The Phuket International Airport is located in the north of the island. There are many scheduled flights and chartered flights from domestics and other countries in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America landing in Phuket. The airport commenced a 5.7 billion baht (US$185.7 million) expansion in September 2012, scheduled for completion in April 2015. The airport will increase its annual handling capacity from 6.5 million to 12.5 million passengers, and add a new international terminal.
There is no rail-line to Phuket, but the trains do run to nearby Surat Thani. Songthaews (passenger pick-up vehicles) are a common mode of transport on Phuket. Phuket’s songthaews are larger than those found in other areas of Thailand. They travel between the town and beaches. There are also conventional bus services and motorbike taxis. The latter are found in large numbers in the main town and at Patong Beach. The traditional Tuk-tuks have been replaced by small vans, mostly red or some are yellow or green. Songthaews are the cheapest mode of transportation for travel from town to town. Car taxis are quite expensive and charge flat rates between towns.
Phuket Clock Tower at Surin Circle :
Even though the clock tower is built in Sino-Portuguese style, it is a replacement of the original clock tower in the late 1960s. Still, it fits very well with the spirit of this neighborhood, not far from the Old Town and many of the more important Chinese shrines of Phuket Town.
How times have changed: this is pretty much the same view of the clock tower as in the picture above, only 50 years ago:
In the street towards the Pearl Hotel Phuket, a major concentration of gold shops can be found, some of them in family hand with a very long tradition in trading in gold and amulets.
The Surin circle is flanked to the other side with 4 Star The Metropole Phuket Hotel, one of the most recommended hotels in Phuket Town for a night over before going to Phi Phi by ferry. It offers a well-known lunch buffet, however it is also favored by big Chinese tour groups.