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Phuket
Travel Planning
Phuket

Phuket at a Glance

Phuket is Thailand's biggest island and its sin-city beach party zone. The island is also home to gorgeous sea-cliffs, virgin rain forests and animals if the beach scene wears you down. 

Phuket is so large that it doesn't feel like an island. You have a lot of territory to explore from the sandy white beaches of the resorts to the craggy cliffs and swampy mangroves that protect other areas of the island from the sea. Take a hike along the cliffs to get a bird's-eye view of the water's edge. Walk into the rain forest for a look at ancient trees and the creatures playing in their canopies. 

Beach-goers can also break up their enjoyment of the crescent sands with trips into town for museums and restaurants. Learn about the culture on Phuket by eating local delicacies and by visiting the National Museum. When you're done, head back for a gorgeous sunset at the water's edge. 

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November - March, July - August
Low Season
September - October, April - June
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Bangkok S.G.D.
      • Major Airport Phuket Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, European, Canadian and many other tourists do not need a visa to visit Thailand. Check with a Thai embassy or consulate to learn more about your particular requirements. American citizens can utilize the U.S State Department website to research travel requirements for countries all over the world. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Phuket Bus Terminal
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events June through October is the rainy season. Thailand can experience earthquakes and more devastatingly, tsunamis. Stay alert and seek high ground during an earthquake or if the water pulls away from the beach. 

      Safety Concerns Keep your wits about you if you decide to party hard in Thailand. Both local and foreign thieves and rapists have been known to drug drinks. Travelers should keep their valuables out of sight and avoid walking around at night, especially alone. Some areas of Thailand see violence and terrorist activities. It is a good idea to plan your travels in stable areas. American citizens can check the U.S State Department website to learn about travel alerts and warnings. 

      Health Concerns Talk with your doctor about possible vaccinations at least two months before your trip. Travelers will want to purify their water to avoid stomach problems. Some of the beaches in Phuket are quite dangerous and should you NOT swim in them. Rip tides drown tourists each year.