Phuket Travel Guide

Phuket Travel Guide offers concise and compact travel guides of the cities, towns and vibrant villages across Phuket, in a unique combination with a Phuket places business directory, upcoming Phuket event listings and an overview of all attractions and things to do in Phuket.


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Places in Phuket

Phuket Travel Guide lists a unique places business directory showing you insights into Phuket accommodation, Phuket activities, Phuket eateries, Phuket health and beauty places, Phuket nightlife venues, Phuket service providers and Phuket shopping destinations.

Find out what Phuket businesses have to offer, their opening times, contact information, links to their social media profiles, as well as directions on how to get there.



Events in Phuket

Stay up-to-date with our comprehensive list of events in Phuket. Don’t miss out on food and beverage promotions, Sunday roasts, brunches, BBQ’s, live music, live DJs, parties, quiz nights, social events.


Attractions in Phuket

Beaches, viewpoints, temples, landmarks, markets, shopping malls and national parks are just a few of the many attractions that Phuket has to offer. Some of these are free to visit at any time, others have entrance fees and specific visiting hours and some are only accessible during certain months of the year.

Phuket Travel Guide

August 9, 2022

Phuket, Thailand’s second smallest province and largest island, is a real tropical paradise. White sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife, warm aquamarine waters and sumptuous seafood are just a few attractions that you will find on this idyllic island, also known as The Pearl of the Andaman Sea.

Phuket lies off the west coast of Thailand and, including some smaller islands off its coast, is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. The island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay.

Phuket Travel Guide | The name Phuket is said to be a derivative of the Malay word ‘bukit’, which means ‘hill’, and is a reference to the island’s appearance from a distance.

Other sources claim it was formed from the Thai words for ‘mountain’ and ‘jewel’, being ‘phu’ and ‘ket’ respectively. Prior to this, Phuket was called ‘Jung Ceylon’, a reference that is evident on historic European navigational charts and an alteration of the Malay Tanjung Salang words for ‘Cape Salang’.

Later, it was called ‘Thalang’, a name that still remains in one of the island’s districts before finally settling on the name it is known as today.

The island first sparked the interest of keen sun seekers in the 1970’s and produced the beginning of another boom. Resorts began popping up in Patong and Phuket Town at first, eventually spreading into other parts of the isle.

Today, Phuket continues to grow by expanding its opportunities in business and tourism, while still maintaining its soulful charm and charisma.

Short History

Phuket Travel Guide

Phuket’s idyllic position along a major maritime trade route, as well as its valuable natural raw materials such as tin, gained the attention of a number of nations in the past.

In the 17th century the Dutch and English displayed their interest in trading. Towards the end of the century, the French were exporting the most amount of tin, and Siamese King Narai decided to appoint a French governor to oversee Phuket in an attempt to rid the Dutch and English influence on the island. The French were later expelled following the Siam Revolution in 1688 where they attempted occupation one year later but to no avail.

In 1785, the Burmese saw a battle that eventually ended in their defeat when the wife of the deceased governor of Phuket Province, Than Phu Ying Chan and her sister, Khun Muk defended the isle by dressing as male soldiers and forming a powerful army. In honour of these brave siblings, King Rama I awarded them each with royal titles and they are recognised to this day for their courage and fearlessness in a commemorative statue known as Heroine’s Monument, which can be seen on the roundabout along Thepkasattri Road.

Phuket’s tin mining industry continued to grow and was a booming business by the 19th century, which saw a large influx of Chinese migrants arrive to work for the European mine owners. The Chinese began mixing with Thais by initially sharing their knowledge and traditions, and eventually through inter-marriage whereby a new culture was created that is known as ‘Baba’.

The Chinese labourers ultimately became merchants themselves and so their riches grew where they built impressive Sino-Portuguese mansions that are still evident throughout Phuket Town. Today, tin mining ceases to exist on the Andaman isle where natural resources that continue to thrive are rubber plantations and palm oil production.

Nowadays, Phuket’s main source of income comes from tourism. The island first sparked the interest of keen sun seekers in the 1970’s and produced the beginning of another boom.

Resorts began popping up in Patong and Phuket Town at first, eventually spreading into other parts of the isle. Today, Phuket continues to grow by expanding its opportunities in business and tourism, while still maintaining its soulful charm and charisma.

Useful Facts

Phuket Travel Guide

Below you’ll find some useful information to assist you during your trip to Phuket

Banking

Opening Hours are Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 15:30 (Except on Bank Holidays and Public Holidays). Banks in shopping malls are open daily until 19:00 or 20:00 depending on the branch.

ATM machines are available island-wide at banks, shopping malls and convenience stores. Major credit cards are accepted in large shops and bigger restaurants, however AMEX is not widely accepted.

Thai Baht is available in the following notes and coins.
Bank Notes: 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000
Coins: 0.25, 0.50, 1, 2, 5 and 10
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Climate

Phuket enjoys a tropical monsoon climate with little variation in temperature throughout the year, ranging between 25 °C and 32 °C. There are two seasons, namely dry (high season), which occurs between the months of December and April, in addition to wet (low season) from May to November, where rainfall can be quite heavy at times.

Courier Services

There are a selection of courier services to choose from in Phuket with well-known companies, such as DHL, Fed-Ex and TNT.

Language

Thai is the official language in Phuket, however English is widely spoken and understood.

Postal Service

Thailand Post runs an efficient postal service and also offers fast-track options at reasonable rates. The main post office can be found on Montri Road in Phuket Town with several smaller branches in most cities and towns across the island.

Opening Hours are Monday to Friday from 08:30 until 16:30 and Saturdays from 09:00 until 12:00.

Religion

Phuket is a Buddhist island. There are close to 40 temples scattered across the isle, many of which offer an insightful view into Theravada Buddhism. The Muslim community makes up 30-35% of Phuket’s population and you’ll find a mosque in most towns. Taoism is also practiced, usually alongside Buddhism. Several Chinese shrines can be found across Phuket, many of which are in Phuket City.

Phuket Districts

Phuket Travel Guide gives you an insight into where to stay in Phuket, what to do in Phuket, where to eat in Phuket, health and beauty in Phuket, nightlife in Phuket, services in Phuket and shopping in Phuket. Each Phuket sub-district has their own unique draw and all boast attractions that beckon investigation; you’ll find exactly which parts of Phuket island suit your individual interests and tastes best.

The administrative region of Phuket is divided into three districts from which Thalang is the one located in the north of the island. Kathu is the smallest of the three districts and is located in the west between Thalang and Mueang Phuket, the third district that covers the South of Phuket.


Thalang District

Located in the north of the island, Thalang is well-known for its peaceful vibe as it is remote from the urban chaos. Thalang is the district connecting Phuket with its neighbour, Phang Nga, and includes six expansive sub districts, covering an area of 252 square kilometres.

If you are looking for a calm, indulging and relaxing holiday destination, this area is the answer. You will find choices of accommodation from affordable local resorts to luxury 6-star hotels and private pool villas, which are surrounded by local food vendors as well as a wide range of international bistros, restaurants, bars and beach clubs.

Kathu District

This attractive district offers a wide range of activities as well as interesting historical landmarks that attract millions of visitors every year. Kathu covers three big sub-districts including the world-famous Patong. The district is located on the west of the island and covers 67 square kilometres with wide smooth roads and shortcuts making it convenient to access the other areas of the island.

While Kathu (city) itself is to be considered a residential area with affordable housing and condominiums scattered throughout, the coastal city of Patong is mostly tourist-oriented, with a vast selection of hotels and resorts, international restaurants, nightclubs, and everything you would expect from a seaside town. Kamala,once a quiet Muslim fishing village, still maintains a sense of tranquillity and is ideal for those who prefer a relaxing beach environment.

Mueang Phuket District

Phuket Travel Guide | Mueang Phuket is the capital district covering an expansive area of 224 square kilometres that includes Koh Kaew, Phuket City, Wichit, Chalong, Karon and Rawai sub-districts. This area offers a wide diversity from the old charming town and the unique sea gypsy villages to beaches, viewpoints, restaurants and bars.

Phuket City attracts a large number of travellers who expect to explore the true touch of Phuket. Phuket old town is the best place to find local markets, small bistros that offer you the authentic taste of Thai Southern cuisine, and plenty of chic ’n cool coffee shops.

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