Getting to Phuket, Thailand

Visa not Needed

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All tourists traveling to Phuket and anywhere in Thailand must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond their intended length of stay (Retirement visa requires at least 18 months validity). Thailand has over 30 International Immigration Check points, though most visitors to Phuket will clear immigration either at Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi International Airport) or Phuket International Airport. For full list of international check points please see http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/123/15393-Visa-on-Arrival.html for contact information.

For many tourists it is not necessary to apply for a visa beforehand if you come from a country that is eligible for a Visa Exemption and are not going to be in the country for more than 30 days. Other tourists may be able to apply for a Visa on Arrival, which costs 1,000 baht and is valid for 15 days. For everyone else, and for those wishing to stay longer in the country for purposes of tourism or leisure should apply for a 60-day Tourist Visa from the Royal Thai Embassy or consulate in the country where you reside.

Land

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    Rama IV Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330

    Trains do not run to Phuket, which is unfortunate as train travel in Thailand is both a cheap and comfortable, if slightly slow way to travel. However, you can take a train from Hualamphong Station in Bangkok to Phun Phin near Surat Thani, where you can catch a coach to Phuket. The train to Surat Thani is about 12 hours while the coach is another 5-6 hours.

Air

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    (HKT)

    Tambon Mai Khao, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand ‎

    Airlines: [, ]

    Phuket International Airport (IATA: HKT, ICAO: VTSP) is an airport serving Phuket Province of Thailand. It is located in the north of Phuket Island, 32 kilometres (17 nautical miles) from the centre of Phuket City. The airport plays a major role in Thailand's tourism industry, as Phuket Island is a popular resort destination. It is the second busiest airport in Thailand in terms of passengers, after Suvarnabhumi Airport in the Bangkok metropolitan area.

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