Many people have a real headache when their check out time is many hours before their flight leaves. Spending 3 hours or more waiting in Phuket airport is no fun at all because there’s nothing to do, unless you have an unread book at hand.

If you don’t, here’s some ideas of how to spend the time

Shopping Shopping & Shopping :
Phuket has much more to offer than just white sand beaches and ocean.  It is also a center for shopping, catering to many types of shoppers. For example if you’ve ever stayed at Patong Beach, you must have passed the many street side stalls and shops.  Maybe you stopped and asked the price of something that caught your eye, or bought a nice t-shirt or watch.

These shops usually are open in the evening, so this may not be of use if you’ve an early flight to catch! If this is the case, you should try one of the many department stores, which have a huge variety of shops and restaurants.

The first to recommend is Jungcelon in Patong, which is a large store which has enough shops to keep anyone satisfied! Or, if you are staying in Phuket Town or at a different beach, you should try shopping at Central Festival. Shopping in Phuket Town is great if you are looking for brand named goods. Also, many shops give 5% discount for tourists!

Bowling/ Watching movies : Shopping is great if you have only 2-3 hours before your flight, but if you have more time, you may want to look for other activities such as bowling or going to watch a movie. There are two locations that have both bowling and a cinema, Jungcelon at Phatong Beach and Ocean in Phuket Town. Or, if you don’t mind a short walk, you could watch a movie at Central Festival, and then walk 400-500 metres to Big C for some fun bowling.

spa package : Many people come to Phuket for Sea, Sand and Sun but going to a Spa is another activity that Phuket offers in abundance. If you know that you will have a problem with an early checkout, you could plan to have a spa session to relax you and help the return journey be more comfortable. You may even be able to get some sleep on the journey home!

One thing you should know is that a ‘Spa’ and a ‘Massage Shop’ is not the same thing. We recommend that you don’t go for massages in the smaller massage shops, because they don’t have packages that ensure your full relaxation. Instead, you should choose one of the larger, more famous spas in Phuket. Also, the larger spas usually have a shuttle service that will pick you up and drop you off, so that you don’t have to worry about organizing transport for the round trip.

The first location we would recommend is the Cheraim Spa which is close to Central Festival, which is very convenient if you are on your way to the airport. And if you have spare time, you could also go shopping at Central Festival.

We would also highly recommend Sukko Spa which, as well as offering a variety of spa packages that last between 2 to 4 hours, or you could mix and match our facilities to create your own personal package to suit your schedule. And if you have kids, Sukko Spa offers a child care service to look after your kids, so you can really relax and get the best out of the last day of your holiday.


Every year, many new resorts open around Phuket. Now however, lots of new resorts are being built away from the famous beaches like Phatong, Kata or Karon because there is not enough land left to make resorts that would be attractive and appealing to visitors, as these areas are already built up with resorts and hotels. Many new resorts are now being built near the beaches on the eastern side of the Phuket which still has beautiful green landscapes, and some are being built in the hills, and have wonderful sea views. Because if you go to a resort close to the beach, you may be disappointed the beaches on the east coast don’t have the same selling points such as the beautiful sunsets and some places are muddy, and only look as beautiful at high tide.

This resort is called Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness Resort, and can be likened to a small village were you will feel warmly welcomed and looked after in the traditional Thai fashion. After entering the front gates, appreciate the traditional murals lining the walls on the way to the lobby where your party can check in. The spa villas access by traditional horse or cattle cart. There is a steam room, massage bed and jacuzzi in the villa, providing a true Spa Resort experience.

If you are someone who is fascinated by Thai culture and would like to experience authentic cultural activities, then you should look no further. As a Five Star Spa, Sukko Spa offers the chance to learn things such as Thai herbology, Thai cooking and Thai vegetable and fruit carving. Also, we offer courses that will help improve your body and health such as Muay Thai Chaiya, Aqua Exercise and Ashtanga Yoga to help you thoroughly enjoy your relaxing holiday.


On your next day off or holiday, if you feel the need for true relaxation, Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness Resort maybe the answer you’re looking for. As well as finding the peace and relaxation you need, you can also absorb the beauty and tranquility of traditional Thai culture.

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