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Phuket is a great place for a holiday, but as with any destination, it pays to have an idea about the place before you visit. With a little bit of research, you’ll be able to save money and have the best time possible. There’s no need to make notes, but when it comes to travel information for Phuket, it’s best to try and digest as much as you can.
The unit of currency in Phuket is the Thai baht. Travelers checks can be cashed on the island and there are a large number of ATMs that accept international cards. It’s also possible to use a credit card to withdraw money from an ATM, although you’ll likely incur a charge for doing so. There are money changers in all of the island’s most popular destinations (Patong, Phuket City, Kata-Karon and so on), but be careful that you don’t get stung by a hefty commission.
In general, most people in Phuket speak at least a little English, especially people who will be trying to sell you stuff. If you get lost, try and find someone younger to ask for directions. Asking an old person might lead to a few confusing exchanges.
Getting around the island is easy enough, but it can be expensive. Taxis will take you from the airport to your hotel, but it’s against the law for them to pick up on the street. Tuk-tuks are everywhere, but the fares are expensive. You’ll need to negotiate a price, but even then you will still be paying over the odds. However, if you’re stranded at night, you may have no other choice.
During the day, there are buses running between the major parts of the island. The fares are usually 20 baht. Motorcycle taxis will take you short distances for about 40 baht. If you are confident on a motorbike, there are numerous places that rent them out for about 200 baht a day.
Staying in touch with friends on the island can be expensive using foreign SIM cards. It works out a lot cheap to just walk into any branch of 7-Elevent and buy a new SIM card for less than 200 baht. They can cost as little as 50 baht from phone sellers. Credit can also be bought from 7-Eleven stores.
If you’re buying something from a street seller, unless it’s DVDs or CDs, it’s best to do a little haggling, especially for clothes. Though some tourists may try, you can’t haggle at legit shops in the malls, although you may be able to get a deal from some of the indoor market stalls.
A trip to Phuket needn’t be a hassle with a little local knowledge.