But if it's the fun and excitement of the old Patong you seek, head to the year-round popular nightspot, Bangla Road, which comes to life when the sun sets. Enter with an open mind and prepare for a few weird and wonderful sights.

For some of Thailand's best entertainment, visit Phuket Simon Cabaret – an impressive display of colorful costumes, song, dance and musical theatre. This visual spectacle takes you on an entertaining journey from Egypt to Latin America to China and finally Thailand.

Don't miss Thailand's most spectacular show, Siam Niramit, which was awarded a 2011 Prime Minister's Creative Arts Award. A stunning celebration of Thai culture, this superb production, featuring world-class performers, is a must-see.

Phuket's restaurants provide an array of sumptuous dishes. Try the restaurants located around Nai Harn and Rawai or those located south of Kata Beach, which offer the best ambience, entertainment and cuisine. If you're feeling brave, you might like to try a favourite local snack – fried insects.

Phuket Airport (HKT)

Flights from Australia to Phuket will disembark at Phuket International Airport.

As the second busiest airport in Thailand, Phuket International Airport welcomes over 3 million passengers per year. Serviced by 10 local and international airlines with world-wide reach, this busy island gateway houses both the international and domestic terminals. Phuket Town and Patong Beach area are approximately 32km from the airport.

Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Phuket International Airport. Book your Phuket Airport accommodation.

Getting to Phuket

There are several airlines that offer flights to Phuket from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney take around nine hours and 30 minutes. There are also flights from Sydney that include a stopover in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. Flights from Melbourne via Sydney, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur to Phuket take between 12 and 18 hours depending on the stopover. Direct flights from Perth take six hours and 30 minutes. Flights from Brisbane via Sydney, Bangkok or Singapore take around 13 hours depending on the stopover.

Airlines that fly to Phuket

Airlines that offer cheap flights to Phuket from Australia include:

For more on Phuket holidays check out our Phuket travel guide or view our range of Phuket holiday packages that include flights, accommodation and often other extras like tours, transfers, breakfast or car hire.

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