Travel and Local Information Guide
Phuket Island is 48km long and 21km across at its widest point, so you're never far from the sea at any given point. The weather is at its best from March to early May and at its wettest from May to October, though mornings and afternoons are still generally sunny and clear. Temperatures tend to be between 25°C on the coolest nights and 33°C on the hottest days.
The basic information, listed below, should be studied in advance of a stay on the island to avoid any nasty surprises. Listed are business hours, practical advice and essential information to make your Phuket stay an optimal one.
Quick Facts about Phuket
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 are generally from 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 from Monday to Friday are 8.30am to 3.30pm. Some branches, including those located in shopping centres, are open as late as 7 or 8pm and on Saturdays. ATMs are widely available, and most accept cards using international banking networks such as Cirrus, Plus, Visa and MasterCard.
Currency is the Thai Baht. Check out our handy Currency Converter to find the value in your own currency.
Electricity is 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, snakes or iguanas, please just say "no" and walk away. It’s not only illegal, but most of the animals are clearly distressed. They should not be paraded around amongst 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’ and sometimes have their mouths glued shut to prevent them from biting. Learn more about rescuing wild animals in Thailand here at The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand’s (WFFT) website.