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06 Tips to Know When Travelling to Phuket – Prepare for Island Escapes

An ideal island getaway in Thailand, Phuket has much to offer be it for beachside bliss, fun adventures, cultural discoveries or thrilling nightlife. Of course, it always helps to know more about a destination before arriving and these travel tips will help you prepare for a holiday.


Local Weather & Seasons

It's always good to have an idea of the weather and seasons when planning your trip. In Phuket, the peak season which is when you can expect the best weather is usually from December to March; as you would expect, the rates will be higher too. The hot season is from April to June with high humidity and occasional showers, while July to November is generally the wet season; it is unlikely to rain for days on end though and rates will be lower too.


Getting Around the Island

There are several options when it comes to transport in Phuket, both public and private services. For short distances, you can make use of tuk-tuks or motorbike taxis though do negotiate the price beforehand. You can also opt to take songthaews which are local open-air buses (generally blue) that can be hailed from the road. Alternatively, you can rent a car or motorbike (an international driver's license is needed) or hail air-conditioned taxis.


Accommodation in Phuket

When it comes to finding a place to stay, there are plenty of options available though it is best to book ahead especially during the peak season, be it at hotels, resorts or hostels. Look to find accommodation beside or near the beach and other local attractions so you can minimise your transport time. In Phuket, real estate options are also available with properties such as Layan Residences by Anantara providing ideal choices for a holiday home by the coast.


Cultural Considerations

It is important to know about local customs and traditions as well so as not to disrespect local culture or cause offence. When visiting temples, make sure to dress conservatively covering bare shoulders and legs and take off your footwear and hat / cap. Always be respectful to statues or images of the Buddha as well as to the Thai royal family and remember to stand up if you hear the national anthem being played.


Connectivity & Money Matters

You can purchase SIM cards when you arrive at the airport or from convenience stores on the island too; your passport will be needed to register the number. Do remember that for electronic devices 220 volts, 50 Hz is the voltage in Thailand. ATMs can be found around Phuket though it is a good idea to carry some cash with you especially for purchasing items from small stalls. When shopping at markets, you can also bargain but be polite when doing so.


Staying Safe on a Visit

Phuket is a safe holiday destination, but there are some things you can keep in mind too. Avoid drinking tap water and carry bottled or filtered water with you. Insects including mosquitoes can make their presence felt at certain times so do have bug spray / insect repellent. If you plan to drive a car or ride a bike, remember that driving is on the left-hand side (like in the UK or Australia). Also, keep some emergency numbers with you such as for the tourist police (1155) or police (191).