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Travel time from Los Angeles to Phuket

Los Angeles to Phuket airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Los Angeles to Phuket? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Phuket, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Wednesday, 2:29 pm:  start in Los Angeles
drive for about 36 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 4:00 pm at the latest

3:05 pm:  Los Angeles International (LAX)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 4:30 pm

3:35 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

4:35 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

5:05 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

5:20 pm:  board Polar Air Cargo Airways flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:30 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:45 pm:  wheels up! take-off from LAX
fly for about 12.5 hours in the air

Thursday, 10:14 pm (local time):  Incheon International (ICN)
Seoul, South Korea is 16 hours ahead of Los Angeles, CA
so the time in Los Angeles is actually 6:14 am
you actually arrive the day after you left
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

10:29 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

10:35 am (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about -2154 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

10:50 am (local time):  board Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:00 am (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:15 am (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from ICN
fly for about 6 hours in the air

3:07 pm (local time):  Phuket International (HKT)
Phuket is 2 hours behind Seoul, South Korea
and 14 hours ahead of Los Angeles
so the time in Los Angeles is actually 1:07 am
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

3:22 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at HKT
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 50 minutes to your destination

4:12 pm (local time):  arrive in Phuket

Total travel time: -12 hours

Flying non-stop from Los Angeles to Phuket

How far is Phuket from Los Angeles? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 8,685 miles or 13977 km

Flight time: 17 hours, 52 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Airlines that fly to Phuket

We picked Polar Air Cargo Airways for your main flight, and Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Polar Air Cargo Airways (PO)
  2. Asiana Airlines Inc. (OZ)
  3. Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. (KE)
  4. Atlas Air Inc. (5Y)
  5. Thai Airways International Ltd. (TG)
  6. Kalitta Air LLC (KAQ)
  7. Western Global (KD)
  8. Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SQ)
  9. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (CX)
  10. Federal Express Corporation (FX)

Plan a trip to Phuket

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Phuket, Thailand. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Phuket. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Phuket like Patong Beach. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Phuket like Best travel means from Phuket to Bangkok at reasonable prices. Click the button below to explore Phuket in detail.

What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Phuket to Los Angeles, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

If you happen to know Los Angeles, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Los Angeles!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 8,685 miles
flight time of 17 hours, 52 minutes
Phuket is 14 hours ahead of Los Angeles
564 Los Angeles travel answers
117 Phuket travel answers


Phuket Airports
  1. Phuket International Airport

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