A friend and I are taking our first vacation in Asia and will likely go to Thailand for about 9 days. I was thinking that we'd spend the first few days in Bangkok, explore the culture, learn a little history...and then spend the remainder of the trip in Phuket taking in some sun and truly relaxing.
We will likely go at the end of February/first week in March. Are these two locations (Bangkok and Phuket) the best choices to really get a feel for Thailand, its culture, and its people? What else is there to do in Phuket besides eat, drink and lay on the beach?