Phuket

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General information on Phuket

Пляж Ката, Пхукет Kata Beach

The island of Phuket (Phuket) - the most popular resort in Thailand, located in the South-East of the country in the Andaman sea of the Indian ocean. Phuket is also an independent province. The capital of the island and the province is the city of Phuket (Phuket town).

Has dimensions: length 50 km, width 21 km, area of 543 sq km "Phuket" is translated from Malaysian as "mountain" (Tanjung Salang, Salang Mountain). The highest point is Mai Thao SIP song (Twelve Reeds Peak), towering at 750 metres above sea level. Despite Novoselye size, Phuket is the largest island of Thailand.

From the mainland of Phuket is separated by a Strait whose minimum width is just 600 metres away. In the Western part of the Strait is connected to the mainland by two bridges: Sarasin (the direction of transport to the mainland) and Thao Thep Krasatri (the direction of movement of transport on the island).

Phuket is famous and popular among tourists for its beaches and well developed resorts, beautiful coral reefs and coves, rocks and clear sea. Here is several resort areas that are very different from each other in atmosphere and infrastructure development. The most popular and developed resort, Patong beach, almost not inferior to the entertainment capital – the city of Pattaya. But a place much quieter and calmer, where there is a village atmosphere, and no one and nothing will disturb your relaxing beach holiday. Around is full of small Islands, some of which are uninhabited and, at the same time, accessible to tourists. A large part of Phuket is covered with tropical forests, which, combined with falls, parks, coconut plantations makes Phuket an ideal place for relaxation and excursions to the jungle.

Храм Чалонг, Пхукет

For tourists there are all conditions which can only wish. You can settle in the most developed and busy tourist area and Patong beach, which is hardly inferior to the famous Pattaya Central and offers a quiet and secluded beach of Mai Khao, where for many kilometres you will not meet anyone. And it is possible to find a middle ground and settle on the beach of Bang Tao, where and to entertainment of Patong very close, and beach-goers quite a bit. In General, the place you can pick up for every taste. There is, however, one feature: Phuket are very few hotels on the first line, and most of the time to get to the beach, have to cross the roadway.

Not deprived of Phuket and historical and cultural attractions: many churches and several museums. Also has many natural attractions and beauty, you can make a trekking trip through the forest, Quad Biking, horse riding on elephants and so on. And yet, here the best conditions for surfing in Thailand and even hosts international competitions.

The infrastructure on Phuket is well developed, the whole of the island permeate the roads are excellent, many shopping centers everywhere, hotels, cafes, restaurants, entertainment. But on the other hand, unfortunately, Phuket is no longer a wild tropical Paradise, and if you are looking for Meloidogyne tourist destination, better to look for another island.

Weather in Phuket, the tourist seasons

Phuket is a tropical climate throughout the year is hot and humid. Here there is no winter, summer, spring and autumn. On Phuket and throughout Thailand, decided to allocate only two seasons – rainy season and dry season. Throughout the year the temperature does not fluctuate much and remains in the range of 30-33 degrees. The hottest months are considered the months from March to may.

Dry season (high season) usually lasts from November to April. This is the best time to travel to the island. If I had to pick a time to visit the island, it is best to go in the period.

The rainy season (low season) lasts from may to October. This time can be long rains and the sky for a few days overcast. But can be quite nice, Sunny weather. During this period, the probability of being in bad weather is significantly higher than in the dry season, but usually the rains, though heavy, still short.

An important factor to stay in Phuket are the waves. In April to Phuket from the West begin to blow the monsoons, forming permanent waves. High waves occurs in June-August. Besides the constantly blowing wind and the waves beat and wash debris and dirt. Considering that most beaches in Phuket located on the West coast of the island, tourists who prefer a "lying-floating" beach holiday with the coast disappear, and their place is taken by more active surfers. Only on some beaches during this period, you can safely wallow in the water. In October the waves are on the decline, and in November begins the influx of tourists and high season.

The seasons in Phuket for months, when is the best time to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                       

* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit

Current weather in Phuket and forecast for the near future:

  • Feb 26
    3:00
    +27°C
    7m/s
    RH. 72%
  • Feb 26
    12:00
    +29°C
    3M/s
    RH. 75%
  • Feb 26
    21:00
    +27°C
    7m/s
    RH. 77%
  • 27 Feb
    6:00
    +29°C
    5m/s
    RH. 72%
  • 27 Feb
    15:00
    +28°C
    5m/s
    RH. 75%
  • Feb 28
    0:00
    +27°C
    9M/s
    RH. 76%
  • Feb 28
    9:00
    +29°C
    6m/s
    RH. 72%
  • Feb 28
    18:00
    +27°C
    8m/s
    RH. 78%
  • 29 Feb
    3:00
    +27°C
    6m/s
    RH. 75%
  • 29 Feb
    12:00
    +29°C
    3M/s
    RH. 71%
  • 29 Feb
    21:00
    +26°C
    4m/s
    RH. 78%
  • 01 Mar
    6:00
    +28°C
    2m/s
    RH. 64%

* forecast is based on the local time. Data received https://openweathermap.org. If you see outdated of date, refresh the page with F5+Ctrl.

Time in Phuket

Time difference between Phuket and Moscow is +4 hours in winter and summer.

Current time in Phuket*
The time difference with the cities:
Moscow: +4 Samara: +3
Kazan: +4 Nizhny Novgorod: +4
Ekaterinburg: +2 Novosibirsk: 0
Irkutsk: -1 Vladivostok: -3
* - if time is incorrect, refresh the page Ctrl+F5:

Useful tips

  • Bus Pattaya-Phuket. Very often, tourists wonder about how to get from Pattaya to Phuket or Vice versa. Regular bus route between Pattaya and Phuket does not exist, but a private company operates a daily night flights on this route. Information you can find here - http://www.phuket-pattaya.com/english.html.
  • One-way roads. If you rent a transport, keep in mind that in major cities, Phuket is a lot expensive with one-way traffic, so be careful.
  • Russian language on Phuket. Even if you don't know the English language, in Phuket you can relax with the knowledge of only the Russian language. In recent years there appeared a lot of signs in Russian, menus in restaurants are duplicated in Russian, there are free maps of the island Russian.
  • Conflicts with tuk tuks and taxi drivers. Even if you have to bargain with them, or swear to prove your innocence, remember that there is a whole mafia of carriers, and conflict of tourists with them often end in fights not in favor of the customers because in the conflict included the whole gang.
  • Rent beach chairs on the beach. 2014 all sunbeds from the beaches was removed, because it is illegal. Now on the beach you can come with your inflatable mattress and a parasol that you can buy in local stores.
Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
coin 1617 27 December, 2016
I was in Phuket and visited a wonderful place: in James bond and floating village, ride elephant (take away), Wat Chalong and Phi Phi (where they filmed "the Beach" with DiCaprio). There is a Big Buddha. Went with Tomator, I recommend! ...
elenavaleyko Sep 11, 2019
Good article! But I'll start with the fact that I'm not a fan of the "seal" rest, because for me it is much more interesting to explore and discover something new, to walk on unknown streets, to meet new people. But when there is no energy for active life, and, in fact, the rest, I always do this: buy a ticket to Phuket, 4 days Bendigo lie on the beach, and from there begin their active traveler. This year I took a summer vacation and realized that to go to Sochi I absolutely do not want, so the choice fell on Ty. "In Thailand this summer?", - asked my friend, "Yes," I answered and thought "seriously, what is Thailand in the summer can be", because we are well fed, but going to the website for the tours and seeing the amount that I have been on the map for my journey, the idea is then embodied in the purchased ticket. To say that mentally I have not had a rest - to say nothing! Warm sea, gentle sun, the cocktails (easier in the morning, in the evening in an adult), pleasant tourists in other rooms - a real thrill! During this period, fortunately, on the beaches freely and quietly, which, of course, could not but rejoice. I left sooooo happy. So, if you came up with the idea - not keep a idea, embody, tourism intuition will not fail ...
Solnechnaya Sep 11, 2019
in Tae July-August is the peak rain? 15-16 days of rain per month on average... ...
admin on September 11, 2019

In theory, Yes, but I was in June, and in August, and a lot of trouble it does not deliver. Could certainly not much lucky with the floods, but in General it is possible to relax and travel. ...
MishaK November 14, 2019
Hi all, please tell me forum, and in Phuket you can find on (or off) to rent a boat for boating?
Need 3-5 people(planned to come with friends)
That was not very big, and the prices are reasonable, service is what it is? ...
vasyatoroh 14 November, 2019
Wow, the questions you have.( Maybe it's an inflatable one?)) LAN LAN. Google we can find. ...
admin November 14, 2019

But in General no problem to find. Of course, with the boatman in the bargain, it's not about self control, I guess. Can of course search the Internet, and on any beach ask boaters you all organize. Less likely, IMHO, in Patong. ...
Dmitriy Vorontsov 14 November, 2019

Well and jokes at you,young man ... xD
Dmitriy Vorontsov 14 November, 2019
Phuket fun,of course there are for example a service GetBoat,they will find you a suitable yacht,try ...
Olga Neustroeva December 4, 2019

Yes, but they have the warm rains, passed quickly and Sunny. But prices during this period, much cheaper. In a very nice hotel to relax for a little money. ...