Phuket is an exhilarating, vibrant and cultural island, located just off of the south west coast of Thailand. This is the country's largest city and is often marketed as the "pearl of Andaman." The location is ideal for young and trendy travellers, who enjoy the club scene, while appreciating relaxing spas and top of the range restaurants and dining. The beaches are idyllic, with long stretches of white sandy beaches and beautiful clear waters, for those who love deep sea diving and other water sports. If you are planning a flight to this destination you should check online for the best cheap flight deals from Gatwick, Manchester and a whole host of UK airports. A cheap flight can take anywhere from 15 to 20 hours from London, depending on the amount of stopovers made. A direct flight to this destination has a significantly shorter journey time, although a stopover flight will save you a considerable amount of money. A cheap flight to this destination will most likely make 1 or more stops in major international cities like Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore and many of these flights leave from Heathrow and London City airports.
You have a choice of ground transportation services to take you to and from Phuket International Airport. Metered taxis are easy to find, located outside of the main terminal, at the airport's exit, towards the far right of the building. It takes around 30 minutes from the airport to the island and costs around £8. Patong Beach is 40 minutes from the airport and it costs approximately £11 to get there. If you're travelling with a party of 2 or more passengers and have lots of luggage, a limousine or a minibus may be the best option. A varied selection of limousine and minibus companies operate at the airport and service desks can be found outside of the building, at the arrivals level, where fixed price lists are available. Adventurous travellers can opt for public transportation and catch the airport bus. Phuket is a wonderful place to visit and there are numerous things for you to do while here. Old Phuket Town is a must and the place to come to for trendy shops, outstanding restaurants as well as Chinese and Portuguese style colonial architecture. There are also many Buddhist and Chinese temples and shrines in Old Phuket Town and the Sino-colonial mansions are impressive and quite grand. Phi Phi island is well known among the jet-setters and a real hotspot. This location is laid back and easy-going, with stunning cliffs and a lush green jungle surrounding stunning blue waters and sandy beaches. Phuket Fantasea is a fabulous and spectacular show, featuring animals, trapeze artists and amazing performing elephants. The show is amazing and extravagant, with a pulsating carnival atmosphere.