Cheap flights to Phuket International Airport (HKT), Thailand
Phuket International Airport is the main gateway to Phuket, the largest island in Thailand. It is also the second busiest airport in Thailand, largely because Phuket is a popular resort destination with millions of annual visitor arrivals.
Phuket International Airport is served by three terminals. Terminal 2 handles international flights, Terminal 3 hosts domestic routes, and Terminal X serves charter flights.
For dining in the airport, head to the second floor. There’s a restaurant called Thai Airways International Restaurant which offers both Thai specialities as well as international cuisine. For purchasing some tax-free luxury products, head to King Power, the only duty-free shop in the airport. The airport also has five foreign exchange counters should you need local currency.
For transport between the airport to downtown Phuket, there are several options. A taxi ride takes 30-50 minutes and costs THB800 (RM104); the Phuket Airport Bus takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and costs THB90 (RM12); and the shared minibuses take an hour and cost THB200 (RM26). A convenient option would be to pre-arrange an airport transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Airlines that fly to Phuket International Airport (HKT)
The major airlines that have direct flights to Phuket International Airport are AirAsia, Firefly, Malaysia Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways, and Malindo Air. Other airlines that also serve flights to Phuket, but with a connecting flight, include Thai Smile, Scoot, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, and Jetstar.
Travelling to Phuket
Best time to visit Phuket
The temperature in the island of Phuket remains rather constant throughout the year, with a high of 31 to 34 degrees Celsius and a low of 22 to 25 degree Celsius. While it’s summer always, Phuket does have two seasons: dry and wet.
June to October are the wettest months in Phuket. Needless to say, it’s best to avoid these months if you really love sunny days. Otherwise, this period is still a good time to visit Phuket as prices are low and crowds are thin. Besides, it’s unusual for the island to experience continuous days of rainfall.
The peak travel season in Phuket is between November to February, when rains are unlikely and the weather is a tad cooler and less humid than usual. Of course, with the holiday crowds, the room rates and price of air tickets to Phuket will be higher during these months.
Things to do in Phuket
Phuket is famous for its stunning coastline and amazing underwater world. There are many spots around Phuket to do scuba diving, such as the Phi Phi Island, Racha Noi, Racha Yai, Shark Point, and Koh Dok Mai. Beyond its coastline, travellers can ascend Nakkerd Hills to see the Phuket Big Buddha, admire the grandeur of Wat Chalong, or try jungle bungy jumping in Kathu district.
Phuket is also known as a culinary utopia. So, do enjoy the tasty dishes at Ang Seafood Restaurant and slurp down the famous hokkien mee at Mee Ton Poe Restaurant. Even better, join a Thai cooking class so you can take home the taste of Phuket.
Phuket travel budget
Phuket uses Thai Baht (THB) as its currency. As of 19 April 2019, THB100 = RM13.
Being a popular tourist destination, the prices in Phuket are high compared to the rest of Thailand. A meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costs around THB550 (RM65). For accommodation, Phuket offers hotels with varied prices. The average price of a hotel in Phuket is THB1,600 (RM208) per night.
Phuket, Thailand visa information for Malaysians
Malaysians do not require a visa to travel to Phuket, as long as their trip does not exceed 30 days.
However, it should be noted that Malaysian passport holders who enter Phuket through neighbouring countries, such as Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar, can enjoy the country visa-free for 15 days only. Also, your passport must be valid at least six months from the date of entry.
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