Welcomeome to paradise! It has all the right ingredients surrounded by clear blue water, its palm fringed beaches are of soft, clean sand, it has a vibrant nightlife and you can enjoy the most wide-ranging cuisine – you name it, you can eat it in Phuket. For several years Phuket has topped the polls as a holiday paradise, and in the most recent survey, readers of a top travel magazine voted for it ahead of Bali and Cebu. Add all this to the most welcoming people in the world, and you can see why travellers love it.
Currency Thai Baht, 1 Baht = 100 satang
Opening hours Most shops are open from 09.00 to 22.00 in the evening, and are often open 7 days a week. Banking hours are strictly 08.30 to 15.30, Monday to Friday.
Newspapers Phuket Post; Phuket Gazette; Bangkok Post (National);The Nation (National); Look East (Magazine available for tourists in most hotels)
Emergency numbers Police: 191; Fire: 199
Emergency Tourist Police: 1155; Marine police: +66 (0)76 211 883; Phuket International Hospital: +66 76 249 400
Tourist information Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) 191 Thalang Road, Tambon Taladyai, Muang District, Phuket,+66 76 211 036