Just some info for anyone thinking of booking a flight to Phuket. I've just seen on Skyscanner that Qatar are now running a flight direct from Doha to Phuket. This avoids gong via Bangkok. The time flight time out from the uk if you gets the night flight down to phuket is now down to 14.5 hrs and only slightly longer back.
I'm notmsuremwhen the flight starts as I put in dates for April next year. There are also so good prices on Skyscanner.
Unfortunately I missed this deal as I have booked with Ethiad.