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Flying into Beautiful Kathu

In spite of the many challenges facing Kathu and Thailand over the years, the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its beaches have kept international visitors arriving in ever increasing numbers. What should know about flying to Kathu?  You will be arriving at Phuket International Airport, which is located a fair distance away from Kathu district (40 kilometers from Patong). Here are a few points worth noting when plotting out flights to this popular holiday destination.
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What Should I Know Before Booking my Flight?

Phuket International Airport has direct flights to and from 42 other airports from around the world. Those from Asia have the easiest access to this holiday destination, with flights to Phuket from Singapore ($125), Bangkok ($86), and Kuala Lumpur ($153) being the cheapest. Select cities in Europe also have non-stop flight options that eliminate the hassle of having to change planes, with Moscow ($764), Helsinki ($1,025) and Copenhagen ($1,133) being the best deals available. Australia has a number of straight shots to Kathu's doorstep as well, with Perth ($554), Sydney ($739) and Melbourne ($652) all having direct connections.

Passengers from North America will have at least one connection. However, those jetting in from Los Angeles ($999), New York City ($1,068), and Toronto ($1,219) can still get relatively good fares.

How do I Get to and From Phuket International Airport? 

There are two ways of getting from Phuket International to the heart of Kathu; the airport bus or a taxi. If you take Airport Bus Phuket, the earliest runs begin at 9 a.m., with the final run of the day occurring at 8 p.m.

When it's time to head home, the earliest bus from the centre of Phuket Town leaves at 7 a.m., with the last ride to the airport departing at 6:30 p.m. The fare in both directions costs no more than 100 Baht ($3.30 USD).

If you want door-to-door service from the airport to your hotel or vice versa, or if your Thai Airways flight arrives before or after the shuttle, then taxis are your only option. Expect to pay no more than 650 Baht ($21.70 USD) to go to Kata or Karon beaches, 550 Baht to Patong ($18.30 USD), or 400 Baht ($13.30 USD) to Phuket Town. 

Which Airport Hotels are Best?

If your flight involves several connections or you're coming from far enough away that jet lag is an issue, you may be in need of a hotel near the airport in which to get some rest.

There are a couple of great options located nearby, with the best value option being Relaxation Guesthouse. For $25 a night, you get a clean hotel with a restaurant on-site, allowing to to tuck into your first Thai curry before getting in a long sleep in your air-conditioned room.

Those willing to pay more will love the Airport Resort & Spa ($57), as its amenities shine in comparison to what one would get at such a cheap property back home. With a pool and hot tub as well as a fully stocked lounge, the options for unwinding after your flight here are many.

What Amenities Will I Find at Phuket International Airport?

If you are feeling cramped from sitting in economy for 12 or more hours, soothe your feet at the Foot Massage & Spa, where trained masseuses will work the tension out of the lower parts of your body.

Those that avoided eating on the plane will find a variety of options, such as Bill Bently Pub, Burger King, Chester's Chicken, Subway, as well as a number of delectable options in the Thai food court for those looking to get a head start on celebrating the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

If you want a glass of wine to go with the setting sun over the Andaman Sea, pick up a bottle of red or white at the Duty Free Shop, as imported liquor is heavily taxed in Thailand. Other products to pick up here on entry or departure include watches, jewelery, beauty, and fashion accessories from luxury brands that include Hugo Boss, Prada, and Versace. 

Phuket is one of the busiest airports in Southeast Asia during high season (November – March), so be patient and anticipate long lines when clearing customs.  In spite of this difficulty, the addition of the new airport express bus in recent years has made this destination an easier place to pass through, which is an important quality when turquoise waters are but a quick ride away.