for us. Thanks dear for sharing!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

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      Jenifer
      January 22, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you agree! I really like spacing out each place per day it really allows for a lot of exploration done on a shorter trip!

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    Samantha
    January 21, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Looks amazing! Love all the colorful photos!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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      Jenifer
      January 22, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much Samantha!

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    stylefrontier
    January 21, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Phuket looks amazing!
    thank you for sharing
    xoxo
    style frontier

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      January 21, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked it!

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    Kate
    January 21, 2019 at 5:07 am

    SO gorgeous! How fun!
    -Kate // http://www.classyandkate.com/yachting-through-the-virgin-islands-trip-recap

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      Jenifer
      January 21, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Thank you so much Kate!

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      Jenifer
      January 21, 2019 at 2:09 am

      Thanks so much!

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    Atsuna Matsui
    January 20, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    OMG this information about Thailand was just what I needed. I’m actually making plans to go to Thailand in April so I’m looking into places to go. 🙂

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      Jenifer
      January 21, 2019 at 2:11 am

      I’m so glad. You’ll have the best time!

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    Lovely Amusan
    January 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Thailand is amazing and beautiful, We had the pleasure of visiting Krabi in 2015 and loved every minute of it! Thanks for all the tips!

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

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      Jenifer
      January 21, 2019 at 2:12 am

      The photos of Krabi look amazing! Thailand has so many great places to visit.

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    SundayDahlias
    January 19, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    I haven’t been yet but I’ve heard amazing things! Thank you for this handy guide in case I ever do go😊

    http://www.sundaydahlias.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      January 21, 2019 at 2:13 am

      I hope you get the chance to go. It’s definitely a bucket list spot!

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    Olga
    January 19, 2019 at 7:41 am

    This place looks awesome!Amazing pictures:-)

    https://www.lostindaydreams.com/

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      Jenifer
      January 21, 2019 at 2:13 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Kara
    January 19, 2019 at 2:38 am

    I’ve never been to Thailand but if I do I will definitely be using your tips! It’s really helpful to know what area to stay in because a party area would not be for me. But the beaches and landscape of Phuket look beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing all these helpful tips and ideas! This might be a new place I want to visit.

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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      Jenifer
      January 21, 2019 at 2:15 am

      I’m glad you liked the post. We had such a great time but could have definitely skipped the seedy Bangla street! 😂

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    jodie filogomo
    January 18, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    What an incredible trip, Jenifer! It’s hard to do everything when you go to these places, yet you feel like you should squeeze it all in!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Jenifer
      January 18, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you! I totally agree, trying to find a balance of relaxation and seeing all the destinations you wanna see can be so difficult! It’s definitely one of the harder things about traveling.

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    A Woman Of A Certain Age
    January 18, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    So so beautiful!!

    http://a-woman-of-a-certain-age.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      January 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Vidhi
    January 18, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Omg I have enjoyed reading your Thailand blogs. There is so much info here. I will definitely refer to this when I am making my trip (hopefully in the near future). 🙂
    -Vidhi
    http://www.coffeevschai.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      January 18, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you so much Vidhi! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you go to Thailand in the near future, it’s so much fun!

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    Karlee
    January 18, 2019 at 6:22 am

    WOW looks like a gorgeous place to be, so jealous.

    Karlee | http://www.whatkarleedoes.com

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      Jenifer
      January 18, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Thank you so much Karlee!

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    Elegant Duchess
    January 17, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    BTW amazing photos! xx

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      Jenifer
      January 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you!

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    Elegant Duchess
    January 17, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Thailand is amazing. I haven’t been yet but it’s on my bucket list xx

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      Jenifer
      January 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Sounds like a great app. Hope you get a chance to visit Thailand soon!!

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