As you may have guessed, there's more to Phuket than beaches, and there's more to Phuket travel information than just slip, slop, slap. To give you an education before you go, here we run through a quick class of Phuket 101.
Australian passport holders entering Thailand via air are eligible for visa exemption and can holiday in the country for up to 30 days without obtaining a visa in advance. A similar exemption applies for overland travel, however, the period of time is only 15 days. If you wish to stay longer, you must be granted a visa. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For the latest visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Thailand.
The currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Thai Baht can change regularly, so in order to get the best exchange rate, aim to monitor the rate in the lead up to your trip.
As a Thai tourist island, food in Phuket consists of traditional cuisine as well as ample international options. From fine dining to simple street food, the dining styles are also plentiful, providing a tasty meal for every budget. With so much choice, the hardest part is choosing what and where to eat. With the ocean on its doorstep, seafood lovers will be in for a treat with Thai oysters and large prawns a local specialty. Eat them Thai style in a bowl of spicy tom yum goong soup or in Thai-style fried rice called kao phad. As to where to eat it, that's up to you and your budget to decide. For a meal with an ocean view, book a table at one of the restaurants that line the Boat Lagoon. Or if you're on a strict budget, pull up a stool at the most crowded street stall and dig into a cheap yet delicious meal.
A night out in Phuket means a night out on Bangla Road, the fluro-lit epicentre of the island's nightlife. Here, the party can get pretty wild with ping pong shows proving more X-rated than the kind you used to play as a kid. Boys who look like beautiful girls are also a fixture of the strip, entertaining tourists with cabaret shows and dancing on tables at go-go bars. If you'd rather do the dancing yourself than just watch, the clubs and discos along Bangla Road play their music loud and range in genres. Can't quite back it up the next night? Phuket's beer bars are free of the strobe lights and working girls found in the full-throttle venue, making them ideal for a casual, post-hangover drink.