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  • Phuket City

    Phuket City

    Usually referred to as “Phuket Town”, Phuket City is well worth taking time out from the beach for its shops and... read more

    Phuket City

    Usually referred to as “Phuket Town”, Phuket City is well worth taking time out from the beach for its shops and markets, its Sino-Portuguese buildings, its temples and its many restaurants. Most visitors to Phuket head straight for the beach and... read more

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    Phuket City Map

    For more information see Phuket City guide, Phuket City hotels, Phuket City restaurants and Phuket City nightlife read more

    Phuket City Map

    For more information see Phuket City guide, Phuket City hotels, Phuket City restaurants and Phuket City nightlife read more

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  • Local Phuket Cuisine

    Phuket Local Cuisine

    While you are in Phuket it is worth sampling some real southern Thai food. Some of these you may have heard of and even tried... read more

    Phuket Local Cuisine

    While you are in Phuket it is worth sampling some real southern Thai food. Some of these you may have heard of and even tried before, such as Gaeng massaman and panaeng, both types of delicious curry. Others you most certainly would never have heard of, many... read more

  • Phuket People Gallery

    Phuket People

    During its long history Phuket was settled in multiple waves of migration resulting in the varied ethnic mix of the local people... read more

    Phuket People

    During its long history Phuket was settled in multiple waves of migration resulting in the varied ethnic mix of the local people on the island which includes Thai, Malay, Chinese and smaller ethnic groups such as the Moken and Urak Lawoi, who are commonly... read more

  • Koh Phi Phi

    Phuket to Phi Phi

    Up for gorgeous breakfast, fresh fresh fruit with yoghurt for Nic and PW has best omelette he has ever had. Down to beach at 11am... read more

    Phuket to Phi Phi

    Up for gorgeous breakfast, fresh fresh fruit with yoghurt for Nic and PW has best omelette he has ever had. Down to beach at 11am and hire snorkelling mask and fins, 200 baht each. Loads of colourful fish to be seen around the rocks, it is amazing. Wish we... read more

  • Vegetarian Festival Rituals

    Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

    23rd Sep – 2nd Oct 2014 The Phuket Vegetarian Festival, celebrated by the Chinese community in Phuket, is Phuket’s... read more

    Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

    23rd Sep – 2nd Oct 2014 The Phuket Vegetarian Festival, celebrated by the Chinese community in Phuket, is Phuket’s most important festival held over nine days during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (usually in late September or early... read more

  • Phuket sunset

    Phuket Weather & Forecast

    Phuket has a tropical climate, and is warm all year long. The dry season begins in December and usually lasts until March. The... read more

    Phuket Weather & Forecast

    Phuket has a tropical climate, and is warm all year long. The dry season begins in December and usually lasts until March. The monsoon season is June and lasts until October. Read more about Phuket’s climate. Phuket’s weather forecast for the next... read more

  • Rubber Tapping

    Phuket’s Economy

    Phuket has the second highest per capita income of any province in Thailand outside of Bangkok. Tourism has dominated the... read more

    Phuket’s Economy

    Phuket has the second highest per capita income of any province in Thailand outside of Bangkok. Tourism has dominated the island’s economy for the past two decades. Each year, over 3 million visitors arrive to enjoy Phuket’s natural splendor and... read more

  • Traditional Phuket Dress

    Phuket’s Population

    The residents of Phuket comprise Thais who have migrated from the mainland, ethnic Chinese, Malays, and Chao Leh or... read more

    Phuket’s Population

    The residents of Phuket comprise Thais who have migrated from the mainland, ethnic Chinese, Malays, and Chao Leh or ‘sea-gypsies’ who are the original inhabitants of Phuket. According to the census, Thai-Buddhists account for 71% of the... read more

  • Songkran in Phuket

    Public Holidays

    Government offices and most commercial offices will close on public holidays. Small shops may also close though most larger shops... read more

    Public Holidays

    Government offices and most commercial offices will close on public holidays. Small shops may also close though most larger shops and department stores will remain open. Bars and pubs are usually obliged to close on royal and religious holidays. January 1st... read more

  • Koh Racha Island

    Racha Islands

    Lying about 20kms south of Phuket, the Racha Islands comprise two islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi. To confuse matters... read more

    Racha Islands

    Lying about 20kms south of Phuket, the Racha Islands comprise two islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi. To confuse matters they are also known as Koh Raya Yai and Koh Raya Noi (Yai means “big” in Thai and as you may have already guessed, noi... read more

  • Rawai Beach

    Rawai Beach

    Rawai Beach is popular with locals and expats who come to enjoy seafood and the lovely view of the islands from the shore. In the... read more

    Rawai Beach

    Rawai Beach is popular with locals and expats who come to enjoy seafood and the lovely view of the islands from the shore. In the days before Phuket became a popular holiday destination, Rawai Beach was where locals from Phuket Town would come to enjoy the... read more

  • Chalong Temple

    Religion in Phuket

    The main religion on Phuket, as in the rest of Thailand, is Theravada Buddhism. Theravada, literally the “Doctrine of the... read more

    Religion in Phuket

    The main religion on Phuket, as in the rest of Thailand, is Theravada Buddhism. Theravada, literally the “Doctrine of the Elders”, is the name of the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the Pali Canon, or Tipitaka, which... read more

  • Phuket Religion Gallery

    Religion in Phuket

    Although the vast majority of Thais are Theravada Buddhist, Phuket has a more diverse ethnic and cultural mix with a large number... read more

    Religion in Phuket

    Although the vast majority of Thais are Theravada Buddhist, Phuket has a more diverse ethnic and cultural mix with a large number of mosques and Daoist shrines dotted around the island. To view a larger version click on the image. read more

  • Patong Motorbikes

    Road Safety

    Road accidents are the biggest cause of death to foreign tourists in Thailand. On top of this Phuket has one of the highest road... read more

    Road Safety

    Road accidents are the biggest cause of death to foreign tourists in Thailand. On top of this Phuket has one of the highest road accident rates in the country with motorbike accidents being the most common cause of death on the island. You really need to take... read more

  • Thai Tourist Police

    Safety Tips

    Thailand is generally a safe place to visit, and in this regard Phuket is no different. Violent crime is much less common in... read more

    Safety Tips

    Thailand is generally a safe place to visit, and in this regard Phuket is no different. Violent crime is much less common in Thailand than in many other parts of the world. A large percentage of crimes that affect visitors to Phuket are petty thefts, in the... read more

  • Red warning flags on the beach

    Sea Safety

    The sea surrounding Phuket is part of the island’s natural splendour and the main reason that many people choose to spend... read more

    Sea Safety

    The sea surrounding Phuket is part of the island’s natural splendour and the main reason that many people choose to spend their holidays here. The clear warm waters are enticing, and are pretty safe for most of the year. The sea does contain dangerous... read more

  • Similan Islands

    Similan Islands

    The Similan Islands are a group of nine islands about 100kms northwest of Phuket. The area has been designated the Similan Marine... read more

    Similan Islands

    The Similan Islands are a group of nine islands about 100kms northwest of Phuket. The area has been designated the Similan Marine National Park. The Similans are famed for their spectacular underwater scenery and marine life, and is regarded as one of the top... read more

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  • Staying healthy in Phuket

    Staying Healthy

    The most common health problem for visitors to Thailand is a stomach upset, sometimes referred to as “traveller’s... read more

    Staying Healthy

    The most common health problem for visitors to Thailand is a stomach upset, sometimes referred to as “traveller’s diarrhoea”. This is quite often mild but can sometimes be debilitating and could ruin your holiday. Therefore, you should... read more

  • Surin Beach

    Surin Beach

    Surin Beach, just north of Kamala, is an undeveloped stretch of sand lined with casuarina trees. Although there are now a few... read more

    Surin Beach

    Surin Beach, just north of Kamala, is an undeveloped stretch of sand lined with casuarina trees. Although there are now a few hotels springing up Surin is still quiet and peaceful. Surin is quite popular with locals who frequent the seafood stalls and... read more

  • Surin Islands

    Surin Islands

    The Surin Islands (Mu Koh Surin) are one of South Thailand’s more remote island destinations. This has allowed them to... read more

    Surin Islands

    The Surin Islands (Mu Koh Surin) are one of South Thailand’s more remote island destinations. This has allowed them to remain largely unspoilt and undeveloped. Though the islands are well-known for great scuba diving and snorkelling, the natural scenery... read more

  • Phuket by bus

    Taking a Bus to Phuket

    Traveling to Phuket by bus from Bangkok takes about 14 hours. You can catch one from the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai), in... read more

    Taking a Bus to Phuket

    Traveling to Phuket by bus from Bangkok takes about 14 hours. You can catch one from the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai), in Thonburi. (Charan Sanitwong rd, Bangkok, tel: 02 435 1200, 02 435 1199). Types of Buses Not all buses are the same. A couple... read more