Everybody knows Phuket. To many who have had sampled its pleasures, it’s simply the best vacation spot in the world. Located in the west coast of Thailand, not only is Phuket a must-see tourist destination, it is also easy to reach. Getting to Phuket by air, by sea or by land is no problem. The trip is convenient, fast, and definitely a great adventure.
The most common and practical form of transport is by the public inter-city bus. Take a ride at Bangkok’s Southern Terminal Station. Expect a long trip since Phuket is not really near the capital city. It’s an overnight 12- to 14-hour trip. If you wish to get a faster bus ride, there are private buses at Khaosarn Road, but be warned that they will be more expensive.
If you wish to go the cheaper route, traveling to Phuket by train is for you. It may be the cheapest way to go, but not the most comfortable because it doesn’t go all the way to Phuket. From the main Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok, you will take an overnight train ride to Surat Thani. From there, take a bus going to Phuket. Another discomfort is that the trains are always full, which is why it is very important that you book your ride several days in advance. You can book a reservation and check the trip schedule at the State Railway of Thailand at the Hua Lamphong Train Station.
Traveling by sea is always a romantic option. Cruises are slow, so this is for travelers who are not in a hurry to get anywhere. Cargo ships and cruise ships from Bangkok and even from nearby countries go to Phuket. You can get a ride with the help of a travel agent. There are also ferry services if you are coming from other locations in Thailand that are nearer to Phuket, such as the islands of Phi Phi or Koh Lanta.
Traveling by air is always the fastest way to get to anywhere. Tourists are always in a hurry to get to Phuket, too excited to begin that dream vacation of their lives. Foreign tourists coming in from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Sydney are fortunate because there are direct flights to Phuket from these cities. No problem for tourists from these places, then. From Bangkok itself, there are a number of daily domestic flights via different airlines to Phuket. The flight from Bangkok to the Phuket International Airport takes about an hour and twenty minutes.
Finally, if you are an expert driver and love road adventure, you can actually drive all the way to Phuket from Bangkok. Here is how you do it: from Bangkok, go south through Route 4 passing through the provinces of Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap-Khirikan, just before you reach Chumphon. At Chumphon, take a right to Ranong, then go south through Kuraburi and Kapoe Districts all the way to the province of Phangnga. You’re still a long way to go, passing through Kuraburi, Takuapa, Thai Muang, and Kok Kloy. Now you’re near. Cross the Thao Thepkrasattri or Sarasin Bridge and, finally, you’ve reached Phuket Island.
Before making this 867 km trip, don’t forget to pack some chips and soda because it’s going to be a long 12-hour ride. But what’s good about driving is that you have the luxury of deciding your own pace. If you wish, you can even stop every now and then for food or quick nap. There are also cool sites along the way. It’s a scenic cultural road trip in the beautiful country of Thailand. Whether you go with this option or the others, though, you may rest assured that getting to Phuket is worth it.