The months from late November to early April are Phuket’s busiest months. Weather ranges from around 23°C to 31°C and these conditions draw crowds of visitors to the islands. April – the hottest time of the year, is also the month of the Songkran water festival and the Thai New Year. For those who want to be a part of the revelry, this is the best time to visit Phuket. However due to exponential demand, finding cheap flights to Phuket during this season is usually a challenge.
Off-peak season in Phuket begins around May, during which temperatures drop and humidity rises. Rainfall also increases during this time, so it’s important for visitors to heed the warning signs on its beaches. In the following months leading up to and including September, the cheapest flight tickets and hotel deals in Phuket are easier to find.
When is the best time to book your flight to Phuket?
The best time to book cheap flights to Phuket is between March and early May. This shoulder season is when smart travellers should take advantage of discounted flight tickets and packages. Also, flights to Phuket between May and September are popular amongst visitors who enjoy experiencing the beauty of the rainy monsoon.
How long is the flight to Phuket?
Flights from Cape Town to Phuket: 23 hrs 30 mins (average 1 stop)
Flights from Johannesburg to Phuket: 18 hrs 15 mins (average 1 stop)
Flights from Durban to Phuket: 20 hrs 20 mins (average 1 stop)
Which airlines operate flights to Phuket?
The major airlines that offer flights to Phuket are Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar. When starting to compare flights to Phuket, it’s useful to bear in mind that these different airlines have varying numbers of stops between flights.
How to get from the airport to the city centre?
Once you’ve secured your cheap flights to Phuket, there are a number of ways to secure transport from the airport to the city centre. For travellers who are confident enough to navigate their own way around the city, a number of car rental services are available and accessible from Phuket International Airport (HKT). Depending on your hotel, pre-arranged transfers are also an option. The Airport Bus is a cost-effective medium of transport to Phuket Town and runs approximately every hour from 08H00. The brightly coloured bus is hard to miss and is situated about 30 metres from arrivals. Limousine services with negotiable rates will also offer effective transport during your trip to Phuket.
Phuket insider information
Snorkelingis synonymous with this region in the Andaman Sea. Underwater activity enthusiasts planning to fly to Phuket don’t need to pack a wetsuit – with water temperatures ranging around 28°C, all that’s needed is good sun protection.
Phuket has its fair share of indoor attractions – one of the most admired ones being thePhuket Trickeye Museum. The museum features a gallery of artwork crafted using the Trompe-l’oeil technique to produce 3D illusions. This interactive experience will add a mind-twisting dimension to your trip to Phuket.
Indulge in the shopping frenzy of thePhuket Weekend Market.Promising more than an offering of the usual souvenirs, visitors can find vintage clothing, electronics, handmade items and delicious local cuisine.
For culturally inclined travellers,Siam Niramit Phuketprovides captivating theatrical performances. Once you’ve secured plane tickets to Phuket, it would be well worth booking a seat to see this showcase of Thai history, art and imagination.
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