About 45 minutes’ drive from the centre of town is Phuket International Airport, the second busiest airport in Thailand. At this stage there are no direct flights between South Africa and Phuket, and travellers will have to make a choice as to which alternative city they wish to connect in, depending on the airport carrier they select.
All flights to Phuket from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport go via Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, using the Thai Airways carrier. Should you wish to use Cathay Pacific as your airline carrier you will fly via Hong Kong, and for Emirates flights you will go via Dubai.
Nestled in the Andaman sea waters on Thailand’s Indian Ocean, south of Bangkok, the country has revelled in a colourful history. Despite the west coast of Phuket being hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami a decade ago, the island has catapulted its way to becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and Asia’s most popular beach destination. The palm-lined beaches, tropical forests and surrounding islands add the sparkle.
With so much to do in this beautiful city, we’ve streamlined your options to make it just a little easier for the discerning traveller.
Thai Boxing in Phuket – The martial art of Muay Thai has grown to become one of the most popular spectator sports in Thailand. Now you can experience the lethal kicks and uncompromising punches live amidst crowds of cheering onlookers and fans. Nightly displays of Thai Boxing take place in the Patong Beach area in specially built stadiums on Soi Sai Namyen.
Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples – There are 29 Buddhist temples spread across the island of Phuket, open from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon. This is where locals come to pray and travellers come to learn about Buddhism. The most important of these Buddhist statues is in Wat Chalong named Poh Than Jao Wat. It’s imperative to note that these temples are sacred grounds for the locals, and all visitors are required to act accordingly; in a respectful manner.
Bangla Road Nightlife – What’s a holiday destination without a place to party, and when the sun sets in Soi Bangla the night comes to life. With the demarcated party area closed to traffic, the pubs, restaurants, clubs and shops surrounding welcome locals and visitors alike, as they lure them to join in their street party. Soi Sea Dragon, a 100m long lane with 46 bars, is the place to be; if that’s your kind of thing, of course.
Phang Nga Bay – Picturesque in every sense, James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are two of the more popular spots in this bay. Take a boat-cruise and spend your day cruising through the mineral islands, and laze around on the quiet beaches. If not for the tan, breathe in the natural beauty that lies between the white sands and endless oceans.
Simon Cabaret Show – One of South East Asia’s most entertaining attractions, the biggest transvestite cabaret show fuses a range of musical theatre from cultures around the world. Dramatic make-up, over-the-top costumes and extravagant sets will take you on a journey from Egypt to Latin America and back to Thailand.