By joint ferry and public bus or minivan service it takes between 9 hours and 11 hours to travel from Koh Tao to Phuket.
Bus Timetable: Koh Tao to Phuket
- Click on the ‘Koh Tao – Phuket’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Koh Tao - Phuket ฿ 1,000–1,200 9h – 11h|
Departure from Koh Tao
Joint ferry and bus services to Phuket depart from Mae Haad in Koh Tao.
Arrival in Phuket
Lomprayah High Speed Ferry services to Phuket terminate at 29 Soi Jaofa 38, Tambon Wichit, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000 and Seatran Discovery Services arrive in Phuket at Phuket Bus Terminal 2.
Jui Tui Shrine in Phuket
The Jui Tui Shrine is a Taoist temple located in Phuket Town. The temple was constructed by the town’s Chinese immigrant community in 1911. The Jui Tui Shrine was originally located in another part of Phuket Town near water wheels used by the local community to grind rice, hence the bame which means ‘water wheel’. The Jui Tui Shrine is dedicated to Tean Hu Huan Soy, who is the Taoist God of the performing arts. Tean Hu Huan Soy was a famous performer in ancient China who became deified (made into a God) in the years following his death. Since the time the temple was constructed it has been expanded with the addition of a grand entrance gate, an elaborate roof and more recently the colourful ‘fire cracker’ house. The temple’s growth and fame is linked to the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. The Jui Tui Shrine is the focal point of the annual Vegetarian Festival and every day during the 9 days of the festival the temple becomes packed with worshippers.
The Jui Tui Shrine is open every day from 08:00 to 20:30 and admission is free. Whilst visiting the Jui Tui Shrine you can also visit the older Taoist Put Cho Shrine, located next door, which is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy.