Things You Need To Know Before Travelling To Phuket

Phuket is a must see stop on any island hopping tour of Thailand. With its amazing beaches, beautiful traditional temples, wildlife filled jungles and wonderful dive sites, Phuket is a wonderful place to spend some time. People travel from across the world, taking advantage of low cost flights to Phuket to experience the wonderful warm Thai welcome. However, as with all destinations, it can be helpful for visitors to learn a little about the area before they travel in order to get the most out of their trip.
Before You Travel
Heading off to Phuket is the start of a great adventure, and a few preparations can help ensure that all goes smoothly. Important things to remember include:
Entry Requirements: While British citizens do not need a visa to enter Thailand, they do need to be in possession of an onward or return ticket in order to secure entry. There is no point in simply hopping a one way flight to Phuket with a dream of becoming a beach bum as this dream will be quickly shattered at immigration.
Vaccinations: Travellers heading from the UK to Thailand will need to have both a Typhoid and a Hepatitis A vaccination in advance of departure. Vaccinations will need to be administered around two weeks before the date of travel, so plan carefully.
Money: The local currency in Phuket is the Baht – ensure sufficient cash is changed before departure. Consider using cards for larger expenses to avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
Drugs: Thailand has some of the strictest drug laws in the world. Always ensure that you know what is in your luggage before travelling. Do not carry parcels to Phuket for anyone else.

Phuket Travel Tips
Thailand is a country that is steeped in culture and history so it is important visitors respect local customs., for Phuket visitors include:
• Greet people by pressing hands together, palm to palm. This gesture, called the Wai is one of respect offered from younger to older people.
• Dress respectfully. While beachwear is fine for on the sand if you are planning on visiting a site of religious importance such as a temple, you should ensure you cover up.
• Keep PDAs to a minimum. The Thais are a reserved people and public displays of affection can make the locals uncomfortable. Keep kissing and cuddling confined to your accommodation.
• Respect the monarchy. The Thai people have great respect for their royal family and any images of them. Visitors should stand for the Thai national anthem, often played before films are show in the local cinemas, and should not step on coins or bank note, which bear the image of the head of the monarchy
• Be Aware of Body Language. Body language is an important part of Thai communication. The head is considered the most personal and important part of the body and the feet are considered the lowest, dirtiest part. Visitors should be aware of their feet– if you are seen to be pointing your feet at a Thai person (albeit unwittingly) it can be taken as an insult. Patting on the head is an insulting invasion of space and is a no-no on a visit to Phuket.

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