Dragonair Airlines is a HongKong based airlines with Cathay Pacific as Dragonair associate airline.
Dragonair main routes are between HongKong and mainland China. However, it does have flights flying from HongKong to Phuket, Bangkok and Kota Kinabalu.
Dragonair Phuket representative office address:
156/14 Phang Nga Road,
Phuket 83000, Thailand.
Tel: (66-76) 215 734 / 217 300-1
Fax: (66-76) 217 299
Dragonair HongKong headquater office address:
11 Tung Fai Road,
Hong Kong International Airport,
Tel: (852) 3193-3193
Fax: (852) 3193-3194
Nokair is Thailand domestic airlines. It flies to/from Chiangmai, Udon Thani, Hat Yai, Phuket and Phitsanulok.
To book, just dial 1318 when in Thailand.
Nokair Headquearter address:
11th Floor , One Pacific Place
140 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Orient-Thai is another Thailand budget airlines operating internal flights within Thailand.
Orient Thai Airlines Headquarters:
138/70 17th Floor, Jewellery Center Nares Road, Bangrak , Bangkok 10500, Thailand
To view Orient-Thai discounted fares, One-Two-Go promotion, click here => One-Two-Go
Silkair, is the sister company of Singapore International Airlines (SIA) and is wholly owned by SIA. However, Silkair business strategy is to provide regional transit for SIA passengers from US and Europe to regional countries in Asia.
Silkair, operates daily flights from Singapore to Thailand, Bangkok, Chiangmai and Phuket.
Silkair pickup point in the city for ticket collection is at:
Ticket-In-the-City Pickup Point
Singapore Sales & Ticketing Office
77 Robinson Road
#25-01 SIA Building
(Near to Tanjong Pagar MRT Station)
Silkair pickup point in the aiport for ticket collection is at:
Ticket-On-Departure Pickup Point
Changi Airport Terminal 2 Excess Baggage Counter Island 1
Located between Check-in Row 1 in the Departure Hall.(Outside Transit Area)
1) Please collect your ticket at the designated counter 2 hours before flight departure.
2) Note ticket may not be ready if it is collected earlier than day of departure.
3) To enable us to fulfil your booking, please allow more than 48 hrs between the time of booking to the time of departure on weekdays and more than 72 hrs if you are booking on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays.
Reservations : (65) 6223-8888 (24 Hours)
Internet Helpline: (65) 6580-7007
(0830 Hrs - 2200 Hrs - Mondays to Saturdays (Singapore time)
Asia's first budget airline was bornt when Airasia took the skies for the very first time in Malaysia. Its first route is from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru. But slowly it has expanded its territory coverage to the whole of Malaysia.
With its new alliance with the Thai government, Airasia took the Thais by surprise when it signed a joint agreement with Thai Prime Minister's company, Shin Corporation to form Thailand's first low fare carrier. Airasia's Thai domestic airfares starts as low as 9 baht to as high as 600 baht for a way's ticket.
One way's ticket from either Bangkok to Phuket or from Phuket to Bangkok is priced at an incredible 500 bahts. However, the disadvantage is you need to book a couple of months before your departure. Be assured that Airasia frequently launches promotion.
For more info, please refers to Airasia website at www.airasia.com
Singapore is again proving to be a transit hub for air travllers around the world and region.
Tiger Airways, the third budget carrier to enter the Singapore budget airline maket, is providing fierce competition for the present Airasia and Valuair.
Its strategy is to fly anywhere within a 3 hour flying radius.
It plans to fly up to 10 destinations in the first year of operation, and up to 15 destinations in the second year. It will start with three daily flights to Bangkok and to Phuket and Hatyai once daily.
Air Asia is a no frills airline and is Asia's Answer to European no frills airlines like Ryan Air. However to avail of cheap tickets you must book well in advance. I booked my tickets from Bangkok to Phuket for 800 bhat and return ticket for 299 bhat which is cheaper than travelling by bus. If you include the expenses you incur on your trip by bus which include dinner, drinks it fall more expensive to travel by bus. You also save time as it takes just over an hour to reach Phuket from Bangkok by plane. Never experienced any delays but have heard of some complaints. However the price is great. Good looking air hostesses and plush leather seats.
Our hotel booking did not include airport transfers. It was less than a 30 minute drive to the hotel, and they wanted an additional 700Baht (~17.50USD) one-way for the transfers, so we decided to just get something cheaper at the airport. We booked a ride from a stand in the airport arrival hall for 450Baht (~11.25USD), which is better but still expensive, especially knowing how cheap transporation is elsewhere in Thailand.
The night before leaving the hotel, we tried to arrange similar transporation back to the airport, but we could not reach anyone at the number given to us on a card from the first driver. We then tried the local taxi company, but the woman only spoke Thai and hung up on me. The resort was rather secluded, and we had to leave super early in the morning, meaning it would be near impossible to flag down anything on the street. In the end, we reluctantly booked the 700Baht hotel shuttle to the airport.
The moral of the story is either a) negotiate free transfers in your hotel booking or b) arrange cheap transportation in advance. While the rest of Thailand may be dirt cheap, Phuket is definitely priced for wealthy foreigners.
I flew in from KL,and was suitably impressed with the facilities at the airport,very clean and efficient.Outside you're greeted by a couple of blokies offering taxis/transport to your hotels etc,no haqssle and reasonably priced,If I remember correctly about ?10 to Patong Beach,which was fine.
You can either go by bus from Bangkok to Phuket, but that takes about 14 hours or either go by plane. We chose for the second option. The flight took us about 1h30.
We chose for Thai Airways and booked via the Internet. Domestic flights in Thailand are really cheap!
By Air : Phuket Island is situated roughly halfway between Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, and Singapore. Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International both offer comprehensive flights to Phuket from the USA and Europe. Flying time is about 1.15 hrs from Bangkok. Phuket International Airport is 32 kms. from downtown Phuket. Resort hotels generally offer shuttle bus services into Phuket town
Tuk tuks The closest thing to a taxi on the island is a tuk-tuk, a small red van with open side. While more expensive to hire than their three-wheeled counterparts in Bangkok, each one can seat up to five people. To get one, just wave your hands when it passes by and it will stop immediately if it is empty. The rate is paid by the distance traveled, not by the number of passengers - if the driver wants to charge by the person, wave him on and catch another. Fares must be negotiated before each trip.
Buses to the beaches leave the town of Phuket from the market on Ranong Road every 30 minutes between 8:00 and 18:00. Buses to Laem Ka, Rawai and Nai Harn leave from the circle on Bangkok Road at similar intervals.
Jeeps can be rented on Rasada Road and most beaches. Rates are some 700-1000 Baht per day excluding gasoline.
Motorcycles can be rented at the same places. Rates are between 150 and 250 Baht per day excluding gasoline.
We flew from Australia direct to Bangkok on Qantas and it took about 9 hours.
Through Tour East we were able to see all the sights we wanted - they pick you up from the hotel in the morning and take you on a large airconditioned bus to the sights and then take you home. I recommend this! For a bit of fun, take a took-took in Bangkok traffic! Most exciting!
This is a pretty busy international airport. I am amazed that it is actually so close to the sea! Very nice!
Not sure if i posted this on another page, but i flew them to Phuket too. Was anotehr scary flight. Although cheap i shat myself almost once again. Next time ill try another discount airline...
You can go around the island whit the scooter.
They are very cheap and fast.
About 150 bath/day.
And if you need gasoline.....no problem