The province of Phuket is an island situated in the Andaman Sea, just off the coast of Thailand. In recent years, Phuket has become an incredibly popular tourist destination with holidaymakers across the globe who come to enjoy its plethora of sandy beaches and vibrant culture.
Phuket is served by Phuket International Airport (HKT) which is situated in the northern part of the island and is 32km away from the Phuket Town centre. On average, the cost of a return flight from London will fall between £400 and £500. However, during the popular summer months, prices are closer the £600 mark. Usually, a flight to Phuket from London will take just over 13 hours and 30 mins.
Best Things to Do in Phuket
There are plenty of fun things to do in Phuket, whatever time of year you travel there. Phuket Town is the provincial capital and has a number of cultural attractions. When wandering around here be sure to take a look at the old Chinese quarter and visit the Heroine’s Monuments. The Thalong Museum is just across from the Heroine’s Monument and has an interesting exhibition which looks at the culture and history of the island.
Those who love nature should pay the Sirinath National Park a visit. The national park is situated in the northwest of the island and is home to pristine beaches and Thailand’s largest coral reef. In addition, there are plenty of sea turtles to be found on the northern part of the park.
While in Phuket, be sure to visit some of the beautiful Buddhist temples that are catered throughout the island. The most famous temple here is Way Chalong which is situated just south of Phuket Town. Wat Phra Thong is one of the island’s most unique temples and certainly worth a visit!
Phuket has plenty to offer in terms of nightlife, Patong being the centre. In Patong you will find plenty of bars and clubs which open until the early hours of the next day as well as karaoke lounges and dance shows.
When it comes to accommodation, you are truly spoilt for choice in Phuket as there is accommodation to suit every budget and preference. Accommodation of the island ranges from simple huts on the beach through to luxury villas on their own island.
Prices in Phuket are higher than they are in other places in Thailand, so if you want to keep your accommodation costs down, head south to Trang or look for accommodation on some of the more obscure Phang Nga Bay atolls. In addition, another way to save money on accommodation is to visit during the low seasons. During this season you can experience room reductions of up to 50%!
Conversely, if you are looking for something more luxurious, why not book a room or private at one of the many resorts dotted around the island?