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Phuket

Experience the exotic. From perfect stretches of white sand beaches, to charming shops to wild nights spent exploring the city and dancing until the sun comes up, Phuket has exactly what you’re looking for. This tropical island paradise is the perfect holiday blend for any traveller who wants to get a taste of the very best of Thailand!

When to go and Weather
Renowned for its sunny skies, Phuket enjoys a tropical climate making it the ideal year round destination. The quintessential sun holiday, take advantage of the hot weather and explore one of the areas many beaches. From the quiet less developed beach of Kamala where fishing boats pull onto the sand to the packed out shores of Patong, Phuket has a stretch of sand to suit any mood. For those who wish to travel during September-October, be prepared for a few showers as it is monsoon season. Not just a fair-weather destination, Phuket has lots on offer even if grey skies do prevail. Discover the rich flavours and delicate aromas of some of the nation’s favourite dishes and learn how to prepare your own with a Thai cooking class. Pamper yourself with a spa day, orexplore glittering temples and expand your understanding of Thai culture.

Transport
A wide array of safe transportation is available to travellers making Phuket and its surrounds hugely accessible and affordable to navigate. Once you arrive, most resorts have transfers waiting to take guests into town. However,if you’d rather start your holiday by exploring the city there is also an airport bus as well as private taxis for hire. Once in the city, it is easy to walk to the beaches and shopping areas as most resorts are located near town. For those destinations a little too far to walk to, Phuket is famous for its TukTuks. These pint sized taxis are everywhere and aoffer travellers a quick way to get around. Spend the afternoon snorkelling or playing beach volleyball at the beach before grabbing a TukTuk and heading out on the town for the night. If you’re planning on venturing farther afield to the surrounding islands, there are plenty of ferries running regularly to Phi Phi and other islands.

Food
From the sweet aroma of fresh basil to fragrant yellow curries, Thai food is the ultimate feast for the senses. Delve into a traditional meal at KaJok See in Phuket Town. Enjoy oysters as well as freshly caught seafood, prepared in everything from Phad Thai and Tom Yam soup. For a European fine-dining experience try Versace. With its finely crafted French-English paired with wines from all over the globe, a meal here is sure to be a showstopper. If you’d rather take it down a notch, you’re in luck! Recent years have seen a plethora of trendy beach clubs staking their turf on Phuket’s food scene. Perfect for transitioning from dinner to dancing, guests can enjoy a fabulous al-fresco meal before hitting the clubs. The Diamond Beach Club at Surin is the quintessential beach club with its glamorous ambiance and upscale drink list. But, if you would just like to relax and watch the sunset, try The Surface Bar and Restaurant at Patong Beach and enjoy as the sky streaks with purples and pinks as the sun goes down.

Fun Facts
Phuket isn’t just one island, the province is actually made up of 33
It is popular for shops to sell drinks in small plastic bags with ice and a straw.
The Phuket Weekend Market has a massive 2nd hand shoe stall, a popular trade in Thailand.

Flights

  • Johannesburg to Phuket - Economy Return

    Phuket

    from R6,390*

    Johannesburg to Phuket - Economy Return
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    Book and pay by - 28 February 2017
  • Cape Town to Phuket - Economy Return

    Phuket

    from R6,990*

    Cape Town to Phuket - Economy Return
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  • Johannesburg to Phuket - Economy Return

    Phuket

    from R7,170*

    Johannesburg to Phuket - Economy Return
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    Book and pay by - 23 February 2017
  • Johannesburg to Phuket - Economy Return

    Phuket

    from R7,340*

    Johannesburg to Phuket - Economy Return
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    Book and pay by - 18 March 2017
  • Johannesburg to Phuket - Economy Return

    Phuket

    from R7,450*

    Johannesburg to Phuket - Economy Return
    Economy class seats
    Book and pay by - 28 February 2017
  • Durban to Phuket - Economy Return

    Phuket

    from R7,760*

    Durban to Phuket - Economy Return
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    Book and pay by - 23 February 2017
  • Cape Town to Phuket - Economy Return

    Phuket

    from R8,230*

    Cape Town to Phuket - Economy Return
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  • Durban to Phuket - Economy Return

    Phuket

    from R8,280*

    Durban to Phuket - Economy Return
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    from R8,420*

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  • Cape Town to Phuket - Economy Return

    Phuket

    from R8,990*

    Cape Town to Phuket - Economy Return
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Holidays

  • Stay 7, Pay 4!

    Phuket - Deevana Patong Resort : 3 Star

    from R9,540*

    Stay 7, Pay 4!
    Deevana Patong Resort & Spa is spread over 10 acres of stunning tropical gardens with 235 guest rooms and suites set in two separate wings, the Garden Wing, and the Deluxe Wing, this elegant Thai Resort is a true oasis of serenity. The resort just completed an upgrade and renovation, and now boasts top-rate facilities such as a function room that can accommodate 80 people, an indulgent spa with creative treatments, and other conveniences that ensure a more delightful stay for you. Deevana Patong Resort & Spa is conveniently located in the entertainment hub of Patong; just 45 minutes' drive from Phuket International Airport, 20 minutes drive from Phuket town and near all tourist attractions on the island.
    Book and pay by - 28 February 2017
  • Stay 8, Pay 4! One complimentary Thai set dinner. Present your MySchool card instore and a percentage of the purchase value will be given back to your chosen school or charity.

    Phuket - Seaview Patong Hotel : 3 Star

    from R10,490*

    Stay 8, Pay 4! One complimentary Thai set dinner. Present your MySchool card instore and a per ...
    A welcoming blend of beach casual and traditional Asian elegance, the Seaview Hotel Patong is perfect for those looking for an idyllic beachfront hotel close to the buzz of one of Thailand's liveliest resorts. At the quieter end of Patong Beach, just metres from the beach, a short walk away from countless bars, shops and restaurants.
    Book and pay by - 28 February 2017
  • Stay 8, Pay 4! FREE WIFI and THB3000 (R1000) Credit per room per stay for food and beverages in hotel outlets, including the Chili Restaurant, Bai Toey, Al Dente Restaurant and Blue Cafe and Bar. Credit can also be used for a candlelit dinner, a Thai cooking class or a fruit-crafting class with reservation one day in advance (Credit is not applicable on Minibar and Room service). Present your MySchool card instore and a percentage of the purchase value will be given back to your chosen school or charity.

    Phuket - The Old Phuket Resort : 4 Star

    from R11,730*

    Stay 8, Pay 4! FREE WIFI and THB3000 (R1000) Credit per room per stay for food and beverages i ...
    The Old Phuket at Karon Beach is a Sino-Portuguese-style creation that evokes memories of 19th century Southeast Asia. The atmosphere will take travellers back to the days of the spice trade, of tin mining, of Chinese junks plying the straits of Malacca and the golden age of travel before resorts and package tours. Built as a replica of the architecture that still remains in the old sections of Phuket Town. The Old Phuket provides guests with an historical alternative to the typical hotel holiday. The golden sands of Karon Beach stretch out in front of the hotel to the Andaman Sea, beckoning you to join us.
    Book and pay by - 28 February 2017

Tours

  • Phuket Day Tour

    Phuket - Phuket Island Tour

    from R390*

    Phuket Day Tour
    Explore the 'Pearl of the Andaman' with this half-day, all-encompassing tour of Phuket, one of Thailand's most iconic islands. After being picked up at your hotel, you'll have the chance to take in the natural beauty of the island as you are driven alongside scenic beach roads, stopping at some of the best viewpoints. Then, soak up some of the local culture with a tour of Phuket Town, discovering the incredible Sino-Portuguese colonial architecture, hip art galleries and classic cafes and restaurants. After wandering around the shops and local markets of Phuket Town, you'll then pay a visit to Wat Chalong, Phuket's largest temple where locals and tourists alike go to pay their respects to several late, revered monks, including Luang Pho Cham and Luang Pho Chuang. Finally, after a quick stop at a cashew nut grove, wrap up the tour at a famous viewpoint, taking in incredible panoramic vistas and perhaps a beautiful sunset, before returning to your hotel.

    DURATION: 4 hours
    DEPARTS: Daily at 9:30am
    MEETING POINT: Hotel lobby
    Book and pay by - 31 October 2017
  • Phuket Day Tour

    Phuket - Local Life Phuket Street Eats

    from R850*

    Phuket Day Tour
    Get a taste of Phuket's best street food fare on this whirlwind culinary primer in southern Thailand, stopping by foodie haunts only the locals know. With your local guide at the lead, follow a winding path through the city to stop for a selection of tasty snacks, street stalls and famous local restaurants. Along the way, see some of the area's cultural highlights by night - including the famous Khao Rang Hill viewpoint and LED-lit Talang Road! Your tour includes a sampling of items like coconut cake, pork or chicken skewers, boiled rice and mango sticky rice, among plenty of other local favourites!

    RECONFIRMATION: Please reconfirm tour at least 24 hours prior to tour departure
    DURATION: 3 hours
    DEPARTS: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 17:30pm
    MEETING POINT: Hotel lobby
    Book and pay by - 30 September 2017
  • Boat around Thailand's west coast with James Bond Island, Lawa Island and a full day island trip by speedboat to give you enough memories to fill your SD card. Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta and Phang Nga Bay make up the peaceful and secluded south with its beaches, rivers, and countless snorkelling and swimming havens.

    Topdeck : Island Hopping in Phuket, Thailand: Ko-Conut Hopper - 7 Days

    from R10,500*

    Boat around Thailand's west coast with James Bond Island, Lawa Island and a full day island tr ...
    Day 1-2 : Phuket
    Day 3 : Phuket to Krabi
    Day 4 : Krabi
    Day 5 : Krabi to Koh Phi Phi
    Day 6 : Koh Phi Phi
    Day 7 : Koh Phi Phi to Phuket
    Book and pay by - 28 February 2017
  • Some of the world's best beaches in some of the ultimate places to chill make this Thai Island Hopper trip a must.

    Contiki : Thai Island Hopper West - 9 Days

    from R11,940*

    Some of the world's best beaches in some of the ultimate places to chill make this Thai Island Hopper trip a must.
    From busy Phuket, head to paradise on legendary Koh Phi Phi, before Krabi & its amazing scenery. Treat yourself to a relaxing Thai massage,visit "The Beach" and soak up the sun from the white sandy shoreline or sea canoe in the beautiful clear waters. It's your choice to relax, indulge or party until the sun comes up.

    Day 1 : Arrive Phuket
    Days 2-3 : Phuket
    Day 4 : Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
    Days 5-6 : Koh Phi Phi
    Day 7 : Koh Phi Phi to Krabi (Ao Nang)
    Day 8 : Krabi (Ao Nang)
    Day 9 : Krabi (Ao Nang) to Phuket
    Book and pay by - 23 March 2017
  • Departing from Phuket, discover Burma on an Intrepid sailing adventure and dive into an aquatic playground that is truly one of the world's best-kept secrets

    Intrepid : Burma (Myanmar) Sailing Adventure ex Phuket - 9 Days

    from R26,010*

    Departing from Phuket, discover Burma on an Intrepid sailing adventure and dive into an aquati ...
    While the backpackers, honeymooners and day-spa crowds have swarmed to the beaches of Thailand and Bali, Burma's remote Myeik Archipelago has remained almost frozen in time since the days of the early colonial explorers. Difficult to reach and well-off the tourist trails, sailing through these islands offers the chance to glimpse back to a time before the internet, phones, convenience stores and even denim existed, and experience the traditional clothing, local foods and martial arts of Burma's virtually untouched island cultures.

    Day 1 : Phuket
    Day 2-7 : Ranong/Thae Yae Island
    Day 8 : Ranong/Phuket
    Day 9 : Phuket
    Book and pay by - 28 February 2017

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TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PHUKET

  1. Go and see James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay
  2. Take some photos in Old Phuket Town
  3. Dance the night away on Bangala Road
  4. Visit the Big Buddah
  5. Instagram Wat Chalong Temple
  6. See some action at a Muay Thai fight in Phuket City
  7. Scuba dive Phukets clear water and spectacular reefs
  8. Play putt putt at Dino Park
  9. Cool off at Splash Jungle Water Park
  10. Catch a tan at Kamala Beach

Highlights
With so many wonderful things to experience in Phuket it can be tough to know where to begin. Start by exploring the beautiful stretches of beach that surround Phuket Town. If you’re looking for an adventure, head north east to PhangNga Bay and dive into crystal clear turquoise waters and swim with loads of colourful fish. Surrounded by breathtaking limestone cliffs, the bay is postcard perfect. Or, take an afternoon and explore Old Phuket Town and some of the areas temples. Learn about Buddhism at WatChalong or explore the intricate printing on the walls of the Bang Neow Shrine. For the perfect day trip, take a ferry to the Phi Phi islands. Famous for their appearance in Hollywood blockbuster “The Beach”, travellers here will be blown away by its unmatched natural beauty and laid back island vibe. After night falls, it is time to see how wild things can really get. Take to one of the many crazy clubs on Patong’s Bangla Road and experience everything from fantastically colourful cabaret shows to beer bars and crazy discos. Dive right in at a go-go bar where beer girls play bar games with patrons, or cool off after a day in the sun at Kangaroo Bar. Going out on the town in Phuket is sure to be a night to remember.