It’s the biggest island in the Land of Smiles with caves, temples, white-sand beaches, buzzing nightlife and plenty of wildlife and outdoor fun.
…the best massages in Asia, beaches for surfing on the west coast and calm coastline on the east, animal tours and volunteering.
When to Go to Phuket
The best time to visit are in the months of December to March where cool breezes, low rainfall season temperatures ranging from 24 to 31 degrees celsius. Monsoon months fall between July and October, in particular, can be very wet although still pleasant to visit.
Getting to Phuket
From Australia : Flights to Sydney and Melbourne to Phuket take 8-10 hours; Perth to Phuket is 6-7 hours.
From Singapore: 2 hours.
From Europe: 12 hours
Travel from Phuket Airport
Phuket International Airport is 32kms from central Phuket. We suggest you book an airport transfer with your villa but it is also possible to take a limousine (grey and silver vehicles parked directly opposite main terminal doors) or a taxi (yellow and red located just to the right of the main building). The average fares from the airport via taxi are Phuket 400 baht, Patong 550 baht, Kata/Karon 650 baht plus a fee of 100 baht on top of the taxi-meter fare. The trip will usually take approximately 30 minutes to Phuket, 40 minutes to Patong Beach and around one hour to Kata Beach and Karon Beach. Ask the taxi driver to turn on the meter rather than try to haggle a price.
Visas to Phuket
If you are travelling from Australia, Singapore and Europe to Bangkok Airport or directly into Koh Samui Airport from overseas you can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport. There is no cost for the 30-day ‘transit visa’ stamp in your passport.
Phuket Villa Guide
The villas range in class from 5-star beach-front extravaganza with numerous staff, to more modest 3-star villas with basic services.The best beaches are in the south west, but there are villas and apartments scattered all over the island.
Top Things to Do in Phuket
- Volunteer at or just visit the gibbon sanctuary at Nam Tok Bang Pae where the animals are rehabilitated for the wild
- Stroll around Soi Romanee off Thalang to see the colonial architecture of the Sino-Portuguese era
- Slurp on a free mojito at Chalong Bay as part of the local distillery tour
Day Trips from Phuket
Phi Phi – take a speed boat ride to this group of islands including Maya Bay, the place where you can relive the famous novel The Beach. Phang Nga Hong – stunning inlets and sea caves viewed from your canoe starting at lunchtime and continuing into a magical evening tour.
Laem Singh – clamber down a narrow path to spend the day at the beach on one of the best capes on the island. Phang Nga – bamboo rafting down the river and stop to wash the elephants.
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