Phuket International Airport is located on the northern part of Phuket Island, some 32 kilometres from the city centre of Phuket City. The airport serves Phuket Province of Thailand and is the the third busiest airport in Thailand in terms of passengers, after Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport in the Bangkok metropolitan area. Phuket International Airport is the gateway to Thailand’s favourite resort destinations, and in fact the airport lies along Mai Khao Beach, Phuket’s longest beach. A window seat will definitely give you an unforgettable welcome view of the scenic bay.
The airport has two main terminals-- Terminal 1 is used for international flights, and Terminal 2 for domestic flights. Terminal X opened in 2014 for chartered flights. Phuket International Airport is also currently undergoing a major expansion and upgrading to accommodate the growing number of passenger arrivals.
Phuket is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. Despite being an extremely busy airport, Phuket International Airport is a compact and modest affair. Within minutes of landing, you’ll be well on your way to start of your beach holiday.
Visitors to Phuket will have several options of getting from the airport to the city centre or your resort. An airport limousine is the best option; slightly more expensive but more convenient. The Airport Bus is also a safe and cheaper option. Metered taxis and rental cars are also readily available at the airport.
Getting around Phuket is also relatively easy and safe. Phuket Local Beach Bus offers you many different routes to take you wherever you need to go between Phuket town and the various beaches. These shuttle buses however, are not air-conditioned and do not follow a regular bus schedule. But hey, the best beach holidays are for relaxing and not meant to follow strict schedules, right?
Phuket offers wide array of beautiful natural attractions and recreational options all located within a short distance from each other. Book a speedboat, join a cruise, or charter a private yacht and you can enjoy many of the bay’s beautiful attractions easily. Whether you choose to laze away at the beaches or have an adrenaline filled adventure, there is no doubt about it, a trip to Phuket will truly be an unforgettable holiday. Here is a list of favorite attractions in the city that one simply can't miss --
Phang Nga Bay
A distinctive feature of Phang Nga Bay is the unique topography of limestone karsts jutting out of its calm blue green waters. A leisurely boat cruise is a trip truly worth taking. Alternatively, you can also use sea-kayaks or paddle boats to enjoy the scenery and the enchanting caves.
James Bond Island
About 40 metres from the shores of Khao Phing Kan lies a 20-metre tall islet called Ko Tapu or Khao Tapu. Ever since it was featured in the James Bond movie, this landmark is more popularly known as James Bond Island and attracts hordes of tourists to its picturesque cliffs.
This fishing village is another popular spot in Phang Nga Bay. The village huts are built on stilts above the water and offer meals, refreshments and souvenirs for the tourists.
Located at Nakkerd Hills, the 45-meter tall Big Buddha is a new yet popular attraction in Phuket. Known as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri among locals, the impressive statue is covered in beautiful white Burmese marble. The views from the podium are also spectacular. Please note that is a religious site, so proper attire must be observed.
Wats - or Buddhist temples - are among the most sacred and important structures in Thailand. The famous Wat Chalong features a Grand Pagoda that contains a splinter of Lord Buddha's bone and is decorated with mural depicting the Buddha's life story and various Buddha images.
Phuket Old Town
A stroll along this heritage quarter of Phuket is highly recommended. Here you will find the well-preserved and quaint architecture of colonial mansions and shophouses reflecting the European influences on the island.
Phuket's peak season is from December to May, when the weather is pleasant and the resorts are packed with tourists. Plan your trip now! There’s an adventure waiting for you in Phuket. Get the best flight deals to Phuket International Airport today! No fixed dates are needed – simply search all the cheap flights available using Skyscanner Hong Kong.
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