Phuket General Information

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, approximately the size of Singapore. Phuket nestles in Andaman Sea waters on Thailand’s Indian Ocean coastline, located 867 kilometers south of Bangkok. Phuket is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, powdery, palm-fringed white beaches, smaller surrounding islands, hospitable people and seafood, delightful turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture; numerous sporting and leisure opportunities; a lush tropical landscape – all of which combine to create a delightful ambience for truly memorable holidays. The most famous beaches are Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Nai Harn Beach. Phuket and its islands are ideal for sailing, diving & snorkeling, golfing and all kinds of sports and entertainment you can wish for. You can also take a trip with a submarine to discover the colorful marine lives under the sea. There is plenty of accommodations available ranging from standard bungalows to 5 star hotels. Phuket seduces honeymooners, heiresses, surfer babes and middle-aged men trying to score with a smooth blend of ostentation and seediness. Phuket is as colourful as it is cosmopolitan and one of the world’s most famous dream destinations. Phuket (poo-get) boasts some lush inland vistas, including a few remote swathes of rainforest on Yao Island, but the island really comes into its own along its western shoreline, where hunter-green foliage meets the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The mile upon sandy mile of coastline boasts tons of water sports, delectable restaurants and decadent resorts.

Heavily developed, Phuket can, at times, feel a little like big city Bangkok. Top-end resorts, bear testament to the hegemony of the holiday buck, package tourists dramatically outnumber independent travelers in Surin Beach, and if you stick to the well-worn highways, quiet corners are few and far between. But if you can do without the beer halls and girlie bars of Patong Beach, Phuket’s uber-resort, there’s a whole other island to discover. Whether it’s swanky resorts of the Laguna complex, the relaxed and less developed beach of  Nai Han area, or the night markets of old Phuket Town, Phuket has something to satisfy every appetite. Just don’t forget your Speedos. Phuket General Information are listed below.

Phuket Climate and Temperatures

Year-round temperatures on Phuket vary between 21-34 ˚C. Water temperatures range from 26-28˚C, which means wetsuits are not necessary to enjoy water sports. The northeast monsoon season, roughly November till April, brings consistently sunny weather, cool breezes and low humidity, with moderate seas. The southwest monsoon, May till October, sees the rainiest and most unpredictable weather along with frequent swells off the Indian Ocean.

Phuket People

The people in Phuket are charming and friendly. They are very kindness for visitors, and want others love of their country and trust to their culture like them too. Remember that smile can use in every situations: thank you, you’re welcome, sorry, pardon or not at all. There are many group of people in Phuket : Thai, Chinese, Muslim, Chao Le-sea nomads-sea gypsy, European, Indian and Arab. And they can live together in balance way of life as a melting pot of different culture.

Thai : Thai people in Phuket is come from the province nearby or native-born, and married with the other.

Chinese : Many of Chinese families in Phuket came to here in the early part of this century to work as a labor in the tin-mining  industry. Most of them married with native-born and their children were called Baba and Nyonya, their culture is mixed of Chinese and Malayan.

Muslim (originally of Malay descent) : The Muslim villagers that living in Amphur Talang and islands such as Koh Raya Yai. Many of these people originally came from Malaysia with their culture.

Chao Le (sea nomads-sea gypsy) :  

Chao Le are the native people that across several archipelagos and sea around Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Trang, Ranong and Satun. There are three group of Chao Le: Sing-ta-le (Moken Pulau), Sing-bok(Morken Tamub) and Uraklawoi, they living on Koh Sire ( 4km east of Phuket Town ), Rawai village, Sapam vilage and Leam Lar ( Maikao district-Amphur Talang )

Europeans : They come to Phuket since Ayutthaya period in reign of King Naray, the first is Portuguese traders and missionary. There are three important Christian churches in Phuket : at Chao-Fa Rd., Talang Rd. and near Mission Hospital.

Indians and Arabs : 

Arabs and Indians lived in Phuket since the World War II. There is a Brahmin temple on Montri Rd.

Business Hours

Most commercial concerns in Bangkok operate on a five-day week, usually from 8 am to 5 pm. Many stores open seven days a week from 10 am to 10 pm. Government offices are generally open between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm with a noon to 1 pm lunch break, Monday to Friday except on public holidays. Banks are open Mondays to Fridays from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm except on public holidays.

Voltage

The electric current is 220 volt AC (50 cycles) throughout the country. Many different types of plugs and sockets are in use, but two pin flat (US type) or round (European type) are pretty universal. Travelers with electric shavers, hair dryers, tape recorders and other appliances should carry a plug adapter kit. The better hotels will make available 110-volt transformers.