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Overview
Phuket

Phuket is one of Thailand's most tourist-friendly destinations, but you still need to make sure you're prepared in order to avoid problems and show due respect to its people.

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Visas
Phuket

British citizens don’t need to apply for a visa when visiting Thailand for up to 30 days. This is just general advice, for up to the minute details or information for other citizens, please speak to your Travel Butler or contact the Thai Embassy.

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Inoculations
Phuket

Travellers to Phuket do not need any special vaccinations. However, if you will be travelling in more remote regions of Thailand, you should consider antimalarial medication. Speak to your doctor for up-to-date health advice.

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When to go
Phuket

Phuket's tropical monsoon climate keeps temperatures warm all year round, so there's never really a bad time to visit. September and October are the wet months and best avoided if you're planning to make day trips to nearby islands and take part in water sports. The hottest time is April and May, when temperatures can reach the mid-30s. The dry months from November to February offer more comfortable temperatures and less rainfall, and are also when some of Phuket's biggest celebrations take place, such as the Loy Krathong festival in November and the New Year countdown.

For more ideas on where to go and what to do while you're there, see our Thailand holidays.

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Currency
Phuket

Thailand uses the Thai baht.

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Electrical
Phuket

Thailand uses A and C type plugs, with a power supply of 220 volts. You will need to bring an adaptor to use British devices in Phuket, or you can purchase one from local retailers.

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Travel insurance
Phuket

Whether you're planning to take part in extreme sports or just relax on the beach, taking out travel insurance is essential for visiting Phuket. Talk to one of our experts today about the best coverage for you.

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What to pack
Phuket

For many people, loose summer clothing and beach wear is all that's needed to enjoy a Phuket holiday. Prices in Phuket are generally higher than the Thailand average, but you will still be able to find authentic branded goods at the big malls for any last-minute purchases. Do remember though that you will need to cover your shoulders and knees if you are visiting temples. Here are a few things we recommend packing:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Cool and comfortable walking shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Adaptor
  • Sarong
  • Flip flops

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