Phuket is a province located in the south of Thailand and the largest island in the country. The province covers an area of 543 square kilometers, approximately the same size as Singapore. Widely known to be the Pearl of Andaman filled with fascinating beaches and clear sea. Phuket is extremely popular among both domestic and foreign tourists. Moreover, this province is full of rich Thai traditions, a variety of foods, a plenty of tourist attractions, world-class accommodations, entertainment venues along with water sports. Now let’s get fond of this wonderful island.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, Phuket has strict measure to control all visitors travel into Phuket known as "Phuket Sandbox". Most hotels, restaurants and tour operators are certified by SHA Plus, an indicator of high standard of hygiene and most of the staff are vaccinated.
Guideline for traveling to Phuket
1. International Travelers: Click to read the guidelines to enter Phuket Sandbox
2. Domestic Travelers: Must be vaccinated at least 2 doses of any COVID-19 vaccines or 1 dose of Astra Zeneca. or having negative RT-PCR test for less than 7 days or recovered COVID-19 patient for less than 90 days.
✈️ By Airplane
Phuket has its own International airport, you can reach there by taking a plane from Suvarnabhumi airport, Don Muang airport or many major international airports. There are over 200 Bangkok to Phuket flights a week with several major airlines. The price is approximately THB 3,000 on average for return tickets (low-cost airlines). The average flight time is about 1 hour. In addition, there are Chiangmai to Phuket flights provided, around 5 flights a day. The duration of the flight is approximately 2 hours. For more information, please go to websites below:
🚌 By Bus
Travel by bus is the cheapest way to Phuket. From Bangkok, it takes about 13 hours (Distance 845 km.) The buses will leave from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai). Check for bus routes Bor Kor Sor 999 Tel (+66)-2269-6999
From Krabi (via Phi Phi Island)
🛳 By Boat
From Phi Phi island, there are several direct ferry to Rassada pier, Phuket. The ticket price is starting at 600 THB and the journey takes about 1 hour. However, the service has been temporary suspended due to COVID-19 situation. Click to see more details and book Ferry ticket between Phi Phi Island and Phuket
From Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao
🚌 By Boat and Bus
From Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, you can take a ferry to Surat Thani (Tapee pier) and then take a bus ride to Phuket. The whole journey takes about 6-8 hours.
The most convenient way to get around Phuket is by a private car or motorcycle. In Phuket, there are many local and well known car rental companies to choose, especially in the airport. The rate is depending on each season and availability, it's approximately 200-300 THB/day for motorcycle and 600-1000 THB for a sedan car. Moreover, if you want a private van rental, please click for more detail and book Package Van Rental with Driver in Phuket
There are many public transportations in Phuket such as taxi, van, bus and local truck-made bus (Photong). However, taxi ride is the most expensive choice which tourist must be aware before taking the service. The bus and Photong fare are cheap and reasonable but it's slow, unreliable and inconvenient to tourist. The popular public transportations are 1. Airport Bus from Phuket airport to Phuket town 100THB/way. In Phuket town, you can take Pink Photong bus to getting around the town for 15 THB/way. If you want to visit beaches such as Patong, Kata, Rawai, Karon, Panwa etc., you can take Blue Photong Bus. For more information, click to check Phuket Public Transportation Routes
Paradise Islands of the Andaman Sea
We can't deny that top thing that people think about Phuket is white sand beaches and crystal blue water. Every year Phuket has welcome millions of Thai and international tourists from around the world who wish to come to relax and enjoy holiday on the beaches. The must-do activity which all tourist should try at least once when they are coming to Phuket is take a day trip to nearby islands. The popular islands are the Coral Island (Ko Hey), Racha island, Khai island and Mai Thon island. For more detail, please check at Phuket Islands Destination and Tour
Moreover, you can take a longer journey to the islands that located further away in the deep blue ocean. The islands we talk about are Similan and Surin islands. It's located in Phang Nga province and takes about 1.30 hour drive from Phuket to the pier and another 1-1.30 hour ride by speedboat to the islands. Similan and Surin islands are rich in natural diversity and very well preserved. The islands open only from 16 October to 15 May each year, so make you plan carefully and you will not disapointed.
Apart from snorkeling, there is another unique island tour experience which you should try at least once. It's traveling by a luxury yacht. If you want your trip to be more romantic rather than regular island tour, this activity is a bucket list for you. Most of the trip by yacht will bring guest to the most beautiful sunset point in the country at Promthep cape. There is no other ways to enjoy romantic sunset view with your loves one like this one. For more information, please read at Join yacht Tour Packages in Phuket
Some people may not know that Phuket is a heaven for extreme seekers. There are many outdoor activities you can try such as surfing and zipline. Click to check more details about Surfing Spots in Phuket
If you want to escape the sea for a day, you can try zipline over the tropical jungle at Hanuman World. For a wildlife lover, we highly recommend to take an elephant care program at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.
Family Friendly Activities
Those travel with young children will enjoy a holiday in Phuket too. Phuket has various family friendly attractions all over the place. The must-visited attraction which we are recommended are Blue Tree Phuket, Splash Jungle Water Park and upcoming Andamanda water park. For wildlife lovers, don't for get to visit the newest aquarium at Aquaria Phuket. Check out for more places at Phuket Guide for Family Travelers
A vivid night life in Phuket is another major attraction to tourist. The most popular district is Patong Beach Walking Street where many bars, restaurant and night clubs are located. Apart from adult places, there are night time family-friendly places too. Phuket Fantasea is the most well-known tourist destination for a decade, it's a show which represent the beauty of Thai culture combine with colorful light, sound and stunning performance from actor, acrobats and elephants. Carnival Magic is an upcoming new attraction next to Phuket Fantasea, features a magnificent light and sound parade, shows and carnival-theme amusement park.
Last Updated: July 2021