Phuket, Koh Pi Pi and Khao Lak suffer much more from rain season than Koh Samui. But Phuket offers lots of non-beach activities as well. It rains almost every day in rainy season, but mostly only an hour or twice an hour and then clears up again. Best time to visit Phuket and nearby Koh Pi Pi and.
Kao Lak is from End of November until April.
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This first chapter gives you a short overview on the different options of Transportation in Thailand and how it works.
There are around 50 Flights per Day from Bangkok to Phuket and versa. This is obviously depending on the season but gives you an Idea on how easy it is to blog a ticket even if you show up at the sales desk at the airport without prebloged ticket. First flights start at around 6 am while the last usually departs around 10 pm. Please take into consideration that prebloged tickets are usually cheaper than those sold directly at the airport on the same day. So it's better anyway to blog in advance.
Taking a flight from Bangkok to Phuket is by far the most convenient way of transportation. There is huge competition since Nokair, Air Asia, Thai Airlines, Bangkok Airlines and Oriental Airlines fly this route several times a day. There is basically a flight every 20 Minutes to and from Bangkok.
Be aware that Nokair flies from the old Don Muang Airport in Bangkok. More convenient if you travel further from Bangkok city, definitely not convenient if you have a connecting flight from your International connection which always gets in Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Flights are inexpensive and the cheapest options are usually Nokair followed by Air Asia. Both have promotions from time to time starting at 999Baht. The most common price will be between 1200 and 2000 baht per Ticket.
Phuket is also an international Airport with a lot of charter flights connecting Phuket to the outside world.
If you plan to stay only in Phuket and nearby Area you might skip the Bangkok experience and just fly in and out from Phuket.