South Thailand travel guide

Hi everyone! As you know we have been to the South of Thailand during 10 days and we had an amazing experience there! J-e was dreaming to visit this country for a while and I wanted to surprise him! I heard so many negative and positive things about Thailand, some people didn’t like the mass tourism there and others totally love this country…We needed to make our own experience there and we totally fall in love with this country!

With the local culture which is so special, the people that are so kind and so respectful, the epic landscapes with green water and the rock formations and also of course the Thai food hehe! You definitively need to visit Thailand if it’s not already done, you should add this country on your bucket list! If you are seeking adventure, unique places and experiences, you will not be disappointed! 😉 But there are so many beautiful places to visit and things to do that is impossible to do everything in one trip unless you are staying one month, that’s why we have already planned to go back to explore the country properly!

This time we have focused on the south of Thailand and we have been to Phuket, Krabi, Railey and Hong island. If you want to know where to stay, what places to visit, what activities to do, where to eat traditional Thai food, or how to move, this south Thailand travel guide is for you!

Where to stay in South Thailand?

Phulay Bay a Ritz Carlton Reserve in Krabi

We stayed at the beautiful Phulay Bay in Krabi and we had an amazing stay! This hotel is just another level of the luxury and the elegance. It is the perfect mix between luxury and nature. Located in a huge reserve, full of beautiful plants and flowers you will totally feel like you are in wonderland! There are also a beautiful infinity pool with the view on the ocean. Don’t need to mention that breakfast are to die for haha. The room was the most incredible I have never seen! Have you seen on Insta stories? the bed was huge, the traditional decoration was so pretty and we had an amazing outdoor bathtub! Also, they propose excursions to Hong Island by long tail boat. It was another amazing experience, going through lagoons and stoping by the beautiful beach of Hong island was an unforgettable experience! If you want to stay there you can book here!

Dream hotel in Phuket

This hotel in Phuket is really well located, close to the temples, elephant sanctuary and a lot of beautiful places to visit. Also this hotel has an stunning rooftop with an infinity pool and a view on the mountains! When the sun goes down, the ambiance on the rooftop is on point! Music, coconuts and sunset are the perfect mix! There are also another huge beautiful pool on the ground floor! You can have your breakfast by the pool. Also they have a super cool beach club at 5 minutes of the hotel! If you want to stay there you can book directly here!

Baba beach club in Phang Nga

This amazing hotel is located in Phang Nga in the north of Phuket. The private beach is absolutely beautiful and empty! You can have the beach all to yourself! This is the perfect place to watch the sunset or to surf! They have also lovely swings and hammocks 😉 The villas are absolutely insane and have a view on the pool! The restaurant of the hotel is really cool too, you can eat traditional thai food and the breakfast is fabulous (pancakes, french toast, fresh fruits….!) Book your stay here

Kata rocks in Phuket

The Kata rocks is the last hotel I’ll highly recommend to you! It’s located in Phuket’ south, but we feel like in Santorini! As you can see the pool and the view on the ocean are stunning! The villas with private pool are amazing too! The modern and minimalistic decoration is so pretty. And the ambiance on the night is really cool, cocktails and tapas by the pool, no better way to end the day! Book your stay here!

What places to visit and activities to do in South Thailand?

Railey Beach in Krabi

Guys, if you like epic landscapes, you absolutely need to visit the mythic Railey beach! To go there you need first to go to Krabi, 2 hours from Phuket by car. You can take a taxi for 90$. When arrived in Krabi, you need to Ao Niang. Where you will take a long tail boat, and you will be in Railey beach in 15 minutes. Ok, I will not lie to you, there are a lot of tourists, but it is still stunning! The mountains in the clear water, make this place so unique! If you are afraid by the crowd you should definitively skip this place! If you are not, you will discovered a gem!

Visit an elephant sanctuary

If you like elephants you definitively need to visit an elephant sanctuary! You could feed them and spend time with them, they are adorable and beautiful creatures. But please don’t ride elephants in Thailand, don’t go to see elephant shows at a circus, or see elephant paintings. There is a dark side to elephant tourism that many people just don’t seem to be aware of. In these places, elephants are chained and mistreated. They are struck to be subject and they collapse during rides because they are exhausted. Elephants are living beings, like us! They feel pain, joy, sadness and love and the lack of freedom! They worth to be well treated and they never should be in captivity!

These elephant sanctuaries rescue elephants mistreated and they offer to them a place to be free to be an elephant and not an attraction. If you want to meet elephants, go to a sanctuary, you will help them to buy more elephants and offer to them a normal life. The afternoon we have spent there was magical, there are no words to explain how it is exceptional to see elephants happy, free in their natural habitat, doing what they want. To visit them go to Phuket elephant sanctuary.

Koh-Hong island

To visit koh Hong island you need to take a long tail boat which is an amazing experience! You can admire the rock formations and the and the clear water. You will go through Hong Lagoon which is absolutely stunning! After 25 minutes you will arrive to Hong island. It is a little less crowded, and more natural but there are still many tourists. Of course the beach is absolutely stunning and it looks like Railey beach. You can also snorkel, you will see a lot of colorful fishes!

Visit the Big Buddha in Phuket

The big Buddha in Phuket is beautiful and is definitively a must to visit in Phuket. This statue on the top of the city has a strong meaning for the locals, it symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith.

Have a flower bath

Have a flower bath was also an amazing experience, it was so relaxing and smelt so good! If you come in Thailand you should definitively try a flower bath!

Ride on a long tail boat

Have a ride on a long tail boat in Thailand is definitely an amazing experience! You can have a tour with these boats when you are going to the islands (Koh Phi Phi, Koh hong…) 

How to get around in South Thailand

The best way to move is the taxis and the long tail boats. You can easily find a taxi in South Thailand and you can negotiate the price. For the long tails boats, the price is fixed but it is not expensive.

We hope you liked this South Thailand travel guide! Seriously Thailand is one of my fave countries in the world if you have never been there you definitively should plan to go there! This country is so special and unique and worth a visit! If you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow our adventures on Instagram to not miss our next trips! Have a beautiful day loves!  xxxx



  1. Lucy
    2 May 2018 / 16 h 49 min

    I am going to Phuket in June and I’m so excited for this trip! Thank you for all the recos 🙂

    • TripsandHeels
      2 May 2018 / 17 h 27 min

      So excited for you! You will love Phuket! 🙂

  2. Tara
    6 May 2018 / 22 h 46 min

    Love this post! Thank you for the tips 😉


    • TripsandHeels
      13 January 2019 / 0 h 47 min

      Thank you Tara 🙂

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