Lush jungles, glass temples, and a giant Buddha are among the attractions of Phuket. Visit during Loy Krathong, a festival where candlelit boats (kratong) are sent floating down the river under November’s full moon. Get ready for a water-fight during Songkran, the celebration of the Thai New Year on the 13th of April. Marvel at the nine-day Vegetarian Festival in September or October when locals step on live coals and climb ladders made of blades.
Phuket International Airport receives nearly three million passengers a year and is expanding to accommodate 11.5 million passengers by 2016. Travel to the heart of the island by taxi, minibus, airport bus, or rented car.
Fly to Phuket from London Heathrow Airport on board Thai Airways International where they serve a choice of Stir-Fried Chicken, Pork, or Prawn with Basil and Garlic; Thai Prawn Soup; and Deep-Fried Sweet ‘n Sour Sea bass. All come with steamed rice.
From London Heathrow Airport, catch a flight to Bangkok on British Airways, then get a connecting flight to Phuket.
Based in Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport, Nok Air offers low-cost Phuket flights and complimentary snacks on its colourful planes. Baggage allowances range from 15 to 30 kilograms.
Expect only the latest in technology when flying All Nippon Airways (ANA) from Bangkok to Phuket. They provide noise-cancelling earphones, portable media players, and the EUPHONY System (for a realistic 3D sound). They also serve delicious Japanese cuisine, taking full advantage of ANA’s partnership with Tokyo’s elite Tsuyama restaurant.
Bangkok Airways and JAL (Japan Airlines) also have Phuket flights from Bangkok.