Phuket Mail and Postal Services

Phuket Information

Postal services and telecommunications in Phuket are much the same as in Europe and the US. The main advantage is that inland mail here is incredibly cheap! See below for details of how to get hooked up.

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Phuket Postal Services

Phuket Town, main Post Office on Montri Road, just north of Phang Nga Rd.
Patong - Rat-U-Thit Road, next to the Patong Palace Hotel at the northern end of Patong. Smaller branches also along the main roads in Karon, Chalong and Kamala.

Opening hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday-Friday. 9am-noon Saturday.
Urgent or important items can be sent by EMS services. This is faster and safer but the cost is higher. Private couriers like DHL are also available in Phuket.

You can send postcards and regular size letters from the reception at most major hotels around the island. 

Telecommunications and Internet

Most hotels can provide telephone and fax services. Public phones are not the greatest choice for making long distance or overseas calls - easier to make your calls from one of the many business centres that offer this service or do it from your hotel.

Most overseas mobile phones can be used here by purchasing a local SIM card, which costs less than 900 Baht. Otherwise, check with the service provider in your home country about international roaming before you leave. It's also possible to buy a mobile phone in Phuket for as little as 2,000 Baht and use a pay-as-you-go service such as One-2-Call or DPrompt. Additional time, usually on cards of 300, 500 or 800 Baht, can be bought at all mobile phone stands, mini-marts and bookshops around the island. Long-distance rates are often as low as calls made from land lines. Check with the shop when you buy.

Mobile phone stands - Long distance or overseas calls can also be made for a fixed price per 5 minutes from roadside stands often set up outside convenience stores. Local calls can easily be made from public phones but you will need to check whether it's a card or coin phone. Telephone cards are available from various places such as 7-Eleven convenience stores, some stationery stores and pharmacies, the Post Office and telephone authority offices.

Internet cafes are located in all the main tourist areas and offer reasonable rates. You can also check your email in the telecommunications office in Phuket town. Many hotels have an Internet service, but it can be expensive. There are a few wi-fi hotspots on the island, including Starbucks in Patong and The Books in Phuket town.

Important Phone Numbers

Police

191

Tourist Police

1699 or 076 214 368

Ambulance

076 254 425 /210 935

Bangkok-Phuket Hospital

076 254 421

Patong/Kathu Hospital

076 340 444, 342 633

Phuket International Hospital

076 249 400

Hyperbaric Services Thailand

076 342 518/9; 09 871 2335 emergency

Customs

076 211-105

Harbour Master

076 391-174

Tours & Travel Reservations Centre

01-737 0860

Immigration Authority

076 212 108

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