Phuket Survival Tips


Phuket is an ideal holiday destination and is a very friendly place to visit, however a few essential Phuket Survival Tips and some common sense can go a long way to making your Phuket holiday more enjoyable and lot safer.


If you must use a Tuk Tuk, agree on the price before you climb aboard.

If you must use a Tuk Tuk, agree on the price before you climb aboard.


Listed below are our top Phuket survival tips:

  • Touts at bus stations, the airport and other tourist areas are there for one reason only; commission!!! Unfortunately, this usually involves unsuspecting travelers parting with their cash. You should always question any unsolicited offers and it is a good idea to know your prices before agreeing to go with someone. Unfortunately the commissions that the touts receive will be paid by you in the long run.
  • The cost of travel on Phuket is much higher than in other locations in Thailand, but it shouldn’t be. When using a tuk-tuk or a motorcycle taxi on Phuket, agree on the fare before you travel. Make sure the tuk-tuk price quoted is for the group, not per person.
  • It is a good idea to carry a selection of change such as small notes and coins as many people cannot change large notes, especially in once you get out of the major towns and villages.
  • Young, fresh coconuts are much more refreshing than water, great if you are spending the day on the beach or suffering from a hangover.
  • Although the tap water is often drinkable in large cities, it is best to stick to bottled water. The larger bottles of UV treated water are the cheapest, although not the healthiest. It is worth paying a few baht more for the popular brands of bottled water.
  • Items such as suntan lotion and mosquito spray tend to be a little bit more expensive on the islands, so it is a good idea to stock up before you go. Internet access is often much more expensive as well.
  • Guesthouse owners and their staff are generally a good source of local information so it’s worth getting to know them.
  • Make sure you check the expiry date of your visa carefully as there is an overstay fine of 500 baht per day, plus you get an overstay stamp in your passport that may haunt you on your next visit to Thailand.
  • Many bathrooms, particularly when you are away from your hotel, do not provide toilet tissue, so it is a good idea to carry some with you.
  • Sarongs are an essential item as they dry much quicker than towels and can also be used as a blanket, a privacy screen and an item of clothing.
  • Learning a few words in Thai can go a long way to getting what you want and forming friendships. Compliments and jokes are always effective.
  • Never give your passport to anyone you don’t know, and make sure it never leaves your sight. The best way to achieve this is to always carry a photocopy of your passport front-page with you. Then, you can make sure your passport is always secure. It is a good idea to carry a of your passport, especially when going out drinking as police have been known to perform random checks and may ask to see it.
  • It’s easy to become dehydrated, make sure you carry water and drink small sips often.
  • If you need to get away from the heat for a while, plan on visiting the larger shopping centres like Jungceylon in the afternoons.


Patong at night is rightly regarded as the place and the time when tourists need to be most wary. But that shouldn’t stop people from having fun. With a few Phuket survival tips in hand your Phuket holiday should be more enjoyable and lot safer.

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