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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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