Bright sun, pristine beaches, and clear seawater – these are what Phuket, the paradise island located in Thailand is renowned for. Known as “the Pearl of the Andaman”, Phuket Island is Thailand’s largest island, comprising of mountainous terrain, lush greenery, white sandy beaches, and lots of nightlife, making it a holiday destination that you’ll not soon forget.
There are direct and non-direct flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Phuket International Airport (HKT). A non-stop flight takes slightly under 1 ½ hours, making a trip to Phuket incredibly accessible for Malaysians – even for a short trip over a long weekend.
Despite not being a metropolitan city with cutting-edge transportation services, the public transport network is still capable of supporting the large influx of local and international tourists that visit the island annually. There are three main modes of public transportation options in Phuket, which are buses, songthaews, and airport buses.
A cheap and reliable way to travel around the island is by bus. These small, open-sided buses connect Phuket Old Town with the island’s main beaches such as Patong, Surin, and Karon. However, they might not be the best option if you are tight for time because they are required to make frequent stops to pick up passengers. The services are quite frequent from the early morning until late afternoon. The majority of the local buses depart from the main bus terminal in the city or from Talad Sod market on Ranong Road. There are also air-conditioned buses that operate along routes in Phuket City but do not go to other parts of the island.
A common sight all throughout Thailand, songthaews are another relatively affordable option to commute from the beach resorts to Phuket City. Songthaews are basically small trucks that have been modified to carry passengers, usually consisting of two benches in the back and a simple roof for shade. The songthaews in Phuket typically have their penultimate destination in English displayed on their side, enabling tourists and travellers to spot the right one easily. As there are no actual bus stops allocated, you’ll need to firstly identify a songthaew’s route, then wait at the side of the road and flag it down. When you want to disembark, simply press the buzzer and the bus will stop.
The best place to catch a songthaew in Phuket City will be near the fresh market on Ranong Road. The buses will typically leave every 30 minutes although there will be occasions where the drivers will only leave when they have enough passengers. Songthaews run from 6am to 6pm, seven days a week.
Phuket Airport Buses provide a quick and easy way to travel between Phuket International Airport and Phuket City. Apart from travelling to and from the airport to the city, the buses also connect the airport to a number of popular tourist attraction spots in the island. The buses operate daily and are a relatively inexpensive yet comfortable mode of transport for visitors and tourists.
The first bus from Phuket City is available at 5:00am and the last one leaves at 7:00pm. On the other hand, the first bus from the airport starts at 7:30am and the last bus leaves at 9:30pm. The bus travels at 1-hour intervals. The fare ranges from 30-100 baht, depending on how far you travel.
Known for its silky sand and alluring blue seas, Phuket is the ultimate beach vacation spot. However, apart from relaxing on the beach, there is plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy in Phuket. Cultural shows, Muay Thai boxing, or shopping, the adventure never stops in Phuket!
Phuket Phantasea is an amazing theme park that showcases Thailand’s proud culture and heritage. Make sure to check out the ala Las Vegas style show called “Fantasy of a Kingdom” – a combination of several shows revolving around themes like Thai culture, elephant circus, magical illusions, and acrobatics.
There is also a carnival village worth visiting for its beautiful traditional architecture as well as a spot to pick out some handicraft and souvenir items. Another impressive show to check out is Siam Niramit, a show that highlights the culture, traditions, and beliefs of the Siam heritage portrayed through dance, music, martial arts, and spectacular stage scenes.
Phuket Fantasea is open daily (except on Thursdays) from 17:30 to 23:30 hours. There are 2 types of tickets available. Tickets for the show and buffet dinner is 2,200 baht per adult and 2,000 baht, while tickets for the show only is 1,800 baht for both adults and children.
Patong Beach is the most popular beach in Phuket. This popular tourist destination is surrounded by restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and many more – making it the ultimate nightlife spot if you want to enjoy partying all-night long. Moreover, the 4km strip of beach is surrounded by hills that protect it from strong winds, making the spot perfect for many types of water spots such as snorkeling, parasailing, and jet skiing. The warm weather, beautiful beachside scenery, and abundance of activities offered makes Phuket a great spot to unwind throughout the year.
Nothing spells romantic more than enjoying the sunset with your loved ones. Promthep Cape (also known as Laem Chao or God’s Cape) is one of the most beautiful sunset spots in Thailand. Its distinctive feature is a group of palm trees gathering at the tip of cape with Naiya Beach on its left and Naiham Beach and Mun Island on the right. As a must-visit sunset spot, it can get pretty crowded when evening approaches, so make sure that you embark earlier so that you can get yourself a good spot to enjoy the sunset.
With Phuket being one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, there are a wide array of accommodation options that you can consider based on your budget. From five-star hotels and beach resorts with international chains, to moderates that ticks all the boxes, to affordable options that covers the basic necessities, every type of accommodation has its own different style which will give you a unique stay experience that will make your trip an unforgettable one.
If luxury and comfort are what you are looking for in terms of your accommodation, then this resort should definitely be on the top of your list. Located near Mai Khao Beach and the Phuket airport, this beachfront has spacious and comfortable rooms with breathtaking views. As it is located a distance away from the busier areas of the island, guests will be able to enjoy a serene and private ambience. This luxury hotel offers many facilities include bike rental service, spa, fitness centre, and a large swimming pool. Guests are also able to enjoy fun activities such as beach volleyball, canoeing, and aqua aerobics. Rooms are priced at 4,035.80 baht onwards per night.
Situated right in the heart of the Phuket Old Town area, this accommodation is perfect for travellers who are looking for a city hotel with a classic atmostphere and easy access to public transportation hubs to reach all the hottest spots on the island. The rooms have beautiful classical designs that make the interiors look like pieces of art, yet they are fully equipped with modern amenities to provide a comfortable stay for guests. Rooms start at 1,328.25 baht, which is a reasonable price for a hotel located right in the centre of the city.
Situated near the Sphinx Theatre, Patong Beach, and Bangla Night Street, this is a good choice for budget travellers. The hotel’s aesthetical interior makes for Instagrammable photos, and it provides many types of rooms including private rooms as well as mix dorms. Room prices start at 392.72 baht, which is a good number for backpackers and light travellers.