Fly direct into holiday mode on the Thai island of Phuket (pronounced ‘Poo-ket’). The huge range of resorts and hotels within convenient distance of the Phuket International Airport means you can be on the beach or tucking into your favourite spicy Thai delights in no time.

Phuket rewards those who explore its stunning coastline. With its sheer, jungle studded cliffs, magnificent white sand beaches and inviting ultramarine waters, it’s no wonder the area has been a location in blockbuster films. Outdoor adventurers will love the choice of activities. Snorkelling, diving, paddling or surfing are available, as well as every kind of motorized watersport. Alternatively, luxurious resort facilities and spa treatments await those who love to be pampered.

Getting to know Phuket

Patong is Phuket’s party central, where you can work on your tan by day and dip into the buzzing bars and clubs after dark. Among the west coast, beaches are popular Karon, quieter Kamala, and upmarket Surin. Kata offers great shopping and some of the best surf during the wet and shoulder seasons.

Chalong Bay is the departure point for boat tours to heavenly Koh Phi Phi and other outlying islands. The dramatic limestone karsts and emerald magnificence of Phang Nga Bay are also a just a boat ride away.

To the north is the relaxed mainland paradise of Khao Lak with its 20km stretch of idyllic beaches. Great for families and lovers of nature, the area offers some of the best snorkelling, and is a gateway to the gorgeous Similan Islands.

Phuket travel facts

November to March is high season, and expect highest hotel rates over Christmas and New Year. Monsoon season from July to October can put a dampener on beach activities and island tours, but it’

s the best time to surf the area

Jetstar flies direct to Phuket from Sydney. Other airlines have flights from all Australian international airports via stops in Asia.

Phuket is 49km from north to south with resort areas scattered along the coasts. Most are within an hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport (HKT). Khao Lak is about 80 minutes drive north of the airport on the mainland.

Your holiday package may include airport transfers. Otherwise, arrange a fixed price taxi or shuttles at the airport. Numerous private shuttle services or drivers are available in addition.

See also: Thailand Traveller Essentials Guide