Many people seek sun, sea and sand when planning a getaway. When you book a flight to Phuket you get all three, along with wildlife, fantastic food and a great party scene. With so much to see and do, Thailand’s biggest island feels like a miniature country in its own right, and has plenty to tempt most travellers. Phuket also has an international airport, making travel to and from the island by air incredibly simple.
Fly to Phuket International Airport (HKT)
Though it is possible to reach Phuket by boat, the easiest way to access the island directly is by flying into Phuket International Airport (HKT). Located in the northern district of Thalang, the airport is the third busiest in Thailand.
When you fly into Phuket International, you will find plenty of transport options. If you don't require your own vehicle - which you can rent from outlets at the airport - you can share a minibus or take a taxi to your destination. Cabs are normally the quickest but most expensive option. Public buses also run from the airport to Phuket Town and Patong. Although cheap, these buses are probably the slowest mode of transport.
Booking Flights to Phuket
Direct flights to Phuket International mostly operate out of destinations within Asia. Return flights from Bangkok are particularly frequent, but you should also find that year-round direct flights are available from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, among others. During the high season, you can also book direct charter flights from other destinations, such as London via Thomson Airways.
If you do require connecting flights, you can use the Expedia search tool to browse your options and consider how you want to fly. First class or business class tickets are available through airlines such as British Airways, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.
Getting Around on Phuket
If you are spending your stay on Phuket in one resort, you may not need to think about transport. For exploring the local area, however, a rental motorbike can be convenient. Just make sure you drive carefully, always carry your licence and wear a helmet.
If you want to travel around the island extensively, a car may be your best option as the public transport options are fairly limited. If you are staying in Phuket Town or one of the nearby beach towns, you should be able to get by using taxis, tuk-tuks or songthaews - these are local minibuses which can pick you up and drop you off on request.
Things to See and Do on Phuket
One fantastic thing to do while on Phuket is spend a day exploring colourful Phuket Town, with its coffee shops, art galleries, and cheap and cheerful restaurants. The Khao Phra Thaew Wildlife Reserve is also well worth a visit if you’re keen to spot some monkeys (or wild boars!). Other than that, you can spend your time relaxing on the white sand, sampling all the Thai cuisine you can get your hands on, and taking to the water for swimming, snorkelling, parasailing and adventuring.