Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and one of the most popular travel destinations in the country. It is famous for its pearly white beaches, dramatic limestone cliffs, magnificent marine life, and crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. It continues to attract millions of tourists who wish to experience the tropical island life. The Ethical Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is a great attraction on the island, which invites tourists to see and interact with elephants in the safety of their natural habitat. Recently, travelers have also found another reason to visit the island: medical facilities. Just like many major cities and regions in Thailand, Phuket offers high-quality and affordable healthcare and not just inexpensive healthcare, the cost of accommodation and travel is also cheaper than other competitive countries. In addition, the beautiful environment is excellent for recovery and rejuvenation.
There are many things to do in Phuket, but the main attraction is the beaches. If you like to meet a lot of people and experience a lively nightlife, head to Patong Beach. However, if you are looking for tranquil beaches where you can relax under the sun without busy crowds, try Mai Khao, Naithon, and Surin beaches. The island is not only all about the beaches, but any animal lovers will also be delighted to visit Elephant Sanctuary and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center where tourists can see the animals without disturbing them. For travelers who want to have some cultural activities, the island boasts around 40 Buddhist Temples. Beyond the beaches is turquoise water you can dive into and smaller islands you can explore.
Domestic and international visitors will arrive at Phuket International airport. The airport operates flights to other regions in Thailand as well as major cities in Asia and seasonal flights to Europe. There are numerous budget airlines such as Thai AirAsia, Nok Air, and Thai Lion Air. The most practical options to get around are tuk-tuks and taxis. With tuk-tuks, you have to agree on a price, but taxis are metered. Buses and motorbike taxis are other excellent modes of transport.
Tourists generally need a visa to enter and stay in Thailand. It is best to check at your nearest Thai embassy and consulate to learn about visa procedures and policy. However, nationals of 76 countries, including Singapore, the UK, and the US can enter and stay for up to 90 days without a visa. Citizens of China and India can apply for a visa on arrival.
The weather on the island is mostly hot and humid, with a constantly high temperature of 30 °C. The rainy season is from May to October, and you can expect to experience a lot of rain showers. December to March is the dry season, and the temperature will be cooler and there will only be a few rainy days.
- Local Currency: Thai Bhat (THB) is the official currency. 1 USD is equivalent to 30.8 THB.
- Money & Payments: ATMs are available around the island and credit cards are accepted in various hotels and restaurants. Tipping is not expected but appreciated.
- Local Language: The local language is Thai, but many people will speak and understand English.
- Local Culture and Religion: Most of the population follows Buddhism, but you will also find many Muslims.
- Public Holidays: The island has numerous holidays and festivals, such as Constitution Day, Visakha Bucha, and Songkran Festival.