Phuket Information

Travel and Local Information Guide

Phuket Island is 50km long and you're never far from the sea at any given point. The basic information, listed below, should be studied in advance of a stay on the island. Listed are business hours, practical advice and essential information to make your Phuket stay an optimal one.

10 Ways to Recognise Expats in Phuket 10 Ways to Recognise Expats in Phuket

Phuket’s expats often take on the habits of the local people, whether they are unusual, funny, good or bad. Check out our non-exhaustive list of Thai habits that are often embraced by expats in Phuket. Read More...

Phuket Beach Clean-Up 2014 Phuket Beach Clean-up 2014

Curious to know what happened to the beach chairs, hawkers and restaurants on the beaches of Phuket? We visited them all - from Rawai in the south to Mai Khao in the north - and this is what we saw. Read More...

10 Movies Shot in Phuket 10 Movies Shot in Phuket

There are plenty of movies shot in Phuket and its nearby areas due to the fact that Thailand has always been eager to attract Hollywood and the international cinema industry on its soil as a way to promote tourism in the country. Read More...

Phuket’s Most Obvious Scams 5 Phuket’s Obvious Scams

We all know that scams exist in every popular travel destination and we all know that it’s human nature to let your guard down while on holiday. You won’t fall for local scams if you’re pre-warned about them: Here are Phuket’s five most obvious scams. Read More...


Quick Facts

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. At 540 km sq, it's about the same size as Singapore. Just over an hour's fight from Bangkok or Singapore, and with daily connections to most major Asian airports, Phuket is ideally situated for a short break or a relaxing vacation.

Business Hours - generally 9am to 5pm, weekdays, and 9am to 12 noon on Saturdays, except Public Holidays when hours may vary. Shops and local stores open from 10 or 11am to 10pm, daily.

Banking hours - Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm. Some branches, including those located in shopping centres, are open as late as 7-8pm and on Saturdays. Currency exchange booths are usually open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Twenty-four-hour ATMs are widely available, and most accept cards using international banking networks such as Cirrus or Plus

Currency is the Thai Baht. Check out our handy Currency Converter to find the value in your own currency.

Electricity - 220 Volts. Several different plugs and sockets are in use, but two pin flat (US type) or round (European type) are pretty universal. Adapters can bought at local stores.

Animal Exploitation in Phuket/Thailand - If you happen to be in any beach town in Thailand, including Patong and Pattaya, and are approach by someone to have your photo taken with animals such as gibbons, sloths, eagles or iguanas, please just say ‘no’ and walk away. It’s not only illegal but most of the animals are clearly distressed looking. They should not be paraded around among strangers all night long in such a non-animal-friendly environment. Also it’s disturbing to know that in many cases the animals are drugged to make them ‘behave’. Learn more about rescuing wild animals in Thailand here at The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand’s (WFFT) website.

Phuket Weather Phuket Weather and Climate

When is the best time to visit Phuket? How much rain should I expect during the rainy season? Is it really hot during high season? Get some answers here! Read More...

Car Rental in Phuket Car Rental in Phuket

One of the best ways to see Phuket is to hire a car and drive around. There are many scenic roads, particularly on the West Coast. It's fun and inexpensive.

Phuket International Airport Phuket Airport Information

Even though the airport ranks second in the country in terms of passenger and freight volume it is quite a modest affair and within minutes of landing you will be in the terminal. Read More...

Driving in and around Phuket Getting Around Phuket

Getting Around in Phuket is easy. Most of the beach resorts are small enough to walk around and most hotels are located close to the beach, restaurants and shopping areas. Read More...

Getting Married in Phuket Getting Married in Phuket

Phuket is the perfect spot for your dream wedding. Get married in the traditional western style with a non-denominational ceremony, or have a Thai style Buddhist wedding. Read More...

Tips for Family Travel in Phuket Family Travel Tips

Setting out on an exciting island holiday with small children or while pregnant is like any other project and can be done. Read More...

Discover Phuket Island Discover Phuket Island

In-depth information on some Phuket and surrounding sites such as Phuket Big Buddha, Koh Panyee Village, Phuket Town Sino-Portugese's architecture, and a lot more. Read More...

Getting There Getting There

Several airlines now fly direct to Phuket's International Airport from international locations, making a stopover in Bangkok unnecessary, especially during the the high season (November - April.) Read More...

Health Tourism Health Tourism

Phuket's quality of medical care is relatively high, and often available at far lower prices than service of equal standards in other countries. Read More...

Phuket Fast Facts Phuket Fast Facts

Phuket is changing at breakneck speed and nowadays it's no longer unusual to discover niches in Phuket that have all the commodities of Bangkok or even a western town. Read More...

Phuket Real Estate & Properties in Phuket Phuket Real Estate & Properties

Luxury developments are going up and it seems that everyone is clamouring to get their own place in the sun. With a warm climate and modern amenities, living in Phuket makes sense. Read More...

Honeymoon in Phuket Honeymoon in Phuket

Phuket lives and breathes intimacy and has many nooks and crannies ideal for couples, including several award-winning west-coast restaurants. Read More...

Phuket Child Watch Phuket Child Watch

Buying chewing gum and flowers from children only ensures that they'll be made to work until 04:30 every morning. No matter how big their eyes are and how sorry you feel, its kinder not to buy. Read More...

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Kathu Festival Kathu Festival 2014

Kathu Festival, just few kilometers from Patong Beach, is getting popular and draws bigger crowds each year of its existence. Kathu festival 2014 will be held from 11 to 13 July

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