1. What is the weather like on the island of Phuket? How often does the rain fall?

Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate. Throughout the year, the weather in Phuket is warm regardless of the high/ low season. However, the two periods of April-May and September-October are the hottest. The September-October period is also the wettest due to the southwest monsoon.

Rain can either last from 15 minutes a day or for the whole day, at this time these are tropical downpours. Phuket weather is not predictable and each year is known to be different.
High (dry) season: The second half of November – April
Low (rainy) season: May – early November
The average air temperature from +25 (at night) to +32 (in the daytime)

2. What is the water temperature in the sea?

Throughout the year Phuket’s ocean temperature tends to remain similar. The sea water can reach up to 28- 29+ ° С.

3. Waves on Phuket beaches

During the high season in Phuket swimming is to be enjoyed and can be done quite comfortably.

During the rainy season, which lasts from May to early November, the sea in Phuket can become restless, and waves of medium magnitude are observed every day. In the months June- August waves are seen to be quite dangerous in some of the Phuket beaches. In this case tourists will not be allowed to swim in the sea at this time however, sunbathing and fun on the sand is always encouraged.

 

The majority of the beaches in Phuket tend to have life guards on duty for tourist and locals safety. Flags and floats will separate where is safe and not to swim.

4. Are there any dangerous jellyfish in the sea?

Dangerous jellyfish appear in Phuket very rarely, the local department of marine resources is studying the pattern of the appearance of poisonous jellyfish in the coastal waters and commercial areas of the country. The study began in Phuket, Krabi and will continue later in 10 provinces. In case of a burn from a jellyfish, you should immediately consult a doctor or a life guard on duty at the beach.

5. Is it safe to go out into the street in the evening and at night?

Phuket is not known to be an incredibly dangerous country however, like all countries tourists can get into bother. A simple guideline to stay safe at night in Phuket is “would I do this at home?” Common sense is to be used. For example:
• Walk alone at night?
• Get paralytically drunk?
• Argue and fight?
• Swim in the sea during the night when there are no life guards?
• Rent equipment (water sports and motorbikes) from untrustworthy companies?
The tourist police in Phuket generally speak good English and are a mixture of Thai and foreign nationals. In emergencies can be contacted by phone 1155.

6. What are the plug sockets used in Thailand?

Thailand uses 220V AC electricity. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round (plug type C) or flat sockets (plug type A).

8. Where can I change money?

Money can be changed either in the bank or at the foreign currency exchange offices. Most require you to have a passport with you. You can also take out money from ATM’s with a current fee of 220baht each use.

9. What should I do if I get sick? Where to turn?

Emergency number: 1719

Before the trip, be sure to take care of your insurance!

In the unpleasant case you need medical help, call the insurance company and find out which hospital your insurance company is working with. The phone number of the insurance support service will be on your insurance policy. Most importantly, does your insurance company promise to cover the expenses in this case?  It is better to find out in advance, and not after receiving a doctor or an expensive fee.

In the hospital, you need to take with you the following documents:

  • Passport,
  • Insurance policy
  • Travel tickets (in some cases)

If you do not have insurance or you do not want to use its services, we recommend that you contact the following clinics:

  • Phuket International HospitalPhuket International Hospital

address: 44 Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Rd

+66 (0) 7 624 9400, +66 (0) 7 621 0936

https://goo.gl/maps/p9YDar8NqKn

www.phuketinternationalhospital.com

  • Bangkok Hospital Phuket

address: 2/1 Hongyok utis Rd;

+66 (0)7 625 4421 tel: +66 (0) 7 625 4421

https://goo.gl/maps/yEkVhyX3Sa32

www.phukethospital.com

  • Mission Hospital Phuket

The most famous and most inexpensive hospital in Phuket.You will have to wait in the queue for medical help, but the prices here are quite low, compared to other hospitals on the island.The hospital is funded by the state and has departments of neurology, orthopedics and plastic surgery.

Address: 4/1 Thepkrasattri Rd, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000

bodies: (66-76) 237220/5 – 211907 or 212149 – 01-4299627

https://goo.gl/maps/HddLhaRKuks

www.missionhospitalphuket.com

  • Wachira HospitalWachira Hospital

The largest hospital in Phuket and the oldest of all hospitals in the island. Vachira was founded in 1905 and is one of the main hospitals in Thailand.

address: Yaowarat Road, Phuket city, Phuket 83000

https://goo.gl/maps/rGX91Q7YeJS2

(66-76) 212150 – 211155

www.vachiraphuket.go.th

Pharmacies in Phuket are generally very helpful and speak a high level of English for less serious illnesses.

10. Is there a high risk of contracting Dengue fever in Phuket?

The risk of contracting dengue fever in Phuket is low, but are cases. The dengue carrier mosquito is outwardly different from ordinary mosquitoes, this is a black insect with white spots.
If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, please contact your doctor immediately:
• Extreme fever or body heat
• Bone and muscle ache and pain
• Burning and redness of the eyes
• Cough and runny nose
• Body rash

11. Is it possible to drink tap water?

Drinking tap water for tourists is by no means recommended! Buy only bottled water in stores and supermarkets to prevent yourself getting sick.

12. Where and how to rent a car or a motorbike/ scooter?

We at TropicLook offer car rentals (Toyota Vios, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Avanza, Honda Jazz, etc.) and SUVs (Toyota Fortuner, Honda CRV). The term is from 5 to 30 days. We can deliver the car your the villa or to the airport. For prices and more information, please contact us.
Renting a motorbike/ scooter is very easy in Phuket. Most of the tourist areas will have bike rental shops scattered around. When renting a car or a scooter, make sure to take a photo from all angles so that in the end you do not have to pay for scratches or dents that you did not leave.
The vast majority of Thai mopeds and scooters are full-bodied motorcycles by engine volume (from 125cc). The generally range from about 2000baht upwards depending on the bike. Therefore, to legally drive this type of transport, you need the rights of categories A / A1 on your licence. Thai police tend to stop tourists and do random licence checks. Also remember that when riding a motorcycle, you need to wear a helmet to protect yourself, and secondly, to avoid fines!
The penalty for driving without an adequate licence in Thailand from 2016 is from 2,000 baht.
The penalty for driving without a helmet is 500 baht.

13. Do I need to take international licence with me?

Under the law throughout the territory of Thailand, an international motorcycle licence is mandatory when renting cars and motorcycles and should be taken with you at all times.

14. Is there sun beds and umbrellas on the beach?

Majority of the beaches in Phuket especially the larger more touristy ones rent sun loungers and umbrellas from 100 baht per day.

15. Where can I buy a local sim card?

Local sim cards can be purchased at any supermarkets such as Tesco, 7 eleven store, Family Mart as well as in the specialised shops of local telephone operators. To buy you will need to provide a copy of your passport.
In Thailand, there are three main cellular operators:
• DTAC (pronounced DiTek) – excellent communication and transparent charging, many Thai people and tourists use as their preferance.
• AIS – the cellular communication from this operator is less common, the majority of tourists from Europe prefer this operator because of automatic roaming and cheap calls to Europe.
• True Movie is preferred by Thai people as this type of mobile communication is great for within the country.
All three mobile operators are said to have 99% coverage in Thailand, all offer a wide range of services, including GPRS-Internet and Wi-Fi in the territories of large cities, they all generally have similar tariffs for communication services.
For Russian tourists recently it is preferable to use the services of a DTAC opporator since calls to the Russian Federation via DTAC IP are the cheapest and most affordable connections.

16. How to call Russia from Thailand?

Like making calls from home, put the sim card in your cell phone and calls can be made directly to Russia from Thailand. The dial code for a Russian telephone contact number:
DTAC instead of +7 (or 8 if written in the directory through 8) dial 0047, then the phone number (cellular or home with the city code-does not matter). For example, if the subscriber’s cell phone in Russia is +79191234567, then in Thailand with a local DTAC SIM card, dial 00479191234567).

17. How do I add funds to my phone?

You can add to the balance of a cell phone in Thailand in almost any store (networks 7 eleven, mini BigC, Tesco Lotus). Look for the seller, inform the operator (for example, DTAC – DiTek) and speak the word REFILL (to fill up balance). Give your balance and show your phone number (or enter it yourself). The balance is usually replenished within a few minutes or seconds.
To check your DTAC cell phone account balance: press * 101 * 9 # and “call”
Find out your DTAC phone number: press * 102 * 9 # and “call”

18. Where are grocery stores nearby?

List of nearest supermarkets:

  • Makro Rawai (Macro Supermarket)

Thailand, Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100

https://goo.gl/maps/vfmAQ6PsCyq

  • Tesco LotusThailand (Supermarket Tesco)

Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket

https://goo.gl/maps/wRYdbcLLpR42

  • Villa Market & Home Pro ·

61/9 Moo 10, Tambon Chalong, Amphoe Mueangphuket, Phuket, 83130, Chalong, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000

 

https://goo.gl/maps/UB5hZqy8Dv92

This is a supermarket where you can buy barbecue coals

  • Big C Supercenter (SupermarketBigSi)

72 Moo 5, Vichit, Muang, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket

https://goo.gl/maps/cyHhu7KJYhM2

19. What hours can I buy alcohol?

In most main retail chains (7 Eleven, Makro, Tesco Lotus, BigC), alcohol can be purchased only at certain hours these being from 11-00 to 14-00 and 17-00 to 24-00.
During all the big Buddhist holidays, as well as on election days and often the days that precede them, alcohol is officially banned for sale throughout the country or in a province. It is better to stock them in advance.

20. Do I need to carry my passport?

Carrying your passport around with you at all times is not necessary. All of our villas and accomoodations feature safes to keep all of your imporant items in. A photo copy or a cell phone photograph is sufficient. Your passport is only needed if you’re renting something such as a vechile.

21. How often does the police stop tourists if I am on a bike / car?

Police do not tend to stop frequently. However, are known to do random stop checks for licences or any presence of drugs or alcohol. This is their right and you should not argue it.

22. How much ppm is allowed in Thailand?

0.05%

23. Where to go to eat?

Here is a short list of recommended cafes and restaurants:

La Boulangerie La Boulangerie

Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100

https://goo.gl/maps/Ngo5R9cMzVD2

French bakery and restaurant. Always fresh pastries

Coffee Tribe Ltd.

83/13, Wiset Rd, Tambon Rawai, Mueang, Chang Wat Phuket 83130

https://goo.gl/maps/oaQfZGkmVNp

Coffee house, said to be the best coffee in the best in the area. European and Thai dishes, delicious pastries, cheesecakes, coffee and detox smoothies.

A Spoonful of sugar

Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket

https://goo.gl/maps/PM8Lqb9cyRt

Coffee house.Varied types of coffee and delicious breakfasts such as healthy pancake options.

Shakers

98/18 Vises Road Village 1 83130 Thailand, Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket

https://goo.gl/maps/Ng7zZPXRpZR2

French-Belgian restaurant. Very tasty food, and recommend desserts.

Next to it on the right is the Italian restaurant M & Pizzeria. Also one of the best in the area

Amalfi Restaurant Pizzeria

90/14, Moo1, Sai Yuan Road, Rawai, Muang, Phuket

https://goo.gl/maps/sBNqNUqSm4z

Italian restaurant with great pizzas.

DaVinci Italian Restaurant Nai Harn

Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket

https://goo.gl/maps/rgDi3DbubXT2

Italian restaurant, pasta and pizza.

Nikitas Beach Restaurant

44 Viset Rd Rawai Beach, Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket

https://goo.gl/maps/tfT6FTVm5k42

Restaurant on the waterfront of picturesque Rawai. European and Thai cuisine.  Very nice, romantic and cosy atmosphere.

Rawai Seafood Market

22/9 4233 Tambon Rawai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100

https://goo.gl/maps/Mq4hRZLS4fF2

Seafood market on the Rawai embankment

Wine Connection Deli & Bistro Chalong

19 / 60-61 Moo 8, Chaofa Road, Chalong, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130

https://goo.gl/maps/C14zWnqeY9y

Italian Cuisine. Wide selection of wines from all over the world

Uoterusuisan Sushi Uoterusuisan Sushi

Uoterusuisan Sushi Phuket-Rawai Beach (อุโอเทรุซุยซันซูชิภูเก็ต–ราไวย์บีช)

469/1, Wiset Rd. ,, Rawai, Muang, Phuket

https://goo.gl/maps/scX2xwiKApC2

Japanese restaurant

Kan Eang @pier

44/1 Moo 5, Viset Road, Muang, Muang, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83130

083 173 1187

https://goo.gl/maps/Jy1f4RP3eU22

Seafood restaurant on the pier of Chalong Bay. Live music. Tables on the terrace overlooking the beautiful bay.

Mom Tri’s Kitchen Mom Tri’s Kitchen

Mueang Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100

https://goo.gl/maps/1g2jwGxAUpL2

Thai Restaurant on Kata Beach. Very nice, it’s best to go there for dinner, eat whilst watching the sunset. Tasty, excellent service.

Green Tamarind kitchen Green Tamarind kitchen

31/56, Soi Khokmakham, Tambon Rawai, muang, Chang Wat Phuket

https://goo.gl/maps/XE79WWZs17A2

Delicious burgers, cooked on the grill, from the chef of the Australian.One of the most popular places in Phuket, the restaurant has received many awards.

The Breakfast Hut The Breakfast Hut

Moo 2 Tambon Rawai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100

https://goo.gl/maps/MfJabvMTijx

Delicious breakfasts, highly recommended.

24. Is it possible to eat Phuket’s street food?

Tourists should not be discouraged to try Phuket’s delicious local Thai street foods and is all part of the vacation experience. But make sure to only eat freshly cooked meals and do not leave cooked food for the next day. In general, food is often cooked right in front of you – whether it’s fried pancakes, pad tai or even soups. In addition, Thais put in their food a lot of hot peppers, curries and other spices that kill superfluous microbes.

25. Where can I go dancing and drinking in the evening?

Patong is the undisputed center of Phuket’s nightlife. From nine o’clock and into the early hours of the morning the city is buzzing and does not stop. The famous Bangla Road in Patong is the epicenter of nightlife where you will find the best clubs, the craziest ‘bar-beer’ and the unusual entertaining shows. Nevertheless, other areas, including Rat-U-Thit Road and Beach Road, have live and hot night spots with good live music.
In the area of Chalong and Rawai there is an institution called Reggie Bar – live /club music is played on weekends, and good drinks are made on the bar.