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Named after its very own Island, the city of Phuket is the capital of its own district as well as its own province. Phuket Island is located in the Andaman Sea and is the largest Island in its entire region, which is why it serves importance with regard to sea routes. Phuket's territory has major natural landmarks such as the Phang Nga Bay, Khao Rang Hill View Point and the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. Numerous beaches such as Kata Noi beach, Nai Harn Beach, Kata Beach, Laem Sing Beach and Kamala Beach outline the island's perimeters. Phi Phi Islands, James Bond Island, Ko Rok Nok and Koh Racha Yai Island surround Phuket to host exotic resorts and tourist spots. Outdoor activities are the primary focus at Flying Hanuman, Patong Go-Kart Speedway, Rollerball Zorbing, Xtrem Aventures and Phuket Cable Ski. Phuket Seashell Museum and Phuket Thaihua Museum give input on local seaside heritage as well as the history of Phuket. Phuket Simon Cabaret, Danze Fantasy Theatre and Lost Legends of Phuket are venues within the city for events regarding performing arts. Theme parks in the city center are also established for family entertainment, such as the Splash Jungle Waterpark and the Cable Jungle Adventure. The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project and the Crocodile Farm allow interaction with wildlife under the guidance of dedicated professionals.
Some of the leading airlines offering cheap airfares for flights to Phuket from London include Qatar Airways, Bangkok Airways, Etihad Airways, Swiss, Thai and Thomson Airways.
At present, only one airline is offering direct flights to Phuket from London i.e. Thomson Airways.
Phuket International Airport is located approximately 32 kilometers to the north from the Phuket city center.
It takes an average time of 14 hours 35 minutes for flights heading to London from Phuket including stopovers.
Phuket International Airport offers a number of easy and convenient options for getting to Phuket Island from the airport. One of the cheapest ways of getting to Phuket town is using the Airport bus service. The bus service is the only government authorized service offering low fares of transport to the city center. These are bright orange colored buses that can easily be locatable upon crossing the arrivals hall. Buses leave on an hourly basis from 6:30 to 8:45 pm taking about 40 minutes to reach the city center.
Hailing the metered taxis is a more convenient mode of transportation to the Phuket town. These taxis are yellow and red colored and can be found outside on the lower ground floor. Limousine service is also available and can be availed from the first floor of the arrivals hall. These have authorized fixed fares.
Most of Phuket hotels also offer pick and drop services for their guests arriving at the airport with a little extra charge. Check with the hotel of such services at the time of the booking.
Car Rental services are also available at Phuket International Airport. Some of the leading car rental companies are available and are located at the north and south end of the arrivals hall.
Public transport options in Phuket include taxis and tuk tuks. Tuk tuks, the three-wheeled open air taxi, is one of the popular and comparatively cheaper modes of getting across Phuket town. These are ideal for travelling short distances. Air conditioned Taxis can be hailed at all the prominent resort areas of Phuket town at fares somewhat similar to those being offered by the drivers of tuk tuks. However, when hailing a non-metered taxi it is advisable to bargain on the fares before getting into one.
Phuket town also offers local open-air buses that are ideal for touring the town. These are bright blue in color for easy recognition. Air-conditioned micro buses are also available and one of the more convenient options on a warm day. Bus stops can be located on the main roads of Phuket town.
Motorbike taxis is another one of the popular and quicker ways of getting around town. These are available at all hours of the day and night but offers only limited passenger capacity. This is one of the cheapest modes of getting round town.
Phuket Island is home to some of the leading international chain of hotels and resorts. With lavish accommodation options intricately designed and set to cater to the island-vibe of the town, your accommodation will surely be part of your Phuket holiday. Phuket Island offers luxury beach hotels, resorts and villas equipped with all the latest amenities and facilities and set in some of the most astoundingly beautiful of locations. From villa resorts for the honeymooners, nature resorts located at the beaches to affordable hotels for those travelling on a budget, Phuket offers a range of accommodation options to suit everyone's mood and pocket.
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