PHUKET – THE ANDAMAN’S PEARL

Traveling in Phuket

  • A VISA IS NOT REQUIRED for a stay of up to 28 days.
  • Passport Note: Everyone entering Thailand must have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay.
  • Health: No special Vaccination Certificates are required for Thailand.
  • Communications: The international access code for THAILAND is +66.
  • Climate: Phuket’s weather conditions are dominated by monsoon winds that blow year round. It is therefore always warm and humid. There are two distinct seasons, rainy and dry.

Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season runs from November to April, and this is considered the best time to visit the island. During this time, the weather is sunny and dry, with temperatures averaging around 30°C (86°F). This is a great time to enjoy the beach, go island hopping, and explore the island. The sea is also typically calm during this time, making it ideal for water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

The rainy season in Phuket runs from May to October. During this time, the island receives the majority of its annual rainfall. The weather is still warm during this time, with temperatures averaging around 30°C (86°F), but the island can experience heavy rain and thunderstorms. The sea can also be rough during this time, making it less favorable for water activities. However, this season can also be a great time to visit as the island is less crowded and the lush tropical landscape is at its most vibrant.

It’s important to note that the rainy season in Phuket is not consistent and the island may experience periods of heavy rain, followed by sunny and dry days. Additionally, during the rainy season, it’s common to experience short, heavy rain showers that last for a few hours, followed by sunny weather.

Dry Season (November – April)

During the dry season, the weather is sunny and dry, with temperatures averaging around 30°C (86°F). This is a great time to enjoy the beach, go island hopping, and explore the island. The sea is also typically calm during this time, making it ideal for water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The sun is intense during this time so it’s important to bring sunscreen and a hat, and to stay hydrated.

Rainy Season (May – October)

The rainy season in Phuket is characterized by heavy rain, thunderstorms, and rough seas. Despite the less favorable weather conditions, this season can also be a great time to visit as the island is less crowded and the lush tropical landscape is at its most vibrant. The rain usually comes in short and heavy spells, but this can also change, so it’s important to be prepared by packing a light rain jacket or umbrella.

Another thing to consider when planning your trip to Phuket is the typhoon season which runs from July to October. These tropical storms can cause heavy rain, strong winds, and even flooding. While it’s rare for Phuket to be directly hit by a typhoon, it’s still important to stay informed and be prepared in case one does occur.

Conclusion

When planning your trip to Phuket, it’s important to consider the weather and what activities you plan to do during your stay. If you want to enjoy the beach and water activities, the dry season is the best time to visit. However, if you’re looking for a less crowded and more budget-friendly vacation, the rainy season can also be a great time to visit. Regardless of the season, it’s always a good idea to pack for both

In summary, Phuket is a popular destination for non-surgical aesthetic medical tourism due to the high quality of care offered by local clinics and hospitals, the cost-effectiveness of the procedures, and the availability of tourist attractions.

 

The rainy season begins in May and lasts till October, during which the monsoon blows from the southwest.
The dry season is from November through April, when the monsoon comes from the northeast.

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More Information regarding Phuket

The Monarchy:

Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should be careful to show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.

Religion:

Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines. They should never go topless, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. It is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept. Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as a sacred object. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything which might indicate a lack of respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it.

Social Norms:

  • Thais don’t normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called “Wai”. Generally a younger person wais an elder, then returns it.
  • Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, avoid touching people on the head and try not to point your feet at people or an object. It is considered very rude.
  • Shoes should be removed when entering a private Thai home.
  • Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.

Special Advice:

  • Beware of unauthorized people who offer their services as guides. For all tourist information, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tel : 1672. For information about Bangkok, contact the Bangkok Metropolitan Tourist Bureau, Tel : 0 2225 7612-4.
  • Observe all normal precautions as regards to personal safety, as well as the safety of your belongings. Walking alone on quiet streets or deserted areas is not recommended. Be sure that all your valuables, money, jewelry and airline tickets are properly protected from loss. Visitors needing assistance relating to safety, unethical practices, or other matters, please call the Tourist Police at Tel: 1155.
  • Drop your garbage into a waste container. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is extremely strict in enforcing the law in an effort to keep the city clean and healthy. A fine will be imposed on any person who spits, discards cigarette stubs, or drops rubbish in public areas.
  • Do not get yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand.
  • Do not support any manner of wild animal abuse. Never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals including reptiles like snakes, monitor lizards, and also turtle shell and ivory. Avoid patronizing local restaurants that serve wild animal delicacies. It is against the law to slaughter wildlife for food in Thailand.

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