Language:

Thai. English is widely spoken at beach resorts.

Passport and Visas:

•   You need a full EU 10-year passport. We recommend that the expiry date is at least six months after your arrival back in the UK.
•   You only need a visa if you’re staying longer than 30 days (29 nights), and you can get one from the Thai Embassy.

Events & Festivals:

January
Phuket International Boat Show
Join an illustrious crowd in the Royal Phuket Marina as people peruse yachts to buy.

February
Phuket International Blues Rock Festival
See performances from artists from Thailand, Australia and America at this two-night event.

Phuket Chinese New Year
The island’s celebrations include a Chinese opera and delicious food.

June
Laguna Phuket International Marathon
Runners tackle a 42.2km route along sandy bays and rubber plantations.

July
Phuket Film Festival
Watch fascinating films, attend workshops and meet film-makers at this entertaining festival.

November
Laguna Phuket Triathlon
In this thrilling race, contenders tackle a swim, cycle and run through tropical surroundings.

December
Phuket King’s Club Regatta
This thrilling boating event is Asia’s leading yacht race.

Tipping:

Tip porters and hotel staff if you’re happy with their service. If a service charge isn’t added to your restaurant bill, tip 10-15%.