Travel And Living Guide
Local Phuket Guide To Travel & Living On Phuket Island, Thailand
The name “Phuket” is derived from the Malay word “Bukit” (meaning hill); true to the name, lush, green hills dominate much of the island’s interior.
Phuket, 867 km or a one hour flight from Bangkok, is Thailand’s largest island and the country’s only island province. It is also a regional government headquarters, and with a population of 1.6 million, Phuket ranks as the sixth largest province in Thailand. Its name is derived from the Malay word ‘Bukit’ meaning hill, of which there are many on the island.
Known as the Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket derived much of its former glory and its enormous wealth from tin production, which dates back over 500 years. Today, Phuket is the Thailand’s major tourist destination. The surrounding waters contain much varied marine life and the island itself is blessed with lovely seashores and forested hillsides. Approximately 1.75 million Rai (700,000 acres) of the island is forest. Phuket Town also has some wonderful examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture. The dream of escaping to an idyllic tropical island becomes a reality on Phuket; Thailand’s island paradise in the Andaman Sea.
Shaped like an irregular pearl and measuring approximately 21 km wide by 48 km long, the island has excellent roads and infrastructure whilst still retaining most of its original natural beauty. The landscape is one of lush green hills, coconut groves, rubber plantations and a coastline dotted with a dozen or more spectacular beaches.
Unspoiled stretches of fine white sand are found along the entire west coast of the island. Each sun-drenched beach has a character and charm of its own, and is separated from its neighbors by picturesque headlands and backdrops of wooded hills. Lapping the shore are the sparkling warm blue waters of the Andaman Sea which are perfectly safe for swimming for much of the year.
Time zone: Indochina Time (ICT), UTC +7 (No daylight saving time, same UTC offset all year)
The IANA time zone identifier for Phuket is: Asia/Bangkok.
Day length: 11h 51m
Solar noon: 12:10
Regional Population: 89,072
Elevation: 10 meters
Time Zone: Asia/Bangkok
Local Currency: THB
Nearby Airports: HKT
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Phuket Charities We Support
Phuket Hotel Deals offers up to 50,000THB to a select few credible Phuket charities, Orphanages and animal welfare rehabilitation centers on Phuket and in Asia with all property sales on Phuket via our website and Real Estate services. You can also help, donate and contact directly by visiting our supported charities on our sister website ‘Tsunami Day‘.
Besides the above we also bring awareness to all credible charities and volunteer organizations on Phuket and Thailand. To see a full list please visit our Thailand and Phuket charities and volunteer organizations page
We only showcase and bring awareness to these companies and have no involvement in the donation part outside of any property sales, but we would appreciate that you mention our website if you donate or contact. Thank you!
Thailand And Phuket Visa's
Phuket and Thailand visa guide. Thailand tourist, retirement, work permit and study visa requirements are subject to change at any time. Tourists, students, expats etc should call the consulate for up to date information. If you/your family are simply coming to Phuket for a holiday then most nationalities can obtain visa-free entry, valid for 30 days, on arrival at an International Airport; you’ll need a current passport and a return ticket and that’s it. More details
Studying In Thailand And Phuket
If you are planning to live and bring your family to Phuket, Thailand or you are a student wishing to study on Phuket then below are some direct links to more International Phuket education schools and Universities.. More details
Phuket and Thailand offers expats and people who wish to study or live in Thailand many options of primary / higher education schools, kinder-gardens, classes or courses and Universities to choose from, and with new Thai immigration policies regarding education visas in place, visitors to Thailand desiring to learn Thai or to live / work in Thailand may obtain long term visas and better options. More details
Shopping On Phuket
Here you will find an in-depth guide to Phuket’s shopping. From Phuket boutique shops and shopping centers to the vibrant night markets and your daily mini market needs. Bottom line is that Phuket island is a shopaholic’s paradise! The island has a great variety of shopping, from bustling open-air village food markets, noisy night markets, street stalls and local shops to western-style department stores and up-market specialist boutique shops. Prices naturally vary, going from amazing bargains to credit card-melting designer labels. More details
Here you will find all there is to know about arriving or departing from Phuket Airport, and also some useful information if it’s your 1st time to Phuket. Things like Airport taxi’s and the true costs, is there a smoking room?, what happens upon arrival, from disembarking your plane, going through immigration and exciting departures etc. We also offer you some information, and reminders, of what to bring/not to forget etc. More details
Phuket Real Estate
If you are thinking of purchasing a property or a business investment on Phuket, be it for a second home, holiday home, as a retirement home or to set up a Hotel type business, then we offer you our property buying concierge service where we will take care of all angles of any purchase you make.
We simply offer you from a prompt email reply, souring your properties / investments and getting you the best property deals before you arrive to escorting you around to view all property options and also taking care of all the legal and Government paper-work upon any purchase, which will also save you a lot of time and money, while still having a relaxing break on Phuket.
As with all our other Phuket concierge services if requested we can also arrange your accommodation, meet you at the airport and be there for you when you need us. More details