Phuket

Phuket is commonly referred to as the ‘Pearl of South’ and is a lush tropical island thickly forested in places, with rubber and coconut plantations and fine sandy beaches. Patong Beach is the most highly developed beach on the island, three miles of golden sand well-provided with umbrellas for rent; there are many bars, restaurants, fast-food outlets, shops and hotels to be found across the beach road and along the small adjoining lanes. The surrounding waters contain much varied marine life and the town is noted for its Sino-Portuguese architecture. It is a very attractive island for sightseeing, with lovely seashores and forested hillsides.

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Fact File

CapitalBangkok

LanguageThai (English widely spoken)

ClimateThailand’s climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity. April and May are the hottest months of the year. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October. From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling north east breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. The north and north east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 2°C

CurrencyThai Baht (THB)

VisaRequired for stays exceeding 30 days

HealthAdvised immunisation against malaria, hepatitis, polio, typhoid, tetanus and cholera

PassportsMust be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Thailand

Time ZoneGMT + 7 hours