don't know Phuket but have been to Bangkok, of course the Golden Palace, but also hit the night markets to get a more local flavor. Loved Bangkok and also traveled to the interior and the old capital city - all arranged through the Executive Suites owned by Marriott we stayed at. Watch out for people on the corners near the Palace and other tourist attractions who tell you the site is closed for the day for a religious holiday and to ride in the "taxi" to an alternate site of interest - the purpose of the taxi is to take you to the jewelry, textiles and rug stores to "pursuade" you to make an unnecessarily large purchase. If you do go along with the small peddle taxis just do so knowing what you will face and experience it as a local snapshot and keep your money to yourself!! Loved that trip!