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Don’t pronounce it “foo”: The “h” in “Phuket” is as silent as this Thai island’s most secluded beaches, but the nightlife (and day life) are anything but quiet. Phuket holiday packages can take you from the watersports and culture of Phuket Town to the beach-and-party scene of Patong (yes, they are one and the same). Bookmark that novel and continue on the beach—you’ll be touching down before you know it.
Flights to Phuket International Airport (HKT) land on the north side of the island, while the popular hangouts of Patong and Phuket Town are in the south. No worries though. Most hotels in Phuket will arrange a shuttle for you, and even long taxi rides are relatively cheap. In town, you can rely on songthaews and tuk-tuks (converted trucks) for transport—and for a thrill.
During daylight, head to Nai Yang Beach, just 3km south of the airport. This mostly-locals beach is quiet, so take a nap before you hit the party scene. In the afternoon, relax at the spa with a traditional Thai massage. But wait—did someone say “party scene”? You can go from the airport straight to the club when you’re on Phuket flights landing at night.
If the way to your heart is through your stomach, you’re already living like a local. The street food scene here is 24/7, cheap and delicious. Oh, and…crunchy. Nhon mhai, takatan and jing reed are all fancy words for, well, bugs. For something a little less on the wild side, go for Phuket-style dim sum (siew boi), which involves a lot more fried foods and chilli sauce than the traditional version—yum!
Ready for a holiday in the “Land of Smiles”? Book one of Wotif’s cheap flights to Phuket, pack up your sunnies and you’ll be on the right track to a grin of your own.
Cancellation policies vary across airlines, but many still travel to highly impacted areas. Dates may change frequently across Phuket as the situation unfolds, so it’s important for travellers to check in with their airline if they have an upcoming flight. Please visit the customer service portal to learn more about your flight policy surrounding COVID-19.
Get cheap flights to Phuket from as low as NZ$500 one way or NZ$1,161 roundtrip right here with Wotif. Need somewhere to stay once you get there? Relax with our price promise. Find a lower price on a hotel or package online up to 24-hours prior to check in and we'll refund the difference.
Airlines serving to Phuket are Qantas Airways, LATAM Airlines Group, Cathay Pacific. You can choose your preferred airline and also departure/arrival times that match your needs.
Here’s an insider tip: Sunday is typically the cheapest day to fly! Looking at flight demand on Wotif in 2019, we found that flights departing on a Sunday generally had the lowest average price, closely followed by flights on a Monday. You might want to think twice about flying on a Saturday too; generally, our data showed that it had the highest average ticket price.
Guess what? Boring old Wednesday really is the best day to score the cheapest plane tickets. Looking at flight demand on Wotif in 2019, we found that flights purchased on a Wednesday had the lowest airfares on average. Booking your plane ticket on a Sunday also seems to score pretty good deals. However, airfares purchased on a Saturday generally have a higher than average ticket value, so you might want to prepare your budget if you’re booking on a weekend.
When comparing airfares booked through Wotif in 2019, our data shows October is one of the cheapest months to fly. On the other hand, the December holiday period can be one of the most expensive times to travel, with the highest average ticket price, so it’s best to get in early during peak periods.
Trying to figure out how early you should book your flight? It’s possible to start comparing international airfares on Wotif up to 12 months in advance. However, it does depend on the carrier as not all airlines release their prices that far out. According to Wotif’s 2019 flight demand trends, last minute planners can still bag a bargain with some of the cheapest airfares appearing 1-3 weeks prior to travel.
Looking for clever ways to save on your next trip? Try mixing and matching airlines and fare types. Our data tells us, travellers who booked flights on Wotif in 2019 saved close to 55% off their airfare, when their return flights consisted of two different airlines or fare types.
*According to flight demand on Wotif.com from January to December 2019. Savings are subject to change and may vary depending on selections made.
Qantas Airways, LATAM Airlines Group, Cathay Pacific
the staff were absolutely lovely, very nice and welcoming every day! we stayed in the sea view villa and it was stunning, well worth the money! I would stay there again in a heartbeat next time we travel to the area.
Facilities: Basic, Everyday, Modest; Value: Affordable, Inexpensive, Low-priced; Service: Sufficient, Helpful, Polite; Cleanliness: Spick and span, Pleasant, Delightful; Great small hut for transit nights
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on Wotif.co.nz from , as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.