A land of mystery and beauty, Phuket is filled with stunning beaches and surrounded by breathtaking water and lush foliage. Natural beauty is not the only great thing about this colourful locale; Phuket brings in masses of tourists with its exceptional dining and street markets, fascinating museums and entertaining parks and nightlife. This lovely island is also home to many expensive luxury hotels. Although the accommodation may be pricey, flights to Phuket are often fairly cheap.
Best time to go to Phuket
Phuket's peak season lasts from November to March. The weather is generally warm and beautiful during this time, with only a little bit of occasional rain. During these months the sea is generally calm and inviting, and the nightlife is in full swing. Cheap flights to Phuket during the peak season are easy to find, just so long as you book well in advance.
April and October make up the shoulder season in Phuket. April is often sunny and pleasant, while October sees an increase of rain. Although these two months vary in weather, what they have in common is a significant decrease in the price of flights and accommodations.
If you do not mind the rain, the off season is a great time to visit Phuket. May through September is considered the wet season and thus the tourist crowds tend to thin out. However, the locals maintain a decent party atmosphere and there is still plenty to do and see.
Phuket Airport and transfer information
Phuket International Airport (HKT)
Distance: 32km to the heart of Phuket City
As the second busiest airport in the country, Phuket International Airport sees visitors from around the world and because of this, there are many options for ground transport. Taxis are a popular method, but be sure to insist the driver uses the meter rather than haggling. Although these options may make for a longer trip, you can take a bus or a minivan. If you are not travelling on a budget, you can also rent a car or limousine taxi.
Online resources for your travel to Phuket
The Australian Embassy in Thailand offers information on visas and passports, important contacts, information on getting married in Thailand and what to do in case of a medical emergency.
The Smartraveller website offers advice and tips on travelling to Phuket and other areas of Thailand.