City located in the south of Thailand and capital of the island and province of Phuket. This island, also called Ko Phuket, is the largest Thai island in the Andaman Sea. It is one of the most visited destinations in the country to enjoy blue lagoons and sunsets and the typical tropical climate.
It is on the south coast that are the most popular beaches of Phuket. The northern part is quieter. Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay and Patong Beach are famous places. There are many activities to choose from including scuba diving, windsurfing and boating.
Also, explore the inland, wooded hills, mountains and cliffs inside the island.
Diving and water sports
Recommended days of stay
From 5 to 7 days to see several islands.
Best time to visit
High season from December to January.
The vegetarian festival in late September or October.
Low season from May to October due to torrential monsoon rains.
Most Western nationals arriving in Thailand by air obtain a free 30-day visa.
Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.mfa.go.th
Phuket Immigration Office: www.phuketimmigration.go.th
Holidays & Festivals
Phuket vegetarian festival
The currency is Baht (B). There are coins of 1, 2, 5 and 10 B, and also banknotes of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 B. 1 Baht is divided into 100 satangs.
In May 2017: 1 euro = 39 baht.
Credit cards are commonly accepted.
Foreign exchange offices are present everywhere, including at the airport.
Swimming is sometimes dangerous during the monsoon because of the big waves.