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Travel Tips

Tips and advice for getting the most out of your time in Phuket such as how to stay healthy, getting around and some simple Thai phrases for getting by.

Phuket Transport Travelling around the island is not as convenient or cheap as you might... read more

To ensure that you have a great holiday in Phuket its important to look... read more

Safety in Phuket Tips on how to stay safe during your time in Phuket including avoiding being a victim of crime, staying safe on the roads and in the water.

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  • Phuket Banks & ATMs

    Banks & ATMs

    One of the most convenient ways to obtain local currency is to draw it from an ATM. Most ATMs throughout Thailand can be used to... read more

    Banks & ATMs

    One of the most convenient ways to obtain local currency is to draw it from an ATM. Most ATMs throughout Thailand can be used to draw money from your bank account at home. Look for stickers displaying the Maestro, Cirrus or Plus logos. You should be aware... read more

  • Phuket longtail boats

    Boats & Ferries

    Boats can be hired for trips to nearby islands or fishing sites. The main areas for hiring are Chalong Pier and Rawai with fares... read more

    Boats & Ferries

    Boats can be hired for trips to nearby islands or fishing sites. The main areas for hiring are Chalong Pier and Rawai with fares depending on the number of passengers, distance, length of time and type of vessel. Longtail boats are a lot cheaper than... read more

  • Phuket buses

    Buses

    There are a few modern air-conditioned buses that operate along routes in Phuket City but do not go to other parts of the island.... read more

    Buses

    There are a few modern air-conditioned buses that operate along routes in Phuket City but do not go to other parts of the island. The fare is fixed at 10 baht. There are designated bus stops, but you are able to flag them down along the route as well. You can... read more

  • Phuket car rental

    Car Rental

    Avis, Budget and Hertz have counters at Phuket International Airport and at a few hotels around Phuket. You can also hire cars... read more

    Car Rental

    Avis, Budget and Hertz have counters at Phuket International Airport and at a few hotels around Phuket. You can also hire cars from the many local car hire companies. The local companies are cheaper but you might prefer to go with a name you know. Rental... read more

  • Cost of living in Phuket

    Cost of Living

    Gone are the days when Phuket was a hippie hideaway. Phuket is generally more expensive than the rest of Thailand. The island is... read more

    Cost of Living

    Gone are the days when Phuket was a hippie hideaway. Phuket is generally more expensive than the rest of Thailand. The island is never short of tourists with foreign currency because of its reputation as Asia’s premier beach resort and the fact that it... read more

  • Money-Currency-Baht

    Currency Exchange & Credit...

    Currency The currency of Thailand is the Baht. 1 Baht = 100 Satangs. Paper currency comes in 1,000 , 500 , 100 , 50 , 20 Bank... read more

    Currency Exchange & Credit Cards

    Currency The currency of Thailand is the Baht. 1 Baht = 100 Satangs. Paper currency comes in 1,000 , 500 , 100 , 50 , 20 Bank notes are scaled as well as coloured according to value. The larger the denomination, the larger the size of the note. Coins come in... read more

  • Dengue in Phuket

    Diseases

    Dengue fever: The disease has been on the increase in Thailand. The dengue-carrying mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is most active... read more

    Diseases

    Dengue fever: The disease has been on the increase in Thailand. The dengue-carrying mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is most active during the day, particularly at dawn and dusk. The mosquito lays it eggs in water, so the risk of dengue is higher during the rainy... read more

  • Thai Etiquette

    Do’s & Don’ts

    When visiting any country, you need to respect the local people and their customs. Thailand is no different though Thais are... read more

    Do’s & Don’ts

    When visiting any country, you need to respect the local people and their customs. Thailand is no different though Thais are generally a very tolerant and hospitable people. You should be aware of a few simple guidelines to avoid accidentally offending people... read more

  • Medical tourism in Phuket

    Health Tourism

    Phuket has been steadily gaining a reputation as a health tourism destination, with a large range of spas and medical services.... read more

    Health Tourism

    Phuket has been steadily gaining a reputation as a health tourism destination, with a large range of spas and medical services. Phuket also has two international standard hospitals, Bangkok Phuket Hospital and Phuket International Hospital. Both of these... read more

  • Phuket International Hospital

    Hospitals

    Even though private health care in Thailand is relatively cheap compared to Europe or North America, you really should take out... read more

    Hospitals

    Even though private health care in Thailand is relatively cheap compared to Europe or North America, you really should take out travel insurance that will cover treatments and hospital stays in Thailand. Phuket has two international standard hospitals, Phuket... read more

  • Internet in Phuket

    Internet Access

    Internet Cafes Internet cafes can be found all over Phuket which provide Internet access. Rates are very reasonable, with prices... read more

    Internet Access

    Internet Cafes Internet cafes can be found all over Phuket which provide Internet access. Rates are very reasonable, with prices ranging between 30 – 150 Baht per hour, depending on the speed of connection and type of establishment. Generally, Internet... read more

  • Phuket Post

    Mail & Post Offices

    Phuket City’s postal code is 83000. However, there are several variations for the different districts and sub-districts of... read more

    Mail & Post Offices

    Phuket City’s postal code is 83000. However, there are several variations for the different districts and sub-districts of the island. Patong is 83150, while Kata and Karon are 83100. Other sub-districts have variations all starting with 83. Stamps can... read more

  • Motorbike rental

    Motorbike Rental

    Motorcycles ranging from 100cc bikes to superbikes can be found for hire in most busy beach areas. Prices start at about 200 Baht... read more

    Motorbike Rental

    Motorcycles ranging from 100cc bikes to superbikes can be found for hire in most busy beach areas. Prices start at about 200 Baht per day for a 100cc Honda or Suzuki motorbike. The law is vague concerning tourists and motorbike licences. No one will stop you... read more

  • Thailand Immigration Stamp

    Passport & Visa Requirements

    All tourists traveling to Phuket and anywhere in Thailand must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond their... read more

    Passport & Visa Requirements

    All tourists traveling to Phuket and anywhere in Thailand must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond their intended length of stay (Retirement visa requires at least 18 months validity). Thailand has over 30 International Immigration Check... read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Phuket meter taxi

    Taxis

    Meter taxis are relatively cheap and hassle free, unfortunately, these are only normally available from the airport. Walk out of... read more

    Taxis

    Meter taxis are relatively cheap and hassle free, unfortunately, these are only normally available from the airport. Walk out of the arrivals hall on the ground floor, turn right and walk to the end of the airport terminal building. There is an airport... read more

  • Phuket Telephone

    Telephone & Fax Facilities

    Telephone Country Code:  66 Area Code:  076 IDD Code:  001 When calling Phuket from overseas you... read more

    Telephone & Fax Facilities

    Telephone Country Code:  66 Area Code:  076 IDD Code:  001 When calling Phuket from overseas you need to leave out the ‘0’ at the beginning of the area code, so you would dial 66-76-… To call overseas from... read more

  • Thai food in Phuket

    Thai Food Guide

    For a large number of visitors Thai food can be one of the main attractions and highlights of their trip. Phuket is famous for... read more

    Thai Food Guide

    For a large number of visitors Thai food can be one of the main attractions and highlights of their trip. Phuket is famous for its fresh seafood, but there are also plenty of Thai food restaurants serving a wide range of Thai cuisine. One of the most... read more

  • Thai Cooking Spices

    Thai Food Recipes

    For lovers of Thai food we have included six recipes of the most popular Thai dishes. We hope these will serve as an introduction... read more

    Thai Food Recipes

    For lovers of Thai food we have included six recipes of the most popular Thai dishes. We hope these will serve as an introduction to the herbs and spices that have made Thai food so popular. Most ingredients can now be found at Asian food shops across Europe... read more

  • Thai Alphabet

    Thai Phrase Guide

    Most people in Phuket will understand at least a few words of English and you might get by without speaking any Thai at all. Thai... read more

    Thai Phrase Guide

    Most people in Phuket will understand at least a few words of English and you might get by without speaking any Thai at all. Thai children learn English at school, and the ability to speak English is regarded as an important qualification for a large number... read more