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Phuket: The Perfect Holiday in Thailand for Australians

We all know the Aussies love to holiday in Bali but, my Australian friends, next time you’re planning a South East Asian getaway head a bit further into Thailand and you’ll be greatly rewarded.

Phuket is Thailand’s biggest island and is a major drawcard for tourists. Phuket makes for a great short break in Thailand. You can fly in, swim, sun yourself, gorge on delicious Thai food, do a spot of shopping, then fly out. If you’re on an extended trip through Thailand, Phuket makes a great hopping off point for exploring the rest of the islands in the Andaman Sea.

Flights to Phuket

There are Melbourne to Phuket flights for as little as A$600 on full service airlines like Malaysian Airlines, Emirates and Thai Airways. If you pick them up on promotion they could be even cheaper. Flight time to Phuket from Melbourne is about 12 hours as you’ll need to fly via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.

Phuket Activites

If you’re not content spending eight hours a day sunning yourself on the sand or wallowing in the bath-tub warm waters, there are plenty of off-beach activities in Phuket to keep you entertained. Spend an evening at the FantaSea – a Thai cultural show with performing elephants, shadow puppets and dancers. Take in a few rounds of Muay Thai – this dangerous contact martial art and super-fit fighters are bound to impress. Pay a visit to Wat Chalong for a dose of Buddhist culture. Delve in the culinary arts and learn to prepare delicious Thai cuisine at one of Phuket’s cooking schools. The options are endless!

Phuket has lots of modern, big city amenities. There’s an international hospital with English speaking doctors – something that parents with young children or older travellers will be grateful for. Supermarkets with western goods and supplies for babies are easy to find.
Roads are good and you can hire a car to zip around the island to check out the quieter beaches.

Andaman Island Hopping

Everyone has seen the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Chances are the images conjured up in the this film are what drew you to a holiday in Thailand initially. Koh Phi Phi, where the film was shot, lies just off the coast of Phuket. You can easily travel here for the day on a speedboat tour and spend a few hours playing on the perfect white sand beach. This is a very popular excursion so just don’t imagine you’ll have the place to yourself or you will be disappointed. Day excursions from Phuket will also take you to James Bond Island where the 007 film “The Man With the Golden Gun” was set.

If you’ve got more time in Thailand, start your Andaman Island Hopping journey in Phuket. Work your way down the coast via the Tigerline Ferry service stopping off at Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe and lots of secluded little islands in between. You can even go as far as Langkawi in Malaysia. If you want pristine, quiet beaches this is the place to head.


Feature image: Kata Beach, Phuket by Flickr User Edwin. Sourced and used under Creative Commons.


One Response to “Phuket: The Perfect Holiday in Thailand for Australians”
  1. It’s convenient to be able to fly into Phuket rather than Bangok but I’d definitely be more excited about Andaman island hopping rather than Phuket itself.

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