Flights to Phuket (HKT)

Consider flights to Phuket when you travel to Thailand – the island has vibrant nightlife and unbelievable scenery.

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Flights to Phuket

Phuket was one of Thailand’s first resort destinations, meaning there’s plenty to see and do – especially if you are willing to venture past the main strips.

The island has its own unique cultural attractions and character that ensures visitors keep returning year after year. The food, for example, provides a little extra kick in your cuisine as dishes here are often more spicy than in the rest of Thailand. (But don’t despair if heat isn’t your thing as Phuket is built on catering to tourists from all over the globe and you will find somewhere to suit all tastes.)

When it comes to natural beauty, Phuket also delivers. You can see the incredible limestone karsts in the south – awe-inspiring rock formations that tower out of the water – or, if you’re feeling bold, you can venture into the jungle in the north for beautiful scenery and wonderful wildlife.

It makes a great base for a spot of island hopping too. Some authentic and traditional Thai experiences can be found in one of the nearby islands like Ko Yao Noi, from which you can explore the wonderful bay of Ao Phang Nga. And afterwards, you can return to your welcoming accommodation.

Whether it’s incredibly cheap huts, basic apartments or large mid-range hotels, the island’s hotel offering has something for everyone. The villa-based lodging options offer the wow factor, with many lining the shore or offering private pools. These properties often provide a sanctuary away from the bustle of the party towns such as Patong or Kata.

Having said this there are great options in the central towns, where clean, spacious and functional lodging can be found, providing an ideal base for exploration of Phuket. But what is virtually guaranteed across all property types and budgets is the traditional and world-renowned Thai hospitality – the warm welcome never comes at an extra cost.

Watch Thai kickboxing at Patong Boxing Stadium

You'll find that when it comes to the national sport of Muay Thai, the noise and goings on in the stadium outside the ring are just as entertaining as what is going on inside it. Held on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, fights begin at 9pm and carry on late into the night.

2/59 Sai Nam Yen Road
Patong Beach
Amphur Kathu
+81 737 7193

Explore Phang Nga Bay

If it’s good enough for James Bond it must be worth a visit! Phang Nga Bay, which featured in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun, is an impressive sight, with sheer limestone formations and emerald waters. Jump on a day cruise boat, hunt out the secluded beaches and get a unique perspective on the famous rocky outcrops. Contact Phuket Tours for information.

Phuket Tours
6/56 Moo 8
Chaofa West
+66 81 936 4348

Conquer the deep with Phuket Scuba Club

One of the best things about Thailand is how easy it is to access incredible scuba diving, no matter what your ability. There are lots of dive companies to choose from – try the excellent Phuket Scuba Club, who provide all the equipment you need, and offer beach dives, day trips and even ‘live aboard’ boat breaks.

225 Koktanod Road
Mueang Phuket District
+66 76 284 026

See performances at Phuket FantaSea

Things don’t get more surreal than Phuket Fantasea, a show based in a small theme park where a loose storyline is used to showcase performances ranging from acrobats to elephants. There are side-shows and games as well as a surprisingly good buffet, especially if you get there before the crowds.

99 Moo 3
Kamala Beach
+66 76 385 000

Travel by elephant

Elephant trekking through the jungle sat on the animal's back is the experience of a lifetime. The elephant is revered in Thailand and tours often include elephant football matches and bathing with the elephants in pools. Gembira Tour Phuket offers different options, depending on how much time and baht you have to spend.

62/3 Moo 6 Sakdidet Road
T. Vichit A. Meung
+66 89 590 7785

Monkey around at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

Set up in 1992, this important conservation project has ensured the safety and future of countless native gibbons. The stories you'll hear are emotional and the selfless work of the staff moving. You won't have a better chance to see Thai gibbons up close, and the support from visitors ensures the future of the project and the animal.

104/3 Moo 3 Paklock
+66 76 260 491

The Book Cafe Rawai (Cafe)

Perfect for bookworms, this relaxed cafe has stacks of second-hand tomes. But what keeps people coming back over and over again is the brilliant food, especially at breakfast. The kale with scrambled eggs, washed down with an iced cinnamon latte, is the perfect way to start the day.

83/47 Soi Suanwat Moo 2
Tambon Rawai
Amphur Muang
+66 85 7942 371

Blue Elephant Governor's Mansion Phuket Restaurant & Cooking School (International)

With its location in a mansion, this is one of the grandest places you could go for dinner in Phuket. The service is attentive and the food is superb, especially the seafood – try the spicy crab souffle. You can even book into one of the cookery courses held at the venue if you want to learn to make your favourite dishes at home.

96 Krabi Road
Tambon Talad Neua
+66 76 354 3557

Trisara (Seafood)

Get here early evening so you can take advantage of one of the most impressive sunset spots on the island. Overlooking its private beach from the restaurant, the brunch is one of the best in Phuket offering the tastiest seafood.

60/1 Moo 6
Srisoonthorn Road
+66 76 310 100

Da Maurizio (Italian)

A hidden gem amongst Phuket's more casual cafes, this fine dining restaurant has some of the best views in town. While you tuck in to the excellent modern Italian cuisine, you can hear the waves splashing against the shore just a few feet away. Be sure to time your visit for sunset.

223/2 Prabaramee Road
+66 76 344 079

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