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    Phuket – a brief overview

    Thailand’s best-known island destination remains one of the world’s finest places to kick back on the beach, indulge in first-rate watersports or party until the sun comes up. The weather is almost always faultless, even during the rainy season from May to October. So much more than its resorts, hotels and bars, this is a place to explore and discover new things about Thai and ethnic culture, as well as a great jumping-off point for seeing more remote islands.

    Don some sunscreen and get ready for a summery adventure in one of Thailand’s beach paradises.

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    Shrine of the Serene Light

    Saan Jao Sang Tham
    Phuket
    Thailand
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    Hidden away in the backstreets of Phuket Old Town, the Shrine of the Serene Light is one of the area’s most underrated sights. It’s a Taoist temple with plenty of Chinese influence, and there’s always incense burning and fresh flowers on the altar.

    Big Buddha

    Yot Sane 1
    Phuket
    Thailand
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1930

    This 21st-century alabaster Buddha stands at 45m tall and towers over Phuket on a hill between Chalong and Kata. Head here to marvel at its sheer scale and enjoy some of the best views on the entire island.

    Phang Nga Bay

    Phang Nga Bay
    Phuket
    Thailand
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    Take a tour to the towering limestone cliffs and stacks of Phang Nga Bay. This striking place has beautiful beaches, mangroves and even some small islands where you can stay. Ko Tapu, also known as James Bond Island after it starred in The Man With The Golden Gun, is one of the bay’s most beautiful spots.

    Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

    Thep Kasattri
    Thalang District
    Phuket 83110
    Thailand
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    Home to Phuket’s last remaining virgin rainforest, this beautiful park is ideal for wildlife lovers and those looking for a day away from the beach. Hire a guide and keep an eye out for some rare species.

    Sirinat Marine National Park

    Thalang District
    Phuket
    Thailand
    Tel: +66 7632 8226
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    This marine national park is stunning. Visitors can stay here in simple, government-owned accommodation and explore the gorgeous mangrove forests and saltwater swamps. Nature trails and well-marked paths make it easy to explore.

    Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre

    104/3 Paklock, Thalang
    83110 Phuket
    Thailand
    Tel: +66 7626 0491
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1600

    In the east of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, this centre aims to rehabilitate and reintroduce pet gibbons into the wild. The focus is on educating people about the abuse of these beautiful animals, as well as giving them a chance to see them up close.

    Racha Yai diving

    Rawai, Mueang Phuket District
    Phuket
    Thailand
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    Phuket’s best-known diving spot. Coral forests and rocky reefs make this great for first timers, as well as those who’d rather snorkel. Be careful choosing an operator for diving tours. Make sure guides are PADI accredited and check equipment before diving. Super Divers are one of Phuket’s best.

    Old Phuket Town

    Thalang Rd
    Taladyai, Muang
    Phuket
    Talat Yai
    Mueang Phuket District
    Thailand
    Tel: +66 7632 8226
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    Colonial architecture, sleepy backstreets and great restaurants make Old Phuket Town well worth exploring. The area is much quieter than the chaos of Patong, with its bars and clubs, and offers a fascinating insight into the Chinese and Portuguese influence on the island.

    Jui Tui Shrine

    Saan Jao Sang Tham, Phuket Town
    Phuket
    Thailand
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2030

    Another Old Town gem, Jui Tui shrine is a Chinese temple that comes alive during the island’s vegetarian festival in late September and early October. Colourful and bright, this temple attracts locals celebrating birthdays, weddings and everything in between.

    Wat Chalong

    Mueang Phuket District
    Phuket
    Thailand
    Tel: +66 7628 0343
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1700

    Phuket’s most important Buddhist temple. Its towering spires can be seen for miles, while its peaceful halls are the place to come if you’re looking to ease off a heavy evening’s excess in one of the island’s many nightlife spots.

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    Country overview

    The jewel of the Southeast Asian travel circuit, Thailand offers astonishing diversity and a truly fascinating and accessible culture that, along with the revered Thai hospitality, makes it an incredibly popular destination. With an enticing mixture of established destinations such as Phuket and Hua Hin, and out-of-the-way palm-fringed islands, Thailand has a very exotic appeal.

    It caters for grungy backpacking types wanting to party into the wee hours through to those who prefer white tablecloth dining and clinking wine glasses. From staying on a converted rice barge, clambering into a jungle tree house or bedding down in a hill tribe village, the country offers a wealth of choice for all tastes and budgets.

    Geography

    Thailand is bordered to the west by Myanmar and the Indian Ocean, to the south and east by Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand, to the east by Cambodia, and to the north and east by Laos.

    Central Thailand is dominated by the Chao Phraya River.

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    Key facts

    Population: 67497151

    Population Density (per sq km): 132

    Capital: Bangkok.

    Language

    Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists.

    Currency

    Baht (THB; symbol ฿) = 100 satang. Notes are in denominations of ฿1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of ฿10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 satang.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Flat and round two-pin plugs are used.

    General business opening hours

    Office hours are usually Monday to Friday 0830-1630. There is a large expat community in Bangkok, as well as a big after-work drinking scene.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    Note: Buddhist festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Chakri Day: 6. April 2016
    Songkran (Thai New Year): 13. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Coronation Day: 5. May 2016
    HM The Queen’s Birthday: 12. August 2016
    Chulalongkorn Day: 23. October 2016
    HM The King’s Birthday: 5. December 2016
    Constitution Day: 10. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Chakri Day: 6. April 2017
    Songkran (Thai New Year): 13. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Coronation Day: 5. May 2017
    HM The Queen’s Birthday: 12. August 2017
    Chulalongkorn Day: 23. October 2017
    HM The King’s Birthday: 5. December 2017
    Constitution Day: 10. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Phuket

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    Nightlife is arguably what Phuket is all about.

    From down-and-dirty bars and clubs in Patong to fancier joints found in the island’s 5-star resorts and hotels, there’s something to keep everyone entertained once night falls.

    Joe’s Downstairs

    223/3 Prabaramee Road
    Patong
    Phuket
    Thailand
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    Relaxed, upmarket and serving mean cocktails, Joe’s is perfect for an evening of kicking back.

    Soi Easy

    Bangla Road
    Patong
    Phuket
    Thailand
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    Loud, brash and often boozy, this complex is close to the beach and has a massive 25 bars to choose from.

    Baya Beach Nightclub

    Rat-u-Thit 200 Pee Road
    Kathu
    Phuket, 83150
    Thailand
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    One of Phuket’s original nightspots (and definitely one for younger revellers), this place is jumping every evening.

    Gossip Boutiq Supperclub

    29 Bangla Road
    Patong, Kathu
    Phuket
    Thailand
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    Opened in late 2013 and achingly hip, this place is a tad classier than most other beachside clubs.

    After Beach Bar

    Kata Beach
    83100 Phuket
    Thailand
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    Just as the name says – head here for sundowners and a chilled vibe.

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    Restaurants in Phuket

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    Phuket has some of Thailand’s best seafood thanks to its location right on the water.

    Those tiring of rice, noodles and curries can find some excellent international alternatives thanks to the island’s global reputation as a holiday hotspot.

    Breeze at Cape Yamu

    224 Moo 7 | Pa Khlok
    Phuket 83110
    Thailand
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    Price: Expensive

    One of Phuket’s hottest fine dining restaurants, with a constantly changing menu focusing on fresh seafood.

    Boathouse Wine & Grill

    182 Koktanode Road
    Kata Beach
    83100 Phuket
    Thailand
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    Price: Expensive

    French and Asian dishes are served in this boutique hotel’s highly rated restaurant.

    Mom Tri’s Kitchen

    12 Kata Noi Road
    Kata Noi Beach
    Phuket 83100
    Thailand
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    Price: Expensive

    Come here for fancy takes on Thai and Western classics, right on Kata Beach.

    Raya

    Dibuk Road
    Talat Yai
    Phuket 83000
    Thailand
    Tel: +66 7632 8226
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    Price: Moderate

    Set in a colonial building in Phuket Old Town, Raya is one of the best places for traditional Thai food on the island.

    Kamala Beach

    Kamala Beach
    Phuket
    Thailand
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    Price: Cheap

    Great for cheap eats and plentiful options without having to leave the sand behind.

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    Songkran Festival

    13 – 15 April 2016

    Venue: Throughout Phuket

    Thais go wild with water chucking during this three-day festival marking the beginning of the solar calendar. Armed with water pistols and buckets (often loaded into pick-up trucks), kids and adults alike drench anyone in their sights – police officers are a favourite target. Be prepared for a soaking!

    Por Tor Festival

    17. August 2016

    Venue: Chinese temples and shrines throughout Phuket

    Meaning ‘hungry ghost’, Por Tor is a significant festival for Phuket’s Chinese population, who make offerings to spirits, the most popular being a large red turtle cake. The biggest festivities take place at Phuket Town’s Ranong Road market, where traditional ceremonies, musical performances and lion dances draw huge crowds.

    Phuket Vegetarian Festival

    15 – 23 October 2016

    Venue: Chinese temples and shrines throughout Phuket

    Firewalking and self-mutilation are among the shocking spectacles seen at this festival. Phuket’s Chinese community abstains from meat during the ninth lunar month and believes those carrying out such acts are protected from harm. Gruesome sights aside, there are lively street processions and veggie food stalls galore.

    Loy Krathong

    14 November 2016

    Venue: Phuket beaches

    Flickering lights glimmer across rivers, lakes and the sea during Thailand’s festival of lights. Thousands of krathongs, small baskets decorated in flowers, are launched into the water after dark with candles to illuminate them. If the krathong floats away, it’s believed to bring good luck in the year ahead.

    Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

    3 – 10 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Andaman Sea

    Scores of yachts crewed by international teams cut through the waves in this prestigious series of races, which form the biggest regatta in Asia. The event began in 1987 to mark the King’s 60th birthday and takes place annually in the first week of December.

    Phuket Red Cross Fair

    26 December 2016 – 5 January 2017

    Venue: Saphan Hill Park, Phuket Town

    Live rock concerts, traditional Thai music and dance performances entertain crowds at this lively fair, which raises money for those in need. Visitors also come to slurp on pad Thai, spin on the Ferris wheel or buy raffle tickets, with the chance of seriously big prizes (new car anyone?).

    Chinese New Year

    28 January 2017

    Venue: Various venues

    Held simultaneously with the Old Town Phuket Festival, the island’s Chinese New Year celebrations last for a couple of weeks and are crammed with dragon dances, traditional food, colourful processions, banging firecrackers and art displays. Shops and houses are adorned with red decorations to bring good luck.

    Wat Chalong Fair

    8 – 15 February 2017

    Venue: Wat Chalong, Chaofa West Road

    Roughly coinciding with Chinese New Year, this vibrant week-long fair sprawls across the grounds of Wat Chalong temple. Hundreds of food stalls sell enticing Thai curries (and fried insect snacks for the daring), while flashing, whirring rides challenge you to keep your meal down.

    Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival

    March 2017

    Venue: Various venues

    An open-air dramatic show depicting the history of Phuket is the centrepiece of this two-week festival, which commemorates the defeat of the Burmese army by a force led by sisters Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Sri Suntorn. Other events include bike races and takraw (kick volleyball) matches.

    Phuket Pride

    April 2017
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    Venue: Patong Beach

    Pool parties, beach parties, garland parties and one heck of a parade combine to create a sensational celebration for Phuket’s LGBT community. Flamboyant costumes, abs toned to within an inch of their life, thumping tunes and potent cocktails are all guaranteed.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Phuket

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    Beachside flophouses, 5-star luxury and plenty in between. Whether you’re looking to spend up a storm or keep costs down, Phuket has got what you want.

    As with Bangkok, even the fanciest rooms come in at affordable prices.

    The Bliss South Beah Patong

    40 Thaveewong Road
    Patong
    83150 Phuket
    Thailand
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    Category: Expensive

    A fancy boutique joint right on Patong beach. Beautiful rooms with sea views.

    Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club

    230 Moo
    Maikhao Talang
    Phuket City 83110
    Thailand
    Tel: +66 7626 0491
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    Category: Expensive

    Not like your usual Marriott – this place comes with a palm-lined pool, swish apartment-style rooms and Thai décor.

    B-Lay Tong Phuket

    198 Thaveewong Road
    Patong
    83150 Phuket
    Thailand
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    Category: Moderate

    Fancy, Feng Shui-led rooms, a gorgeous pool and easy access to the beach.

    Metropole Hotel

    1 Soi Montri Road
    83000 Phuket
    Thailand
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    Category: Cheap

    Great rooms, an excellent pool and sweeping views: 4-star style on a shoestring.

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    Paradise found

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    An insider tip no more since The Beach hit the movie theaters, but Thailand is not quite lost to mass tourism yet. Our reporter discovered some dream spots that are almost as wild, exciting and breathtakingly beautiful as they were 20 years ago.

    Ko Yao Noi

    Ko Yao Yai
    Phang-nga, Thailand

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    Hippies head east to Ko Phangan, the party island in the Gulf of Thailand, and complain about the parties. In the west, there’s the tourist hell hole Phuket, and next to it Ko Yao Noi (“small, long island”), a getaway for stars like Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé and Cristiano Ronaldo, and famous for its unspoilt beaches. The islanders earn their living with coconuts and rubber plants. The food here is really good, for example at the „Je T’aime“, a French/Thai fusion restaurant. Neighboring Ko Yao Yai (big, long island) is even more peaceful and enchanting.

    Tab Tim Grob

    Thai cuisine has a reputation for variety, and yet most visitors stick to either phat thai (stirfry noodles) or khao phat (fried rice). That’s a great shame because the country has a dish many tourists have never heard of: tab tim grob, a sweet dish of water chestnuts served in young coconut milk with red tapioca pearls and crushed ice. It’s one of those dishes that, once tasted, becomes a firm favourite. It’s such a delicious and refreshing treat, especially in humid Thailand, that it’s also easy to convince yourself that it is somehow healthy. Restaurants don’t always include it on the menu, but it’s definitely worth asking if they serve it.

    Ko Phayam

    Ko Phayam
    Ranong
    Thailand

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    When Leonardo DiCaprio, or rather the young backpacker he played in The Beach, arrived in Thailand 15 years ago, his quest was to find the perfect beach. That brought him to the Phi-Phi islands, and now millions of tourists follow in his footsteps every year. If the authentic hippie Thailand is what you’re after, go to Ko Phayam (preferably via Ranong). It’s a small island roughly 35 kilometers off the northwest coast of Thailand and still one of the few remaining idylls on earth, with sandy beaches that stretch for miles, bamboo cabins and devoted sunworshippers. It’s one of those islands, where people spend the evening eating, drinking and talking between palmtrees and weird timber structures like the Hippie Bar. Minor downside: overcrowded ferries make for an uneasy crossing. Halfway over, you pass Ko Chang island, which is really basic – and entirely without electricity or Internet access.

    Chanthaburi

    Chanthaburi
    Chang Wat Chanthaburi
    22000 Thailand
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    Located close to the Cambodian border, the provincial capital is largely ignored by tourists, or at best used as a stopover. Their loss! Chanthaburi has all that is quintessentially Thai. Religious differences are amiably set aside, and Christians (there is an imposing replica of Paris’ Notre-Dame here), Buddhists and Muslims live together in harmony – so there’s always some feast to celebrate. Just 20 kilometers from the ocean and with so few tourists, it’s hardly surprising that Chanthaburi – and not an island – is where some of Thailand’s loveliest undiscovered beaches are found. The city lives off its exports of fruit and precious stones, has mines to visit, malodorously tasty durians to sample, dense jungle to explore and Buddhist holy sites to see. Its tourism infrastructure is geared almost exclusively to Thai visitors; prices have barely changed in 20 years. Chanthaburi is Thailand’s last insider tip.

    Bangkok Vanguards

    494/4 Prajadhipok Rd
    Hiranruchi, Thon Buri
    Bangkok 10600
    Thailand
    Tel. 66 85 833 9218

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    It is easy to lose your way in the capital, so it’s a good idea to hire a guide. As most city guides show tourists only what they want to see, a specialist is the answer, someone like Michael Biedassek, who is half-Thai, half-German. “I came here to find my Thai roots,” he says. He ended up staying. Finding the city hard to navigate, he began making maps as a teenager. Later, he started offering visitors bicycle tours of the “real” Bangkok. His most popular tour is the Bangkok Three-sixty, which takes visitors by bicycle, boat and local buses to see the sights people generally overlook: a tiny icecream parlor or the fabulous home of a once wealthy Chinese family with a huge swimming pool. Small groups and one enthusiastic guide – that’s all it takes to feel at home in possibly the most confusing city in the world.

    See the country by car or taxi?

    Judging by the chaos on Bangkok’s streets, driving in Thailand is stressful. But outside the city of eight million, the traffic (people drive on the left) is moderate. The most popular tourist destinations are: Chiang Mai in the north, Pattaya in the center, Phuket in the south, and the islands in the Gulf, but there’s an entire country crying out to be explored in between. Rent a car and drive south on the good asphalt road network. Great places along the way are Khao Sok National Park with its impressive reservoir and floating cabins (with beds for visitors) and the beaches south of Ranong. Not keen to take to the wheel? Then hire a taxi. The official price list (back of driver’s seat) puts the 700-kilometer trip at roughly 120 euros.

    Homestay

    People rave about friendly hosts in Thailand, but often they are just talking about friendly hoteliers and attentive restaurant owners. Thailand has a long tradition of homestays and there are plenty of offers around, so you don’t have to wait for invitations to find out what life is really like there. Perceptive visitors will soon notice even local differences. The amazing thing is that most homestay hosts – fishing families in the south, farmers in the north, middle-class people at the heart of the country – aren’t so much interested in financial gain as in getting to know their guests. It’s this genuine Asian hospitality that makes their home yours for a while.

    Doi Inthanon

    4/1 Siritorn Rd Soi 1
    Changphuak, Muang Chiang mai
    Thailand 50300
    Tel. +66 (0)80 491 133
    Mobil: +66 /(0)84 617 8404
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    The country’s tallest peak at 2565 meters, Doi Inthanon is high in the north of Thailand. Making your way up it is far more satisfying than being at the top, though. Motorcycles can be rented in the town of Chiang Mai, which is a good starting point for an exhilarating ride through deserted streets, dense jungle and villages untouched by time in a country that seems all but unchanged. Your trip through the mountains brings you to the virtually tourism-free heart of Thailand. If you have time, take a tour of the Golden Triangle via Laos and Myanmar down to the mountain 100 kilometers southwest of Chiang Mai. Doing the tour on foot takes six days and is as good as a detox – promise!

    Take to the tracks

    Bangkok train station, 6pm; experience a truly Asian moment when everyone pauses as a mark of respect for their country and their beloved king. Except for the package-deal tourist groups, the journey itself is the attraction. Thailand’s three-class trains are special – shabby on the outside, clean and comfortable on the inside. Third class is loud and lively, and second class offers real beds, but if you want some peace on the 12-hour trip north or south, it’s best to book a private first-class compartment. Don’t bring food, make the most of the legendary dining cars with their singing ladyboys serving chicken with cashews. For the ultimate train ride, take the Eastern Oriental and enjoy breathtaking colonial luxury – all the way from Bangkok to Singapore.

    Ko Nok

    Ko Nok
    Phang-nga
    Thailand
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    This is it – paradise. No, truly it is! There is absolutely nothing here but a broad sandy beach, a small area for campfires and a bamboo-covered hill. The island is just about the size of a noi (see tip 1) and perfect for a night spent far from the madding crowd, like Robinson Crusoe. Ask for Mr. Bean on Ko Yao Noi. He will help you to cross to the island, to build yourself a Thai minihouse, to fish and to lead the life we all secretly long for: a simple, decelerated life without distractions and with achievable goals – amid the most beautiful natural scenery in Phang Nga Bay.

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    The weather in Thailand is generally very hot, particularly between March and May. The monsoon season runs from June to October, when the climate is still hot and humid with torrential rains. The best time for travelling is November to February (cool season), although the southern islands are best from June to September.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +66

    Telephone

    A popular way to call overseas is through a service called Home Country Direct, which is available at various post offices and CAT centres in towns and cities. It offers an easy connection to international operators in many different countries. Some accommodation places will have a mobile or landline that customers can use for a per-minute fee for overseas calls. Public phones are not recommended as they are often on noisy main streets.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. There is good coverage, especially around main towns.

    Internet

    There are plenty of internet cafés, some even found in remote areas visited by tourists.

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    Shopping in Phuket

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    With a huge influx of tourists, shopping has boomed in Phuket. The Old Town remains one of the best places to pick up local handicrafts, while Patong is teeming with places selling cheap clothes and souvenirs. Some major resorts even have their own shopping centres.

    Markets

    Karon Bazaar (Karon Beach) is a great covered market selling all the usual suspects: cheap knock-off bags and clothes and local treasures abound. Phuket Weekend Market (Chao Fa West Road) is a bit more lively, with great vintage clothes and some superb food stalls to keep your energy up.

    Shopping Centres

    Malls are everywhere in Phuket. The Jungceylon shopping centre (Rat-u-thit 200 Pee Road) dominates Patong, with high-end global brands, a massive department store and even a cinema. Also check out Central Festival, on the Bypass Road just outside Phuket Town. On the ground floor, Jim Thompson, named after the American silk entrepreneur, is the place to go for local silks.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Western visitors will generally receive a handshake on meeting. A Thai will be greeted with the traditional closed hands and a slight bow of the head – the wai. Buddhist monks are always greeted in this way.

    The Thai Royal Family is regarded with an almost religious reverence. Visitors should respect this. It is very bad manners to make public displays of anger, as Thais regard such behaviour as boorish and a loss of ‘face’. Public displays of affection between men and women are also frowned upon, and it is considered rude to touch anyone on the head or to point one’s feet at someone.

    Shoes should be removed before entering someone’s home or a temple.

    Informal dress is widely acceptable and men are seldom, if ever, expected to wear suits. Beachwear should be confined to the beach and topless sunbathing is frowned upon. Smoking is widely acceptable.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 1155

    Food & Drink

    Use only bottled or boiled water for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice. Unpasteurised milk should also be boiled, although pasteurised or homogenised milk is available. Tinned or powdered milk is safe as long as it is reconstituted with sterile water. Beware of dairy products that may have been made with unboiled milk. Stick to meat and fish that have been well cooked, preferably served hot, but not reheated. Avoid raw vegetables and unpeeled fruit.

    Other Risks

    HIV is rife in Thailand, especially among prostitutes in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Amoebic and bacillary dysentery and hepatitis E may occur. Hepatitis B is highly endemic. Japanese encephalitis may occur, particularly in rural areas, and precautions should be taken to guard against mosquito bites. Dengue fever is also becoming increasingly widespread, particularly in central Thailand, and is also transmitted by mosquitoes. Travellers to Thailand are unlikely to be affected by avian influenza, but should avoid visiting live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where they may come into close contact with wild or caged birds; also ensure poultry dishes are thoroughly cooked.

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    Visa & Immigration

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