To Get There
This is perhaps the easiest way to get to Phuket.
Domestic airlines operate several flights daily
between Bangkok and Phuket. Some flights go to
Phuket via Samui Island with a 40 minutes stopover.
List of operators are as follows :
Airways has daily flights connecting
Phuket with Pattaya and Samui. For more information,
contact their Bangkok office at tel. 66 2265 5678.
Reservations can be made at tel. 66 2265 5555.
Alternatively, browse its website at www.bangkokair.com
for more flight details.
Airways International has numerous
daily flights servicing the Bangkok-Phuket route.
In addition, they have regular flights connecting
Phuket with Hat Yai, Surat Thani, and Narathiwat
Provinces. For more information, contact their
Bangkok office at tel. 02 628 2000 or book your
seat online at www.thaiairways.com
by Orient Thai
operates a daily flight between Bangkok and Phuket.
The flight time is 1.20 hours. Call 1126 or visit
for more information.
also offers several daily flights connecting Bangkok
and Phuket. The flight time is 1.20 hours. Visit
or call 02 515 9999 for reservations.
Air has several daily flights between
Bangkok and Phuket with a flight time of 1.20
hours. Visit www.nokair.com
or call 1318 to make your reservation.
Air provides first class seaplane transfers to
and from Phuket Internation Airport to resorts
and hotels located in the Andaman sea. Popular
destinations are such as Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Koh
Lanta. Services commence in July 2011. Contact
of Destination Air at Tel : 081 4763 242 or 081
to Phuket from abroad
There are several direct flights between Phuket
and international destinations, e.g. Kuala Lumpur,
Hong Kong, Penang, Singapore, and Sydney. Dragon
Air, Malaysia Airlines, Silk Airand Singapore
Airlines also operate international flights connecting
Phuket with other destinations. Please call airline
offices for more details.
to and from the airport
Phuket International Airport is located approximately
30 kilometers north of the city, tel. 076 327
230. Taxis between Phuket City and the airport
costs approximately 400 baht but the fare to the
beach ranges between 500 baht and 600 baht (The
rate may decline now). Minivans charge approximately
100 baht/person to town, but 120 baht/person to
Patong, Kata and Karon Beaches. Phuket Limousine,
located approximately 1 kilometer west of the
city, operates hourly shuttles to the airport
from 6.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses
leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal for Phuket
several times daily. Trips by air-conditioned
bus, which normally leaves in the evening, take
about 13 hours. Call 0 2434 7192 or 0 2435 1199,
for more information.
From Bangkok, take Highway No.4 (Phetchakasem
Road) through Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan,
Chumphon, Surat Thani and Phang-nga Provinces,
then cross the Thep Krasattri Brigde or Sarasin
Bridge to Phuket Island. The total distance is
862 kilometers and the travel time is approximately
There is no direct train service to Phuket. Travelers
arriving by train must get off at Phun Phin Railway
Station in Surat Thani Province and continue by
regular bus to Phuket. For more information, call
the State Railway of Thailand, 1690, 0 2223 7010,
or 0 2223 7020.
During the high season, travelers may opt to get
to Phuket from Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta (both
are in Krabi Province). Few ports in Phuket provide
this service with fares ranging between 300 bahts
and 500 baht. The trip may take 1.5 to 2 hours,
depending on weather conditions.
It costs approximately 20 baht/person/trip to
travel around Phuket City. Alternatively, motorcycles
can be rented from rental agencies located on
Rasada Road or from several operators along beaches.
The cost my vary from 150 baht 300 baht/day, depending
on the number of cylinders.
Songthaew are operated along Ranong Road to several
destinations on the beaches. The cost varies from
approximately 20 baht to 25 baht/person/trip.
Normally the service is provided from 7.00 a.m.
until 5.00 p.m.
can be chartered to the beach however, the rates
which can be negotiated are higher at 200 baht
to Patong Beach, 230 baht to Karon and Kata Beaches
and 300 baht to Nai Harn and Kamala Beach. However,
Tuk-Tukss drive around the town at the rate of
to near by provinces
There are regular bus services (VIP, air-conditioned
and non-air-conditioned) to neighboring provinces
such as Krabi, Phang-nga, Chumphon, Koh Samui
(bus/boat). Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ranong, Surat
Thani, Hat Yai, Takua-Pa and Trang. Departures
are from the Phuket Bus Terminal off Phang-nga
Road. For more up-to-date schedules and fares,
call Phuket Air-conditioned Bus Station, tel.
0 7621 1977.
There are shared taxi and van services between
Phuket and other nearby provinces. Fares of both
are generally around double the fare of an ordinary
bus. The stations of both taxis and minivans are
also on Phang-nga Road.
Some domestic airlines operate flights from Phuket
to Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang Hat
Yai and Samui. For more details, check with your
travel agent or the TAT office.
to nearby islands from Phuket
Boats to nearby islands can be found at the following
An old local port, it is from here that long-tail
boats depart for nearby islands such as Koh He,
Koh Rach Yai, Koh Mai Thon, Koh Lon, etc. The
chartered price depends on the distance.
The largest port of Phuket that has all kinds
of boats, including cruisers of tour companies
which organize package tours to other islands.
Located near Phanwa Cape, the port is only for
cruisers and container ships. Boat Lagoon Port
(Ao Sapam) The port is for traveling boats of
Chao Le (Sea Gypsy) Boat Floating
Chao Le (Sea Gypsy) Boat Floating Festival falls
during the middle of the sixth and eleventh lunar
months yearly. The sea gypsy villages at Rawai
and Sapam hold their ceremonies on the 13th; Koh
Si-re celebrates on the 14th; and Laem La (east
of the bridge on Phuket's northern tip) on the
15th. Ceremonies, which centre around the setting
adrift of small boats similar to the Thai festival
of Loi Krathong, are held at night and their purpose
is to drive away evil and bring good luck.
Laguna Phuket Triathlon is held in each December.
The triathlon (a 1,000-metre swim, a 5-kilometre
bike race and a 12-kilometre run) attracts world-class
athletes from all over the world.
King 5 Cup Regatta
Phuket King 5 Cup Regatta is held in December.
The Phuket Yacht Club hosts international yachtsmen,
largely from neighboring countries who compete
in the Nai Harn Beach area for royal trophies.
Phuket Travel Fair, held on November 1, was first
initiated in 1985 at Patong to welcome in the
tourist season and designed to foster co-operation
among tourism-related operators both in the private
and public sectors. Many colorful and interesting
activities are organized, such as merit-making
in the morning, water sports contests, a Miss
Visitor Contest, among others.
Seafood Festival, held around May yearly, is designed
to publicise the delicious seafood of Phuket and
attract visitors during the rainy season. Activities
include a Marine Tourism Resources Parade, seafood
stalls, demonstrations of regional cuisines and
Thep Kasattri and Thao Sisunthon Fair
Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sisunthon Fair is
held on March 13 every year to commemorate the
two great heroines who rallied the Thailand people
to repel Burmese invaders. Many activities and
celebrations are organized.
Season Opening Festival
Tourist Season Opening Festival, Starting from
November 1, is usually called the Patong Carnival,
from the place where celebrations occur. Colourful
parades, sports events, and a beauty competition
for foreign tourists are major activities.
Turtle Release Fair is held on Songkran, the nationwide
Thai water festival, on April 13 which is also
National Fisherman's Day. Baby turtles are released
into the sea at various locations.
Vegetarian Festival is held on the first day of
the 9th lunar month (usually October). Phuket
islanders of Chinese ancestry commit themselves
to a 9 day vegetarian diet, a form of purification
believed to help make the forthcoming year trouble-free.
The festival is marked by several ascetic displays,
including fire-walking and ascending sharp-bladed