I would like any suggestions from anyone who has done this as to what I should add or change (including places to visit, recommended hotels and nights to stay).
I would also love to know whether you recommend hiring a driver (if so, who will cover this distance?) or trains/buses/taxis (I only know about Bangkok to Hua Hin for this). We want to be able to stop and look at things at our leisure, and in Phuket usually travel by Tuk Tuk or motorbike rather than air cond car/van to avoid travel sickness and get the feeling of being out on the open road! (Obviously bike no good for our 10 and 13 year old children!)
Here is my sample:
Sydney to Bangkok flight approx 25 June 2010 and stay approx 3 nights see local sights including floating markets, tiger temple etc (not sure how far we can go on day trips)
Then after 3 nights travel by road or train to Hua Hin and stay 2 nights visiting markets, monkey mountain monastery, palace etc
then travel by road(?) to Ranong and stay 1-2 nights(?) visit Hot springs and Victoria Point bordering Myanmar
Then travel by road(?) to Khao Lak and stay 3 nights before travelling again by road (?) to Phuket for 7 nights.
PLEASE help me as I am going insane trying to figure this out! I want to book flights and accommodation ASAP!