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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.
Flights to Phuket start as low as NZ$1,406. Once you’ve snagged your flight, it’s time to build that itinerary. If your flight touches down in a bustling city, you’ll want a head start, so you can get from jet-way to getaway as quickly as possible. Flying for business? Squeeze in some sightseeing and a snack at a locally loved restaurant between meetings—you’ll have plenty of cash thanks to our cheap business class flights to Phuket. You know what they say about all work and no play, after all.
Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, Emirates. Pack your favourite magazines or stack your video queue for a mini-marathon of that television show your co-workers have been raving about. And if you get hooked a few episodes in, don’t worry; there’s always the return flight to finish the binge. Ready to book cheap flights to Phuket? Check out our selection of airfares and start putting together a holiday that fits your schedule and price range. We offer sweet deals, so you don’t have to move mountains to see the world. In fact, we’ll help you get to those mountains (or ocean, or forest) today!
Here’s an insider tip: Sunday is typically the cheapest day to fly! Looking at flight booked on Wotif.co.nz in 2019, we found that flights departing on a Sunday generally had the lowest average price. Wotif data also shows Tuesday and Thursday generally have the highest average ticket prices according to our demand data.
Guess what? Boring ol’ Monday really is the best day to score the cheapest plane tickets. Looking at flight demand on Wotif.co.nz in 2019, we found that flights purchased on Mondays had the lowest airfares on average. Saturday, on the other hand, can be the most expensive day of the week to buy your airfare, with generally a higher than average ticket value.
When comparing 2019 flight demand on Wotif.co.nz, August is one of the cheapest months to fly, when ticket prices are generally at their lowest. February is a close second for the cheapest time to fly. And—no surprises here—the December holiday period is often the most expensive time to travel, with higher than average ticket prices, so plan ahead and book early for your holiday travel plans.
Are you a super organised traveller? Even though not all airlines release their fares a year in advance, you can start researching your flights 12 months in advance for many carriers. It’s good to book your international flights to popular destinations early, particularly in peak holiday periods. According to Wotif’s 2019 travel trends, last minute planners can also bag a bargain with some of the cheapest fares appearing 2-4 weeks prior to travel.
Mixing and matching your airlines and fare types is a great way to try and save on airfares. According to Wotif 2019 data, travellers who booked flights on Wotif.co.nz in 2019 saved up to 35% when their return flights had two different airlines or fare types.
*According to flight demand on Wotif.co.nz from January to December 2019. Savings are subject to change and may vary depending on selections made.
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on Wotif.co.nz from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, 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.