Phuket: Useful Information

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Phuket Useful Information

-There are no problems using Mobile Phones from your own country. Remember to switch on “roaming”. IDD (International direct dialing) is Available from most hotels. You can also phone from International payphones.

-Festivals are celebrated throughout the year in Phuket so check dates for peak times on flights and accommodation.

- The Songkran festival in April is a prime time for pickpockets and general naughty behavior.

-Most hotels now have Internet access. There are also Internet cafes in most shopping areas and on many streets.

-Electricity -Voltage is 220 Volt AC with flat 2 pin plugs.

-English is fairly widely understood and spoken in most areas of Phuket. German, Swiss Italian, and increasingly Japanese and Russian are also spoken in some hotels.

-ATM machines are available at most banks, street corners and shopping centres throughout Phuket.

-Travelers Cheques / Credit Cards Most traveler’s cheques can be cashed at banks. Take your passport or ID. Mastercard and VISA are widely accepted by major banks, restaurants and shops.

-Banks Open Monday - Friday from 09:30 to 15:30, except public and bank holidays. Currency exchange centres operate in most tourist areas from 07:00 to 21:00, everyday, including holidays.

-VAT Refunds Value Added Tax (VAT) is payable on a range of goods and services at 7%. If you're visiting for less than 180 days in a calendar year, not an airline crew member, and leaving Thailand by plane.

-The Tourist Police provide help for tourists in difficulties.

- At the cinema you must stand for the national anthem before the film is screened in respect for the Royal Thai family.

- Anger is regarded as crude and lacking in self discipline. Remain calm and smile and you will find all sorts of doors opened.

- You should dress appropriately when visiting temples. Don't go shirtless, in shorts, hot pants or short skirts. Remove your shoes when entering a Thai home or Buddhist temple.

- Buddha images large or small, ruined or not, are regarded as sacred.

- It is considered rude to point your foot at a person or object.

-Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body and do not appreciate anyone touching them there, even as a friendly gesture.

-Tip porters and hotel staff if you've been given good personal service.

-Standard time zone: UTC/GMT 7 hours

-Tourist, Working and Business Visas can be enquired about at the Thai Embassy or Consulate in your home country (the website www.thaiembassy.org lists these).