Flights

Phuket flights – how to get to the dream island

The beautiful island of Phuket offers holidaymakers everything their heart desires: Endless sandy beaches with coconut trees, blue sea and beautiful weather. The mountainous inland is covered with tropical vegetation. There are quiet places to relax, but also tourist centres with flirty nightlife, as well as numerous shopping and sights0, such as old temple complexes. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, with a length of 50 kilometers and a width of 20 kilometers. It is located to the southwest and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Most tourists arrive by flight to Phuket: Every year around 13 million guests land at Phuket International Airport with a wide variety of airlines from all over the world – making it Thailand’s third largest airport. It lies at the very top of the north of the island. From there, the tourists are spread over the resorts. There are many ways to get to your hotel: Taxis, buses, rental cars. It is best to book your transfer conveniently online from home.

Book Phuket flights from Germany

The offer for Phuket flights is very large, the best way to enter the search is concrete data and destinations. You can only have flights, flights plus hotel or even flights plus hotel plus rental cars or with special tours to choose. The results are then listed ascending by price unless you enter a different wish. Individual flights are available from around 200 euros, return flights combined from around 400 euros, but can also cost over 1000 euros.

By the way, the best time to travel to Phuket is in the dry season from November to March. In the rainy season from April to October, violent showers are expected every day. But they usually only last 30 to 60 minutes, after which it becomes nice again. The average temperature of Phuket is between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius all year round thanks to the tropical climate.

How long does a flight to Phuket take?

A non-stop flight from Frankfurt takes between 11 and 12 hours – depending on which machine you fly with and what the weather is like. However, non-stop flights are rare: They are very rarely offered, mostly from Thai Airways and usually from Frankfurt. Non-stop flight means the machine flies through in one go. Please do not confuse non-stop flight with direct flight: Direct flight simply means that you do not have to change and the flight number does not change – ports of call, for example for refuelling, but are possible. Direct flights are the second fastest flights. They usually last 1 to 4 hours longer than the coveted non-stop flights. Then there are the flights with the stopovers. During the search, for example, you can also specify whether you can tolerate just one stopover or be willing to accept even several. True low-cost flights usually have two or three stops and take a correspondingly long time: So a flight from Germany to Phuket or back can take 30 or 40 hours. That’s why don’t let the price of cheap flights dazzle you, but make sure you pay attention to the flight duration when booking!

Travel package or individually?

As mentioned above, the offer for Phuket flights and holidays is unmanageably large. You can book package deals where flights and hotels are already combined. This is convenient and goes quite fast-perhaps the best solution for families with children or for tourists who simply don’t feel like comparing offers online for hours.

The alternative is to put his own journey together. You can book return flights separately from each other, sometimes even fork flights are possible or round trips. You can book a single hotel, or plan a road trip with many stopovers. In addition, you have the option to use small hotels or inns, for which there are usually no package offers.

The individual booking takes time, of course, but can be worthwhile. It’s best to drive who is flexible in terms of time, like students, for example. Sometimes it’s also worth flying over Bangkok: Phuket is served several times a day from Bangkok. The flight lasts an hour and a half and costs only 48 euros! With this variant, you are very flexible. How about two days of your stay in Bangkok, for example, and then on to Phuket? The state capital is served daily by many airlines, which is often cheap for flights from 200 euros.

Even so, it would be wrong to suggest that individual travel is fundamentally cheaper than package holidays. Sometimes one variant is cheaper, sometimes the other. Only one thing became clear: In the case of package holidays, the flight quotas were exhausted quite quickly, which is why you should book here in time. Maybe you can enjoy an early bird discount. Those who are late and book last minute, on the other hand, often drive better with the individual variant. Nevertheless, you should always compare the current offers and prices.

Phuket flights inland

Of course, Phuket is a very beautiful island where you can stay for a long time. But especially long-term holidaymakers get to the point at some point, where they want to see something like that. And one or the other tourist might think: “If I’ve been here before, I’d like to see even more of Asia – the opportunity doesn’t come back anytime soon.” Of course, it is a good idea to take advantage of the fact that this small island has such a large airport with the best connections. Thailand itself is a very travel-friendly country: The infrastructure is remarkably well developed. There are numerous airports, even in small places and there are many domestic flights offered. But the best thing is: Flying is very cheap in Thailand. There are already said to have been domestic flights for only a staggering 9 euros.

The following airlines can be found for domestic flights departing from Phuket:

  • Air Asia
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Nok Air
  • Orient Thai Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Thai Lion Air
  • Thai Smile Air

The current offers can be found on the internet. Sometimes you can see the price of the flight the day before and the day after you wish. Above all, this makes sense for all those who are flexible in terms of time. There is also the possibility to search specifically for triangle or fork flights.

But beware: Not every flight on offer makes sense: For example, you can fly from Phuket to Krabi. This costs 71 euros in June 2018 today and lasts over five hours with a stopover. Driving a private taxi, on the other hand, would cost significantly less and only takes half the time.

Flights for under £100 from Phuket in 2018:

  • Bangkok from £14
  • Chiang Rai from £35
  • Pattaya from £37
  • Chiang Mai from £68
  • Singapore from £33
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from €35

This list does not claim to be exhaustive. Prices also vary daily, you don’t get around a current price comparison. In general, it can be said that flying in Thailand is considered very safe, the machines are all up to date and comply with international safety guidelines. Bangkok is the linchpin in Thailand. A lot of stopovers end up here. Please note that Bangkok has two airports: Suvarnabhumi International Airport, commissioned in 2006, is the largest in the country, and the older Don Mueang Airport is popular with low-cost carriers. But Air Asia also has its headquarters here: It moved here from a completely congested major airport from a strategic point of view in 2012.

The only downside you have when flying compared to bus and train journeys is that you hardly notice anything about the land. If you want to experience Thailand up close, you’re in better hands on the roads and rails.

Travelling by car on your own

Anyone searching the internet for flights is constantly confronted with the question of whether they also want to book a rental car to do so. First of all, there is no objection to this. There are two car rental stations right at the airport in Phuket. Exploring the island on your own is not only fun, but also independent of timetables and waiting times. You can also move beyond the mainstream and explore places that no coach arrives. Especially since you can leave the island via a bridge and explore the wider area. But before you book a rental car, there is the following to consider: If you want to take a rental car in Thailand, you will need a Thai driver’s license officially. Unofficially, car rental companies usually range-even large chains – the German document. There is left traffic all over Thailand-you have to trust that as a driver. On top of that, the Asian driving style on Europeans seems very chaotic and unpredictable. Accident statistics are correspondingly high. Moped drivers are involved in 70 per cent of all accidents, the risk of injury being very high – despite helmet duty. For driver’s license newcomers, self-driving is more discouraged.

Interesting travel and safety regulations

For entry, German citizens need a passport that is valid for at least six months after entry. A provisional passport is also accepted, an identity card is not. This also applies to children: They need a child travel pass. You can stay in Thailand as a tourist without a visa without any problems, possibly the time limit can also be extended for another 30 days.

Special vaccinations are not required, but it is recommended that the standard vaccinations be carried out in accordance with the current vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute. It is particularly important to protect oneself against mosquito bites on site, for example through appropriate clothing and chemical agents, because many serious diseases such as malaria, chikungunya and dengue fever are transmitted. Imp protection is not possible.

The Thai royal has special respect. Critical or even derogatory remarks can be punished as a majesty insult with jail terms of up to 15 years.

Nude bathing and “topless” as well as sexual acts are banned in public and can be punished.

Smoking has been banned on many beaches since November 2017, including Phuket. In the event of violations, a custodial sentence and/can be imposed or a fine may be imposed.

Souvenirs are a nice holiday memory, but again, not everything is allowed: For the export of antiques such as Buddha figures, you need a permit. Beware when purchasing leather products (elephant, crocodile, snake) or ivory: Their export is subject to the Washington Convention on the Protection of Species. This also applies to orchids of all kinds, which must not be taken from nature. You are only allowed to carry offspring with a certificate – only exception: Orchid seedlings in sealed bottles.

If you have any problems or questions of any kind, it is best to contact the German Embassy in Bangkok at: https://bangkok.diplo.de/th-de