If you're in the market for pearls then consider purchasing a strand while on holiday in Phuket. This is Thailand's primary pearl cultivation region with some examples measuring more than one centimetre in diameter. To gain a greater insight into the industry take a tour of one of the local pearl farms, where you'll be shown a demonstration of how pearls are cultured, harvested and prepared for sale.
The orchid is a symbol of Thailand, so it's worth taking a trip to a orchid nursery to experience the incredible variety of orchids available. Established in 1975, the Phuket Orchid Farm is one of the Island's largest with around 1500 hybrid and original species on display.
While in South-East Asia, consider taking a ride on an elephant. These magnificent creatures provide a surprisingly comfortable journey through beautiful tropical Thai terrain.
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.