Traveling is good for your soul. You do not need to pay 1000 dollars on a round trip ticket to Thailand. My round trip ticket was $675 and it would have been cheaper had I booked it earlier so heres some tips that can help you save and not make the same mistakes:
I booked my flight through cheapoair. Be advised when you book an international flight especially from cheapoair make sure your full name matches the passport or they will charge you over $100 to change it and rebook your entire flight I learned that the hard way forgetting to put my middle name. My original flight was around 500 but I made that error which I had to book a totally different flight unfortunately. My airline was China Eastern and the flight was 20 hrs with a layover in Shanghai then another 5 hours to Thailand.
The best thing to do is book a round trip then buy cheap asian airlines to travel around different places. (sidenote I went to Singapore aswell ) Bangkok and Phuket are on two different sides of the country. I used Viejet airlines .You can take a train from Bangkok to Phuket but its longer. I preferred flying but its your discretion. Some asian airlines require 7 kg carry on weight unlike american 10 kg ). Make sure you book your carry on luggage online because if you check bags in person it is about 50 bucks for that one bag versus under 30.
VIETJET AIR was a small airplane and the seats were very tight lucky for me the flight was short and the plane ticket was 30 bucks.
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINE was not bad at all I flew economy and it was not as much of a nightmare as I thought it would be. My height is around 5/9 and the journey was not that difficult .Most of the meals consisted of noodles or chicken with rice a fruit salad or a fruit.The food taste OK ; however make sure you eat anytime food is distributed other wise you will be waiting a while to eat. The staff was friendly and the bathrooms was very decent which was my biggest fear.The plane had plenty of entertainment such as music ( the weekend , drake,Hasley etc) to movies which was a great selection from ant man to even avengers and so on. I downloaded movies on netflix but i did not need to use it much.I prefer window seats and if you are booking try to get the two seaters it is even better but towards the back of the plane
I stayed at TRAVElODGE hotel in Bangkok which was 20 a night sharing with a friend so less then.This hotel included access to a nice sky pool and it was right in the heart of everything.
The next hotel I stayed in Phucket was ASPERY HOTEL which included a really good breakfast but I was not a big fan of how the hotel was in a alley and the bathroom was not the best.
The last hotel was THE COTTAGE which was beautiful and came with a nice balcony and access to a pool for 25 a night including breakfast