Home
/
Flights
/
Phuket

Cheap flights to Phuket (HKT)

Search and book cheap flights to Phuket (HKT)

Routes

Airline

Schedule

Price from

Bangkok (DMK) → Phuket (HKT)
Thai Lion Air
Saturday, 06 Jul 2024
USD 27.34
Bangkok (DMK) → Phuket (HKT)
Thai AirAsia
Saturday, 29 Jun 2024
USD 27.72
Rayong (UTP) → Phuket (HKT)
Bangkok Airways
Thursday, 18 Jul 2024
USD 37.95
Bangkok (BKK) → Phuket (HKT)
Thai Airways
Tuesday, 09 Jul 2024
USD 39.31
Johor Bahru (JHB) → Phuket (HKT)
Multiple Airlines
Thursday, 18 Jul 2024
USD 41.98
Penang (PEN) → Phuket (HKT)
Firefly
Monday, 24 Jun 2024
USD 42.11
Penang (PEN) → Phuket (HKT)
Multiple Airlines
Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024
USD 42.72
Miri (MYY) → Phuket (HKT)
Scoot
Friday, 19 Jul 2024
USD 42.74
Penang (PEN) → Phuket (HKT)
Multiple Airlines
Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024
USD 43.05
Johor Bahru (JHB) → Phuket (HKT)
Malaysia Airlines
Sunday, 21 Jul 2024
USD 44.92

Flights to Phuket, Thailand

With over 1400 islands, there is no doubt that Thailand does not run out of tourism gems. On the south of the country lies an island that is no stranger to the constant flock of tourists. Phuket is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich cultural heritage. 

More than its natural sights, the bustling districts of Phuket will surely leave an unforgettable memory in your heart. If you're looking for your next tropical getaway, look no further than the stunning island of Phuket, Thailand! 

What can I do in Phuket?

  • Visit the iconic Big Buddha

All Phuket vacations "must" include visiting its iconic Big Buddha. More than a marvel of artistry, the Big Buddha is a cultural experience and a symbol of Phuket's spirituality and traditions. 

Located on top of a hill near Kata Yai beach, the Big Buddha stands at a stunning 45 meters. Its white marble coating makes it look like the figure shines as it "watches" over the island. As a symbol of respect, all tourists are expected to dress respectfully and modestly when paying a visit to this attraction. The best time to visit the Big Buddha is before sunset, as the soft sunlight gives a whole different (and better) experience of the image of the Buddha. Even if you're not fond of visiting spiritual sites, the majestic overlooking view of Phuket makes it worth visiting!

  • Admire Phuket’s best temples

Thailand is famous for its temples, and Phuket is another city with visually stunning temples that belong to its must-visit attractions. These beautiful temples are more than just architectural landmarks but a symbol of Phuket's rich culture and well-kept traditions. 

  • Wat Chalong is the most-visited temple on the island. The temple complex is only a stone's throw away from the Big Buddha, so it is ideal to visit the two attractions on the same day. The Wat Chalong complex houses the "Golden Chedi," said to house a bone fragment of Buddha.  Another temple that you should visit in Phuket is Wat Phra Thong. Famous for its half-buried Buddha statue, this golden temple dates back thousands of years. The local legend tells that the farmer that discovered the Buddha tried to move the statue but was struck by lightning. Hence the reason why the Buddha remained in its half-exposed, half-buried position.  Proper decorum is expected for tourists visiting the temples of Thailand. Women are advised to wear non-suggestive clothing, and some temples may ask you to remove your footwear before you enter the premises. 

  • Immerse yourself with the local culture in Phuket Old Town

A trip to Phuket Old Town is like taking a glimpse of the historic years of the island. You may notice a unique blend of Portuguese architecture and Chinese ornaments in the district. The town was once a melting pot of culture, where people of different ethnicities shared their rich backgrounds. Many will say that the "modern" Phuket Old Town, a tourist hot spot, mimics its historical significance - a crossroads for different nationalities.  Beyond its interesting buildings and facades, Phuket Old Town is a good destination for a gastronomic adventure. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and specialty shops along the district's streets.  If you're the kind of tourist looking for the most Instagram-worthy spot, look no further than the streets of Phuket Old Town! You will find murals, paintings, and street art with intricate detail around the district. So ready your best smiles and don your favorite outfit for your trip to Phuket Old Town!

  • Dive deep in Phi Phi Islands

Located in the Southeast of Phuket is a breathtaking group of islands that capture the heart of many tourists. Phi Phi Islands is a group of six islands - each with a stunning display of nature at its finest. 

The crystal clear waters of the islands will remind you of a travel magazine. Phi Phi Islands are kept pristine and natural, thanks to the effort of locals to preserve their natural wonders. 

Most tourists take a boat ride for island hopping in the area. One of the most famous stops on the tour is the Viking Cave at Koh Phi Phi Leh. The stunning limestone formations will remind you of a shipwreck from a movie. But the highlight of Viking Cave is the paintings and carvings inside the cave. Local tales suggest storm-stricken sailors winding up in the Viking Caves, eventually leaving their drawings of boats on the walls many years after.  But the pride of Phi Phi Islands runs deep beneath its waters. The archipelago is home to a diverse marine life, with various corals, colorful fish, and sharks. Among the best things to do in this tourist destination is scuba diving or snorkeling to witness its abundant underwater life. 

  • Shop at a night market 

A trip to Thailand is never complete without visiting one of its night markets! More than their affordable prices, night markets are famous for being an all-in-one place, especially for tourists. Whether you're looking for the best souvenirs or the latest fashion trend, you'll surely find a lot in store in Phuket's night markets.  One of the most popular outdoor markets on the island is the Phuket Weekend Night Market. Locally known as Naka Market, this bazaar is home to plenty of street food choices, cheap fashion finds, and unique Thai art! You shouldn't miss the hand-woven bags that are a fashion statement as much as it is functional! 

  • Admire the view at Windmill viewpoint

Is a tropical vacation complete without an afternoon spent admiring the warm sunset? The best place to witness the Phuket sunset is by Windmill Viewpoint near Nai Harn Beach. This windy hill boasts one of the best views on the island. An equally stunning viewpoint lies near Kata Noi Beach, the Black Rock Viewpoint. An underrated gem in Phuket, this viewpoint has a breathtaking view of the calm seas of southern Thailand! If you're up for a little adventure, the one-of-a-kind view on top of Black Rock is surely worth the 15-minute hike. 

What are the visa requirements?

Thailand allows its tourists to apply for visa-upon-arrival. This means you do not need to apply for a visa before departure. Here are the requirements for a visa-upon-arrival to Thailand. 

  • A passport from your country of nationality with at least 6 months of validity
  • A flight ticket exiting Thailand (prior to visa expiry)
  • A valid accommodation address or a receipt of a booked accommodation
  • Pay the fee of 2000 THB (58 USD) upon arrival. 

When is the best time to visit Phuket?

Much like the tropical destinations in Southeast Asia, Phuket is an ideal summer destination with warm weather throughout the year. While the average temperature of 29 degrees Celsius rarely varies each month, the wet and dry seasons can make all the difference for your vacation. If you're looking for the best months to enjoy the welcoming warmth of Phuket, you should book your getaway during the dry season. Lasting from November to April, this season has the ideal weather for touring Phuket's best attractions.  However, the November - April dry season is also the peak season for Phuket's tourism. You can expect a bigger crowd and higher accommodation prices during this period. If you're intent on keeping your Phuket getaway within your budget, you can consider visiting the city around May to October. These months mark the monsoon season, characterized by scattered rains and wilder waves at the Phuket beach. 

How to go from Bangkok to Phuket? 

Most tourists in Thailand head straight to Phuket after their Bangkok experience. There are three ways to visit Phuket from Bangkok - by bus, train, or hopping on a plane flight. 

  • Bus 

The bus is the most budget-friendly transportation to Phuket from Bangkok. Most bus operators in Bangkok offer different seat classes with varying price points. However, keep in mind that the bus ride lasts around 14 hours, so you may want to spend the extra Baht if it means your comfort. 

  • Plane

For some, spending 14 hours sitting in a bus is not ideal for their limited vacation schedule. The fastest way to get from Bangkok to Phuket is by a one-and-a-half-hour plane ride. There are multiple direct flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport (both in Bangkok) to Phuket International Airport. 

  • Train

As of now, there has yet to be a direct train route from Bangkok to Phuket. However, tourists can take the Bus - Train combination for their Phuket trip. 

Take the MRT Train at Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station to Surat Thani (approx. 10 hours), where you can take the 5-hour bus to Phuket. For convenience, you can buy a combined ticket for both bus and train.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Phuket?

Are you planning your dream vacation to Phuket on a tight budget? Flight rates to Phuket tend to cost lower during July - November.  While the cheap rates during these months are inviting, the monsoon season makes the weather in Phuket unpredictable. 

What are the average costs in Phuket?

More than its natural wonders and awe-inspiring culture, another reason why many tourists love visiting Phuket is due to its low cost of living. You do not need to break the bank to enjoy your Phuket vacation!  A warm cup of cappuccino starts at 2.70 USD (90 THB), while a bottle of your favorite cola costs a little less than a dollar (25 THB). Moreover, the low price of 7 USD (245 THB) gets you a full meal at a world-famous fast food chain.  For daily needs, a loaf of bread costs 1 USD (35 THB), and a hearty lunch from a local restaurant sets you back 8 USD (250 THB). Among the best parts of staying in Phuket is trying Thai street food that will fill your tummy at an affordable price! 

How to get from the airport to town?

  • Taxi

The most convenient option to get from the Phuket International Airport to the city center is by taxi. The benefit of a taxi is its availability. You could always expect a taxi outside the airport no matter the time of day. However, Phuket's taxi earned a bad rap for overpricing. So make sure to haggle or book a metered taxi. 

  • Private Transfer

Private transfer is your best and safest option for an airport transfer. However, you need to book the transfer service ahead of time. The cost of a private transfer from the airport to the city center starts at 20 USD (700 THB) for two passengers. 

  • Airport Bus

If you're looking for the most cost-efficient way to get to Phuket's beaches, look no further than the airport bus. You can book your Phuket flight ticket ahead of time online. The bus trip takes a little more than an hour and costs 7 USD (220 THB) per passenger.

How to get around Phuket?

  • Taxi

Your trusty taxi is always a good option for transportation, especially if it's your first time in Phuket. Some tourists also choose to book taxis for the convenience of air conditioning (the Phuket sun can be a little too harsh on some summer days). According to locals, it is better to book metered taxis or through an online booking app like Grab to make sure your fare is fair and square. 

  • Motorcycle rental

Being a popular tourist destination, Phuket has several motorcycle and scooter rental companies for travelers. If you're looking for adventure and would like to skip the haggling and looking for terminals, you could always rent your own ride. The cost of a motorcycle rental in Phuket starts at 8 USD (250 THB) per day. 

  • Tuktuk

Tuk-tuks are more than just a vehicle - it is part of Thailand's culture. This three-wheeler is often the fastest (although a little risky) way of getting around the island. However, stay alert for some Tuk-tuk drivers that overcharge tourists. Try to settle the fare before taking the ride to make sure that you're not taking an overpriced trip. 

  • Songthaew

Another unique local mode of transportation is the small trucks called Songthaew. These speedy and efficient mini-cars are among the most affordable ways to get around Phuket! At the rate of around 1.5 USD (50 THB) per short trip, you truly shouldn't miss going around the city with Songthaews!

Where are the best beaches in Phuket?

  • Patong Beach

Patong Beach sits among the most popular beaches in Phuket and for a good reason. The restaurants, colorful bars, and hospitable locals make the beach an ideal destination for tourism. If you love water sports, you'll find plenty of things to do on this beach, including parasailing and jet skiing.  This beach also holds the title of the longest beach in Phuket - meaning there's more to enjoy in Patong!

  • Karon Beach

Are you looking for a tropical getaway with a smaller crowd? Karon Beach boasts the same beauty as Phuket's other beaches, with the luxury of being a quieter and calmer district. Fine sand, relaxing spas, and crystal clear waters - you'll have everything you need for a relaxing vacation here in Karon Beach!

  • Kata Beach

Kata Beach is your ideal destination if you're heading to Phuket with the whole family. Its shallow waters and calm waves make it a good beach for toddlers and younger children. You will find restaurants and cafes near Kata's shores, making it convenient for the whole family. This beach has two sections - Kata Noi, which has fewer crowds in the north, and the booming Kata Yai in the south. 

  • Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is a tourist destination that lives up to its name. If you're looking for a quiet beach that lets you reflect and reconnect with nature, look no further than Phuket's paradise. The shoreline of this beach is dotted with pebbles. It is advised to bring thick flip-flops for your safety.

  • Freedom Beach

A laid back experience awaits those who come to Freedom Beach! Known for its clean shores and blue waters, this beach is still a hidden gem compared to the more famous destinations in Phuket. You'll be mesmerized by the fine white sand and the well-preserved nature surrounding the beach! 

Where is the best area to stay in Phuket?

  • Kamala 

For tourists looking for a serene escapade, Kamala is their best match in Phuket. This district features a more quiet atmosphere, fewer crowds, and peaceful waters by its beach. If you're looking forward to an invigorating Phuket vacation that lets you make the most out of nature's finest, you'll love the beaches of Kamala.  You'll also find plenty of upscale hotels and resorts in the area. 

  • Cape Sienna Phuket Gourmet Hotel and Villas

This 5-star hotel offers nothing short of the most luxurious getaway for its lucky guests. Standing along the peaceful waters of Kamala Beach, this hotel is an ideal accommodation for couples looking for a romantic getaway. It's mesmerizing how the infinity pool blends with the horizon of Phuket's waters.  One of the highlights of Cape Sienna is its in-house restaurant serving international cuisine. Previous guests had nothing but good words for their scrumptious salads and filling sandwiches! 

  • Kata

One of Phuket's most loved districts, Kata holds the heart of the liveliest Phuket tour. Kata is home to plenty of restaurants, multi-awarded resorts, and the most colorful activities. Combined with Kata's seemingly never-ending nightlife, you know you're bound for a memorable vacation in this district. You'll love staying in Kata if you are a fan of watersports and thrilling activities. Many tourists found their love for surfing on Kata's shores! 

  • Pamookkoo Resort

For families heading to Phuket, look no further than one of Phuket's grandest resort hotels! This four-star hotel greets you with its eye-catching art-deco facade, but the beauty does not stop there. Pamookkoo Phuket has a vast outdoor pool with multiple slides that will surely put the thrill and fun to your vacation!

  • Nai Harn

Nai Harn is a district well-loved by locals, all for a good reason! This cove at Southern Phuket features crystal-clear waters, gastronomically inviting restaurants, and multi-starred accommodations. Nai Harn is an ideal beach if you're looking forward to snorkeling and witnessing the beauty of Phuket's marine life. 

  • Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Resort

A serene retreat awaits the guests of this exquisite hotel in Nai Harn, Phuket! One of the most opulent resorts in the district, Wyndham Grand Nai Harn promises a truly tropical experience. Beyond its captivating outdoor pool, guests can enjoy a kids' club, pool bar, and a direct-to-airport shuttle!

  • Phuket Town 

While most Phuket tourists come for its beaches, visiting Phuket's Old Town gives you a glimpse of the life of its locals. From its rich history to the sprouts of modern living, you'll experience it all here at the heart of the island. Staying in Phuket Old Town lets you be a stone's throw away from its best temples and cultural showcases. 

  • The Memory At On On Hotel

Let this chic and charming hotel be your home away from home in Phuket! Located only a short walk away from Phuket's shopping centers, this hotel is ideal for the true shopaholic! Some amenities to enjoy include cable television, complimentary snacks, and its blooming courtyard inspired by European homes. 

  • Bang Thao

Phuket's second-longest beach brings the best of both worlds for tourists! Whether you're looking for a small crowd and a relaxing vacation or the blast of Phuket's outstanding nightlife - Bang Tao Beach has a lot in store for you. The long stretch of sand in Bang Tao only means there's more to explore. This district is a good place for families or a group of friends looking for an all-in-one area that wouldn't leave them wanting more. 

  • Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa

A whole world of enjoyment and relaxation awaits you in one of Bang Tao Beach's best resorts! This 4-star hotel draws inspiration from its Thai roots, featuring local architecture and ornate decorations. Some amenities to enjoy include outdoor water sports, European cuisine in their on-site restaurant, and a spa. 

How much is the accommodation in Phuket?

  • Luxury

There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Phuket that would seem like they glisten in gold. These luxury accommodations were made world-class and are held to a high standard. More than the usual amenities of an outdoor pool and direct beach access, these hotels often boast in-house services, high-quality restaurants, and even the most relaxing spas.  The cost of a night at Phuket's most luxurious hotels starts at around 250 USD (8600 THB). But once you're in the best tourist destinations in the world, who could help splurging a little?

  • Midrange

There are two kinds of mid-range accommodations in Phuket. The first is upscale hotels away from the beaches or decent resorts by the beach. If you're looking for luxury but working within a tight budget, you can still find high-end hotels at a friendly price. However, prepare to take a short walk from your resort to the beach. These hotels usually cost 120 USD (4100 THB) per night.  There are two great things about booking a beachfront hotel is its convenience - the other being the view. There is nothing like waking up to the relaxing views of crystal-clear waters. A beachfront mid-range hotel in Phuket starts at 150 USD (5100 THB) a night. 

  • Budget

Phuket is a paradise, but it doesn't need to cost the world for you to enjoy it! There are plenty of affordable accommodations in Phuket. Many of these hostels and lodges do not compromise the quality and comfort of your stay despite their affordable pricing. The budget-friendly hotels in Phuket with commendable amenities can cost as low as 15 USD (550 THB) a night. 

How much is the average cost of a SIM Card in Phuket?

  • You could easily buy a Thailand SIM at Phuket International Airport. The great thing is 4G connection is available in most parts of Phuket through AIS Mobile and dtac. You wouldn't need to worry about a high-speed internet connection during your stay! The cost of a 4G SIM with an 8-day unlimited data package starts at 12 USD (400 THB) at the airport. But you can buy a SIM card ahead of time and have it delivered to your address before your departure. You can also choose to buy an eSIM, starting at 4 USD (140 THB) with an initial 3GB data allocation. 

Guide to Bangkok 

  • Airport name; Phuket International Airport
  • Airport code: HKT
  • Currency: Thai Baht
  • Exchange rate: 1 THB = 0.028 USD & 1 USD = 34 THB
  • Language: Thai
  • Time difference: GMT+7
  • Weather(C/F): November - April  DRY SEASON & May - October WET SEASON
  • Popular airline: Thai Airways

FAQ 

  • How many airports are there in Phuket? 

Phuket has only one airport. Phuket International Airport is among the busiest airports in Thailand, ranking only second to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The airport serves multiple airlines and rakes in an average of 16 million passengers yearly. The airport is located in the northern region of Phuket and takes less than an hour's drive from the city center. 

  • How can I find the best flight deal to Phuket? 

Flights to Phuket are generally cheaper during July - September. Another option to find the most affordable tickets to Phuket is booking ahead of time. Plane tickets are cheaper the further your booking date is from your departure date. Traveloka helps you find the best deals and the best rates for your Phuket vacation. With thousands of partnered airlines flying worldwide, you'll surely find the best fit for your vacation needs in Traveloka!

  • Which is the cheapest airport in Phuket?

There is only one airport serving the tourist hotspot of Phuket - Phuket International Airport. The good news is, there are plenty of airlines flying to Phuket that can help you find the perfect deal within your budget. There are many budget-friendly airlines flying to Phuket, including Thai Smile, Malaysian Airlines, and EVA Air. 

  • Can I get a direct flight to Phuket airport? 

Most flights to Phuket stop over at Bangkok. Most flights from the USA, Canada, and Europe either connect from Singapore's Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, or Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. 

  • Can I get free Wi-Fi in Phuket airport?

Yes. You can connect to free WiFi at Phuket International Airport for 2 hours. At the arrivals area, connect to "@AirportTrueFreeWiFi" and follow the steps for registration. 

  • Can I find a prayer room at Phuket airport?

Muslim travelers can use the Muslim Prayer room on the 3rd floor of the departure area in Phuket International Airport.

  • Are there shopping places in Phuket Airport?

Phuket Tourists will love shopping at Phuket International Airport's duty-free shopping. The store offers various international liquor, chocolate, and confectionary brands. For travelers looking for the best Thai delicacies and souvenirs, you can also find local export-quality products in Phuket's duty-free store. 

  • Do hotels near Phuket International Airport offer free transport to the airport?

There are plenty of nearby hotels by Phuket International Airport offering free transport to the airport (depending on your accommodation package). Some airport hotels (hotels whose focus is the proximity to the airport) have accommodation packages with free airport transport starting as low as 25 USD (900 THB). 

  • Tips for finding cheap flights to Phuket?

Flight tickets to Phuket are best booked at least four weeks before your departure. If you're flying from the United States, flight rates to Phuket are more affordable during April.

  • Which airlines offer direct flights to Phuket?

Thai Airways flies direct flights from Europe (Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Paris, and more) to Phuket. However, direct flights from the United States to Phuket are rare. Flights coming for New York's JFK and San Francisco would often have to stop over to Dubai or Malaysia.  If you're from the Middle East, some airlines flying directly to Phuket include Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Thai Airways.  Meanwhile, many airlines fly direct to Phuket from Southeast Asia. Malaysian Air, Thai Smile, Thai Airways, and Scoot offer direct flights to Phuket International Airport.

  • What are the travel & COVID regulations in Phuket?

Thailand now accepts travelers without the need for pre-departure COVID-19 testing. In January 2023, Thailand waived all COVID-19 restrictions for tourists coming into the country (including proof of vaccination and PCR tests). 

With over 1400 islands, there is no doubt that Thailand does not run out of tourism gems. On the south of the country lies an island that is no stranger to the constant flock of tourists. Phuket is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich cultural heritage. 

More than its natural sights, the bustling districts of Phuket will surely leave an unforgettable memory in your heart. If you're looking for your next tropical getaway, look no further than the stunning island of Phuket, Thailand! 

What can I do in Phuket?

  • Visit the iconic Big Buddha

All Phuket vacations "must" include visiting its iconic Big Buddha. More than a marvel of artistry, the Big Buddha is a cultural experience and a symbol of Phuket's spirituality and traditions. 

Located on top of a hill near Kata Yai beach, the Big Buddha stands at a stunning 45 meters. Its white marble coating makes it look like the figure shines as it "watches" over the island. As a symbol of respect, all tourists are expected to dress respectfully and modestly when paying a visit to this attraction. The best time to visit the Big Buddha is before sunset, as the soft sunlight gives a whole different (and better) experience of the image of the Buddha. Even if you're not fond of visiting spiritual sites, the majestic overlooking view of Phuket makes it worth visiting!

  • Admire Phuket’s best temples

Thailand is famous for its temples, and Phuket is another city with visually stunning temples that belong to its must-visit attractions. These beautiful temples are more than just architectural landmarks but a symbol of Phuket's rich culture and well-kept traditions. 

  • Wat Chalong is the most-visited temple on the island. The temple complex is only a stone's throw away from the Big Buddha, so it is ideal to visit the two attractions on the same day. The Wat Chalong complex houses the "Golden Chedi," said to house a bone fragment of Buddha.  Another temple that you should visit in Phuket is Wat Phra Thong. Famous for its half-buried Buddha statue, this golden temple dates back thousands of years. The local legend tells that the farmer that discovered the Buddha tried to move the statue but was struck by lightning. Hence the reason why the Buddha remained in its half-exposed, half-buried position.  Proper decorum is expected for tourists visiting the temples of Thailand. Women are advised to wear non-suggestive clothing, and some temples may ask you to remove your footwear before you enter the premises. 

  • Immerse yourself with the local culture in Phuket Old Town

A trip to Phuket Old Town is like taking a glimpse of the historic years of the island. You may notice a unique blend of Portuguese architecture and Chinese ornaments in the district. The town was once a melting pot of culture, where people of different ethnicities shared their rich backgrounds. Many will say that the "modern" Phuket Old Town, a tourist hot spot, mimics its historical significance - a crossroads for different nationalities.  Beyond its interesting buildings and facades, Phuket Old Town is a good destination for a gastronomic adventure. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and specialty shops along the district's streets.  If you're the kind of tourist looking for the most Instagram-worthy spot, look no further than the streets of Phuket Old Town! You will find murals, paintings, and street art with intricate detail around the district. So ready your best smiles and don your favorite outfit for your trip to Phuket Old Town!

  • Dive deep in Phi Phi Islands

Located in the Southeast of Phuket is a breathtaking group of islands that capture the heart of many tourists. Phi Phi Islands is a group of six islands - each with a stunning display of nature at its finest. 

The crystal clear waters of the islands will remind you of a travel magazine. Phi Phi Islands are kept pristine and natural, thanks to the effort of locals to preserve their natural wonders. 

Most tourists take a boat ride for island hopping in the area. One of the most famous stops on the tour is the Viking Cave at Koh Phi Phi Leh. The stunning limestone formations will remind you of a shipwreck from a movie. But the highlight of Viking Cave is the paintings and carvings inside the cave. Local tales suggest storm-stricken sailors winding up in the Viking Caves, eventually leaving their drawings of boats on the walls many years after.  But the pride of Phi Phi Islands runs deep beneath its waters. The archipelago is home to a diverse marine life, with various corals, colorful fish, and sharks. Among the best things to do in this tourist destination is scuba diving or snorkeling to witness its abundant underwater life. 

  • Shop at a night market 

A trip to Thailand is never complete without visiting one of its night markets! More than their affordable prices, night markets are famous for being an all-in-one place, especially for tourists. Whether you're looking for the best souvenirs or the latest fashion trend, you'll surely find a lot in store in Phuket's night markets.  One of the most popular outdoor markets on the island is the Phuket Weekend Night Market. Locally known as Naka Market, this bazaar is home to plenty of street food choices, cheap fashion finds, and unique Thai art! You shouldn't miss the hand-woven bags that are a fashion statement as much as it is functional! 

  • Admire the view at Windmill viewpoint

Is a tropical vacation complete without an afternoon spent admiring the warm sunset? The best place to witness the Phuket sunset is by Windmill Viewpoint near Nai Harn Beach. This windy hill boasts one of the best views on the island. An equally stunning viewpoint lies near Kata Noi Beach, the Black Rock Viewpoint. An underrated gem in Phuket, this viewpoint has a breathtaking view of the calm seas of southern Thailand! If you're up for a little adventure, the one-of-a-kind view on top of Black Rock is surely worth the 15-minute hike. 

What are the visa requirements?

Thailand allows its tourists to apply for visa-upon-arrival. This means you do not need to apply for a visa before departure. Here are the requirements for a visa-upon-arrival to Thailand. 

  • A passport from your country of nationality with at least 6 months of validity
  • A flight ticket exiting Thailand (prior to visa expiry)
  • A valid accommodation address or a receipt of a booked accommodation
  • Pay the fee of 2000 THB (58 USD) upon arrival. 

When is the best time to visit Phuket?

Much like the tropical destinations in Southeast Asia, Phuket is an ideal summer destination with warm weather throughout the year. While the average temperature of 29 degrees Celsius rarely varies each month, the wet and dry seasons can make all the difference for your vacation. If you're looking for the best months to enjoy the welcoming warmth of Phuket, you should book your getaway during the dry season. Lasting from November to April, this season has the ideal weather for touring Phuket's best attractions.  However, the November - April dry season is also the peak season for Phuket's tourism. You can expect a bigger crowd and higher accommodation prices during this period. If you're intent on keeping your Phuket getaway within your budget, you can consider visiting the city around May to October. These months mark the monsoon season, characterized by scattered rains and wilder waves at the Phuket beach. 

How to go from Bangkok to Phuket? 

Most tourists in Thailand head straight to Phuket after their Bangkok experience. There are three ways to visit Phuket from Bangkok - by bus, train, or hopping on a plane flight. 

  • Bus 

The bus is the most budget-friendly transportation to Phuket from Bangkok. Most bus operators in Bangkok offer different seat classes with varying price points. However, keep in mind that the bus ride lasts around 14 hours, so you may want to spend the extra Baht if it means your comfort. 

  • Plane

For some, spending 14 hours sitting in a bus is not ideal for their limited vacation schedule. The fastest way to get from Bangkok to Phuket is by a one-and-a-half-hour plane ride. There are multiple direct flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport (both in Bangkok) to Phuket International Airport. 

  • Train

As of now, there has yet to be a direct train route from Bangkok to Phuket. However, tourists can take the Bus - Train combination for their Phuket trip. 

Take the MRT Train at Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station to Surat Thani (approx. 10 hours), where you can take the 5-hour bus to Phuket. For convenience, you can buy a combined ticket for both bus and train.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Phuket?

Are you planning your dream vacation to Phuket on a tight budget? Flight rates to Phuket tend to cost lower during July - November.  While the cheap rates during these months are inviting, the monsoon season makes the weather in Phuket unpredictable. 

What are the average costs in Phuket?

More than its natural wonders and awe-inspiring culture, another reason why many tourists love visiting Phuket is due to its low cost of living. You do not need to break the bank to enjoy your Phuket vacation!  A warm cup of cappuccino starts at 2.70 USD (90 THB), while a bottle of your favorite cola costs a little less than a dollar (25 THB). Moreover, the low price of 7 USD (245 THB) gets you a full meal at a world-famous fast food chain.  For daily needs, a loaf of bread costs 1 USD (35 THB), and a hearty lunch from a local restaurant sets you back 8 USD (250 THB). Among the best parts of staying in Phuket is trying Thai street food that will fill your tummy at an affordable price! 

How to get from the airport to town?

  • Taxi

The most convenient option to get from the Phuket International Airport to the city center is by taxi. The benefit of a taxi is its availability. You could always expect a taxi outside the airport no matter the time of day. However, Phuket's taxi earned a bad rap for overpricing. So make sure to haggle or book a metered taxi. 

  • Private Transfer

Private transfer is your best and safest option for an airport transfer. However, you need to book the transfer service ahead of time. The cost of a private transfer from the airport to the city center starts at 20 USD (700 THB) for two passengers. 

  • Airport Bus

If you're looking for the most cost-efficient way to get to Phuket's beaches, look no further than the airport bus. You can book your Phuket flight ticket ahead of time online. The bus trip takes a little more than an hour and costs 7 USD (220 THB) per passenger.

How to get around Phuket?

  • Taxi

Your trusty taxi is always a good option for transportation, especially if it's your first time in Phuket. Some tourists also choose to book taxis for the convenience of air conditioning (the Phuket sun can be a little too harsh on some summer days). According to locals, it is better to book metered taxis or through an online booking app like Grab to make sure your fare is fair and square. 

  • Motorcycle rental

Being a popular tourist destination, Phuket has several motorcycle and scooter rental companies for travelers. If you're looking for adventure and would like to skip the haggling and looking for terminals, you could always rent your own ride. The cost of a motorcycle rental in Phuket starts at 8 USD (250 THB) per day. 

  • Tuktuk

Tuk-tuks are more than just a vehicle - it is part of Thailand's culture. This three-wheeler is often the fastest (although a little risky) way of getting around the island. However, stay alert for some Tuk-tuk drivers that overcharge tourists. Try to settle the fare before taking the ride to make sure that you're not taking an overpriced trip. 

  • Songthaew

Another unique local mode of transportation is the small trucks called Songthaew. These speedy and efficient mini-cars are among the most affordable ways to get around Phuket! At the rate of around 1.5 USD (50 THB) per short trip, you truly shouldn't miss going around the city with Songthaews!

Where are the best beaches in Phuket?

  • Patong Beach

Patong Beach sits among the most popular beaches in Phuket and for a good reason. The restaurants, colorful bars, and hospitable locals make the beach an ideal destination for tourism. If you love water sports, you'll find plenty of things to do on this beach, including parasailing and jet skiing.  This beach also holds the title of the longest beach in Phuket - meaning there's more to enjoy in Patong!

  • Karon Beach

Are you looking for a tropical getaway with a smaller crowd? Karon Beach boasts the same beauty as Phuket's other beaches, with the luxury of being a quieter and calmer district. Fine sand, relaxing spas, and crystal clear waters - you'll have everything you need for a relaxing vacation here in Karon Beach!

  • Kata Beach

Kata Beach is your ideal destination if you're heading to Phuket with the whole family. Its shallow waters and calm waves make it a good beach for toddlers and younger children. You will find restaurants and cafes near Kata's shores, making it convenient for the whole family. This beach has two sections - Kata Noi, which has fewer crowds in the north, and the booming Kata Yai in the south. 

  • Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is a tourist destination that lives up to its name. If you're looking for a quiet beach that lets you reflect and reconnect with nature, look no further than Phuket's paradise. The shoreline of this beach is dotted with pebbles. It is advised to bring thick flip-flops for your safety.

  • Freedom Beach

A laid back experience awaits those who come to Freedom Beach! Known for its clean shores and blue waters, this beach is still a hidden gem compared to the more famous destinations in Phuket. You'll be mesmerized by the fine white sand and the well-preserved nature surrounding the beach! 

Where is the best area to stay in Phuket?

  • Kamala 

For tourists looking for a serene escapade, Kamala is their best match in Phuket. This district features a more quiet atmosphere, fewer crowds, and peaceful waters by its beach. If you're looking forward to an invigorating Phuket vacation that lets you make the most out of nature's finest, you'll love the beaches of Kamala.  You'll also find plenty of upscale hotels and resorts in the area. 

  • Cape Sienna Phuket Gourmet Hotel and Villas

This 5-star hotel offers nothing short of the most luxurious getaway for its lucky guests. Standing along the peaceful waters of Kamala Beach, this hotel is an ideal accommodation for couples looking for a romantic getaway. It's mesmerizing how the infinity pool blends with the horizon of Phuket's waters.  One of the highlights of Cape Sienna is its in-house restaurant serving international cuisine. Previous guests had nothing but good words for their scrumptious salads and filling sandwiches! 

  • Kata

One of Phuket's most loved districts, Kata holds the heart of the liveliest Phuket tour. Kata is home to plenty of restaurants, multi-awarded resorts, and the most colorful activities. Combined with Kata's seemingly never-ending nightlife, you know you're bound for a memorable vacation in this district. You'll love staying in Kata if you are a fan of watersports and thrilling activities. Many tourists found their love for surfing on Kata's shores! 

  • Pamookkoo Resort

For families heading to Phuket, look no further than one of Phuket's grandest resort hotels! This four-star hotel greets you with its eye-catching art-deco facade, but the beauty does not stop there. Pamookkoo Phuket has a vast outdoor pool with multiple slides that will surely put the thrill and fun to your vacation!

  • Nai Harn

Nai Harn is a district well-loved by locals, all for a good reason! This cove at Southern Phuket features crystal-clear waters, gastronomically inviting restaurants, and multi-starred accommodations. Nai Harn is an ideal beach if you're looking forward to snorkeling and witnessing the beauty of Phuket's marine life. 

  • Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Resort

A serene retreat awaits the guests of this exquisite hotel in Nai Harn, Phuket! One of the most opulent resorts in the district, Wyndham Grand Nai Harn promises a truly tropical experience. Beyond its captivating outdoor pool, guests can enjoy a kids' club, pool bar, and a direct-to-airport shuttle!

  • Phuket Town 

While most Phuket tourists come for its beaches, visiting Phuket's Old Town gives you a glimpse of the life of its locals. From its rich history to the sprouts of modern living, you'll experience it all here at the heart of the island. Staying in Phuket Old Town lets you be a stone's throw away from its best temples and cultural showcases. 

  • The Memory At On On Hotel

Let this chic and charming hotel be your home away from home in Phuket! Located only a short walk away from Phuket's shopping centers, this hotel is ideal for the true shopaholic! Some amenities to enjoy include cable television, complimentary snacks, and its blooming courtyard inspired by European homes. 

  • Bang Thao

Phuket's second-longest beach brings the best of both worlds for tourists! Whether you're looking for a small crowd and a relaxing vacation or the blast of Phuket's outstanding nightlife - Bang Tao Beach has a lot in store for you. The long stretch of sand in Bang Tao only means there's more to explore. This district is a good place for families or a group of friends looking for an all-in-one area that wouldn't leave them wanting more. 

  • Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa

A whole world of enjoyment and relaxation awaits you in one of Bang Tao Beach's best resorts! This 4-star hotel draws inspiration from its Thai roots, featuring local architecture and ornate decorations. Some amenities to enjoy include outdoor water sports, European cuisine in their on-site restaurant, and a spa. 

How much is the accommodation in Phuket?

  • Luxury

There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Phuket that would seem like they glisten in gold. These luxury accommodations were made world-class and are held to a high standard. More than the usual amenities of an outdoor pool and direct beach access, these hotels often boast in-house services, high-quality restaurants, and even the most relaxing spas.  The cost of a night at Phuket's most luxurious hotels starts at around 250 USD (8600 THB). But once you're in the best tourist destinations in the world, who could help splurging a little?

  • Midrange

There are two kinds of mid-range accommodations in Phuket. The first is upscale hotels away from the beaches or decent resorts by the beach. If you're looking for luxury but working within a tight budget, you can still find high-end hotels at a friendly price. However, prepare to take a short walk from your resort to the beach. These hotels usually cost 120 USD (4100 THB) per night.  There are two great things about booking a beachfront hotel is its convenience - the other being the view. There is nothing like waking up to the relaxing views of crystal-clear waters. A beachfront mid-range hotel in Phuket starts at 150 USD (5100 THB) a night. 

  • Budget

Phuket is a paradise, but it doesn't need to cost the world for you to enjoy it! There are plenty of affordable accommodations in Phuket. Many of these hostels and lodges do not compromise the quality and comfort of your stay despite their affordable pricing. The budget-friendly hotels in Phuket with commendable amenities can cost as low as 15 USD (550 THB) a night. 

How much is the average cost of a SIM Card in Phuket?

  • You could easily buy a Thailand SIM at Phuket International Airport. The great thing is 4G connection is available in most parts of Phuket through AIS Mobile and dtac. You wouldn't need to worry about a high-speed internet connection during your stay! The cost of a 4G SIM with an 8-day unlimited data package starts at 12 USD (400 THB) at the airport. But you can buy a SIM card ahead of time and have it delivered to your address before your departure. You can also choose to buy an eSIM, starting at 4 USD (140 THB) with an initial 3GB data allocation. 

Guide to Bangkok 

  • Airport name; Phuket International Airport
  • Airport code: HKT
  • Currency: Thai Baht
  • Exchange rate: 1 THB = 0.028 USD & 1 USD = 34 THB
  • Language: Thai
  • Time difference: GMT+7
  • Weather(C/F): November - April  DRY SEASON & May - October WET SEASON
  • Popular airline: Thai Airways

FAQ 

  • How many airports are there in Phuket? 

Phuket has only one airport. Phuket International Airport is among the busiest airports in Thailand, ranking only second to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The airport serves multiple airlines and rakes in an average of 16 million passengers yearly. The airport is located in the northern region of Phuket and takes less than an hour's drive from the city center. 

  • How can I find the best flight deal to Phuket? 

Flights to Phuket are generally cheaper during July - September. Another option to find the most affordable tickets to Phuket is booking ahead of time. Plane tickets are cheaper the further your booking date is from your departure date. Traveloka helps you find the best deals and the best rates for your Phuket vacation. With thousands of partnered airlines flying worldwide, you'll surely find the best fit for your vacation needs in Traveloka!

  • Which is the cheapest airport in Phuket?

There is only one airport serving the tourist hotspot of Phuket - Phuket International Airport. The good news is, there are plenty of airlines flying to Phuket that can help you find the perfect deal within your budget. There are many budget-friendly airlines flying to Phuket, including Thai Smile, Malaysian Airlines, and EVA Air. 

  • Can I get a direct flight to Phuket airport? 

Most flights to Phuket stop over at Bangkok. Most flights from the USA, Canada, and Europe either connect from Singapore's Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, or Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. 

  • Can I get free Wi-Fi in Phuket airport?

Yes. You can connect to free WiFi at Phuket International Airport for 2 hours. At the arrivals area, connect to "@AirportTrueFreeWiFi" and follow the steps for registration. 

  • Can I find a prayer room at Phuket airport?

Muslim travelers can use the Muslim Prayer room on the 3rd floor of the departure area in Phuket International Airport.

  • Are there shopping places in Phuket Airport?

Phuket Tourists will love shopping at Phuket International Airport's duty-free shopping. The store offers various international liquor, chocolate, and confectionary brands. For travelers looking for the best Thai delicacies and souvenirs, you can also find local export-quality products in Phuket's duty-free store. 

  • Do hotels near Phuket International Airport offer free transport to the airport?

There are plenty of nearby hotels by Phuket International Airport offering free transport to the airport (depending on your accommodation package). Some airport hotels (hotels whose focus is the proximity to the airport) have accommodation packages with free airport transport starting as low as 25 USD (900 THB). 

  • Tips for finding cheap flights to Phuket?

Flight tickets to Phuket are best booked at least four weeks before your departure. If you're flying from the United States, flight rates to Phuket are more affordable during April.

  • Which airlines offer direct flights to Phuket?

Thai Airways flies direct flights from Europe (Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Paris, and more) to Phuket. However, direct flights from the United States to Phuket are rare. Flights coming for New York's JFK and San Francisco would often have to stop over to Dubai or Malaysia.  If you're from the Middle East, some airlines flying directly to Phuket include Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Thai Airways.  Meanwhile, many airlines fly direct to Phuket from Southeast Asia. Malaysian Air, Thai Smile, Thai Airways, and Scoot offer direct flights to Phuket International Airport.

  • What are the travel & COVID regulations in Phuket?

Thailand now accepts travelers without the need for pre-departure COVID-19 testing. In January 2023, Thailand waived all COVID-19 restrictions for tourists coming into the country (including proof of vaccination and PCR tests). 

Airline Partners

Domestic & International Airline Partners
We are partnering with various airlines across the globe to get you to wherever you need to be.

Payment Partners

We are partnering with the most reliable payment service providers to make sure every transaction is smooth and worry-free!