Phuket International Airport is the main gateway to the beautiful and famed tropical paradise of Phuket, a little island in Thailand. The important role it fulfils in the tourism industry means that Phuket International Airport, despite being rather small, is one of the busiest airports of the country (after Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports), handling more than 10 million travellers a year. It is located about 30 kilometres south of Phuket Town, the capital city of the island province.
Due to its fast-rising global popularity, Phuket International Airport is undergoing major expansion works to raise its maximum handling capacity. Its extensive renovations are projected to be completed sometime in mid-2016 (as of July 2015).
You can’t say you’ve been to Thailand till you’ve set foot in Bangkok, the country’s exciting capital that is just bursting with life. With its colourful streets, eye-popping megamalls, hopping nightlife and noisy roads, the entire city is really a treat for the senses. Head over to a massage parlour for an authentic Thai massage at unbelievable prices, have some spicy ‘tom yum’ soup and visit the iconic Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of Bangkok’s most famous attractions. Considered one of the world’s largest weekend markets, Chatuchak houses more than 15,000 booths that hawk authentic wares derived from all over Thailand, so if you are looking for a unique souvenir or one-of-a-kind trinket this is definitely the place to go.
For a short weekend getaway, a short-haul flight from Phuket International Airport will get you to Siem Reap, Cambodia’s tourism hub. The province is home to many of the country’s greatest attractions, including the world-famous Angkor temples and the spectacular, massive Tonle Sap Lake (the largest freshwater reserve in Southeast Asia). No trip to Cambodia is complete without a visit to the Angkorian ruins, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Be sure to see the world-famous Angkor Wat, a beautifully-preserved religious monument built in the 12th century and the largest of its kind in the world.
Looking for a long, rejuvenating holiday? Grab a long-haul flight to the fashion capital of the world, Milan, a magnet for artists of all sorts of disciplines. The city’s prominence and long-standing wealth has resulted in its acquirement of a treasure trove of art – this is an urban area that is chock-full of amazing architecture, sculptures, paintings and statues in monuments, churches and museums. Travelling with a history buff? Don’t miss a visit to one of the most famous paintings in the world - Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, housed in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie.
One of the greatest paintings of the Renaissance, The Last Supper captures the pivotal moment in history where Jesus reveals that one of his disciples will betray him. Painted with incredible detail and life-likeness, you’d want to take some time to drink in the rich colors and incredible emotion of the painting. And if you’ve read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, you may want to look even more closely for some of the little nuances that may hint at a different meaning altogether (though this remains a much-disputed point). Whatever way you choose to look at it, though, there’s no denying the historical magnitude of the painting or the artistic brilliance it represents.
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