Virgin Australia operates flights to Phuket, direct from Perth.
Phuket Airport Information
Phuket International Airport (HKT) is located in Mai Khao, approx. 30km north of Phuket City and 37km north of Patong Beach (the island main tourism hub). The airport can be accessed by various transport options, including:
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- Taxi: A taxi stand is located just outside, to the right of the main airport building. Taxis are red and yellow, and are equipped with metres. To avoid haggling for a price, insist the driver turns the meter on. Average fares from the airport are: Phuket 400 baht, Patong 550 baht, and Kata/Karon 650 baht – per car.
- Minivans: Shared minivan shuttles usually offer a cheaper alternative than taxis, but generally take longer to reach their destination. Minivans can be ordered from counters located on the ground floor. Average fares from the airport are: Phuket 100 baht, Patong 150 baht, and Kata/Karon 180 baht – per person.
- Buses: An hourly bus service runs between Phuket Town and the airport, between 6:30am and 9:30pm. Tickets cost approx. 70 baht and can be bought from a counter on the ground floor at the airport. Buses disembark and arrive into the airport’s parking lot and are grey-red and black and marked ‘Airport Bus’.
Things to do in Phuket
Phuket is tropical paradise, home to palm-fringed white-sand beaches, world-class resorts, lush rainforests, warm blue seas and famous Thai hospitality. Flanked by the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean and abuzz with culture and activities galore, the South East Asian island is a playground for families, a hedonistic wonderland for backpackers, a romantic getaway for couples, and a luxury escape for business folk.
Phuket is one of Asia's most popular beach destinations. Divided into several lively areas, the island is abuzz with things to do and see. A hotbed of indulgences, Patong Beach is Phuket’s tourism epicentre; home to endless streets of bars, restaurants, stalls and markets. 10 minutes south, the upmarket beachside neighbourhood of Karon is a popular escape for families and couples. More business than holiday, Phuket City is alive with the around-the-clock activity of markets, trade and eateries. For an unforgettable romantic getaway Phi Phi Island is a must-visit – made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster, The Beach.
The island of Phuket has a number of shopping hubs, most notably Phuket City, Patong Beach and Karon Beach. Phuket City is a go-to for antique Asian art and crafts, as well as clothing, household knick-knacks and Thai silk. Patong has a bazaar-like feel with thousands of street stalls, hawking an abundance of fake goods, mass-produced clothing and hand-made garments. Karon hosts a wide beachside shopping avenue, where a range of handicraft shops can be found. To experience the true essence of shopping in Thailand, a visit to a market is a must do – The Phuket Weekend Market is the island’s most famous market. Most vendors around Phuket expect customers to barter, with discounts of up to 40% off the original price on offer.
Phuket Island is inundated with restaurants, bars, cafes and street-food carts. Patong Beach is southern Thailand’s culinary epicentre, hosting hundreds of cuisines in all types of locales from award-winning eateries to cheap street stalls. Phuket City is abuzz with around-the-clock activity, as early morning markets hawk fresh produce and seafood, while the night is animated with busy restaurants, disco-techs and bars. Phuket is particularly famous for its seafood. Seafood is generally barbecued, fried or steamed and is infused with spices and herbs like garlic, lemon grass, chili, mint, cumin, basil and coriander. Close by Phuket City, floating seafood restaurants offer one of Thailand’s most unique dining experiences.
Thailand has become synonymous with party culture. A hotbed of nightlife, hedonism and culture, Patong Beach is southern Thailand’s party hub. Situated in the heart of Patong, Bangla Road is the beachside town’s busiest thoroughfare – a strip of bars, strip clubs and late-night cafes and eateries. Surrounding streets like Beach Road (fronting onto the Andaman Sea) and Rat-U-Thit Road (running parallel to Beach Road) are also popular afterhours hives, lit up with restaurants, hotel bars, nightclubs and cafes.
Phuket Holiday Packages
Experience all that Phuket has to offer, our holiday partner Virgin Australia Holidays has a great array of Phuket holiday packages. Packages include flights, accommodation and a great variety of extras.