Before starting your holiday adventure, take some time to brush up on some Phuket travel tips. Knowing little things like how to avoid an upset stomach (buy bottled water and don’t drink the tap water) will help you enjoy a smoother travel experience when on your Phuket holiday.
It’s also important to note that Thailand has left-hand driving and the locals are less likely to slow down for amber lights. Instead, they speed up to beat the red light. So be careful if driving a rental car or motorbike.
Here’s some key advice for your Phuket holiday that you should bear in mind before departing.
Australian passport holders can enter Thailand without a visa for 30 days, as a tourist. If you wish to extend your visit, or work while you travel, you'll need to apply for a visa. This information is only a guide. For the most accurate and current information, contact your local Thai embassy.
Thailand has its own currency called the Thai Baht (THB). One baht is equal to 100 satang. Be sure to check out the latest exchange rates before you travel and change your Australian dollars into bahts. Credit cards are accepted at major restaurants, hotels, and shopping centres, but most businesses only accept cash. If using card, check with your bank about any overseas charges this may incur. For more on currency, visit the Thailand currency page.
Phuket's food reflects its Eastern multicultural history. You can get dim sum and curry alongside noodles and rice dishes. As Thai food is often spicy, speak up and request that your food be milder if you’d prefer to avoid chili heat. Don't forget to try the delicious street food as well. Just look for a clean stall with lots of local customers and make sure the food is prepared in front of you.
While tipping in Phuket is not mandatory, it's often appreciated. Let street food vendors and small eatery servers keep loose change. If you're eating at a high-end restaurant, leave around 10% of the bill for the wait staff. Be sure to give your masseuse 100 THB in cash after your massage.
Thailand runs on 220v AC electricity, which is less than Australia's 230v. You will need an adapter for your devices as most Thai outlets have two-prong round or flats sockets.
In Phuket, the locals use the official Thai language. However, some also speak a Southern Thai dialect. In the more tourist-focused areas, many can communicate in English. Speak clearly and be patient if you’re asked to repeat yourself, or if you need to ask others to say something one more time. Make a good impression by learning a few phrases in Thai.
With two terminals, Phuket International Airport is the third-busiest airport in Thailand. Terminal 1 services international flights, while Terminal 2 is for domestic trips. You can find buses, taxis and car rentals to transport you to and from the airport. As a result of it being so busy, expect long queues and some delays.