Phuket is certainly on the international jet set map and has become one of Asia’s most visited destinations. Its international airport receives flights from many Asian cities and selected European airports. The island is also connected to the mainland by a causeway and is easily reachable by bus or car, taking about 10 hours from Bangkok, and a rail link passes nearby. Ferries also connect to Krabi and Phi Phi several times a day.
Planning your own journeys can be tricky, as timings are never absolute in Thailand especially during the peak season. It’s a must to check up-to-date information as well as booking in advance. 12Go Asia is providing e-tickets for trains, buses, ferries and flights with the quality, safe, secure and efficient transportation services.
Getting to Phuket
The most convenient gateway to Phuket is the International Airport, located at the Northern end of the island. It receives more than six million passengers a year and flights arrive from Bangkok (20+ a day, duration 1 hour), Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Samui, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur Bali, Perth, London, Berlin and other European cities on charter. The airport is a 40 minute drive from Phuket Town, Patong or Kata, and a hotel transfer is the best means of avoiding a taxi rip off.
Getting to Phuket by car, you can easily drive from Krabi (two hours away), or Bangkok (nine hours). A good highway system links most major centres in the South although you should be alert when driving as the local driving habits are sometimes reckless.
Buses also ply the route and leave every hour from Mo Chit Bus terminal in Bangkok as well as less frequently from Khao San Road. Hotels, guesthouses and travel agents in Bangkok, as well as Krabi, Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, Khao Lak and other popular centres can all arrange a passage for you, including pick ups, feeries and transfers. The journey from Bangkok can be 10 to 12 hours and overnight buses are the most popular choices.
Getting to Phuket by train, is a little trickier, you need to get off at Phun Phin station near Surat Thani, where minibuses await for the hour long transfer to Phuket, usually as part of an all inclusive ticket. The overnight sleeper is the most comfortable, however trains in Thailand are slow and a bit neglected.
Ferry is another means of getting to Phuket from Krabi, Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and the Yao islands. These mostly arrive at the ferry terminal at Koh Siree, east of Phuket Town, where you will be met by plenty of eager taxi drivers. The ferry arrival point from the Yao islands is on the north eastern side of Phuket, a 30 minute drive away. Ferries to and from Krabi and Phi Phi twice a day, going on to Koh Lanta.
Metered taxis are plentiful, but good luck getting local drivers to put the meter on. Invariably they overcharge you, relative to the rest of Thailand, being part of a well organised taxi mafia. Little minivans act as commuter transport running set routes between beaches for a much more reasonable fee, though they are less convenient or comfortable. Renting your own scooters to get around is recommended option, or you can secure a vehicle in advance by booking car hire online.