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Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations, and with plenty of flights to Phuket available, it’s now within easy reach of travellers looking for something more exotic.
It’s the place you’re most likely to see when gazing at picture-perfect images of the country in a holiday brochure. Expansive beaches of soft, white sand are complimented by crystal-clear turquoise waters, while elsewhere on the island there are impressive waterfalls and lush jungles to explore. Book a flight to Phuket with Qatar Airways to discover what is frequently described as a tropical island paradise.
The island’s capital, Phuket Town, is the place to go to for delving deeper into the culture and history of the province. There you’ll find 19th century mansions, Chinese and Thai temples, and the informative Phuket Culture Museum. If you want to take a panoramic picture that captures your trip to Phuket, climb to the top of Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town.
Many of Phuket’s main attractions lie outside the town though. Trekking through the island’s jungles is particularly popular, as is lounging around on its many beaches. Patong, Kata and Karon Beaches are most people’s first stops on a trip to Phuket, but there are many quieter stretches of sand to discover.
Where there are beaches, there are inevitably beach and watersports activities to indulge in. Scuba diving or snorkelling in the warm, clear waters around the island are must-do’s for any trip to Phuket. There is also a thriving free-diving scene (diving without breathing apparatus), but this should only be attempted by those who are strong swimmers and confident in the water, and even then with caution. Other watersports include jet-skiing, yachting, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
For a more relaxing experience during your trip to Phuket, book yourself in for a treatment at one of the island’s many spas.
In Phuket, you can sample all aspects of Thailand’s legendary cuisine. As with other parts of the country, street food is an affordable and tasty treat that can be indulged in at virtually any time of day. In the island’s air-conditioned restaurants, you’ll find everything from Thai classics to spicy local south cuisine including noodle soup, Pad Thai, and rich green, yellow and red Thai curries flavoured with coconut milk.
Seafood is in particular abundance due to Phuket’s island nature, and there are local specialities such as Nam Phrik Kung Siap, which consists of smoked shrimp, chillies and vegetables.
Whether you’re looking for busy local markets or modernized mall shopping, you’ll find it when you travel to Phuket. Tourist items can be purchased around many of the major beach areas, while more extensive shopping can be done at the large malls of Phuket Town and Patong.
Qatar Airways flights to Phuket land at Phuket International Airport, while there are also regular flights coming from and going to the Thai capital of Bangkok.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Phuket please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type A / C
International dialing code: +66