Welcome to Phuket
Welcome to Thailand, specifically to Phuket, known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman Sea’. This beautiful island is home to our UWC Thailand campus and community and we look forward to welcoming you!
- Activities during Congress
- Geography, Climate & Weather
- History and Culture of Phuket
- Getting around the Island
- What to pack
- General Information
- Communication Networks
- Helpful & Emergency Numbers
- Phuket Beaches
- Markets in Phuket
- Shopping & Attractions
- Dinning Out
- Spas and Wellness Centers
- Currency and ATMs
- Travel Insurance
- Visa Information
During the UWC International Congress at UWC Thailand, attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of engaging and enriching activities, designed to complement the educational and cultural exchange objectives of the event. Here's a glimpse into what you can expect:
Outdoor Activities: Dive into the stunning natural beauty of Thailand through our Outdoor Education activities. Whether you're keen on adrenaline-pumping adventures or gentle explorations, we've got you covered with options like kayaking, rock climbing, sailing, and jungle walks. Led by our experienced team, these activities promise a safe and thrilling experience for every participant, regardless of their skill level.
Mindfulness Experiences: Amidst the bustling schedule of Congress, take a moment to reconnect with your inner self and the world around you. Our mindfulness sessions are designed to help you cultivate awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and the environment. Engage in practices that foster gratitude, kindness, and resilience, equipping you with the mindfulness tools needed to navigate life's challenges and contribute positively to our mission of using education as a force for peace and sustainability.
Phuket Discovery Tours: Explore the captivating charm of Phuket through our specially curated discovery tours. Experience the island's vibrant culture and stunning landscapes, from the tranquility of its pristine beaches to the lively atmosphere of local markets. Each tour offers an authentic insight into Phuket's rich heritage and natural beauty, ensuring a memorable experience for all Congress participants.
Thailand is located between vast areas of land and water, so it is impacted by the summer and the winter monsoons. As a result, Thailand's weather consists of six months of rainfalls during the wet season, three months of dry and cooling breezes during the winter, and three months of heat during the summer. The average temperature in Thailand ranges from 18 to 38°C.
|Phuket View Point
|Kata Beach Phuket
Nestled in the Andaman Sea, Phuket, Thailand's largest island, is a picturesque paradise characterised by its diverse and stunning geography. Phuket, often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Andaman,' is renowned for its scenic landscapes that encompass lush mountains, serene beaches, and a vibrant underwater world.
Mountains and Forests: The island’s northern end is dominated by forested and mountainous terrain, offering breathtaking views and tranquil hiking trails.
Beaches and Coasts: Phuket's western coastline is famous for its array of beaches - from the bustling Patong Beach to the more tranquil Kata and Karon Beaches. Each beach boasts unique characteristics, from soft, white sands to dramatic sunsets and lively beachfront bars.
Islands and Marine Life: Surrounding Phuket are numerous smaller islands and spectacular coral reefs, making it a haven for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts.
Phuket's Storied Past
Phuket, an island steeped in history, has a storied past that intertwines with the broader narrative of Thailand and Southeast Asia. From ancient trading routes to pivotal historical events, Phuket’s heritage is as rich as it is diverse.
|Jung Ceylon Phuket
|Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Srisunthorn
Early Beginnings: Known historically as 'Jung Ceylon', Phuket was a renowned stopover for traders sailing between India and China, noted for its wealth of tin and rubber. These resources drew merchants from around the world, shaping the island's early cultural landscape.
Sino-Portuguese Influence: The 16th century marked the arrival of European traders, most notably the Portuguese, which influenced the island's architecture and cultural practices. The unique Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket Town are a testament to this era, blending European and Chinese styles. Old Phuket Town Guide
The Heroines of Thalang: A pivotal moment in Phuket's history is the 1785 Burmese invasion. The island's defence, led by two local heroines, Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Srisunthorn, is a legendary tale of courage and resilience. Their story is celebrated annually in the Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Srisunthorn Festival.
Phuket's culture is a vibrant tapestry woven from the threads of its history, communities, and traditions. This cultural richness is evident in its festivals, cuisine, and architecture.
|Phuket Walking Street
Cultural Melting Pot: Historically a trading post, Phuket has a diverse cultural heritage influenced by Chinese, Malay, and Portuguese settlers. This blend is reflected in Phuket's unique Sino-Portuguese architecture, particularly visible in Phuket Town.
Festivals and Celebrations: The island's cultural calendar is filled with colourful festivals. Notable among these are the Phuket Vegetarian Festival and the Songkran (Thai New Year) celebrations, both deeply rooted in local traditions and beliefs.
Culinary Delights: Phuket’s cuisine is as diverse as its culture, offering a delectable mix of Thai and international flavours. Seafood is a staple here, and local dishes like Mee Hokkien Noodle and Massaman Curry are must-tries for any food enthusiast.
The rich tapestry of Phuket's history has fostered a unique cultural heritage, visible in its traditions, architecture, and religious practices.
|Old Phuket Town
Old Phuket Town: A walk through Old Phuket Town is like a journey back in time, with its well-preserved shophouses, temples, and shrines. The area is a living museum, showcasing the island's history through its buildings and street layouts.
Tin Mining Legacy: The tin mining era, which peaked in the 19th century, brought prosperity and development to Phuket. The remnants of this period, including old mines and Sino-Portuguese mansions, are important heritage sites.
Religious Diversity: Phuket's religious landscape is diverse, with Buddhist temples, Taoist shrines, and Muslim mosques coexisting harmoniously. This religious diversity is a hallmark of Phuket's inclusive and multicultural heritage.
Art and Craftsmanship
Phuket’s art scene is a lively showcase of local talent and craftsmanship. From intricate batik paintings to handcrafted jewellery and pottery, the island’s artisans keep traditional methods alive, offering visitors unique souvenirs and an insight into Phuket's artistic heritage.
Phuket is not just a tropical getaway; it's a destination where geography and culture intertwine to create a unique and memorable experience. Whether you're exploring its natural landscapes, delving into its rich cultural tapestry, or simply relaxing on its stunning beaches, Phuket promises a journey filled with discovery and enchantment.
Preserving the Past
Phuket actively preserves its history and heritage, with several initiatives and museums dedicated to keeping the island's past alive.
|Wang Thalang Gems
Museums and Cultural Centers: The Thalang National Museum and the Chinpracha House are just two examples where visitors can immerse themselves in Phuket's history and culture.
Living Traditions: Traditional crafts, festivals, and culinary practices are not just preserved but celebrated, ensuring that Phuket's rich heritage continues to thrive.
Phuket's history and heritage are as captivating as its natural beauty. The island offers a journey through time, where ancient traditions, historical events, and a diverse cultural fabric come together to create a vibrant and enduring legacy. For any visitor, exploring Phuket's past is essential to understanding its present and appreciating its unique identity.
Experience the rich cultural heritage of Phuket through its sites and festivals:
Old Phuket Town, with its Sino-Portuguese architecture. Old Phuket Town Guide
Vibrant Festivals and Cuisine
Phuket Vegetarian Festival, a unique cultural event. Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Local markets like Chillva Market for a taste of Phuket’s cuisine. Chillva Market Experience
Phuket Art Village, a hub for local artists and crafts. Explore Phuket Art Village
Phuket, known for its stunning landscapes and vibrant atmosphere, offers a variety of convenient transportation options for easy navigation across the island.
- Tuk-Tuks for a Unique Experience: Traveling by tuk-tuk in Phuket is a distinctive and efficient choice, especially for short distances. From 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM, these colourful vehicles add a unique charm to your journey, immersing you in the lively city atmosphere. What's even more convenient is that tuk-tuks operate throughout the night, providing easy access to popular beaches like Patong, Kata, and Karon. This ensures you can explore the island's charming locations at your convenience.
- Songthaews: A Scenic Route Through Phuket: For a scenic journey, opt for the bright blue songthaews that operate from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Simply ring a bell to signal the driver to stop along the roadside. To enhance your bus access, it's recommended to stay in the main area. In bustling Patong, buses typically follow the main beach road. Departing every 15 minutes from the Phuket Town bus station near the tourist police station, the cost is approximately 15–20 baht. This budget-friendly option allows you to explore Phuket's beauty while enjoying the comfort of public transportation.
Consider using one of the taxi options available, rent a car or book a driver for transport.
If you are travelling alone or in a small group, taxis can be the most convenient choice for transportation. To ensure a smooth experience when using taxis, carrying smaller banknotes such as 20, 50, and 100 baht notes is advisable. Taxi drivers may not always have enough change for larger denominations like 500 and 1,000 baht notes.
To make your taxi experience even more convenient, we recommend downloading the inDrive, Grab, and Bolt App. These apps can easily order taxis or vans for transportation around the island. These apps allow you to enjoy a hassle-free and efficient way of getting around during your trip.
Here are some car rental options that the UWC Thailand community has frequently used. While these options have proven reliable, it's important to note that many more car rental companies are available in the area.
Apple Car Rental
A very reliable lady with affordable deals. She speaks English and is easy to deal with.
Easy Rent Phuket
The car can be picked up from the airport upon arrival.
Phuket Aura Car Rental
Please note that Thai culture is generally conservative. Pack according to the context you will be in. It is acceptable to wear a swimsuit on the beach and in the water, but it is important to cover up outside those areas. When walking through town or visiting UWC Thailand’s campus, it is important to dress more conservatively. Long, loose pants, three quarter sleeve flowy shirts, long skirts and dresses are common. Often air conditioning is used in buildings and it can get quite chilly, so bring layers accordingly.
Here's a comprehensive guide to help you pack for your Phuket adventure:
Lightweight Clothing: Pack plenty of light and breathable clothing, such as cotton t-shirts, shorts, tank tops, and sundresses. The weather in Phuket is consistently warm and humid, so lightweight fabrics will keep you comfortable.
Swimwear: Phuket boasts stunning beaches, so pack multiple swimsuits to accommodate your water activities. Consider bringing a cover-up for when you're not in the water.
Comfortable Footwear: Pack a pair of comfortable sandals or flip-flops for the beach and casual wear. You may also want to bring a pair of sneakers for exploring the island or attending excursions.
Light Jacket or Cardigan: Evenings can be slightly cooler, so pack a light jacket or cardigan for when the temperature drops.
Rain Gear: Phuket experiences occasional rain showers, so pack a lightweight raincoat or poncho to stay dry.
Sunscreen and Sunglasses: The sun in Phuket is strong, so protect yourself with a high-SPF sunscreen and sunglasses.
Hat: A wide-brimmed hat can provide shade from the sun and help you avoid sunburn.
Insect Repellent: Mosquitoes can be present, so pack insect repellent to keep them at bay.
Universal Adapter: Thailand uses different electrical outlets, so pack a universal adapter to charge your electronic devices.
Camera or Phone with a Camera: Capture the beauty of Phuket with a camera or your phone's camera.
Toiletries and Medications: Pack your essential toiletries and any medications you may need.
Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated by bringing a reusable water bottle and refilling it throughout your trip.
Beach Towel: Pack a beach towel for relaxing on the sand or drying off after swimming.
Snorkel and Mask: If you plan to snorkel, consider bringing your own snorkel and mask to avoid renting them.
Go-Pro or Action Camera: Capture underwater adventures and action-packed activities with a GoPro or action camera.
Guidebook or Travel App: A guidebook or travel app can provide helpful information about Phuket, including attractions, restaurants, and transportation options.
The Thailand postal service is efficient and reliable with branches in most major towns throughout the Kingdom. Post offices are open Monday to Friday, 8am-4:30pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am-1pm. All Thai post offices are closed on public holidays, though most major hotels can arrange to mail letters and parcels on your behalf. In addition to domestic and international mail services, both land and air, standard and registered, the Thailand postal service also provide telegram service.
Electrical outlets in Thailand are charged to 220v at 50 cycles per second, which is compatible with appliances from the U.K. but not those from the US and many other nations. While most computer cables have adaptors for voltage, visitors from the U.S. and those not on the 220/50 v. will have to bring adapters to run most other appliances. Outlets in Thailand generally feature flat, two pronged plugs, though some feature holes for round plug ends. Few outlets feature three holes (grounded outlets) so it is often necessary to have a three to two prong adapter for using notebook computers in Thailand.
Water from the tap is not drinkable. Some hotels or guest houses will install water filters that dispense filtered water from the tap. Inquire where you are staying for specifics in how they are managing the provision of drinkable water. Most people in Phuket bring a reusable water bottle with them, filled from home and refillable at restaurants and other locales while out and about.
At UWC Thailand, we have filtered water dispensers distributed around campus. As a school endeavouring to be single-use plastic free, we ask that you please bring a reusable water bottle to our campus. Alternatively, we have UWC Thailand water bottles for purchase, for those interested.
As Phuket is a hot and humid climate, it is very important to pay attention to hydration needs and to be regularly drinking water throughout the day in order to avoid dehydration.
Toilets across Asia, and in Thailand, might be different than the ones you are accustomed to. There are both squat and sitting toilets often available. All toilets have a spray nozzle bidet that is also used, making most toilet areas what is referred to by some as ‘wet toilets’ (because of the use of water through a nozzle). Toilet paper and all other items must be placed in the waste paper basket and should not be flushed down the toilet.
Thailand offers a highly accessible and user-friendly communication network, making it a breeze for visitors to stay connected. The country boasts a wide range of options:
Telephones: Thailand's modern telephone system includes widespread payphones and comprehensive cell phone coverage, even on remote islands. For international calls, Thailand’s country code is +66. Conveniently, second-hand phones and SIM cards are affordable and easy to find.
Internet: Internet cafes are common in urban and tourist spots, with most providing Skype access. Wi-Fi services are also widely available, ensuring constant internet connectivity. Calling Guidelines: When calling within Thailand, include the area or cell phone prefix (e.g., 02 for Bangkok). For international calls to Thailand, omit the initial ‘0’ in the area code (e.g., dial +66-2... for Bangkok). Different providers offer varying prefixes for international calls, like 007, 008, or 009, instead of the standard 001.
- Emergency Services: Thailand has specific three or four-digit emergency numbers, including 1155 for the Tourist Police. Public Telephones: Coin-operated and card phones are found throughout Thailand. Local calls are typically 1 baht per minute. Prepaid phone cards are widely available in denominations like 300 baht.
- Cell Phones in Thailand: Most overseas GSM-compatible phones work in Thailand, which supports GSM 900 and 1800 networks. Visitors can easily purchase SIM cards and prepaid phone cards at convenience stores, airports, or IT markets. Inexpensive Thai cell phones are also available for those whose phones don’t support SIM cards.
SIM Cards can be purchased from the kiosks at the airport or Tesco Lotus and 7-11 stores. You will need your passport to register the SIM card. Once you have registered your card, you can top up money at the orange machines outside of 7/11.
UWC Thailand On-Campus Contact List
Ambulance, Rescue and Police
|+66 76 219 878
or 115 (local call)
|Police (General Emergency Call)
|191 (local call)
|+66 72 621 2046
|Cherngtalay Police Station
|+66 76 325 630
|+66 76 21 883
|Ambulance & Rescue
|1554 (local call)
|Medical Emergency Call
|1669 (local call)
|Bangkok Hospital Phuket (Phuket Town)
|+66 (0)76 254 425
or 1719 (local call)
|+66 76 311 034
|Thalang Hospital Ambulance
|+66 76 311 033
|Siriroj Hospital Phuket
|+66 76 361 888
|Fire Rescue Team
|199 (local call)
|Snake Guy in Phuket
|+66 80 864 8092
|National Disaster Warning Centre
|1860 (local call)
While the official Thai language is widely spoken throughout Thailand, many Thais also speak and understand English, though more so in Bangkok and the major tourist areas, like Phuket. As visitors to Thailand also include many Europeans and other Asians, Thai people's language skills often also include these other languages to varying degrees. The Thai language itself is challenging to master, but Thai people are happy to help foreigners learn a few words to help them get around. However, English is typically the common currency for cross-cultural conversation as Thailand hosts visitors from around the world.
Useful phrases when visiting Thailand
Note: "ka" (ค่ะ) and "krap" (ครับ) are honorifics that are added to the end of a sentence to show respect. When speaking to someone who is older or in a position of authority, it is always polite to use the honorific that corresponds to their gender.
Hello Sabaidee (สวัสดี)
How are you? Sa-bai dee mai? (สบายดีไหม)
Thank you Male: Khop khun krap (ขอบคุณครับ) / Female: Khop khun ka (ขอบคุณค่ะ)
My name is… Male: Pom chu (ผมชื่อ) / Female: Chan chu (ฉันชื่อ)
You're welcome Mai pen rai (ไม่เป็นไร)
Yes Chai (ใช่)
No Mai (ไม่) Excuse me/Sorry Kor toht (ขอโทษ)
Asking for Help
Do you speak English? Pood paa sa-a Ing-gris dai mai? (พูดภาษาอังกฤษได้ไหม)
Where is...? Yuu dai (อยู่ที่ไหน)
What is your name? Chuu arai? (ชื่ออะไร)
I'm very hungry Hiaw maak (หิวมาก)
I'm vegan Gin jay (กินเจ)
Is this spicy? Ped mai? (เผ็ดมั้ย)
Can I have water? Kor naam plaa (ขอน้ำเปล่า)
No chilli, please Male: Mai ped krap / Female: Mai ped ka (ไม่เผ็ดครับ/ค่ะ)
Cheque, please Male: Chet noi krap / Female: Chet noi ka (เช็ค หน่อยครับ/ค่ะ)
How much is this? Tao rai? (เท่าไหร่)
Can you give me a discount? Lot nawy dai mai? (ลดหน่อยได้ไหม)
I don't want this Mai aow (ไม่อ้วน)
Can I have a taxi? Kor ta-xi dai mai? (ขอแท็กซี่ได้ไหม)
Bang Tao Beach - one of the longest beaches in Phuket, Ideal for water sports such as windsurfing and paddle boarding. Bang Tao Beach
Surin Beach - perfect for luxury and tranquillity. Surin Beach
- Kamala Beach - perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports and has many beachside restaurants. Kamala Beach
|Bang Tao Beach
- Nai Yang Beach - soft sand, clear waters, a tranquil atmosphere and many beach restaurants. Nai Yang Beach
- Banana Beach - popular for those seeking a quieter beach experience away from the crowds. Banana Beach
- Nai Thon - swimming, snorkelling, and enjoying the stunning views of the Andaman Sea. Nai Thon Beach
|Nai Yang Beach
|Nai Thon beach
- Kata Beach - ideal for a more relaxed atmosphere. Kata Beach
- Phi Phi Islands - offering spectacular snorkelling and diving experiences. Phi Phi Island Adventures
- Similan Islands - renowned for their crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life. Similan Islands Information
|Phi Phi Islands
- Phuket Weekend Market (Naka Market) - A large and vibrant market known for a wide variety of goods and street food. Phuket Weekend Market Info
Chillva Market - A trendy night market in Phuket Town, known for its cool vibe and local crafts. Chillva Market
Phuket Walking Street (Lard Yai) - This Sunday night market in Old Phuket Town offers local crafts, food, and entertainment. Phuket Walking Street
Malin Plaza Patong - A popular market in Patong for affordable shopping and dining. Malin Plaza Patong
Karon Temple Market - Set in the temple grounds, this market is great for experiencing local culture and cuisine. Karon Temple Market
Kata Night Market - Near Kata Beach, this market offers a mix of shopping, dining, and local products. Kata Night Market
Indy Market Phuket - A charming market in Phuket Town, showcasing local art and street food. Indy Market Phuket
Phuket Old Town Night Market (Jatujak - JJ Market) - A weekend evening market with diverse food options and local goods. Phuket Old Town Night Market
Banana Walk Night Market - A modern market near Patong Beach offering various shopping and dining experiences. Banana Walk Night Market
Rawai Sea Gypsy Village and Fish Market - Known for its fresh seafood and the unique culture of the Sea Gypsy community. Rawai Sea Gypsy Village and Fish Market
Phuket is a vibrant island paradise offering a plethora of shopping and attraction options to suit every taste and budget. From bustling markets and shopping malls to serene temples and natural wonders, Phuket has something to offer every visitor.
Shopping in Phuket
- Boat Avenue - Known for its unique boutiques, dining options, and vibrant atmosphere. Boat Avenue Shopping and Dining
- Jungceylon Shopping Mall - A large shopping complex in Patong with various brands and eateries. Jungceylon Shopping Experience
- Central Phuket Mall - Offering a range of international and local brands, plus entertainment options. Central Phuket Mall
- Phuket Weekend Market (Naka Market) - Famous for its variety of goods and local foods. Naka Market Overview
- Old Phuket Town - Offers a range of boutique shops and markets in a historical setting. Old Phuket Town Shopping
- Chillva Market - A trendy night market with local crafts, food, and live music. Chillva Market Experience
- Banana Walk - A modern shopping center near Patong Beach. Banana Walk
- Premium Outlet Phuket - Offers a variety of brand-name and designer goods at discounted prices. Premium Outlet Phuket
Attractions in Phuket
- Phuket Big Buddha - A massive and iconic Buddha statue with panoramic views. Phuket Big Buddha
- Wat Chalong - Phuket's most important Buddhist temple. Wat Chalong
- Patong Beach - Phuket's most famous beach, known for its nightlife and water activities. Patong Beach
- Phi Phi Islands - Famous for their stunning landscapes and clear waters, ideal for day trips. Phi Phi Islands
- Similan Islands - Renowned for diving and snorkeling. Similan Islands
- Old Phuket Town - A historic area with Sino-Portuguese architecture and cultural heritage. Explore Old Phuket Town
- James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan) - Famous for its distinctive rocks and featured in the James Bond movie. James Bond Island
- Blue Elephant Phuket - Renowned for its royal Thai cuisine in a historic setting. Visit Blue Elephant Phuket
- Raya Restaurant - Offers traditional Phuket cuisine in a beautiful Sino-Portuguese building. Experience Raya Restaurant
- Kan Eang@Pier - Known for its excellent seafood and charming seafront ambiance. Kan Eang@Pier Details
- The Boathouse Restaurant - Offers a fusion of Thai and French cuisines with stunning beach views. Dine at The Boathouse
- Mor Mu Dong - A unique dining experience among mangroves, famous for its local Thai dishes. Mor Mu Dong Experience
- Phuket Floating Restaurants - Enjoy fresh seafood on floating restaurants in the east coast. Phuket Floating Restaurants Info
Restaurants Near Angsana Hotel
Laguna Phuket is a renowned resort destination on the island, known for its luxurious accommodations and a variety of dining experiences that cater to a wide array of tastes and preferences. The area boasts several notable restaurants, each offering unique culinary delights.
Saffron at Banyan Tree Phuket - Offers exquisite Thai cuisine, located in the Banyan Tree Resort close to Angsana. Saffron at Banyan Tree Phuket
The Watercourt at Banyan Tree Phuket - Known for its international buffet and beautiful waterside setting. The Watercourt
360 Bar & Grill - Located in the Phuket Pavilions, offering panoramic views and a diverse menu. 360 Bar & Grill
XANA Beach Club - A beachfront venue known for its relaxed atmosphere and excellent cuisine, located within the Angsana Laguna Phuket complex. XANA Beach Club
Project Artisan - A charming café and restaurant offering a mix of Thai and international dishes, a short drive from Angsana. Project Artisan
The Corner Restaurant - Known for its authentic Thai food and relaxed setting, located conveniently close to Angsana. The Corner Restaurant
Boat Avenue is a popular destination in Phuket, offering a diverse range of dining options that cater to various tastes and preferences. Here are some notable restaurants in this area:
The Palm Cuisine - A fine dining restaurant serving contemporary Thai cuisine. The Palm Cuisine
Little Paris - Known for its French cuisine and cozy, chic atmosphere. Little Paris Restaurant
Pepe Nero Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria - Offers authentic Italian dishes and pizzas. Pepe Nero
Bampot Kitchen & Bar - A modern European restaurant with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Bampot Kitchen & Bar
Cut Grill & Lounge - Specializes in steaks and grills, with a relaxed lounge atmosphere. Cut Grill & Lounge
Siam Supper Club - A chic and elegant venue offering cocktails and international cuisine. Siam Supper Club
Don Vito Trattoria - An Italian trattoria known for its pasta and classic Italian dishes. Don Vito Trattoria
Shimmer Beachfront Restaurant - Offers a delightful mix of Thai and international dishes right by the beach. Shimmer Beachfront Restaurant
Porto de Phuket - A unique open-air lifestyle mall with various dining options. Porto de Phuket Dining
Sunset Restaurant - Perfect for enjoying a meal while watching the sunset, with a menu of Thai and international favorites. Sunset Restaurant
Popular Dishes and Street Food
Mee Hokkien Noodles - Stir-fried noodles with seafood, a must-try local specialty.
Massaman Curry - A rich, flavorful curry that blends Thai and Indian influences.
Satay - Grilled skewered meat served with a delicious peanut sauce.
Tom Yum Goong - A famous spicy and sour shrimp soup.
Street Food Markets - Visit Phuket Weekend Market or Chillva Market for a variety of street food options.
Info on Dietary Preferences and Options
Vegetarian and Vegan Options: Many restaurants in Phuket offer vegetarian and vegan options. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an excellent time to explore vegetarian street food.
Gluten-Free and Allergy-Friendly: While traditional Thai cuisine features many gluten-free dishes, it's advisable to communicate dietary restrictions clearly at restaurants.
Halal Food: Phuket has a significant Muslim population, and halal food is widely available. Restaurants in areas like Patong and Phuket Town cater to halal dietary preferences.
For those seeking tranquillity, Phuket offers many options:
- Devlaya Massage for hotel room massages at local prices. Visit Devlaya Massage. Contact Khun Roon +66 93 749 4422.
- Thalang Massage is close to the school and offers a variety of services. Visit Thalang Massage
- Banyan Tree Spa for a luxurious spa experience. Visit Banyan Tree Spa
- Yoga retreats like Yoga Connection Phuket. Yoga Connection Phuket Details
The official currency in Thailand is the Baht. Withdrawing cash from ATMs is convenient as many international banks partner with Thai banks. Additionally, currency exchange bureaus can be found at the airport immediately after the baggage reclaim area.
Thailand predominantly operates on a cash basis, and ATMs are readily available in hotels and shopping malls. UWC Thailand also houses a campus ATM point from Siam Commercial Bank (SCB). Please note that international cards may be subject to transaction fees.
Travelling to Thailand presents an adventure filled with unique experiences, from exploring bustling cities like Bangkok to relaxing on the serene beaches of Phuket. However, it’s vital to acknowledge the unpredictability of travel. Unforeseen circumstances such as health emergencies, travel disruptions, or lost belongings can significantly impact your trip. This is where the importance of travel insurance becomes evident.
Travel insurance acts as a safety net, providing essential coverage against a range of unexpected events. It can cover medical expenses in case of illness or injury, which is crucial since healthcare costs for foreigners can be high in Thailand. Additionally, insurance can cover trip cancellations, lost luggage, and emergency repatriation, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey.
Recommendation: Comprehensive Travel Insurance
When travelling to Thailand, we strongly recommend obtaining comprehensive travel insurance. This type of insurance typically includes:
- Medical Coverage: Covers hospital stays, doctor visits, and emergency medical treatment.
- Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Reimburses non-refundable expenses if your trip is cancelled or cut short due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Baggage and Personal Belongings: Covers loss, theft, or damage to your luggage and personal items.
- Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation: Provides for emergency medical evacuation and repatriation back to your home country if necessary.
When choosing a policy, ensure that it suits your specific needs, taking into account the activities you plan to undertake, such as scuba diving or mountain trekking, which may require additional coverage.
Thailand extends a warm welcome to visitors from around the world. Presently, citizens of 64 countries are exempted from obtaining a visa for tourist purposes and can stay in the country for up to 30 days per visit. To view the complete list of eligible countries, please visit: