Phuket is one of the most visited places in Thailand, with its amazing beaches, fun activities, and wild adventures. With a whopping 32 islands, it’s an all-you-can-island-hop buffet. There is a ton of adventure and activities you can try while you are in Phuket, and with some planning, you can get to all the ones that suit your lifestyle the most, making it the holiday of a lifetime. Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your Phuket trip:
Do some culture research
You will want to take some time to do a little research on Thai culture, as it can be very specific and has basic cultural expectations. When it comes to language barriers, most people will only speak Thai, but you can find people who speak a little English, especially in more touristy areas.
There is a way to respectfully greet, which you should learn, called the ‘wai.’ Another expectation includes the national anthem of Thailand. You are expected to stand during the royal anthem and national anthem, even if you are not Thai. If you are planning on visiting a temple, you are expected to cover up your shoulders, legs, and you must remove your shoes before entering as well.
It is important to know that Thais see the foot as the lowest part of your body and pointing or moving things with your feet can be a sign of disrespect, so never use them to point at anything or move something. The head, being the highest part of your body cannot be touched, so do not touch anyone’s head.
Good seasons to visit
Thailand’s seasons consist of hot seasons and rainy seasons. Although it will get a little chillier during normal winter months, December to February, you can expect the weather to be pretty predictable. Typically, hotter seasons will be from November to April, and this is when it will be the busiest as well. This is typically the tourist seasons when the crowds increase, meaning that prices will too. May to October is considered the wet seasons with hot temperatures. This is optimal visiting time for lower prices.
Research the modes of transportation
Phuket’s International Airport is the second largest airport in Thailand and has flights directly connected to many European cities. ASEAN visitors and some Western countries will be able to stay in Thailand without a Thai visa if they are planning to stay for less than 30 days. However, you will need a passport with at least 6 months validity, and Thai customs will allow personal items into the country without claiming duties as long as they are legal in Thailand.
There are only limitations on tobacco and liquor. Besides getting around the airports, getting around Phuket is relatively easy. There are taxis that link directly from the airport and will take you to your destination. There are other modes of transportation such as the Grab App, songtaews, or red buses, and tuk-tuks. You might also want to consider the car rental option as well if you have an international drivers license.
If you are an avid traveler, chances are, you’ve already looked into accommodation. You want to do your research on locations, prices, and how you will get everywhere. You want to pick somewhere that fits your wants and needs as well as your budget. Phuket has many options from hotels to cabanas and luxury villas. If you want somewhere closer to the beach with greater amenities, you should prepare to pay at a higher price.
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