About Phuket

Spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue sea awaits you at Asia’s most popular beach destination. In Phuket, you will find an unbeatable combination of perfect silky soft white palm-lined beaches, superb hospitality and great value accommodation!

Whether it’s world class diving in the Andaman Sea, golf at world-standard championship courses or exciting eco-adventures in tropical forests, in Phuket you can have all that and more.

Few islands can boast of such an abundance of sandy beaches and clear waters as Phuket. The winding coastal roads along the west coast of this 540-square-km island offer stunning views and easy access to some of the world’s finest beaches.

The pleasant bay of Kata in Phuket, entices and charms many visitors with its white sands and clear waters. Very popular with families, Kata in Phuket, is an all round favourite due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife and varied accommodation options – all close to the beach. From May to October surfers flock to catch Kata’s waves. November to April is the time of the dry season in Phuket and the beaches are filled with sun seekers.

Kata is split into two focal areas: Kata Centre, which is at the northern end close to Karon and Kata South, home to several resorts. Visitors will find an abundance of shops to browse in, from souvenir and ready-to-wear outlets, to 7-Elevens and local mini-marts, to name-brand fashion stores.

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Quick Facts

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. At 540 km sq, it’s about the same size as Singapore. Just over an hour’s fight from Bangkok or Singapore, and with daily connections to most major Asian airports, Phuket is ideally situated for a short break or a relaxing vacation.

Business Hours – generally 9am to 5pm, weekdays, and 9am to 12 noon on Saturdays, except Public Holidays when hours may vary. Shops and local stores open from 10 or 11am to 10pm, daily.

Banking hours – Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm. Some branches, including those located in shopping centres, are open as late as 7-8pm and on Saturdays. Currency exchange booths are usually open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Twenty-four-hour ATMs are widely available, and most accept cards using international banking networks such as Cirrus or Plus

Currency is the Thai Baht. Check out our handy Currency Converter to find the value in your own currency.

Electricity – 220 Volts. Several different plugs and sockets are in use, but two pin flat (US type) or round (European type) are pretty universal. Adapters can bought at local stores.

Animal Exploitation in Phuket/Thailand – If you happen to be in any beach town in Thailand, including Patong and Pattaya, and are approach by someone to have your photo taken with animals such as gibbons, sloths, eagles or iguanas, please just say ‘no’ and walk away. It’s not only illegal but most of the animals are clearly distressed looking. They should not be paraded around among strangers all night long in such a non-animal-friendly environment. Also it’s disturbing to know that in many cases the animals are drugged to make them ‘behave’. Learn more about rescuing wild animals in Thailand here at The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand’s (WFFT) website.

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