10 Things First Timers Should Know Planning A Trip To Phuket

by Mama Loves Phuket

Travelling to Phuket for the first time? Here are the top 10 essentials you need to know to make the most out of your trip.

Once you are ready to start booking your trip, we have a much more detailed planning guide over here – this is just a bite-sized guide to get you started booking that dream beach trip to Phuket!

1. Visas and Passports For Phuket

  • Make sure you have a valid passport and visa (if required) before you travel to Thailand. Some countries may be eligible for a visa exemption, which allows them to stay in Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. You can learn more about Visas For Phuket here.

2. Weather in Phuket

3. Language in Phuket

  • The official language in Thailand is Thai, but many people in Phuket speak English, especially those who work in the tourism industry. Learning a few basic phrases in Thai can be helpful. You can learn more about the Thai language here.

4. Currency in Phuket

  • The official currency in Thailand is the Thai baht. Make sure to exchange your currency before you travel or withdraw cash from an ATM when you arrive in Phuket. Be mindful that ATMs will charge you 200-220 THB per withdrawal, so it’s wise to take your daily limit in one go if you don’t mind carrying around cash. You can learn more about the Thai currency here.

5. Transportation

  • Taxis and tuk-tuks are readily available in Phuket, but they can be an expensive way of getting around. You can also rent a scooter or a car to explore the island. However, be aware that traffic can be chaotic in Phuket, and road accidents are common. You can learn more about how to get around in Phuket here.

6. Food in Phuket

  • Thai food is delicious and diverse, but it can be spicy for some people. Try some of the local dishes, but also be careful about where you eat to avoid getting food poisoning. You can learn more about food in Phuket here.

7. Culture in Phuket

8. Beaches in Phuket

9. Beyond the Beach Activities in Phuket

  • There are many activities to do in Phuket, including snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, and elephant trekking. However, be aware that some activities, such as elephant trekking, can be controversial and may involve animal cruelty; you should research any tour options you choose carefully. You can find our ultimate guide to family activities here.

10. Safety in Phuket

  • Phuket is generally a safe place to travel, but like any other tourist destination, there are some risks. Be careful when swimming in the ocean, especially during monsoon season, and be aware of scams and pickpocketing, incidents are rare, but do exist. You can find all our safety tips for Phuket here.

This is just a snapshot of what you need to know planning your first trip to Phuket. We thoroughly recommend you dig deeper into each topic to be best prepared for what to expect in Phuket, Thailand.

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