Phuket is a province along the west coast of Thailand famed for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife and heritage sites which make it an exciting place to visit for people of all ages. There are many things to do in Phuket for active travelers such as deep sea fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving in the clear blue waters or island-hopping off the coast at places such as Phi Phi Island. Travelers interested in exploring the culture and heritage of Phuket won’t be disappointed as there are many ancient ruins, temples and monuments across the province such as the Two Heroines Monument in Amphoe Thalang or the Wat Chalong Buddhist temple. Along with its many outdoor opportunities, the Phuket nightlife is famously colorful and rated as amongst the finest that Thailand has to offer.
When to Visit Phuket
The Phuket weather remains hot throughout the year so you don’t have to worry about it getting a bit chilly. Many choose to visit Phuket between December and March when there is least rainfall as the province has a long rainy season beginning in April and only letting up in November. As the dry season in Phuket is relatively short, it can be a busier period for visitors and this may be reflected in flights and hotel availability. However, cheap flights to Phuket can be found all year round if you manage to book in time.
Flights to Phuket
The primary airport serving Phuket is Phuket International Airport, Thailand’s second busiest and a popular gateway for visitors looking to experience the country’s beautiful coastline. There are direct flights to Phuket from the UAE - Emirates fly to Phuket from Dubai International Airport, while those coming from Abu Dhabi International Airport can journey with Etihad Airways. Getting from the airport around Phuket is fairly straightforward as shuttle buses and taxis are easily found, while many hotels in the region will operate shuttle services of their own. Renting a car on Phuket is also a popular option.
* This information is correct as of March 2019
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Nationals from many countries around the world are permitted to enter Thailand without a visa including those from the UAE. Nationals from the UAE are allowed a stay of up to 30 days visa-free which can be extended for an additional 30 days at an immigration office so long as you bring proof of onward travel and a hotel booking confirmation. The currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht so remember to change up your money before traveling.
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