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Phuket Travel Guide


Imagine this: Clear blue waters, golden sand, the sound of waves crashing against the shore, and the breeze that gently brushes against your skin. Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is a gem filled with majestic and popular beaches. But wait! Dreamy beaches aren’t the only attractions Phuket has to offer! Animal lovers can learn more about elephants at the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and play with wild monkeys on Monkey Hill, while cultural tourists can visit the Big Buddha - one of Phuket’s iconic landmarks. Night life? Don’t worry, Phuket has each of everything to fulfil your perfect vacation.

Local Custom & Slang

Sawadee-ka (for females), Sawadee-krap (for males)

  • Meaning: Hello!

Khop kun ka (for females), Khop kun krap (for males)

  • Meaning: Thank you!

Various versions of ‘Cheers!’ in Thai

  • Chon: typically used for ‘Cheers!’
  • Chon Gâew: crash glasses. Typically used when someone proposes a toast.
  • Chai Yo: winning, success. Typically used for celebrations such as weddings.

Annual Vegetarian Festival

  • On the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, religious devotees adhere to a strict vegetarian diet so as to purify their body and mind. However, the festival can be gruesome to some as it involves body piercing, such as piercing a knife through their cheeks.

The Phuket Dialect

  • Phuket’s dialect falls under the Southern Thai dialect, in particular the Chaiya dialect. The Phuket Dialect has its own style as it is slower than other Southern dialects.

Trip Essentials

  • Weather
  • Currency
  • Visa
  • Electricity
  • Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate with temperatures ranging between 23°C and 30°C.

  • There are three seasons in Phuket; the hottest months are from March to May and then from September to October, wettest months are also during September and October, and dry seasons from December to March.


Tuk Tuk

  • With more resorts and Phuket’s increasing popularity, Tuk Tuk’s fares are not as cheap as they used to be. But nonetheless, it’s worth the experience! Short distances may cost 100 baht, while longer distances costs around 400 baht or more.

By Taxi

  • There are two types of taxis in Phuket, namely metered and car taxis. Metered taxi fares start from 50 baht for the first two kilometres and cost 7 baht per additional kilometre. Car taxis fares are set in advance and are similar to Tuk Tuk’s fares.

  • Other Operators: Grab

By Bus

  • Song Taew is the local public bus in Phuket. It is a blue-coloured open-air bus that runs regularly from 7:00am to 6:00pm daily. With no designated stops, free and easy travel is more feasible as you are allowed to stop anywhere along the bus route.

  • For a gauge of the bus fares, it costs around 15-20 baht from Phuket Town to Surin Beach.

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