Phuket has a tropical monsoonal climate, warm all year round with the hottest period between April to May.
The period of September to October instead will be raining season due to the southwest monsoon.
As in all of Thailand, the major currency in Phuket is the Thai baht (฿).
Cash is king and in general you’ll get a better deal paying in cash, apart from the additional fees shops may charge for paying by card (between 3% and 10%).
If you’ve got any foreign currency it’s worth exchanging this for Thai baht either at the airport or in banks. ATM fees can be high, around 180฿ on top of what your bank already charges you and there are thousands of little currency exchange booths dotted around the island all charging similar fees to ATMs, if not higher.
Check your currency exchange rate here.
Getting around on Phuket is quite easy.
If you’re confident enough (and possess the necessary license/experience) the best way to get around is by renting a private motorbike or car.
If not, taxis are notoriously expensive (even after the recent government crackdowns) so it’s recommended to use public transport such as buses, tuk tuks and open air Songtheaws.
Public transport on Phuket is cheap, surprisingly efficient and fun!
Phuket is a safe destination. Having said so, its best to have these contact information with you while you are travelling. Feel free to bookmark this page (if needed).
- Tourist Police: 1155 or (+66) 076.219.878
- Phuket Tourist Rescue Centre: (+66) 076.383.907-9
- Phuket International Hospital Ambulance service: (+66) 076.210.935
- Bangkok Phuket Hospital
Phuket Town: (+66) 076.254.421
- Mission Hospital
Phuket Town: (+66) 076.237.220-6, 076.211.908
- Patong Hospital: (+66) 076.344.225, 076.342.633-4
- Phuket International Hospital
Bypass Road: (+66) 076.249.400
- Ruan Paet Hospital
Phuket Town: (+66) 076.211.578, 076.212.950, 076.216.179
- Thalang Hospital: (+66) 076.311.033-4, 076.311.111
- Vachira Hospital
Phuket Town: (+66) 076.211.114, 076.217.294-8