Owing to its reputation as a beach paradise, millions of passengers flock to Phuket each year. Therefore, it is no wonder that Phuket International Airport is one of Thailand’s busiest airports. The airport located in the north of Phuket Island and has two terminals, one for international flights and the other for domestic flights. In early 2014, a terminal for chartered flights was opened.
There are various ways you can get from the airport to destinations within the island, including public taxi, limousine, minibus and airport bus. If you are on a budget, the airport bus would suit your needs as it is affordable and makes stops at major beaches as well as the Phuket Town bus station. Otherwise, you could opt for the minibus, which should get you to your destination faster than the airport bus. You can also take a metered public taxi, or the more expensive limousine taxi.
A limited radial bus network serves the island, connecting Phuket Town to the beach towns; if you choose to take the public buses, do note that these buses tend to be converted pick-ups and they do not run late into the night. Metered taxies are a more reliable and comfortable way to travel, but they can be hard to find during peak periods. Additionally, some drivers are reluctant to use the meter. During times like that, we recommend that you flag down a tuk-tuk, brightly coloured minivans that are found all over the island. However, do be firm when negotiating with the tuk-tuk driver to prevent exploitation.
To understand why Phuket is often hailed for its natural beauty and beaches, take a taxi down to Karon, a popular destination with holidaymakers looking for some tranquillity. Karon is home to several beaches, including Karon Beach and Kata Beach, both of which are ideal to get away from the hustle and bustle of other beach towns. The waters at Karon are generally cleaner than Phuket’s major beaches as well. There are also many beachfront restaurants that you can have a memorable meal at. Make some time to head to up Karon view point, where you will be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views of the area’s beaches.
Next, head to Chalong Bay, where there are a dozen of dive shops and boats to bring you to Phuket’s amazing dive sites located off nearby islands. Head to Ko Racha Yai and Ko Racha Noi, twin islands off the south-eastern coast of Phuket island. Famous for their clear turquoise waters and abundance of marine life, these islands are an excellent place to swim, snorkel and dive. The reefs around the area are in healthy condition, so you definitely shouldn’t to miss out on them.
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