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Travel in Thailand – From Phuket To Other Major Thai Cities

Travel in Thailand From Phuket

Phuket by far one of the largest tourist destinations in Thailand and features the second largest international airport in Thailand.  Phuket can be flown into from 50+ international locations making it one of the largest holiday destinations in S.E. Asia.

Traveling in and out of Phuket can be very inexpensive whether you fly or take the bus.  Below is a breakdown of what you can expect to pay when traveling from Phuket.

How To Travel in Thailand From Phuket

Phuket to Bangkok:

Fast Option: Fly
– Book Through: Any major Thai airline.  Usually Bangkok Air, Thai Airways, Air Asia, and One Two Go.
– Price: On special you can find this for 1000 baht (30usd).  However the average price will be around 2,000 baht (60usd)
– Time: About an hour

Slow Option: Bus
– Book Through: Any Thai travel agency
– Price: 800 baht (25usd)
– Time: 12 hours

Phuket to Chiang Mai:

Fast Option: Fly
– Book Through: Air Asia, Bangkok Air, and Thai Airways
– Price: Range from 2,500 – 4,500 baht (80 – 150usd)
– Time: 2 hours for Air Asia and Thai Airways / 4 hours for Bangkok Air

Slow: Bus / Train
– Book Through: Any travel agency in Thailand
– Price: 500 – 1000 baht (15 – 30usd)
– Time: 20+ hours

Phuket to Pattaya:

Fast Option: Fly
– Book Through: Direct flights from Bangkok Air or any airlines that flies to Bangkok and then take a taxi to Pattaya.
– Price: Starting at 3,000 baht (90usd)
– Time: Around 3 hours of total travel time

Note: There are rarely any direct flights from Phuket to Pattaya.  And it usually works out fast to take a private taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya instead of flying from Bangkok to the Pattaya airport.

Slow Option: Bus / Train
– Book Through: Any travel agency in Thailand
– Price: 500 – 1000 baht (15 – 30usd)
– Time: 12+ hours

Phuket to Koh Samui:

Fast Option: Fly
– Book Through: Bangkok Air
– Price: Starting at 3,000 baht (90usd)
– Time: 1 hour

Slow Option: Boat and Bus
– Book Through: Any travel agency in Thailand
– Price: 1,000 baht (30usd)
– Time: 10 hours

Phuket to Phi Phi Islands:

Fast Option: Boat
– Book Through: Any travel agency in Samui
– Price: Starting at 250 baht (8usd)
– Time: 2 hours

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A Few Helpful Travel Tips:

1- The Bus Prices
There are two different types of buses in Thailand, the cheap Thai option, and the more expensive foreigner buses.  In all the above prices, I used the more expensive bus route.  Why?  All these buses that cost more will have air-conditioning, reclining chairs, and not stop every 5 minutes to pick up and drop off passengers which drastically adds additional time to the journey.

Also, if you want the best prices from the travel agencies, simply ask 3 different travel agencies what their best price is.  You’ll be surprised at how much negotiation room there is.

2- Links To The 5 Major Airlines in Thailand
Bangkok Air:

Thai Airways:

Air Asia:

Nok Air:

One Two Go (Orient Thai):

FYI: You will get cheaper prices by booking your flight on these websites.  A travel agency will rarely save you any money for flights within Thailand.

3- Train
I rarely recommend taking the train in Thailand.  The train system always tend to be hours behind schedule, random break downs, and simply not comfortable.  If you decide to take the train anywhere, try the Bangkok to Chiang Mai route and make sure you get a sleeping bed.

Two great websites for Thailand train routes and schedules are:

Posted on Gods of Thailand August 13, 2013 in ,


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