We saw a great many elephants on Ko Phuket. Sadly none of them were wild, instead all domestictaed. One hopes they are treated well. Most Thais seem to be in tune with nature and have reverance for living beings. Still it is hard to see an elephant chained in a field.
Pack it light
Just a normal backpack will do, less you're enroute to a long trip. As Light as possible, bermudas, shorts, t-shirts, singlets, sandals....its the beach anyway. Medical supplies like panadol , cough syrup, bandages are readily available at most convenience stores. Easily available
Its the far place in the east coast of the island, Laem Hin port. I went there, actually to have a seafood meal at Laem Hin restaurant. The place is natural, its also a pier to get a boat to some small islands nearby, such as Koh Rang Yai island, Koh Rang Noi island to see pearl farm there ...
Phuket Shopping Price Guide
LETS GO SHOPPING!
This is just a guide to prices only, some of the prices are what we have paid and some are from other peoples reports. So if you pay more or less for something, it doesn't matter.
PAY WHAT YOU ARE HAPPY WITH!
Just remember, sometimes you are squabbling over cents, is it really worth doing that.
The best way to get a bargain is never lose your cool or raise your voice, always bargain with a smile and a few words of Thai will not go astray and your attempts will be much appreciated.
There is also a link to a much bigger current Price Guide which is printer friendly at the bottom of this page, plus a slide show with lots of photos of various shopping and the prices paid for them.
T Shirt's & Singlets, Billabong, Ripcurl, Diesel etc 150 - 200 baht
Board Shorts, Billabong etc 200 - 300 baht
Hipster Shorts 100 baht
Gym Singlets Big Sizes (Big C) 79 baht
La Coste & Polo Shirts, Big Sizes 150 - 200 baht
Wrap around Skirt Pants (3/4 length) -200 baht
Roxy Bikinis 450 baht
LV Bikinis 400 baht
Mens Swimmers 200 baht
Sarongs 100 - 200 baht
Lonsdale T Shirts 150 baht
Sunglasses (all brands) 200 baht
DVD movies 50-60 baht
CD Music 50 - 100 baht
Play Station 2 Games 80 - 100 baht
LV Watch (cheap quality) 300 baht
Men's fully automatic watches, Rolex etc 1000 - 1750 baht
Mozzie Zapper tennis racquets 150 baht
These mozzie zappers come under restricted imports (Australia) which means you need written permission in order to import the items - more info here - Australian Customs
Guess Ladies watch 600 baht
Hello Kitty watch & mobile phone case 500 baht
Surf Wallets 200 baht
Backpacks 100 - 500 baht
LV plastic shoulder bag 300 baht
Thai Elephant bags (small) 100 - 200 baht
Nice ladies shoes in shoes shops at Big C 199 baht
Girls tops, Billabong etc 150 baht
Golf Shirts 200 baht
Belts copy names 200 baht
Caps copy names 150 baht
Pashmina's 200 baht
Dresses & Skirts (short) 200 - 300 baht
Kids T Shirts 120 - 150 baht
Kids Shorts 150 - 180 baht
Women's cheap singlet tops, (Dolce&Gabbana) 100 baht
Diesel Leather Sandals, great quality 500 baht
Diesel Plastic Sandals, bad quality 250 baht
Beaded Thongs 100 baht
Roxy Shoe String Strap Tops 150 - 200 baht
Chanel & Playboy Halter Neck Tops 200 baht
LV Umbrella 280 baht
LV Wallet 300 baht
LV Beach Towel 300 baht
LV Overnight Bag (large) 2000 baht
LV cigarette case with gas lighter 150 - 200 baht
Gas novelty lighters 100 - 150 baht
Von Dutch & Diesel Bags (small organizer bags) 300 - 450 baht
Good quality copy handbags from secret rooms - up to 1500baht
Silk Cushion Covers 100 baht
Silk Table Runners 150 Baht
Medium size bedspread, tablecloth with fringe 300 baht
Like I said previously, this is only an approximate guide to prices, pay whatever you are happy with!
See lots of photos of handbags, wallets etc in a slideshow at end of page.
(I never pay more than 1500 baht for a good quality copy bag - though if I wanted a certain bag bad enough and it was a bit more then of course I would definitely be tempted!).
PHUKET AIRPORT DUTY FREE
Angel 50ml bottle 2560 baht
Angel for men 50ml bottle 1840 baht
Gucci 50ml bottle 2590 baht
Treson 100ml bottle 2100 baht
I priced all these perfumes before we left Australia and they were cheaper at Phuket Airport Duty Free.
However since we have returned home I have discovered the Perfume Empire and the Perfume Clearance Centre, now I will always check their prices first as most of their perfumes are much cheaper than Duty Free.
You can order online and they also have shops in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Benson & Hedges, Mild 7, Triple 5, London, all 550 baht per carton of 200 (Cigarettes in local shops are approximately 50 - 100 baht a packet and from street vendors about 50 - 60 baht a packet of 20)
You can buy alcohol at most of the little local supermarkets and all of the major ones.
There is also a good distributor up Rat-U-Thit Rd past the Patong Merlin.
Its on the other side of the road, look for the huge sign on top of a building on the corner advertising a cosmetic surgeon, go down that lane and its down a bit on the right. They also have a big selection of wine and beers.
Its a great place to buy in bulk if you are staying for awhile.
Prices are also very good in supermarkets such as Carrefour, 7/11 shops.
Another very good one for spirits and wine is the Deli Supermarket up the northern end on Rat-U-Thit Rd - past Nickys Handlebar.
I have recently priced lots of various wines, beers and spirits from a couple of different places in Phuket, so click on the link below for a printer friendly list of alcohol prices.
Printer friendly price list
Phuket also has some good buys in cosmetics. I always stock up on Olay Total Effects, at home it cost about $28, in Phuket it is 359 Baht and always comes in a promotional pavckage with another product. I bought my last lot at the supermarket in Big C. Have a look at my link below, theres hundreds of photos of shopping along with prices, far more than on my VT site.
Recommended Driver in Phuket
I contacted Kom (firstname.lastname@example.org; 083-1720862) a couple days ago to book him for a day tour around Phuket.
From 9.30am to 8pm, he drove us around and waited for us wherever we stopped. He also made many good recommendations for activities and shows at good prices, but unfortunately we had too little time to take up any of those.
Kom had an ice box with water and coke in his car boot for us to drink, free of charge. He bought a local snack for us to taste too. Upon knowing I have an ulcer in my mouth, he also paid out of his own pocket to buy me a medicated gel.
He also brought along his own digital camera and took photos and videos of us, then sending it by email to me.
He also brought us to local food places to sample authentic and affordable Thai cuisine. As Sylvia had mentioned, he speaks very good english and has a pocket translator in the rare even that he has to translate something.
This is exceptional service - I have several regular drivers in Bangkok and Chiang Mai and none of them have ever offered anything more than driving and answering questions.
Above all, Kom charges a very competitive price for his services, and has a very pleasant disposition even though he had to do overtime (11+ hours).
We highly recommend him as a driver in Phuket. It would be good if you let him know where you would like to go in advance, so that he can plan an optimal route and make recommendations for activities.