According to ehistorylib, Phuket (formerly Talang) is a Thai island in the Andaman Sea (Asia) that is part of Thailand. The capital of Phuket is Phuket of the same name. A number of major cities on Phuket are: Karon, Kamala and Patong.
Phuket is known as a holiday destination for its beautiful nature and beaches. The landscape is hilly with several mountain areas, tropical rainforests and a wide coastline. The coastline consists of white sandy beaches with clear blue water where you can practice water sports such as diving, snorkeling and sailing. The highest point of Phuket is the Doi Inthanon with an altitude of 2590 meters. Further inland you will find caves, waterfalls and many vast rice fields. Thai cuisine is known for its many rice and fish dishes. The population mostly lives from tourism and agriculture. In 2004, a tsunami ended the lives of approximately 5,000 inhabitants. See cachedhealth for Asia urbanization.
Where is Phuket located?
Travel information of Phuket
Official name: Phuket
Area: 543 km²
Country code: TH, THA
Population: 353,847 inhabitants (2011)
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy (Kingdom)
Highest point: 529 m (Mai Thao Sip Song, Twelve Canes)
Distance (Amsterdam – Phuket): 9,561 km
Flight time: approximately 11 hours
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Phuket that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Phuket, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Phuket. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Phuket?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay on Phuket at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Phuket has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Phuket can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Phuket can be found at Climate info.
January, February, March and December are the best months to travel to Phuket. This avoids the prolonged rainy season.
Thai is the official language on Phuket. In addition, a lot of English is spoken because of tourism.
Would you like to translate from or into Thai for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Phuket.
A visa is not necessary if you stay on Phuket for less than 45 days.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Thailand: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulate on Phuket: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Thai Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Thai consulate in the Netherlands: royalthaiconsulate-amsterdam.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for Phuket if you have visited a yellow fever country in the seven days before visiting Phuket. In addition, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
There is malaria on Phuket. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
On Phuket you pay with the Thai baht (THB).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs on Phuket can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices on Phuket are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -27% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (67% cheaper), food (1% more expensive), imported beer in catering (23% cheaper), cigarettes (59% cheaper) and public transport (75% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
On Phuket it is customary to tip, especially in tourist areas. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 10%.
During our summer time it is 5 hours later on Phuket.
During our winter time it is 6 hours later on Phuket.
Phuket has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone of Phuket can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
On Phuket you must drive on the left. You must have an international driver’s license
to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Phuket. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop. With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Phuket.
Electricity On Phuket you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets on Phuket can be found on our electricity page (see Thailand).
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire Department: 911
– Ambulance: 911
– Tourist Police: 1155
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Phuket can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Phuket can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Phuket end in.th.
Phuket official websites: tourismthailand.org.
The country code (international access code) to call someone on Phuket is 0066 or +66.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Phuket? Then use the Dutch country code 00131.
(If you use a country code, you must leave out the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Phuket.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Phuket.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Phuket.
An overview of all public holidays on Phuket can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Phuket, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Phuket?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Phuket. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Phuket can be found on Protected Planet.
Phuket is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Phuket? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Phuket.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with Phuket, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Phuket, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Phuket.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 20.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Phuket is Thailand’s largest island?
…Phuket was hit hard by a tsunami on December 26, 2004?
…60% of Phuket consists of nature reserves?
…The James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ was filmed near Phuket?
…Phuket has a great Chinese influence?