Phuket Mail and Postal Services
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.
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
1699 or 076 214 368
076 254 425 /210 935
076 254 421
076 340 444, 342 633
Phuket International Hospital
076 249 400
Hyperbaric Services Thailand
076 342 518/9; 09 871 2335 emergency
Tours & Travel Reservations Centre
076 212 108