Airport and Flights, Phuket
We took Tigerairways which departs from the Budget Terminal in the early mornings. Ticket was priced at S$150 each for a return trip with taxes included.
We don’t mind taking the budget airlines especially when the flight is less than 2 hours.
We were glad that we no longer need to pay the THB500 airport departure tax as it is now inclusive in the air fares.
If you need visa on arrival, join the queue and pay THB1,000 for the visa.
The cheapest way to travel from Phuket Airport to Patong Beach is by local van/bus. When you exit the Phuket airport at the main entrance, take a left turn and look for this sign. As you approach this sign, you will be approached by locals offering you a ride to Patong beach or other destinations in phuket for a flat rate of 150BHT. Taxis will charge you a rate of 1200 to 1500 BHT to the same destination. I think you can work out the math from here.
We left at 11.45am, to arrive at the airport at the required time before our 1.55pm flight, so with the packing and travelling we did not eat lunch. The food in the Phuket Business Lounge consists only of awful sandwiches and pastries, so we did not eat anything there, thinking we would be offered food on the plane. All we were offered was the dry mango pastry shown. The flight was short, but we could have been offered something decent to eat. Neither Steve or I ate it.
We sat in the lounge at BKK and tried to find something to eat as we were very hungry, but the food again was pastry or awful sandwiches. I can't eat much pastry as it upsets my stomach, apart from being unhealthy. We made do with carrot & celery. Another couple came to sit with us as there were no seats left. They were from Switzerland and were also very unhappy about TA.
The BKK-Perth flight was far better. We decided to watch the featured movie, but it wasn't on. We then decided to watch Miss Congeniality 2, but reception was so bad we couldn't view it. The Flight Mgr had been told about our problems by one of the staff. He asked why we weren't watching anything and we showed him the problem. He fixed and restarted the movie so we could watch it.
We got into the Perth terminal at around 7am, very tired and eager to get home after flying all night. We waited for 40mins for our "Priority" luggage. Only one case arrived and was not tagged with priority tags. We then had to go through the process of reporting lost luggage. We were at the airport for 1hr. We were extremely unhappy as toiletries, phone chargers etc were in that case. We eventually got it back the following day.
After being totally ignored on my first letter of complaint, I again took it up with TA in Perth, as they'd also refused to hand over my points to the Star Alliance, as we'd thought, so we lost 11,000 miles each. I did get a very patronising response, but of course, no kind of reparations.
We will never fly Thai Airways again.
We were very surprised by the extreme difference in standards between Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways. We were flying Business Class and our experience began regularly enough, we got onto the plane and were seated, but unlike Singapore Airlines, no pre-flight drinks were offered. The staff seemed unreceptive with few smiles. When the stewardess offered us reading material, she offered it to my partner and not to me. She did this with water and he had to ask her on her way back for a drink for me (a couple of times). When our meals had been served (mine came with a tea cup with a chip about 3cm round on the lip), the trays were not removed for at least 30 minutes after we had finished our meals. I needed to move in my seat as my hip was hurting, but was unable to. My partner was sitting in the aisle seat and reached across to the centre seats (unoccupied) to place our trays there. Meanwhile I could see a stewardess sitting down reading behind the curtain on the other side of the plane. Another surprise was the poor standard of food offered, especially when it was served in tin foil containers.
No drinks were offered on the trip other than the tea/coffee after your meal. We felt like having a champagne, so we requested one each. When we had finished our glasses, we waited for about 10 minutes, but still no one came to ask us if we (or anyone else) would like another. We pressed the assistance button and waited for 5-6 minutes. I could see the steward in front of the curtain with his legs crossed and reading the paper. I undid my seatbelt, picked up the glasses and took them to him, asking for a refill. He did not apologise or seem to care that I'd had to get up.
At around AUD$6,000 for 2 for a flight from Perth to Phuket, you'd think the standards would be quite high, so it's disappointing to know we could have saved several thousand dollars and flown Economy on Singapore Airlines for at least the same standard of food and better service, just closer chairs.
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Thai Airways has a daily flight to and from Phuket. They have very nice aircraft considerign it is only a domestic flight. Their inflight snack is really yummy esp the Blueberry Muffin :-)
Enjoy Phuket and fly as smooth as silk with Thai Airways
My favourite airline for now..... :p
Budget Airline from Singapore that makes travelling affordable!
I paid $150 per pax including of all taxes... Now, where can I get that price for other airlines??
And mine you, that's not the cheapest ticket u can get to Phuket! You just got to wait for the right promotion at the right time....
Note: The leg space is abit too narrow but it's just a couple of hours journey so it shldn't bother you much...
If time is tight or money not a concern....fly in and our of phuket.....bangkok aiar has tons of daily flights to phuket from BKK and other places. They also have flights from Phuket to Samui (which is what we are doing here). Book enough in advance and a one way ticket is around $2000B. Flight time to and from is approx 1 hr....they do tend to run a little late at times.
Bus is great, train is better....plane is best.....mix it up and try them all.
There are now 5 airlines operating flights from Bangkok to Phuket. Thai Airways and bangkok Airways are full service airlines with flights from Bangkok to Phuket.
The budget airlines with flights from Bangkok to Phuket are Thai Air Asia, Nok Air and One-2-Go airlines. These Thailand domestic flights are good value whether flying with a full service airlines or a budget airline. The budget airlines flying to Phuket from bangkok offer cheap fares, the earlier you book in general the cheaper the air fare.
These 2 budget carriers operate flights between Singapore and Phuket: Jetstar Asia and Tiger Airways. Both airlines periodically offer great deals and promotions. I purchased my Singapore-Phuket tickets at SGD $9 per way (that's a total of SGD $36 for 2 persons, return flight tickets...about USD$20 or less!!!).
Being budget airlines, they don't serve meals on board. If you really want a drink and some snacks, you can purchase them from the flight attendants. Note that outside food is strictly not permitted on board!
Jetstar Asia have allocated seats, but not Tiger Airways.
You can book your tickets online. Very secure and convenient.
Air Asia flies to Phuket daily (sometimes twice daily) from Kuala Lumpur and from Bangkok. The fares are amazingly low, but are however seasonal and subjected to surcharges. If you have to catch a connecting flight. Do not rely on this airline as delays are not uncommon. But hey its cheap! adjust your expectations accordingly. Transfers between Patong Beach and the airport are approx THB500 and the journey is about 40mins. Arranging one from the front desk of your hotel may costs more.
One of the cheapest way to go to the city/beach from Phuket Airport is by minivan. You can buy a ticket at the exit gate of the airport. Just pay 100BTH and the driver will take you anywhere you want.
Fly with Malaysia Airlines! 4 year in a row Best Cabin Crew award by Skytrax UK. You shall expect a great service and hospitality flying with MAS!
Airfares arent on the low-price,but great value for money if you can get a tour package during Malaysia Airlines travel fair!!
For low-cost seeker,try Air Asia.
Here are some of the fares on buses from Phuket.
These are to help ypu out estimate costs.
Notice: Prices are subject to change.
On the SONGTAEW (Local Bus) O/W:
Bangtao Beach 20 Bahts
Bang Rong 20 Bahts
Chalong Bay 15 Bahts
Friendship Beach 20 Bahts
Ka Cape 20 Bahts
Kamala Beach 25 Bahts
Kalon Beach 20 Bahts
Kata Beach 20 Bahts
Kathu District 10 Bahts
Makham Bay 20 Bahts
Naiharn Beach 25 Bahts
Naiyang Beach 30 Bahts
Patong Beach 15 Bahts
Rawai Beach 20 Bahts
Sarisan Bridge 20 Bahts
Thalang District 15 Bahts
Thes routes leave daily every 30 minutes
from 7 am – 5 pm
Malaysia Airlines is operating daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Phuket or from SIngapore to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur (KL).
For more information, click on the link below to access Malaysia Airlines website.
Malaysia Airlines headquarter address in Kuala Lumpur (KL):
Main Ticket Office 0 Level, Bangunan MAS, Jalan Sultan Ismail 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Reservations - 1 300 88 3000 / 603 7846 3000
Ticketing - 03 2165 5319
Fax - 603 2162 3240
Hotline numbers to contact:
Within Malaysia: 1 300 88 300
Outside Malaysia: 603 - 7846 3000
China Airlines is operating direct flights from Taiwan cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung to Phuket. More more information, click on the link below to enter into China Airlines website.
China Airlines address in Taipei:
131, Sec. 3, Nanking E. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan
Tel:(02) 2715-1212 / 2715-2233
China Airlines address in Kaohsiung:
81, Chunghwa 3 Rd., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Tel:(07) 282-6141 / 231-5186