Phuket (Thailand)

Phuket is Thailand's largest island in southern Thailand at the Andaman seaside. In addition to the beautiful landscapes, the tropical heat and the long sandy beaches, the area has numerous world-class spas and very popular dentists and hospitals. The island is also very popular as honeymoon destination and wedding location. The eponymous waterfall outside the city is also the biggest waterfall in Thailand. At night the city and the beaches turn into meeting points for partying tourists and local alcohol and food sellers."

Population: 600,000
Beach : Yes
Mountain : No
Popular destination: Yes
Official language: Thai
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 191 (poliisi), 1669 (ambulanssi), 199 (palokunta)
Currency: Thai baht (THB)
Electric plugs: A, B, C, F
Voltage: 220 V
Tipping in a restaurant: In a cheaper restaurant you can leave small change behind if you want. In high-end restaurants there is an expected tip of 10%, minimum.
Time in destination: Nov 13, 2019, 10:24:11 PM

Location map

Weather Forecast

Wed
13.11

Light rain

81°F

Thu
14.11

Cloudy

84°F

Fri
15.11

Rain

82°F

Sat
16.11

Cloudy

84°F

Sun
17.11

Partly cloudy

82°F

Mon
18.11

Rain showers

84°F

Tue
19.11

Rain showers

82°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

There's great weather all year which makes Phuket a year-round holiday destination. The temperatures are great but the most rainy days are from May to November.

The coolest and best time to visit is from December to March, with clear blue skies, turquoise, calm seas and a nice permanent breeze. It's also the peak season so expect to pay a lot more for your hotel, especially during Christmas and New Year.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January - 87.8 69.8 7
February - 91.4 69.8 3
March - 93.2 71.6 5
April - 95.0 75.2 8
May - 93.2 75.2 18
June - 91.4 75.2 17
July - 91.4 73.4 20
August - 91.4 73.4 18
September - 91.4 73.4 21
October - 89.6 73.4 23
November - 86.0 73.4 20
December - 86.0 71.6 14

More information: Phuket forecast and weather conditions monthly

Sights

Phuket 9 most important sights:

  • Phang Nga Bay: Distinctive features of Phang Nga Bay are the sheer limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the emerald-green water.
  • Old Phuket Town: In this historically rich part of town are shrines, temples (Buddhist and Chinese), ornate and beautifully preserved 'shophouses', quaint cafés, tiny printing shops, impromptu private and public museums and even a mini ex-red-light district.
  • Soi Bangla Nightlife in Patong Beach: Almost all of the bars are outdoors, so the music from each blends into a deafening mess of sound!.
  • Phuket Big Buddha: Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the island's most important and revered landmarks.
  • Wat Chalong in Phuket: Wats - or Buddhist temples - are among the most important symbols of Thailand, partly because the majority of Thais are Buddhist and partly because they are so beautiful.
  • Phi Phi Islands: Phi Phi Island is Thailand's island superstar, having been in the movies and served as a topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand.
  • Phuket Viewpoints: Phuket has views that would make a landscape painter rush out and buy an easel and brushes.
  • Karon Viewpoint: From the Karon Viewpoint you can see three magnificent bays: the closest and smallest is Kata Noi Beach, then the beautiful bay of Kata and, finally, the very long Karon Beach.
  • Phuket Fantasea: The Phuket Fantasea park is huge, colorful, bold and definitely crowded.

Recommendation for one day:

  1. In the morning it's good to go to Sky Club Asia. Paramotoring in Phuket is a chance for anyone to see the island from a totally different angle. Tandem flights are great.
  2. Baan Teelanka. This is a three-storey house built leaning on its roof. It is adorned with a maze-shaped garden in its backyard. The Chamber of Secrets at Baan Teelanka is reason enough to visit, with two rooms from which visitors have to escape from by finding clues and resolving puzzles in a way that opens the doors.
  3. You can continue nearby to Wat Chalong, extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. Visitors come to learn something about Buddhism. The temple is open from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon.
  4. Visit Phuket Boat Lagoon, located in Koh Kaew on the northern outskirts of Phuket. It's been operational since 1994 and was Phuket Island's first marina complex.
  5. Visit Nightmare in Phuket, a well-planned and expertly constructed haunted house attraction. It's as scary as Hell, playing with the emotions of visitors who have to go through a huge range of frightening experiences along a course set within a 600sqm hangar that has been transformed into a realm of fear.

More information: Phuket sights on map

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Phuket is quite a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $34.93, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $117.03, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $29.27
  • Hotel (3 stars): $41.80
  • Hotel (4 stars): $114.85
  • Hotel (5 stars): $248.44
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $2.15
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $3.14
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.47
  • Meal, McDonalds: $6.25
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $1.97

More information: Phuket price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Phuket destination map

Safety

Phuket has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 48.7 (a little weaker than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 77.5 (better than United states average 69.9)
  • Walking alone at night: 52.5 (better than United states average 40.8)

More information: Phuket safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
  • Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
  • Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
  • Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.

More information: Car rental Asia