Phuket, Thailand, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. The island is near the southwest coast of the country in the Andaman Sea. It is the largest island of Thailand comparable in its size to Singapore: 50 km long and 21 km wide. The rich landscapes, turquoise water of warm sea and snow-white sand make Phuket very attractive for tourists.
The most popular Phuket beach is Patong, on the western coast of the island. This place attracts mostly young people from all around the world due to its relaxed nightlife. Also, here are the major shopping malls and other recreation areas.
Phuket is unique and amazingly diverse: while there is total charivari on Patong, a lot of places for secluded relaxation, active sports, scuba diving and relaxing beach pastime. Everyone can find a place and activity to his/her liking.
The Phuket climate is tropical: humid and warm. The weather is determined by monsoons. It is warm here the year round, but, nevertheless, there are two different seasons: the dry season and the rainy season.
The dry season lasts from November till March, the temperature ranges from +26°C to +36°C. It is the best time for a beach holiday. Tropical rains are very rare, and sunny days prevail.
The rainy season begins in the late spring and lasts till November: the average temperature remains in the comfortable 23-33°C range, but humidity raises high. The rainy season brings gusty winds and torrential rains. This time is better for windsurfing, and hotel prices are significantly lower than in the peak season. In the rainy season sea swimming is forbidden at most beaches ,as warned by caution signs all around.
Phuket is a beautiful tropical resort where villas with private pools and splendid views of the Andaman Sea. The best luxury hotels have all modern facilities and a variety of tourist services making any vacation unforgettable.
A perfect holiday setting surrounding with idyllic tropical forests is just for you. But Phuket hotels are various and suitable to any tourist taste: there are a thousand different proposals at your disposal, from modest budget to the most exclusive ones. You can rent a cheap apartment in a private house or a luxury villa.
Right here you can find the best hotel offers and choose the best place for your holiday:
How to get to Phuket
Phuket's popularity is defined by its easy accessibility. You can get there by plane from anywhere any time you like. Tourists who are already in Thailand can travel on road routes to Phuket: the island is connected to the mainland by a road bridge.
Phuket International Airport is the second largest in Thailand after Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. It daily accepts flights from dozens of the largest airports of Asia, Australia, Middle East, and even Europe. It is easy to get from Bangkok to Phuket by plane in less than an hour and for ridiculous money.
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There is no direct railroad between Phuket and the mainland Thailand, but you can go from Bangkok to Singapore which is near Surat Thani. Then take a bus to the central bus station. There you can change to the bus to Phuket, and in about 3-5 hours of travelling you are at the place. Or you can buy a tourist shuttle from the Surat Thani railway station to Phuket which is even easier and cheaper.
Personally, we don’t like such complex routes. Plenty of changes and public transport travelling in the wet heat are not a pleasant experience. On the other hand, you will have a chance to look at the interior life of Thailand.
Phuket can be reached by bus from all popular places: Pattaya, Krabi, Ranong, Bangkok, etc. You can also contact a travel agency for a trip to Phuket.
Ferries run regularly to and from all popular tourist spots, you will be landed at Rassada Port not far from Phuket Town. On the pier you can take a taxi or a local bus.
On the same pier you can take a ferry to the beautiful neighboring island Phi Phi which belongs to the Krabi province. The journey takes about half an hour and costs about 500 baht.
Prices in Phuket
Prices in Phuket are low. The food is cheap. There are a lot of small shops, especially at tourist spots, where you can buy food. Someone sells local fruits, someone bakes pancakes and sells ice cream, someone sells fresh seafood and cooks it for you just on the spot.
There are a lot of night markets of cheap and tasty food on Phuket and all around Thailand. Wherever you stay in Thailand, there for sure is such a market nearby. It is usually within a walking distance, or you can get there by a tuk-tuk for some coins.
We will write a separate article on the Phuket prices, so you may get a complete picture.
Transport in Phuket
There is a number of car rental services in Phuket competing toughly with each other. It has positive effect on the market prices and makes car rent quite cheap. If you like to move around and explore new places, a rented car is your choice. Actually, there is a number of incredibly beautiful places in Phuket that are worth visiting! If you travel with children or elderly people, then a rented car is just the thing for you.
Note: the traffic here is left-hand, it might be a little freaky for the first time. But you will get used to it in a few hours. We rented a car for the whole stay on the island to be mobile and able to visit a lot of places. We used the RentalCars service which helps you find the best and most suitable deal of all rental agencies available.
To rent a car you need your international standard driver's license (all personal information must be duplicated in English) for making a deal. You can rent a car right at the airport upon arrival, throw your bags into the trunk and go to the hotel directly. Car rental depends on a rent period the longer a period, the cheaper the rental per day.
Motorcycles and mopeds are the most common transport in Phuket. You can rent a motorbike almost on every corner. The price is around 150-300 baht, it depends on the model and the season. Be sure to take a helmet or you might be fined, the traffic is not safe and the rules are strict in Thailand. Renting a bike you should buy an insurance as it is the most dangerous transport in Thailand.
The most popular and cheap transport on the island is a tuk-tuk (auto-rickshaw). It is like a motorcycle with a canopy body and two benches inside. Tuk-tuks are cheap, but remember that tourists might get cheated of the trip cost or imposed with an unwanted service like a shopping trip.
Negotiate the price before the trip and try not to conflict with the tuk-tuk driver, otherwise he gets support of his colleagues and you get into difficulties.
Taxi is much safer and you can book a transfer in advance.
This is an introductory article about Phuket. The next articles of our blog will tell more about our journey around the island.