Essential Information When Traveling to Puket
Being one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia, Puket is visited by millions of tourists annually. It is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world and the friendliest locals. There are also a lot of activities to do and things to experience whether you are young or old. However, before packing your bags and heading out to the sunny beaches of Puket, here are a couple of essential information that might come in handy.
1. The best time to visit Puket would be during the months of November through March. The average temperature in these months is about 30 degrees Celsius, perfect for lounging on the beach or strolling in the tourist spots. Humidity is not too much of a problem and the cool breeze coming from the sea helps make the climate comfortably cool.
2. If you are in Puket for business or if you simply cannot live without an internet connection, then you do not have anything to worry about. Most upscale hotels in Puket offer internet services and there are a lot of Wi-Fi spots which are set up around the island.
3. As for dining, try to make sure that you finish all the food on your plate especially if you have been invited for lunch or dinner. Once the host has invited you to dine, you can begin. In Thai culture, you need not wait for all of the food to arrive before starting. Also, in community dining, the person who is thought of to be most honorable is usually the one expected to pay.
4. Getting around in Puket is usually done through hiring taxi cabs. You could also take motorbike taxis if you want to move around faster. You should know, though, that most of the motorbike taxi drivers are known to drive a bit too fast. If you are traveling on a budget, you could also try the tuk tuk or the little red trucks that have seats for passengers. Another mode of transportation in Phuket would be the air-conditioned mini buses that are colored yellow and green. However, for all-day moving around, especially if you are planning to visit a number of attractions, hiring a car or a taxi would be the most practical and convenient thing to do.
5. If you will be bringing some electrical equipment such as your laptop or a hair dryer or some personal gadgets, you should know that the electric current on the island is 220 volts AC. Hotels, restaurants and other establishments usually have a couple of plugs and sockets available for use. However, you might want to bring a plug-adapter kit to make sure that you would be able to use your tape recorder, electric shaver and other similar appliances.
6. If you would be availing a travel package from a tour agency, make sure that it is a reputable and registered travel agency. Research a bit online to establish their credentials. There have been a lot of news stories lately about travel packages offered by some agencies that turn out to be scams.
7. You might also want to take note of the tourist police hotline, 1155. The tourist police is in charge of the security of tourists and travelers in the island.
8. Most of the locals are able to speak English, if not fluently, at least enough so that native English speakers can understand them.
9. As for drinking water, it is still best to buy bottled. Avoid purchasing ice as you cannot be sure what kind of water was used to make it.
10. As a tourist, if you buy an item or a couple of items that are worth more 5,000 that you want to take home with you, you are not obliged to pay for the VAT. However, you would need to make sure that all of your papers are complete before you apply.