Located 867 kilometres south of Bangkok, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, shaped like an irregular pearl and measuring approximately 21 kilometres long. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, it has a coastline fringed with white sandy beaches and quiet coves, bathed by the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea and set against a backdrop of green hills, coconut groves and rubber plantations.
Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and has a rich and colourful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ships’ logs. The Portuguese, Dutch, English and French came to trade during that time.
Phuket’s most famous monument is the memorial statue of the heroines Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Sisunthon, who rallied the islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese invaders.
Blessed by nature and the smiling hospitality of its people, and supported by superb tourism facilities, Phuket is today one of the world’s premier tropical resorts. Palm-fringed beaches, an island-studded sea, superb accommodation, delicious seafood, numerous sporting and leisure opportunities and, of course, year-round sunshine, to conclude the perfect recipe for a truly memorable holiday.
Phuket has two main seasons: rainy from May through to October and hot from November to April. However, there are sunny days throughout the wet season, showers customarily lasting little more than 2-3 hours. The best months to visit are November to February. Average temperatures range between 22 and 34 degrees Celsius.
How To Get There
• Thai Airways International
The airline operates several daily flights Bangkok-Phuket, with a flight time of 1 hour.
Bangkok office Tel. (66) 2280 0060, (66) 2628 2000, Hotline 1566
Phuket office Tel. (66) 7625 8240
• Bangkok Airways
Flights from Bangkok, some via Ko Samui, are operated by Bangkok Airways.
Bangkok office Tel. (66) 2265 5555, Hotline 1771
Phuket office Tel. (66) 7622 5033 to 5
• Air Asia
Call Center (66) 2515 9999
• Nok Air
Call Center 1318
More Flight Schedule and Online Booking,
please goto Domestic Airlines page.
Phuket is also served by international flights from Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia.
Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned coaches leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal daily.
Please contact Tel. (66) 2435 1199 for more information.
It is 862 km. by road from Bangkok to Phuket, the drive taking about 12 hours.
There is no direct rail link to Phuket. The nearest railway station is Phun Phin in Surat Thani from where bus services connect with the island.
For further information, please contact the Travel Service Unit of the State Railways of Thailand. Tel. (66) 2220 4334, Hotline 1690
and Intercity Transportation in Thailand Page
for more information.