Get to grips with flights to Phuket
As you begin your descent into Phuket International Airport and eagerly snatch your first glimpse of sparkling turquoise sea and glistening white sand, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re about to land in paradise. The island of Phuket ticks all the boxes. Known for its picture-perfect beaches, world-class water sports, delicious cuisine and sophisticated nightlife, it wraps you in an aura of well-being the moment you step off the plane and feel the balmy breezes blow your cares away. Flights to Phuket will whisk you from the rain-lashed streets of Britain to the sun-drenched sands of Thailand in the blink of an eye.
Best time of year for cheap flights to Phuket
Phuket is a year-round playground, where sunshine comes as standard. The dry season runs from December through March/April, while late summer brings the highest rainfall and humidity. Not surprisingly, the winter months tend to attract the most visitors from northern Europe, with a peak at Christmas and New Year. Cheap tickets to Phuket are at a premium during the holiday season, but you might be lucky enough to pick up a last-minute bargain. If not, May and October are a little less expensive, and you can still enjoy good weather while avoiding the crowds.
Return flights to Phuket from the UK
Given the long distance, direct flights to Phuket from the UK are rare, and many international carriers make a brief stop in the Thai capital Bangkok. British Airways operates this route from London Heathrow, with a journey time of around 13 hours. Etihad Airways and Emirates also run flights from Manchester with a pit stop on the way. Other airlines with one-stop options worth checking out from a variety of British airports include Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Thai Airways. Consider spending a couple of days in Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur en route to ease yourself gently into holiday mode.
Onward travel from the airport
If you’re heading for a resort hotel, ask when you book if they provide a free shuttle service – many do. If you’re making your own way to your destination, the cheapest option is the bus service that links the airport to Phuket town; a one-way ticket costs around 100 baht. For a direct, stress-free ride straight to your destination, there are plenty of taxis available – around 500 baht will buy you the 30-minute ride into Phuket town. Booking online beforehand saves hassle when you land and guarantees an agreed price.
A jewel in the Andaman Sea
Blessed with atmospheric temples and rich in colourful markets, Phuket is the ultimate treasure island. Explore the fascinating collection of ancient local artefacts in Thalang National Museum, then pay tribute to the brave local women who led the island’s resistance to the Burmese invaders at the nearby Two Heroines Monument. Gasp at the fragile beauty on display at Phuket Butterfly Garden, one of the last of its kind in Thailand. The Vegetarian Festival in October is a high point for visitors and locals alike, when delicious feasting is accompanied by traditional ceremonies and spectacular street parades.
Phuket When to Go
While Phuket has tropical weather—and plenty of visitors—year-round, it officially has three distinct tourism seasons. The high season is November to February, when temperatures are the coolest of the year, though it’s still pretty warm with temps in high 80s and low 90s. The beach and ocean conditions are at their calmest, and rainfall is at the lowest levels of the year. Beaches and hotels throughout the island are packed with visitors, and accommodation prices will be at their highest.
From May to September, Phuket is buffeted by monsoon rains that can flood the streets, stir up offshore visibility, and make the western beaches unsafe for swimming. However, the rains can help drop the hot summer temperatures slightly, and visitors can find decent discounts on accommodations and activities.
The shoulder season months are April and May and October. The spring shoulder season can bring price reductions in hotels, and the weather is usually dry, although hot. October is the tail end of the rainy season, but it can be a good time for visitors looking to beat the incoming high season crowds.
October is also when Phuket locals celebrate Vegetarian Festival, an event notable not just for the types of food eaten but by the ceremonies that accompany it. These celebrations are marked by apparently pain-impervious adepts who pierce their tongues and cheeks with spikes and swords while parading through the streets in trance-like states.
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