Phuket Tourism: Plan Your Trip to Phuket
Phuket for the Animal Lover
- Monkey Hill1,168For those a little braver, visit Monkey Hill! Bear in mind that the monkeys hanging around the area are wild so don't even think about carrying any food, even in a bag -- they'll sniff you out for sure. Otherwise, it's a fun walk as you'll be surrounded by monkeys and friendly dogs.
- Soi Dog Foundation1,475I love dogs and have 2 of my own but every time there's an opportunity to touch and interact with more, i can't say no! Soi Dog Foundation is S.E. Asia’s largest rescue organisation for vulnerable street dogs and stray cats. They have guided tours and volunteer programmes that you can sign up to or donate to!
- Phuket Elephant Sanctuary2,259This sanctuary is a MUST VISIT for all who are in Phuket. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the first and only ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket where elephants roam around, bathe and sozialize freely across 30 acres of lush, tropical land. There's no bathing, riding or hugging involved but you can interact with them during feeding times!
- Phuket Aquarium902A great activity for a rainy day! The aquarium isn't the largest or most fancy but it's clean and well maintained. The sharks are super cool and so is the turtle enclosure.
- Lanta Animal Welfare3,509If you're keen on travelling a little out of Phuket, Lanta Animal Welfare is located on Ko Lanta. A lovely, well maintained animal shelter that's always open to volunteers and happy dog walkers in the mornings! There's also a cafe with wifi where you can stop by for a quick break.
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Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Phuket
In the words of those who've been there before ...
What is the best way to get there?
Phuket only has one airport, the Phuket International Airport. International and Domestic terminals are separate.
Here is some information on the best airport transfer options available.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting Phuket from overseas, find out if you need a visa here.
Visa on arrival is also available, you can find out how other travelers did it here.
When is the best time to visit?
November to February: The weather in Thailand varies between hot, and really, really hot. The hottest season runs from March through to June, with April and May as the hottest months of the year.
The cool season normally runs from November through February and will still feel hot to most visitors. Temperatures during this time typically range from 73 Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 86 Fahrenheit (30 Celsius).
Most of the resort areas are small enough to walk around, with popular resorts and hotels located close to the beach, restaurants and shopping areas.
If your hotel isn't on one of the main beaches, tuk-tuks are some of the best ways to get around. The small vehicles can weave through the tiny streets with ease and are worth the ride alone.
If you prefer exploring Phuket on your own, there are plenty of places to hire cars or motorcycles. However, if you’re looking to drive around Phuket, remember that they drive on the left.
Songtaew refers to blue open-air buses that run between Phuket Town and the main resorts, while air-conditioned mini buses service the Phuket Town area.
Check out more tips on getting around Phuket here.
Tipping is not customary in Thailand, there is absolutely no mandatory requirement to tip anyone, but small gratuities for great service are very much appreciated.
Get more tipping tips here.
Are there local customs I should know?
Here’s a great overview of customs and etiquette in Thailand generally.
- We recommend checking out these popular tours when looking for something to do in Phuket:
- Phang Nga Bay Sea Cave Canoeing & James Bond Island w/ Buffet Lunch by Big Boat
- Luxury Boat to James bond islands with lunch and sunset dinner
- A Morning with the Elephants at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
- Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
- Phi Phi Islands Adventure Day Trip with Seaview Lunch by V. Marine Tour
- If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Phuket between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between September and November.