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The nearest airport for visitors to Phang Nga is Phuket International Airport (HKT). Most UK airports have a good selection of flights to Phuket and there are plenty of bargains on offer. There are also frequent domestic flights to and from Bangkok as well as other airports in the region, including Singapore.
Phang Nga is quieter than the island resort of Phuket and perfect for family holidays, romantic getaways and nature lovers. There are some stunning national parks in the region, with low mountains covered in rainforest, caves and waterfalls as well as world-class dive sites.
Phuket International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Thailand and 20 miles from Phuket City. There is a number of currency-exchange counters at the airport, so this is a good place to get your supply of Thai baht. There are also plenty of transport options. Phuket Island is connected to Phang Nga via two bridges, so it’s easy to travel to the neighbouring province. The oldest bridge, Sarasin Bridge, is now a tourist attraction with a viewing platform over the Andaman Sea.
Depending on where you’re going in Phang Nga, travelling from the airport could take as little as 30 minutes or up to two hours if you’re heading to the northern part of the region. There are a few different choices for your journey to Phang Nga.
Many hotels will organise a taxi shuttle service, but you can also book airport limousines or find independent taxis outside the airport. Hiring a car at the airport is a good option, or if you’re on a tight budget, a shared mini-bus is a pocket-friendly way to travel.
By car it takes around one hour and 20 minutes to reach the popular resorts of Khao Lak, and around two hours to the island of Ko Kho Khao and Khao Sok National Park. The five-star resorts of Takua Thung in southern Phang Nga are just 30 minutes away.
You can choose from a range of budget flights to Phuket International Airport with many major airlines, including British Airways, Thai Airways International and Emirates. Flight times vary, but it takes an average of 20 hours, including stop time (most flights have one or two stops), to reach Phuket from the UK. You can fly from most major airports: London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham International and Glasgow.
You can find a range of accommodation, from luxury beach-front resorts to budget-friendly hostels, in Phang Nga. The coastline stretches for miles and most five-star hotels are in the popular area of Khao Lak overlooking the ocean.
There are also some beautiful beach resorts, holiday villas and budget bungalows on the island of Ko Kho Khao to the north west of Phang Nga and budget cabins for explorers visiting Khao Sok National Park.