32 days in Phuket, Christchurch & Adelaide Itinerary

32 days in Phuket, Christchurch & Adelaide Itinerary

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Mai Khao, Thailand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karon, Thailand
— 9 nights
Bus to Phuket, Fly to Christchurch
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 8 nights
Fly
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Adelaide, Australia
— 10 nights
Fly to London Heathrow Airport, Drive to Brize Norton

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Mai Khao, Thailand — 2 nights

The vast stretches of beach in Mai Khao, once a nesting area for the giant leatherback turtle, are home to various aquatic and relaxation activities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mai Khao: Wat Sri Sunthon (in Si Sunthon) and Pa Khlok (Anda Adventure - Day Tours & Ao Po Pier). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Phuket Tours Transfers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nai Thon Beach, get outside with Sky Club Asia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mai Khao Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mai Khao day trip site.

Brize Norton, UK to Mai Khao is an approximately 144-hour travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Brize Norton to Mai Khao is 7 hours. Traveling from Brize Norton in July, expect nights in Mai Khao to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Karon.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips

Karon, Thailand — 9 nights

Quieter than nearby Patong Beach, the resort town of Karon offers a wide stretch of golden sand, which attracts mostly couples and families.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karon: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices (in Patong), Green Elephant Sanctuary Park (in Choeng Thale) and Pang Chang Kamala Elephant Camp (in Kamala). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Bangla Road, kick your exploration up a notch at Flying Hanuman, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and buy something for everyone on your list at Jungceylon.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Karon trip planner.

Drive from Mai Khao to Karon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Karon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.
Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Tours
Side Trips

Christchurch, New Zealand — 8 nights

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Geraldine (Susan Badcock Studio & Geraldine Observatory), Rakaia Salmon Statue (in Rakaia) and Smithfield Berries (in Ashburton). On the 14th (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, head outdoors with Hanmer Horse Trekking, steep yourself in history at Ferrymead Heritage Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mona Vale.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch tour itinerary site.

Getting from Karon to Christchurch by combination of bus and flight takes about 18 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Karon to Christchurch is 5 hours. Traveling from Karon in August, things will get much colder in Christchurch: highs are around 14°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Adelaide.
Parks · Tours · Museums · Transportation
Side Trips

Adelaide, Australia — 10 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: McLaren Vale (Primo Estate, Old Oval Estate, Home of Fork in the Road Wines, &more), Victor Harbor (Old Port Victor Historic Walk & The Big Duck Boat Tours) and Willunga Gallery (in Willunga). Dedicate the 20th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, learn about winemaking at National Wine Centre of Australia, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, and don't miss a visit to Southern Flinders Ranges Experience with Lunch.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Adelaide trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Adelaide takes 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 2.5 hours. In August, Adelaide is somewhat warmer than Christchurch - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Phuket travel guide

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Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.