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Travel Guide to Phuket, Thailand

This is a true tropical paradise, an excellent resort for beach lovers, boating, diving, and water sports. Due to its natural beauty and mild climate the island is often called "the pearl of the Andaman coast". The city's name can be translated as "mountain", and, indeed, the island resembles a majestic mountain rising among the endless seas from distance.
Habits and lifestyle of Phuket inhabitants
Phuket offers its guests amazing varied cultural program rich in festivals and celebrations. Bright ethic holidays and festivals are held almost every month there. The brightest show the tourists can...
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The beach season in the resort begins in October and lasts until late April. Then starts the season of tropical rains, but even during it the beaches of Phuket are not empty. This weather is ideal for windsurfing because rains are not constant and are followed by sunny weather.
Patong Beach is known as the noisiest and most crowed area of the island. This place will be loved by visitors who enjoy being in the center of all events. On daytime tourists are offered to visit entertainment centers, bars and restaurants. At night tourists are welcome in numerous night clubs, dance halls and discotheques. Karon is by far more quiet and secluded, but this place also has wide choice of facilities including shops, cinemas and shopping malls that are always open for visitors. Most fashionable hotels and restaurants can be found in Bang Tao district.
Cuisine of Phuket for gourmet
One of the most visited romantic restaurants of Phuket named La Gritta is placed near the Patong bay. The eating house is specialized in Italian cuisine and offers its visitors an excellent wine...
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Besides excellent beaches and modern sports facilities the island offers visiting numerous notable places. Don’t forget to walk along the ancient streets of Phuket and look at the buildings which have survived from past centuries. Visitors can enjoy natural beauty of this place by making a tour to Khao Sok National Park. Your visit to the ancient Wat Chalong temple will become one of the most exciting and unforgettable events. Finally, those people, who want to make a walk in the pristine jungles, should make a trip to Phan Nga Island.
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Phuket: Major facts

Number of inhabitants 314,000
Local currency Thai Baht, 1 Baht = 100 satang
Working hours Most shops stay open from 09.00 to 22.00 in the evening, and are often open 7 days a week. Banking hours are strictly 08.30 to 15.30, Mon to Fri.
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Major newspapers and journals Phuket Post
Phuket Gazette
Bangkok Post (National)
The Nation (National)
Look East (Magazine available for tourists in most hotels)
Emergency telephone numbers Police: 191
Fire: 199
Emergency Tourist Police: 1155
Marine police: +66 (0)76 211 883
Phuket International Hospital:
+66 (0)76 249 400

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