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Phuket

ภูเก็ต
Southern Thailand
920 km from Bangkok
Province of Phuket
Population : 84 000
Thai prononciation : Pouguette

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3 jours ou +

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General Information about Phuket

Phuket island is the biggest island of Thailand and was one of the most affected by the December 2004 tsunami. It was also the fastest to recover so that today except the evacuation signs on the road in case of another tsunami, there remains no trace of the disaster.
Big tourist destination, Phuket is the most visited island of the country. It has many skills to offer: a warm blue sea, a long beach, very agitated nightlife with a multitude of bars and clubs, a beautiful nature if you go a little inside the land. The views of the forest and the turquoise waters from the mountain's tops are gorgeous.
Patong Beach is the most popular area Too popular if you like tranquility. here is the largest concentration of hotels, massage parlors, restaurants and bars... Be careful, if the city offers very famous spas, avoid parlors who solicit clients on the sidewalks, you might have some funny surprises.
If you want to discover authentic Thailand and not live among the tourists, Patong is probably not for you. If you do not like crowded places too. Prefer Hat Kata, Hat Kamala, Hat Nai Thon, Hat Nai Yang or Hat Karon calmer or Rawai and Ao Bang Thao ( more expensive ). From Phuket you can discover Phang Nga Bay just in the North of Phuket. Its coastline beautiful coastline.
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Accommodations in Phuket

In Phuket, the price of the rooms is higher than in many places in Thailand but decreases during the low season (May to October). The room rates also reach a peak between December and January, the highest period in tourism in Phuket. Patong is the most popular and also the most lively area in Phuket, especially at night. There are hotels of all categories and a few guesthouses. Then come Karon and Kata very crowded too. The other beaches, including Rawai and Chalong, are quieter. Note that if you are in transit to Koh Phi Phi, or simply want to explore Phuket town, there are of course hotels and guest houses in the city. These are the cheapest on the island.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommaend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Phuket.


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Weather & climate in Phuket

Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate. Due to its proximity to the equator, during the year temperatures do not vary much. Phuket has a dry season from December to March and a wet season the rest of the year. However, Phuket has precipitation even during its dry season. The most rainy months are September and October.

The best months to come to Phuket are December and especially January and February. From May to the end of October, there are very regular heavy showers. It is especially not recommended to come to Phuket in September and October, the monsoon is strong at that time of the year on the Andaman coast.

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Practical information about Phuket

Phuket has no train station but it has an airport with many international flights. A bus trip from Bangkok to phuket takes around 12 hours (you can book your tickets online here at the bootom of the page) but plane tickets are not that much more expensive, especially when Nok Air offers promotional fares (at least once a month, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, we share their promotions)

How to get around in Phuket ?

Taximeters like the one you see everywhere in Bangkok are very rare in Phuket, particularly near the beaches. But there are small vans generally red Daitsu practicing unusually high prices compared to zeverywhere else in Thailand. If you are numerous, it a little more acceptable since the fare does not depend on the number of passengers. There is a rates list depending on the destination, so it is difficult to negotiate. All drivers decided to practice these prices. You also have some motorcycle taxis in Phuket with prices that are a little lower.
Fortunately, there is also a local bus network. The buses frequency varies according to the line but is about one bus every half hour. These old blue buses run on three routes: Phuket Town - Patong (1814 prices Route 30 THB), Puket Town - Karon - Kata (8359 -Price road 35 THB), Phuket Town - Bang Tao Surin Beach - Kamala (1812 pass road in front of Terminal 2 of the bus number, the one that serves most of the destinations), Phuket Town - Rawai - Nairan and Phuket - Chalong Beach. In town they all stop at the market and normally (some times they don't) in Terminal 1 (the termnial for local buses and short distances buses).
The pink buses only run in Phuket Town. One line connects the two Phuket Bus Terminals. Single ticket price: 10 THB.
To reach the beaches from Phuket airport, there is a new bus system that is very practical but a little slow in service since 1st March 2018 (see my article on Phuket's Smart Buses) or minivans cheaper than taxis. Alternatively, the Airport Bus connects Phuket Town (Bus Terminal No. 1) to the airport.

How to ask in Thai to go to Phuket ?

I want to go to Phuket / Yak paï ti Pouguette.
Where is Phuket ? / Pouguette you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Phuket

Phuket Big Buddha Phuket

Phuket Big Buddha

วัดพระใหญ่
My opinion :
The most famous landmark of the island of Phuket, it is quite new and still under construction but the main statue is completed, it's all the rest that need to be built or completes. And it will take years but you can already visit it. From there, you have a magnificent view aver the island and Chalong Bay.
Phang Nga Bay Phuket

Phang Nga Bay

อ่าวพังงา
My opinion :
One of the most beautiful natural scenery in Thailand with its limestone cliffs and mountains in a turquoise sea. The main attractions in the bay are the famous James Bond Island and Koh Panyee with its floating village.
James Bond Island Phuket

James Bond Island

เขาตะปู
My opinion :
The island shaped like a nail in the sea is called James Bond Island since its appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun.
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