There is a special Tourist Police station in all major tourist areas. They will assure your visit is as safe and as pleasant as possible. Most tourist police will speak English and a few will speak Japanese or other European languages.
Lightweight, loose clothing
You will find it fairly to excessively humid here, depending on the time of year. Sudden showers of rain or perspiration will leave you wet, 'though not cold. If you wear loose, light clothing, your body will be able to breathe and the fabric will dry quickly.
The famous landmark of James Bond Island
The famous landmark of James Bond Island first found its way onto the international map through its starring role in the James Bond movie 'The Man With the Golden Gun'. It is possible to land at the tiny beach and marvel at the 100ft cliff that is naturally split in two forming a cave complete with stalactites and a natural floor of sand.
Thai Sim Cards - Phoning Home
We use a Thai Happy Sim Card which is issued by D-Tac and you can buy the card and top ups at most 7/11's or phone shops.
The card we use cost us 49baht but there are different prices as some come with credit etc, you can buy refills from 20baht up to 800baht.
We always buy the 800baht top up as you then receive an extra 100baht free.
The sim card is also valid for a year from the top up date if you buy the bigger top ups. This is worthwhile if you intend to go back to Thailand before that year is up as you then do not have to buy another Thai sim card.
We bought ours through a 7/11 and they will also set it up for you if you want.
In the Users manual that comes with the kit it tells you exactly what to do and how to make the cheapest International calls e.g. put in 008 or 009 then country code, area code and phone number.
You can choose 001 or 007 instead of the numbers I have mentioned above, these are for a supposedly high quality signal and have higher call rates, but we never had a problem with the signal using the 009 number.
To send messages is different to ringing, first put in + then country code, area code, and phone number.
So for each person here in Australia I would have 2 numbers for them, one for phoning, one for messages.
If you want to take your own phone and its locked there are phone shops that will unlock it for you at a small cost.
So some examples for phoning Australia to make use of the cheapest rates are:
If the Aussie landline number is 08 12345678
To ring drop the 0 and dial 009 61 8 12345678
For Aussie Mobile numbers e.g. 0412 345 678
To ring drop the 0 and dial 009 61 412 345 678
Messages - drop the 0 and dial +61 412 345 678
For someone ringing you in Thailand
Your new Thai mobile number will start with 08, so for anyone calling you from home they would drop the 0 and add in +66 then your new number (that’s when they are calling you from a mobile)
From a landline at home they would call you on 0011 - 66 - 76 - then the local number.
It’s extremely cheap to phone home using a Thai Sim Card, much better than using your own sim with International Roaming. Some examples of prices for mobile calls I made to Australia were 150baht for 20 minutes and messages 5 baht per message.
Hope this helps - just read your manual thoroughly as it tells you how to make the cheapest calls.
The link below will give you all the world calling codes etc:
Click Here for World Calling Codes ,
From the airport to the hotel, Taxis are the cheapest mode from the airport to hotels but they are quite a wait for some - mayb 20 minutes or so. The taxi stand is on extreme right once you are out of the airport.
If you want a car you can book in the airport itself. If you are out of the hall and u dun want to wait for a cab, there are many many car rentals near the airport - many the salespersons are outside the hall. But i think it is cheaper to rent from city itself.
Always try to book hotel transfers as they are definately cheaper.
*ALWAYS ask for the free phuket map from the information counter BEFORE you leave the departure hall. The friendly people there will give you one and it is quite a simple map that gets you around.
*If you self drive, the map obtained from the information counter is quite useful. Trust the big signs that point you in the direction you want to go. The city can be a headache.
Hope this helps.