Throughout this week, I’ll post vacation bundles of popular destinations, including:
- Thailand (Phuket and Bangkok)
- Spain (Barcelona and Madrid)
- Italy (Rome and Milan)
Each vacation bundle post will include flight and hotel options for 2 people, so you can choose what suits you best. All vacation bundles run for the period of 4 to 11 September 2017 (8 days in total).
A few important notes before we get started:
- I am not sponsored or affiliated with any party mentioned in this post
- This post was written out of my own interest in travel, and the desire to share this interest with as many people as possible
- All hotels recommended in this post are options that I would personally consider when travelling
- Prices indicated in this post might change from the time of posting
- Don’t rely solely on information in this post
- Make sure you verify all information, terms and conditions before making any bookings
Now that prelim talk is out of the way, let’s dig in!!!
There’s really no better way to kick off this week than posting about a Thailand vacation bundle. Who doesn’t love Thailand? There’s something for everyone there, and it’s super friendly for budget travellers.
Warning: you’ll notice from this post, that costs are unbelievably low. September is the wettest month historically for Thailand, as such it’s considered to be somewhat of a low season. So be warned before you choose Thailand as your Eid destination.
4 September 2017: Bahrain (BAH) to Phuket (HKT)
3 nights in Phuket
7 September 2017: Phuket (HKT) to Bangkok (BKK)
4 nights in Bangkok
11 September 2017: Bangkok (BKK) to Bahrain (BAH)
International Flight Options
Thailand is one of the most well served destinations, so you’re not really short on international flight options. As always, I used http://www.kayak.com to scout for ticket prices. Below are the best flight options, listed in ascending order by price:
- Emirates: BD 206/person
- Etihad: 216/person
- Gulf Air: BD 242/person
The nice thing about Emirates and Etihad is that they fly directly to Phuket (via Dubai or Abu Dhabi).
Although Gulf Air is marginally more expensive, the return flight is more convenient as it’s a non-stop service. Gulf Air doesn’t fly to Phuket, so you’ll have to take an internal flight on arrival to Bangkok to cover for that.
There are pros and cons to both options here, but personally I would lean Gulf Air in this case mainly due to the convenience of the return flight.
Phuket Hotel Options (3 nights)
I used http://www.booking.com for all hotels listed in this post. All Phuket hotels are on Patong Beach as its generally the most popular area.
Option 1: Patong Signature Boutique Hotel
Cost for 3 nights: BD 52 (BD 17/night)
Option 2: Baan Laimai Beach Resort
Cost for 3 nights: BD 77 (BD 26/night)
Option 3: Resort Burasari
Cost for 3 nights: BD 87 (BD 29/night)
Option 4: Impiana Resort Patong
Cost for 3 nights: BD 150 (BD 50/night)
Local Flight Options
After the stay in Phuket, you’ll need to take a local flight from Phuket to Bangkok. This route is pretty well served, and you’ll find flights at all times of day on numerous carriers. For the sake of this post, I looked for flights leaving Phuket at 6pm onwards so that you can make best use of your day. Below are the flight options in ascending order by price:
- VieJet: BD 7/person (excludes baggage)
- Thai Air Asia: BD 11/person (excludes baggage)
- Thai Airways: BD 21/person
- Bangkok Airways: BD 23/person
All of the carriers listed above fly to Bangkok’s main airport with the exception of Thai Air Asia, which flies to the old Bangkok airport. The airport has been renovated, so you don’t need to worry about that. The two airports are not close to each other, so make sure you make the proper arrangements if you choose Thai Air Asia.
Bangkok Hotel Options (4 nights)
Option 1: Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok
Cost for 4 nights: BD 49 (BD 12/night)
Option 2: X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit
Cost for 4 nights: BD 64 (BD 16/night)
Option 3: Bless Residence Bangkok
Cost for 4 nights: BD 80 (BD 20/night)