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Phuket Travel Guide: Best Places & Time to Visit, Delicacies

Indian embassy near Phuket

Embassy of India
75/120-121,
42nd Floor (75/32-33, 20th Floor for Consular, Passport and Visa Services)
Ocean Tower 2, Soi Sukhumvit 19, Klongtoey, Wattana
Bangkok – 10110
Contact number: (662) 2580300-6

Visa process for Indian visitors to Phuket

The following documents are required to get a visa to Bangkok, Thailand

  • Original passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Thailand
  • Confirmed air tickets with E-ticket number
  • Proof of funds to cover the stay (10,000 Baht per individual in case of Visa on Arrival)
  • Confirmed hotel bookings

About Phuket

Phuket is a mountain island and a world-famous beach destination. The beaches here are popular for clear waters, white sands, swaying palm trees and a slew of high-end seaside resorts ready to host the visitors year-round. The spas and diners in restaurants are the important things to try in Phuket. There are old shophouses, bustling markets and a lot of beach activities to entertain the tourists. Some of the best tourist attractions in Phuket are:

  • The most famous place in Phuket is the Old Town. There are few excellent restaurants here, and the ambience is different because of the special display of its colonial and Chinese architecture-style. It makes the Old Town one of the prime city points of interest. It is a shopper’s paradise too with funky shops adorning the area.
  • Another thing to do in Phuket is to board a thrilling speedboat ride and visit the tropical paradises. The tourist places in Phuket include the Phi Phi Islands or a scenic excursion around the Phang Nga Bay.
  • The beach town has a variety of beaches, and some of the popular visits are Kata, Kamala and Karon. Towards the North, the beach visits get ideal for spending time in solace and is much frequented by couples on a trip to Phuket.
  • A special mention for the special place to visit in Phuket. It is the prime resort town of Patong, full of nightlife action with many nightclubs, bars and discos sprawling in the area. Visit the Patong's Bangla Road.
  • The giant Buddha statue display at the top of the Nakkerd Hills with a lovely lookout of the vast hilly terrain makes it an ideal visit. This Phuket stop is appropriately titled as the Big Buddha Phuket.
  • For tourists looking for some religious time, there is the Wat Chalong temple. It is exquisitely decorated with tiny glittering glasses. It is even more interesting to dig into the past of this ancient temple and understand how the people still fascinate the place as Phuket Island’s spiritual centre.
  • Hit the music floor show with Simon Cabaret, the biggest transvestite cabaret show in Phuket.
  • Take out time for FantaSea's extravaganza for engaging in a fun way in Phuket. This Las Vegas style show is an open public bonanza and perfect in its execution with Trapeze artists, elephants, and pyrotechnics show.

How to reach Phuket from India

Phuket International Airport is the main airport serving the Phuket Province of Thailand. It is on northern Phuket Island, which is around 32 kilometres from the centre of Phuket City. From Bangkok and Pattaya, there are many flights to Phuket every day. Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as Bangkok International Airport, is one of two international airports serving Bangkok, Thailand. The quickest way to reach Bangkok from India is to take a flight from any of the major cities of India. The duration of the shortest flight is about 4 hours 15 minutes.

How to reach (All Locations)

There are no public transport facilities available here, so the only travel medium is a rental car or a taxi. To reach one point to the other, ride on a TukTuk, which is a bike from the front and has attached seats in the back to carry its passengers around the Phuket city. To reach nearby islands, opt for boats or ferry rides.

Best time to visit

The peak tourist season is from December to March when there is some cold breeze, and it is less humid. The temperature varies from 24ºC to 32ºC. April and May are the hottest months and the temperature at this time is around 27ºC to 36ºC. The rainy months are June, July, August and again, September to October.

Visitors have an option to visit in the rainy months and enjoy the beautiful beach life with proper rain gear in tow. Another reason to visit Phuket is the Muay Thai show. It is an electrifying Thai boxing match, and it is a delight to watch the martial arts experts fight each other in the stadium. A special arrangement is done for the tourists in the Patong Beach Area where the sports can be seen ‘live’ in the Soi Sai Namyen in-built stadium. These fights are held in different tourist areas of Phuket at different times of the year.

In October, the Phuket vegetarian festival is held to honour the Chinese community's faith in abstinence from meat bringing good health and peace of mind. There is a Phuket Old Town Festival, following the Chinese New Year, which is held on the roads, turning the city into a walking street public affair. There are celebrations all over with cultural parades, Phuket Baba Light Show, folk dance, free boat rides and much more. There is the Songkran Festival tradition which can be enjoyed spectacularly by the tourist as people continue to throw water buckets or shoot water guns at each other. It happens in the month of April.

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Phuket is a mountain island and a world-famous beach destination.

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What to pack?

  • Carry slip-on or flipflops for beach or street walks
  • Always carry a water bottle
  • Use high SPF sunscreen
  • Pack rain gear
  • Carry soft woollens
  • Carry a swimsuit
  • Carry clothes which cover the shoulders and knees and ankles too. Like long shorts or long skirts, capris, trousers etc.
  • Smart dresses or smart casuals are good to go for an event

Top delicacies

  • Tom Yang Goong- Is a spicy prawn mix with sour soup.
  • Mee Hokkien noodle- Is stir-fried noodles garnished with prawns, squids, pork, egg, bean sprouts and served with a dash of sambal chilli and a squeeze of lime juice.
  • Massaman Curry- Is a flavorful curry dish made by using coconut milk, lime juice, lime leaves, basil and textured with peanuts and tomatoes.
  • GaengKeaw Wan Gai- A Thai curry made using chicken and eggplants.
  • Kanom Jeen- A soup prepared with chicken, galangal, lemongrass, mushrooms that are cooked further in coconut milk.
  • Khao Man Gai- Boiled chicken, chicken broth, jasmine rice mixed and seasoned with a sauce made with ginger, chilli, garlic and soya sauce.

Top Indian restaurants in Phuket

Bollywood Phuket Restaurant and Bar

  • Located at: 46/7 Moo 5 Tambon Vichit, Wichit, Phuket Town, Phuket
  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian
  • Contact No.: +66 76 304 034

Live India restaurant

  • Located at: 31/28 moo 8 Sukdidej rd. T. Vichit, Cape Panwa, Phuket Aquarium, Phuket, Thailand, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian
  • Contact No.: +66 76 391 480

Highway curry

  • Located at: 375/2 Patak Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket, Phuket 83100, Thailand
  • Cuisine: Indian, Thai
  • Contact No.: +66 76 633 775

Shopping list essentials

  • Sunday Walking Street Market (Lard Yai)- Offers the tourists a chance to shop for hardware, fabric and herbs.
  • Chillva Market- is the perfect market for buying clothes, jewellery, art stuff, shoes, gadgets and mobile accessories.
  • Chalong Night Market- is the famous Thai silk market.
  • Boat Avenue Villa Market- Has an in-house jewellery store (Chonnipa), and a fashion accessories shop.
  • CentralFestival Phuket- Is a must visit since it offers tourist privileges and discounts all year-round.

Healthcare centers

  • Bangla clinic (Patong)
  • Healthy skin clinic
  • Wattana International clinic
  • The Tourist clinic
  • Bangkok hospital Phuket
  • Apex medical center: Phuket

Basics of local communication

English should not be a problem while interacting with the hotel staff or with the fellow visitors in Phuket. The official language is Thai, and many people prefer speaking in the local language. During interaction with the locals on the street or the beach, try listening to them or mimic. Negotiations with market vendors should be done politely, if at all. Learning these basic Thai phrases will help in understanding and conversing with locals in a better manner.

English Thai
Hello Sawadee krub
Yes Krup/ Ka
No bplao
Do you have water? Mee naam mai krup?
Thank you Kkop khun krub for men and kkop khun for women

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