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The international airport is 32km north of Phuket Town. Taxis charge
400 baht from Phuket Town, 500 baht from Ao Chalong and 200-300 baht
from the Yacht Haven (which is only 10-15 minutes away). Going the
other way, you can get a shared mini-bus to Phuket Town, 180 baht
per person, which is suitable for those who want to get off at the
Boat Lagoon, or take it to Phuket Town and then take a taxi/tuk-tuk
to Ao Chalong.
Thai Airways (076 327 144) has about a dozen flights a day to Bangkok
(2,625 baht), as well as one direct flight daily to Had Yai (1,180
baht) and Surat Thani. Bangkok Airways (076 225 033-5) has four flights
a day to Bangkok, two flights a day to Koh Samui, and one to Pataya
(via Samui). Note that it doesn't matter from whom you buy a domestic
ticket, since they are not discounted by agents.
Malaysia Airlines has two flights and Thai Airways one flight daily
from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur. There is no direct flight to Langkawi
or Penang. In January 2004, the Malaysian discount airline Air Asia
will be launching a new Langkawi-Phuket service. (See Getting to Langkawi
Thailand is a good place to buy discount airfares to many parts of
the world. There are reputable travel agencies in Phuket Town, Ao
Chalong, and at the beach resorts. Shop around. A number of airlines
fly overseas direct from Phuket, especially during the high tourist
season, but for most international destinations the likely departure
point will be Bangkok.
The long-haul bus depot in Phuket Town is just off the north side
of Phang Nga Road, about 300 metres east of Montri Road. Book tickets
several days in advance from travel agencies or at the depot. There
are a variety of different types of buses and prices to almost every
destination. Prices below are for first-class aircon or the best available
bus, unless specified.
Night buses depart for Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal
(885km) every half hour or so, from 1515 to 1900. It's a reasonably
comfortable 13-hour ride (first-class aircon 486 baht, VIP 755 baht),
some buses include dinner. Non-aircon ordinary buses are cheaper,
from about 320 baht, but it's a long dusty ride. There is one first-class
aircon day bus, leaving at 0600.
If you are at the Yacht Haven,
when you buy your ticket specify you want to board the bus at the
stop in Muang Mai, a 10-minute taxi ride (200 baht) south of the marina.
Long-distance buses will stop there for booked passengers.
Other destinations include Had Yai (290 baht, six hours),
Krabi (117 baht, three hours), Trang (190 baht, five hours), Satun
(275 baht, 8 hours), Surat Thani (170 baht, five hours), Takuapa (non-air
only, 54 baht, three hours) and Ranong (185 baht, five hours).
Aircon mini-buses also service
many destinations in southern Thailand. These are a little more expensive,
but usually quicker than buses. They leave from offices on Montri
Road, north of Phang Nga Road.
Thai trains are a wonderful way to see the country and to meet Thais.
Unfortunately, there is no direct rail service to Phuket. The closest
station is at Phun Phin, 14km west of Surat Thani, five hours by bus
from Phuket. The rail journey to Bangkok takes about 12 hours from
Getting to Langkawi
Since there's currently no direct air or sea link, you have two choices,
both taking the better part of a day. Take the first morning bus to
Satun (0815, 275 baht, 7-8 hours). If you are lucky, you will get
into Satun a bit early and be able to catch a taxi to Tamalang Pier
(10km, about 40 baht) for the ferry to Langkawi (220 baht, four a
day 0830, 1000, 1400 and 1600 but you'll catch the last
one, touch wood). Otherwise you will have to spend the night in town
and take a morning ferry.
Quicker is to fly to Had Yai, take a shared taxi from
the airport to the mini-bus station for the two-hour run to Satun.
Some mini-buses go right to Tamalang Pier, some stop in Satun. If
it stops in Satun, the mini-bus will drop you at the song taew stop
for Tamalang (10-20 baht), but if you have bags it's easier to take
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