Phi Phi Islands

Phuket Holidays & Travel Guide

A detailed guide for traveling to Thailand for South African citizens. Located approximately 860 km south of Bangkok & Thailand’s largest island.

Connected to the mainland by bridge, Phuket has retained a distinctive culture, where the fusion of Chinese and Portuguese influences have combined with the traditions of the Chao Naam, the indigenous sea-faring people. Create precious family memories on a fun filled, sun kissed seaside holiday in Phuket, enjoy some water sports at the beach, silly shenanigans at the pool or just spend time together watching a movie in your room. The kids will have plenty to do as parents relax at the spa and enjoy each other's company.

The west coast of Phuket boasts some of the best dive sites in the world, and consistently ranks among the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world with underwater visibility that exceeds 30 meters and an average water temperature of 28°C. The tropical islands have pristine beaches, spectacular underwater rock formations and coral reefs that are home to a huge variety of colourful exotic marine life such as manta rays, whale sharks, barracudas, Malabar groupers, tunas, swordfish, mackerels and sea turtles. Embark on an underwater adventure you won’t soon forget.

How to travel to Phuket

Phuket is easily reachable by flight on major airlines flying directly to Phuket Airport (HKT).

Emirates Airlines - Operates 7 daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban & Cape Town Airport, flying via Dubai Airport. Travel time is approx 15 -18 hours.
Singapore Airlines - Operates a daily flight from Johannesburg flying via Singapore.
Travel time is approx 14 -17 hours.

Qatar Arlines - Operates 4 daily flights from Johannesburg & Cape Town flying via Doha.

Travel time is approx 15 - 18 hours.

Etihad Airlines - Operates a daily flights from Johannesburg flying via abu Dhabi.
Travel time is approx 16 -19 hours.
Cathay Pacific - Operates a daily flights from Johannesburg flying via Hong Kong. Travel time is approx 17 -20 hours.

Insider Tips

Go to Patong Beach for a vibrant nightlife. Spend some time hopping on Bangla Road which comes alive when the sun sets, or spend the evening watching the highly acclaimed, vibrant and flamboyant Simon Caberet Show.

Visit Wat Chalong, the largest and one of the most visited Buddhist temples in Phuket. It was built at the beginning of the 19th century and has walls and ceilings that are decorated with beautiful paintings depicting the life of Buddha and features a tall 'Chedi' that shelters a splinter of bone from Buddha.

Visit Phuket Upside Down House to walk on the ceiling and look up at the floor. Then go play mini golf at the prehistoric Dino Park or spend a wet and wild day out at Splash Jungle Water Park, where the wild rides and slides will have all kids, parents included, asking for more.

Visit Old Phuket Town and see Sino-colonial mansions, charming architecture, quaint and delightful little Portuguese-style shop-houses, cafes and bistros. Explore the town as you stroll through the streets, stopping or snacks and little curios as you go.

Make the most of your holiday in Phuket

Go on an exciting elephant-back jungle safari, ride on a local farmer's ox cart through rice fields, learn how to make 'Jungle Green Curry', see how monkeys are taught to pick coconuts from palm trees and watcha traditional Thai Boxing show on this half-day 5-in1 Safari.

Watch the Phuket Fantasea Show, a spectacular Las Vegas style stage production that showcases Thailand's rich and exotic heritage. This half-day evening experience is filled with magical illusions, four dimensional effects, acrobatics, pyrotechnics, an elephant circus and stunts in one unique and unforgettable theatrical masterpiece guaranteed to thrill and delight visitors of all ages.

Have fun on a Koh Phi Phi and Koh Kai tour. Hop on a speedboat to the Phi Phi Islands. snorkeling the crystalline waters, feed bananas to the fish, visit the ' Viking Cave' on Phi Phi Don and Visit the famous 'Maya Beach' on Phi Phi Ley.

Embark on a Phang Nga Sunset Dinner Trip and spend the day visiting the tidal caves and 'Hongs' in Phang Nga Bay. View a variety of wildlife such as sea eagles , brahminy kites, kingfishers, egrets, fruit bats, water monitors and monkeys on a sunset dinner cruise.

Climate & Best Time to go to Phuket

Phuket has two main seasons: Rainy Season from May through to October and Hot Season from November to April. However, there are sunny days throughout the wet season; showers customarily lasting little more than 2-3 hours. The best months to visit are November to April. Average temperatures range between 22 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Do I need visas for Thailand?

South African Passport Holders do not need visas for Thailand.

Hotels & Resorts in Phuket

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Patong Beach Hotel

Located centrally in Patong, close to Bangla Road, markets & a stones throw away from the beach and boasting its own Banana Disco club. Great for travellers looking to be in the hustle and bustle.

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Amari Phuket

One of the few priviledged beachfront resorts on Patong Beach with magnificent views of the bay, it is ideal for couples and honeymooners, enjoying direct access to a private and secluded beach.

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Burasari Resort

A charming boutique hotel close to the beach with a quiet setting ideal for couples looking for a retreat. This resort is secluded and serene with Pool Acces rooms leading out directly into the pool in high demand.

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Seaview Patong Hotel

Set ideally at the edge of Patong across the road from the sandy beach. Seaview Patong hotel offers 4 star service at affordable rates. The nightlife, restaurants and markets are only a short stroll away.

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Keemala Phuket

This luxurious boutique hotel embraces a Thai cultural philosophy in its design and service, positioned in the woodlands well away from the crowds. The resort offers with villas shaded by a canopy of rainforest.

 

Places to see in Phuket

Chalong Temple
Old Phuket Town
Phi Phi Islands
Phang Nga Islands
Bangla Road

Things to do for Families

Phuket Aquarium
Dino Park
Phuket Fantasea
Phuket Water Ski Cableways
Phuket Joyland

Best Shopping in Phuket

Large Department Stores in Phuket Town
Thalang
Patong

Popular Dive Sites

Batok Bay
Siam Beach
Ter Bay
Lha Bay
KonKare Bay

Sightseeing & Shows

The entertainment scene in Patong
Clubs & nightspots in Kata, Karon & Phuket
Phuket Fantasea cultures show

Sports & Activities

Golf
Diving, fishing, sailing and snorkeling

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