As of June 2018, there are no direct flights available that connect Phuket and the UK, from any major international airport in the country. All the flight to and from Phuket have one or two stopovers.
The cheapest time of the year is to visit Phuket in the rainy season, that is, from May to October. With low tourist volume, you would like the privacy while you stroll on the beaches of Phuket. The beach resorts also enter into a discount war during this period to keep their guestrooms filled. This eventually benefits the traveller as the prices hit an all year low. The monsoon is a time of rebirth for Phuket and the rest of Thailand. Be in Phuket on the cheap, as the land drinks the rejuvenating waters and returns back to life.
Yes, there is a major international airport in Phuket, namely the Phuket International Airport (HKT). The airport is 32 kilometres from the city centre and was a host of 16.8 million passengers in 2017, most of which were tourists coming to the city. The island’s booming tourism industry depends heavily on this international airport. Phuket Airport is the third busiest airport in Thailand.
The British passport holder has visa exemption to visit the country for the first thirty days. This waiver can be further extended for another thirty days by visiting the many immigration offices open throughout the country. The British government strongly advises its citizens to not to overstay the visa tenure. In the event you overstay your visa, you might be fined 500 Thai Baht (around £12) per day, with a top ceiling of 20,000 Baht (around £470). As of March 2016, the Thai authorities can enforce detention if the overstay is beyond 42 days and the visitor can be barred from ever entering the country again.
The best time to visit Phuket city is in the winter, between the months of November and February. This is the time when Phuket is dry and sunny. The humidity in the air does not bother you during this time and the sea breeze keeps the temperature cool. The average temperature during this time is 25°C. Most tourists visit Phuket during this time of the year, as it is the perfect moment to be at the beach and the sea water is just at the right temperature for diving and snorkelling.
The natural beauty of Thailand is what attracts millions of foreigners to the country each year. Thousands of Britons visit Phuket Town to bask in the Thai sun, enjoy elaborate deep tissue massages and marvel at the marine life just under the ocean surface. The beaches and the temples of the town are breathtaking and they relax the mind, body and soul.
Phuket’s main source of income lies in the tourism industry. The locals welcome them to join the festivities, to make them feel more welcomed and at home. The Vegetarian Festival is celebrated during the first nine days of the ninth month of the Thai lunar calendar. Delicious vegetarian food is shared and cooked during this festival, particularly around the Jui Tui Shrine in Phuket town. The Festival of Loi Krathong sees thousands of tiny boats made from organic material, carrying a candle symbolizing the hopes and dreams of many, floating away on the ocean surface. Phuket also has a Chinese Diaspora and they, with the rest of the city, celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon were two women who commanded the female army of Phuket to defend the island against a Burmese invasion two hundred years ago. A festival is celebrated to honour their bravery, which includes competitions of Bicycle racing, tug-o-war, foot volleyball and marathons in March every year.
Public transport options in Phuket include taxis and Tuk-tuks, which are three-wheeled open air taxi. 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 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. Motorbike taxi is another popular and quicker way of getting around town.
Pack your bag and leave for any one of these five-star hotels and resorts below. Your drink, a bed with crisp sheets and a deep tissue Thai massage are waiting for you.