Travelling To Phuket

By Car From Bangkok to the south, take Thon Buri Pak Tho (highway no. 35) and then take highway no. 4. along the way passing the provinces of Phetchaburl, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong and Phang-nga. Then, cross the Thao Thepkasattri or Sarasin Bridge to Phuket Island. The distance is 886 kilometres.

By Bus The Transport Company Limited provides both air-conditioned coaches and non air-conditioned bus services leaving the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok daily. Enquiries may be directed to the Southern Bus Terminal Tel. 0 2434 3233, 0 2435 1199 and Phuket Bus Terminal Tel. 0 7621 1480.

By Air Thai Airways International operates Bangkok-Phuket flights daily. For flight schedules and reservations, contact TG Bangkok Office Tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000; TG Phuket Office Tel. 0 7621 1195, 0 7621 2499, 0 7621 2946.

By Rail The nearest railway station is Phun Plain in Surat Thani Province, please contact the Travel Service Unit of the State Railways of Thailand for more information on Tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020.

Travelling in Phuket Town Phuket has very convenient local transport. Visitors can take Tuk-Tuks and Songthaews from the wet market near the fountain circle at Ranong Road to different places such as Rawai Beach, Patong Beach, Chalong Bay, Kamala Beach, Surin Beach, Chalong five intersection, Ao Makham, Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Nai Yang Beach and Amphoe Kathu. Fares depend on the distance. There is also a taxi service from the Airport to downtown Phuket and different beaches. For pick-up services from downtown Phuket to the Airport by air-conditioned vans and taxis, contact Royal Tour Enterprise Company, hourly basis. For Taxi service, it requires 1-hour advance reservations.

Phuket Town The provincial centre of Phuket, is home to all legal and government offices including Immigration, and the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) which is found near the clock tower at the intersection of Monsirit, Tilok Uthit and Phuket Rds. The main bus terminal (for off-island destinations) is off Phang Nga Rd and the local bus centre is found in the central market area near the intersection of Ranong and Rasada Rds. The Marine Biological Research Centre and Aquarium are near the Port of Phuket and the pier for the ferries is on the north end of Phuket Bay. Phuket Boat Lagoon lies about 20km north of Phuket Town at Ao Sapam. Phuket International Hospital is north of the intersection of highways 4020 and 402 (near Lotus shopping centre) and Bangkok Phuket Hospital and Clinic are located north off Yaowarat Rd. All other types of medical needs can be met in Phuket Town. There is a wide range of restaurants, accommodations and shopping available here. with prices generally averaging less than on the western beaches.

Travelling To Other Provinces From Phuket, take non air-conditioned buses from the Bus Terminal at Phang-nga Road to Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang-nga, Ranong, Surat Thani, Satun and Hat Yai. For more information, contact Phuket Bus Terminal on Tel. 0 7621 1480, 0 7621 1977. Furthermore, Thai Airways International offers flights from Phuket to nearby provinces such as to Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang and Hat Yai. Bangkok Airways also provides a flight from Phuket to Ko Samui.