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									     PHUKET GUIDE                                How to Get to Phuket                           Weather                                         Longtail boats
                                                                                                                                              A voyage in a longtail
                                                 From Overseas                                                 There are only two seasons     boat is an interesting
                                                  Air                                                         in a year - the rainy season   experience and a great
                                                 There are several direct flights between                      (May to October) and the       way to take short
                                                 Phuket and international destinations e.g.                    hot season (November to        sightseeing       trips.
                                                 Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore,                           April). The low                Rental prices average 400 baht per hour
                                                 and Sydney. Dragon Air, Malaysia Airlines,                    season        of               for short trips and up to 1200 baht for a
                                                 Silk Air & Singapore Airlines operates         Phuket       is       between                 roundtrip to a neighbour beach.
                                                 international flights connecting Phuket        September and October as
                                                 with these destinations. Please call airline   they are the wettest months.
                                                 offices for more details.                      Average          temperatures                 Places of Interest
Known as the „Pearl of the                                                                      ranges between 23oC and 33oC.                    Phromthep Cape
Andaman‟, Phuket is the largest                  From Bangkok                                                                                                               A famous
island   of    Thailand.     It  is               Air
                                                 Domestic airlines operate several flights
                                                                                                Getting around Phuket                                                       location in
                                                                                                                                                                            Phuket as
approximately the size of Singapore              daily between Bangkok and Phuket. Some          Songthaews                                                                well as the
of 540 square kilometres and is                  flights go to Phuket via Samui Island with                     Songthaew is local open-                                           most
surrounded by additional 32 islands.             a 40-minute stopover. List of airlines are                     air bright blue bus,          photographed for tourists to see the
                                                 as      follows:                                               running         normally      spectacular view of the Andaman Sea and
Phuket formerly derived its wealth               Phuket       Air,                                              between Phuket town           the sunset. A destination that should not
                                                 Bangkok                                                        and the popular beaches       be missed!
from tin and rubber. The island was                                                                             from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00
                                                 Airways, Thai
on one of the major trading routes                                                              p.m. The fare for one-way trip is about
                                                 Airways                                                                                           Phuket Zoo
between India and China. The                     International,                                 20-30 Baht.                                   A fun place to see a
region now derives much of its                   One-to-Go      &                                                                             large collection of
income from tourism.                             Air Asia.                                       Tuk Tuk                                     more     than     600
                                                                                                For trips of any duration at any time of      species of birds, 100
Phuket     is   truly    a   tropical             Car                                          day, a tuk tuk is often the most efficient.   species of reptiles
                                                 Take Highway No.4 through Phetchaburi,         A trip within a beach area or town            and amphibians, and 45 species of
wonderland and offers something
                                                 Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat           shouldn't cost more than 50 Baht, but for     mammals.         Crocodile      wrestling
for     just     about     everyone.                                                            trips further afield, anything up to 400
                                                 Thani and Phang-nga Provinces, then                                                          performances and elephant & monkey
Spectacular     scenery,    stunning             cross the Thep Krasattri Bridge or Sarasin     Baht can be expected, depending on the        shows occur throughout the day, and
tropical sunsets and warm blue sea               Bridge to Phuket Island. The total distance    distance, the weather and your bargaining     elephant rides are bound to amuse the
awaits you at Asia's most popular                is 862 kilometres and the travel time is       skills!                                       kids.
beach destination.                               approximately 12 hours.                                                                        Entry fee: - 500 Baht - adults & 300
                                                                                                 Motorcycle Taxi                                            Baht (Kids).
   How to get to Phuket                          Train                                        Not the safest way to travel but they are a   Please visit
                                                 A sleeper train leaves                         convenient option for short trips. You will   for timings of the shows of your choice!
   Weather                                                                                     see them on street corners all over Phuket.
                                                 from Hua Lumphong
   Getting around Phuket                        Railway    station    in                       The drivers wear red or green vests.             Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
   Places of Interest                           Bangkok to Surat Thani,                        Agree the price before you start the                       Located in the north of
   Shopping                                     and then transfer to a                         journey. Short trips around town should                    Phuket, this park contains
   After Dark                                   bus across to Phuket.                          cost 20-40 baht.                                           the only remaining virgin
                                                 This is an exhausting                                                                                     rainforest on the island. The
   Restaurants & Bars
                                                 journey, though very                            Bicycle/Motorcycle Car Rental                            park trails offer visitors a
   Calendar                                     scenic. The train journey takes about 12      They are available for hire all over the                    chance to explore and to
   Things to Know                               hours from Bangkok with another 4 hours       island. Costing for a rent is about 50-100     enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle.
   Currency                                     from Surat to Phuket by road.                 Baht for a bicycle, 200-800 a day for          Watch out for the beautiful waterfalls and
   Important Information                                                                      motorcycle, 900-2,000 Baht for a car. Just     the gibbon rehabilitation centre.
   Emergency Calls                                                                            make sure to bargain and recheck the
                                                                                               prices before rental.
Central Reservations Office, Bangkok, Thailand     Tel: +66 (02) 168 7668    Fax: +66 (02) 168 7663
   The Phuket Butterfly Garden &                completely free of human inhabitants. It is    DVDs, CDs, computer games, electronic             Tiger Discotheque
    Aquarium                                     also a popular place for diving and            gadgets and much more!                                                    Tiger Disco is
One     of   the                                 snorkelling, kayaking and other marine                                                                                   the        only
world‟s     best                                 recreational activities. Even with all the      Phuket Jatujak Market                                                     international
butterfly                                        hype, it doesn't disappoint.                   A weekend market and probably the best                                              class
gardens, with a                                                                                 place on the island to find clothes,                                         discotheque
large    open-air
enclosure, landscaped with waterfalls,
                                                 Shopping                                       accessories, shoes and other items at
                                                                                                rock-bottom prices. It‟s quite crowded in
                                                                                                                                                                          in the world
                                                                                                                                              built inside a tropical cave with a real
houses thousands of vivid butterflies and        Phuket is a shopaholic's paradise! The         the evenings, but this is the best time to    waterfall. Tiger Disco is one of the most
lush greenery. The aquarium provides a           island has a great variety of shopping,        go to avoid the heat during the day.          popular disco‟s in Patong.
wide range of different kinds of marine life,    from open-air village food markets, noisy      Open on Saturdays and Sundays from
colourful   corals    and     dozens      of     night markets, street stalls and local             mid-afternoon to around 9pm.
extraordinary-looking fishes.                    shops to western style department stores.                                                    Restaurants & Bars& Pubs
                                                                                                                                                      9th Floor
  Entry fee: - 300 Bht (Adults) & 150
        Bht (Child below 10yrs).                  Central Festival Phuket                      After Dark                                                       A    fully   renovated
   Open daily: - 9.00 am to 5.30 pm              Central       Festival                            Phuket Fantasea                                              restaurant         now
                                                 Phuket      is    the                                                                                           features sliding floor-
            Wat Chalong Temple                  newest and largest                                                                                              to-ceiling        glass
           Wat Chalong, situated 8 kms           shopping       centre                                                                                           windows make The
           southeast of Phuket town, is          that Phuket has to                                                                                              9th Floor the hippest
           the most well-known temple in         offer. The mall is                                                                                              and highest open air
           Phuket. Many Thais travel long        an     air-conditioned,  fully   equipped                                                    restaurant in Phuket. Unwind with a bottle
distances to visit this temple to be blessed     shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket     Inspired by Thailand's rich and exotic        of wine in pleasant surroundings with an
by the monks and receives a good luck            Town. The mall is also home to a multi         heritage, Phuket Fantasea is a stunning       international food menu. Select from a
charm in the form of a string tied around        screen cinema and there are plenty of          140-acre theme complex, packed with a         range of 150 different wines and a large
the wrist, which they believe protects           food and beverage outlets from which           multitude of activities & entertainment. It   Cuban cigar selection. Amazing view of
them from injury and illness. Wat Chalong        shoppers can choose.                           also offers a 4,000-seater buffet featuring   the bay and sea makes the 9th floor a
is a must visit unique tourist destination                                                      Thai & international cuisine and a breath-    great experience.
of Phuket.                                                                Jungceylon           taking Las Vegas-style theatrical show.             Open: Daily 4pm until late.
 Opening Hours: - 7.00am to 5.00pm.                                      A       mega-mall         Please visit http://www.phuket-
                                                                         devoted           to for more information.               Coyote
 Patong Beach                                                           shopping        and                                                        restaurant
The most famous                                                              entertainment,        Simon                                     A large outdoor wooden
beach resort on                                                          whose        entire        Cabaret                                   deck    &   2-story    full
Phuket,     Patong's                                                     basement      filled   One of Southeast                              height glass walls give
3,000 metre beach                                with a great range of local handicrafts        Asia‟s                                        spectacular sunset views
offers a great place to relax and enjoy the      from all over Thailand. Jungceylon, also       entertainment                                 over Patong Bay. Coyote brings well-
good life. Many of Phuket‟s best hotels          hosts some of the popular teenager label       attractions drawing                           known and authentic Mexican dishes and
can be found directly across the road from       boutiques, sport shops, fast food, and         a          thousand                           Southwest Grill to Phuket. Classic dishes
the beach. The town has a bustling               fashions, as well as popular Asian brands.     enthused     visitors                         include    quesadillas,     burritos   and
nightlife which includes hundreds of             It's a much more relaxed and hassle-free       from around the                               enchiladas. More than 75 margaritas are
restaurants, chic lounge bars, beer bars         shopping experience than most here.            world each evening.                           available some having such exotic names
                      and of course discos.                                                     The show consists                             and flavours as Black forest Margarita and
                                                  Patong Night Bazaar                          of a number of highly entertaining acts.      Firecracker Margarita.
                      Phi Phi Island            Patong Beach transforms into a large           This is a must see during your stay at           Open daily from 11:30am till late.
                     Seen in Hollywood           night bazaar every evening, when all the       Phuket.
                     movies such as „The         main roads become clogged with stalls              Daily Show times: - 7.30pm and               Scruffy
Beach‟, Phi Phi Island is approximately 50       selling handicrafts, silk scarves, sarongs                       9.30pm.                         Murphy's Irish
minutes away from Phuket by speedboats.          and a variety of beach clothes, leisure          Prices: - 700Bht (Adults) & 500Bht              Pub
The island consist of 2 small islands: Phi       wear, leather goods and luggage, movie                         (Children).                   An Irish-themed pub
Phi Don is without roads and Phi Phi Leh is                                                                                                   right in the heart of

Central Reservations Office, Bangkok, Thailand     Tel: +66 (02) 168 7668    Fax: +66 (02) 168 7663
Patong‟s liveliest nightlife area is most                                 Festival promises     yacht racing for a wide range of yachts —      Thai people greet each other using the
famous for its large sized food portions                                  to be the best in     from the highly competitive top racers all      term “Sawasdee” along with both
and the happy hour draught beer pints                                     its   five    year    the way to live aboard cruisers and             palms and hands united to form a wai.
from 100 baht. There is also free Wi-Fi                                   history with top      charter boats.                                  The wai is equivalent to the Western
and a live band on every night.                                           international   as                                                    handshake.
   Open Daily: - 10.00am - 2.00am.                                        well    as    Thai       September - October Phuket
                                                 artists performing.                                Vegetarian Festival                        Always show your respect toward the
 Joy’s Cafe                                                                                    An event with clear Chinese origins, where      King and members of the Royal Family,
Relax with a cup of fresh coffee, and a             For more information please see             many locals choose to eat only vegetarian       monks and elders, as well as all
slice of one of Joy's "Island Famous"               food for nine days. Phuket's Vegetarian         religious statues.
homemade pies. Choose from a wide-                                                              Festival also features a range of street
range of foods such as pizza, pasta,                 March - Phuket Gay Festival               entertainment, parades and even walking        Thailand is famous for cheap and nice
steaks, meat pies and delicious Thai food.                                                      on hot coals.                                   goods; however you may still need to
Home-baked cookies, fresh bread and a                                                                                                           bargain especially in tourist areas.
Saturday night BBQ are other enticing                                                            August – Por Tor Festival
features.                                                                                       Often known as the 'Hungry Ghosts'             Everyday at 8am and 6pm the National
     Open Daily: - 7:00am - 2:00am.                                                             festival, with offers of local delicacies,      Anthem is played in a show of
                                                                                                turtle-shaped cakes, flowers and gifts to       patriotism, and as a sign of respect all
    The Two Black                                                                              ghosts, held each year in Phuket City.          Thais will come to a standstill.
     Sheep Bar and                               Taking place in Patong, the festival runs
                                                 over four days with many parties, a
An Aussie owned pub                              volleyball tournament and a street parade
                                                                                                 November - Phuket Carnival
                                                                                                Featuring a range of live music (including
                                                 that is the highlight of the festival.                                                       Thai Baht (THB) is used in the country
offers full day dining                                                                          jazz), art exhibitions, sporting events and
                                                                                                                                              with   the    below   exchange   rates
and is one of the few „family friendly‟ bars                                                    sumptuous Thai cuisine.
                                                    Mid March - The Thao Thep                                                                (approximate only)
in Patong. A premier live music venue
featuring bands playing a wide variety of            Krasatri - Thao Sri Suntorn                 December - King's Cup Regatta
                                                     Festival                                                                                 1 EUR =49.35 THB              1 SGD =23.91 THB
music from the 60s through to today. Live                                                       Sailing enthusiasts from around the world     1 USD =33.47 THB              1 JPY =0.37 THB
sport is also heavily featured in the bar        This event is held annually in mid-March       come to Phuket every year to take part in     1 AUD =30.25 THB              1 GBP =54.99 THB
with 4 big screen TVs covering all of the        to honour Phuket's the two heroines who        the event, which not only involve lots of
current action be it Soccer, Cricket, Tennis,    defended the island of Phuket at the end       sailing but plenty of parties in the          Please visit for updated
Golf, F1, Moto GP and anything else that         of the 18th century. There is a fun-fair,      evenings.            daily rates.
happens to be on.                                food stalls and stage performances
        Open Daily: - 9am – 2am                  throughout the week.                            December – Phuket Triathlon

                                                  April – Songkran
                                                                                                This annual competition takes place in the
                                                                                                Laguna Resort complex at Bang Tao
                                                                                                                                              Important Information
Calendar                                         It is also known as Thai New Year. The         Beach. It attracts professional and
                                                                                                                                                 Language      :    Thai and English
    14th – 15th February – Chinese              youngsters will sprinkle water over elders‟                                                     Electricity   :    220 Volts
                                                                                                amateur triathletes from around the world,
     New Year                                    hands to show respect to them. There will                                                       Religion      :    Buddhist (90%)
                                                                                                who come to Phuket to compete in this
There will be celebration with elaborate         also    be   vivid   parades,   customary                                                       Area Code     :    +66 (Thailand)
                                                                                                combination of swimming, cycling and
ceremonies by the people in Thailand. You        ceremonies, and lots of fun.                                                                    City Code     :    07 (Phuket)
                                                                                                long-distance running.
will be able to catch sight of stunning                                                                                                          Time Zone     :    UTC/GMT +7
fireworks and traditional Chinese new year           Mid April - Turtle Releasing
performances especially the lion and                  Festival
dragon dances.                                   The festivities include releasing of turtles   Things to Know                                Emergency Calls
                                                 into the sea at beaches in                                                                      Tourist Police :   1555
   26th – 27th February Phuket                  the north of the island.                                                                        Police         :   191
    International Blues Festivals                                                                                                                Ambulance :        1646
The 2010 Phuket International Blues Rock             25th July – Phuket                                                                         Information :      1133
Festival is a charity event with funds                Race Week
donated to organisations dedicated to             A     full    week    of
Phuket's local children's education. This        international-standard

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