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Phuket’s breath­tak­ing azure An­daman sea, stun­ning sun­sets and easy ac­cess has seen it rock­et­ing up the Asian is­land style-ome­ter, with lush new prop­er­ties, restau­rants, shop­ping and leisure plea­sures pop­ping up like polka dots on a teeny-weeny. And while you won’t find much trad cul­ture left in Pooks, at least you’ll come home with bam­bams toasted a lovely shade of Halle Berry. Kaftan, check; tur­ban, check; mules, check – and that’s just the boys… Sheesh, isn’t life such a beach.

Overview

The west coast takes the lion’s share of the best beaches, ho­tels, restau­rants and of course sun­sets. Old Phuket Town and Boat La­goon are to the east, and all within easy ac­cess to the is­lands of Phi Phi, Racha and Lanta. Con­nie, go get your kaftan...

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Have your concierge’s and/or driver’s di­rect line with you at ALL times Weather: Dry sea­son is Nov-Apr (Apr is swel­ter­ing), rainy sea­son is May-Oct (surf­ing sea­son), and AugOct is wet and windy, but re­lax, even in the rainy sea­son most days see a good chunk of sun­shine too Phuket’s high sea­son is Nov-Mar In low sea­son some bars and restau­rants may have re­duced open­ing times or even de­cide to close com­pletely; have your concierge check ahead to avoid im­mense dis­ap­point­ment Air­port to Pa­tong (not that you’ll be stay­ing there): 45 mins / from 650 baht by cab Taxis are run like car­tels and a to­tal rip off, so hire a car and driver, or self-drive (see Very Use­ful) Re­mem­ber, in Thai­land the G/F is 1/F Thai law re­quires you to carry your pass­port at all times, al­though hardly any­one does The King’s Cup Re­gatta in De­cem­ber is the jewel in the crown of Asia’s yacht­ing fra­ter­nity Stock up on cash as credit cards will of­ten NOT do nicely, sir, with the ex­cep­tion of ho­tels, larger stores and restau­rants Most bars are open till 3am – huz­zah! Don’t fid­dle with monks, point with your feet or pass re­marks about the Royal Fam­ily Tem­ples and shrines have dress codes – bare shoul­ders, shoes and Kylie-pants are no-go’s The coun­try code is +66 and 76 for Phuket Po­lice 191, fire 199, tourist po­lice 1155, marine po­lice 076 215 438 (emer­gency am­bu­lance see V. Use­ful)

Th­ese three Thai phrases will get you started…

Sa wah dee (kap) (m) / (kah) (f) : Howdy / Laters Kop koon (kap) (m) / (kah) (f) : Thanks, a bunch My ow (kap) (m) / (kah) (f) : No thanks, buster

’kay, let’s get this Riva 68 Ego in the wa­ter…

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