Seriously long time lurker and reader of these forums for our travels but this is my first post!
We are planning a trip to Thailand this year in August. Thsi will be my partner's first trip to a really different culture having only been to Australia or Pacific Islands before, hence we are wanting to experience a couple of different places.
My initial plan was to fly into Bangkok and then onto Phuket as a domestic flight, possibly with one night in Bangok depending on flight times. We don't plan to "see" Bangkok on this bit. Spend 8 nights in Phuket then move to Koh Samui for another 8 ish nights then back to Bangkok for 4 ish nights before flying home.
Ideally would like to do in that order as I expect to shop in Bangkok and don't want to lug it all around and I also expect the weather to be better in KS at that time of year (fingers crossed) so would like that to be the more relaxing middle of the trip.
My question really relates to the best (cost vs. time vs. reliability) ways of travelling between these places. I have read LOTS of comments suggesting it would be better to focus on just Phuket or KS but on this particular trip we want to experience both.