The dry season in Phuket extends from November to April. The rainy season is between May and October. While there are frequent showers during the rainy season, these often last only a short time and are often followed by sunshine. Temperatures year round range from 21°C to 35°C (70°F to 90°F). Water temperatures are always a pleasant 25°C to 28°C.
Thai is the official language but most people associated with travel on the island understand English.
The Thai currency is the baht which is convertible into most major currencies. Common bank notes are in denominations of 1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20 baht. The baht is further subdivided into 100 satang but it is uncommon for travellers to deal with such small denominations. Major credit cards are accepted in larger hotels and restaurants. Money changers are located at the airport, banks and major hotels.
Most travellers will not require a visa for stays of less than two weeks, provided their passports are valid for more than six months from the date of entry. Enquiries should be directed to the Thai embassy or consulate in your area.
A doctor is on call at Amanpuri 24 hours per day. In certain areas of Southeast Asia there is a chance of contracting mosquito-borne diseases. Reasonable precautions, including the use of mosquito repellent, will minimise the risk. You may also wish to consult your doctor.
Electricity is 220 volts/50 cycles. Phuket is GMT plus seven hours. Restaurant and hotel bills usually include government tax and service charge. An additional tip is customary but not expected.