Phuket International Airport serves the gorgeous little island of Phuket, a popular holiday destination in Thailand. Known for its stunning beaches and crystal clear seas the island attracts visitors from around the world in droves, making Phuket International Airport one of the busiest air transport hubs of Thailand. The air facility handles over 10 million travellers a year, and is located about 30 kilometres from Phuket Town, the island’s main urban area.
Phuket International Airport is the only air facility in Phuket, and consists of 2 passenger terminals - Terminal 1 is used mainly for international flights, whilst Terminal 2 handles domestic ones. The airport is served by a wide variety of major airlines from around the world, including Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, Korean Air, Etihad Airways, Air China and China Southern Airlines, amongst others. As such, a wide range of international connections to major cities within the Asia Pacific region as well as Europe are offered at Phuket Airport.
Where to go
Thailand is so much more than just pretty beaches and tom yum, so take some time out to explore the rest of this amazing country if you’ve got the chance. Chiang Mai, for one, is just 2 hours away from Phuket and offers a whole new Thai experience - the ‘Rose of the North’ is an intriguing fusion of old and new, with ancient temples and shrines sprinkled amidst malls and convenience stores. There’s even a historic Old City, enclosed with a moat and centuries-old fortified walls, for you to explore.
Can’t get enough of ancient architecture? Head to another one of Southeast Asia’s gems - Siem Reap, home to the world-famous Angkorian ruins. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siem Reap’s historic monuments are one of the most valued archaeological areas in the world and were constructed more than five hundred years ago.
Feel like travelling further out? You can also hop on a direct long-haul flight to Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city, from Phuket Airport. Go on a scenic coastal drive along the Great Ocean Road, enjoy some Melbourne-style coffee, visit the historic Queen Victoria Market for some fresh food and finish off with a hot air balloon ride over the city at dusk.
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