We had a very bad experince in respect of renting the jet skies ... they made fake charges on us after the jet sking that we have damaged the skies and claimed the damages which they asked about 10,000 Bahats ! it was a mess in dealing with it as the police also helped them and we have to get out of the mess by giving the money!
So be careful before renting the Skies.. a good advice is that try to negotiate the deal by your hotel or your tour operator and take the local guide with you so that you wont get into trouble after a wonderful experince of jet ski !
Please dont slam yourself in the lady boy problem. they are stunning and look like a drop of jupiter but they are lady boys.
Please read more on the net how to indentify them and you will play safe:)
Beware of the numerous independent tuk-tuk drivers. Reports are that they not only are dangerous, but also they take advantage of tourists and charge ridiculous rates. If you do use one, make sure you agree on a fare before boarding.
Hi, just back from Patong and had a ball. We did a tour of phi phi island and 'monkey' island. Unfortunately the wife found out the hard way that monkeys bite, at monkey island the guide gave us some bananas, as she was feeding one monkey and went to feed another, the original monkey jumped up and bit and scratched her, the guide said it would be ok but we didnt want to take any chances so off to the Dr for a rabies shot!
When we got back to aus and gave our local dr the details we found out she had messed up the dosage, only gave her a single dose instead of the correct dose per kg, as it turned out we she got the correct dose within the 7 day limit so pretty lucky I guess!
I visited Phuket in February 2008 and was repelled by the streams of black sewage flowing in some places openly. The stench in the markets and along the main streets was terrible.. The filthy drains are not always guarded and at night it is possible to slip and fall in.
The sewage flows into the bay where thousands of tourists swim and have fun. When I saw and smelled the sewage I decided never to go swimming in Phuket.
Two or three times in Phuket we've experienced some kind of bites (or stings) when swimming in the sea. We used to think it was maybe jellyfish or something but this last visit I actually found one of the little critters.......but I still don't know what they are! It was like some kind of flea thing, very small, probably around the size of a normal flea but brown/reddish in colour. I did some internet research when I got home but I'm still not sure exactly what these things are.
If you do get bitten you could be like me and feel the bites but not react or you could end up like my poor children and look like you've got chickenpox! The only things that helped were tiger balm on the bites and antihistamine pills. The itchiness lasted about 4 days and after a week the bites are finally going.
Any pharmacist we asked just tried to sell us mozzie repellant. I'm therefore not sure whether the Thais suffer from these bites, or if they do, perhaps, like me, they don't react.
Ok I Went To The Monkey Show That Is On Offer, While It Seems All Cute And What Not , All I Could Think Of Was What They Went Through To Learn These Tricks, also i was told not to go to phuket zoo, by a couple of people, so i didnt go, but if your interested in going to see a tiger, go to fantasea and you get to see an unbelievable show as well as get your picture taken with a tiger.
got denque fever in patong make sure you put insect spray on this was october their are not like american moquitos you dont itch so you dont know their are biting for couple days and look at your legs and you dont want get fever its bad
There are a myriad of travel/tour booths set up around Patong/Phuket. The girl expressed an interest in doing the Koh Phi Phi tour, a speedboat daytrip run by a pretty large company running many boats.
We paid for it, had the agency set it up, and looked forward to doing the tour the next day.
Imagine our surprise when, the next morning, nobody showed up to pick us up?!
We had to spend half the day running around and making calls to try and get a refund. The agency didn't want to give us money back, and arranged for somebody at the tour group to come to our hotel. They don't show up, so back to the agency we went. Waited untill there was a lineup of customers, and complained about the crapiness of there service very loudly.
Management gave us a refund ASAP, to get us out of there.
We did the tour the next day, with another company. We actually got picked up...
Many tourist have been cheated on buying expensive items such as gold, jewerly.Also a good idea is not use your credit card because credit card theft is increasing but generally crime against tourist in Phuket is relatively low
The Lady boys that entertain you can be fun to watch but whatever you do don't take the p**** as they can get nasty, also you may be hassled for a photo with them.........if you do you will have to pay and 2 ladyboys in the photo thats 2 payments.
Maybe this tip should go under "Things to Do Tips". :-) Anyway, in Patong beach, there are many A Go-Go bars, most of them located at Soi Seadragon (small street off Bangla Road). There will be lots of their crew members lining up along the streets asking you to go see the show. It's all up to you to decide whether to go in the bar or not.
In these bars, you can watch beautiful (some maybe not) Thai girls dancing (and maybe some other unexpected shows, which could be a little disgusting at times) to music clothed in nothing more than a bikini. The shows are basically free, but you need to order drinks in the bar. And please take note, NO photos or videos or any kind of recording are allowed in the bar. Tips are at your own discretion.
These girls are not totally nude since this is prohibited by Thai law, although many places have shows where the girls are partially or totally nude.
So, if you have an open mind, visiting an A Go-Go bar will surely give you a unique insight into this kind of entertainment known from Hollywood movies. Otherwise, it's definitely not the kind of show for a family.
Monkeys are cute and entertaining and found in many areas in Thailand, particularly around the temples. Bananas and peanuts are sold at stalls where monkeys frequent which facilitates their breeding, as they have plenty to eat without foraging. There is a very strong pecking order with monkeys as I found out when we visited a monkey temple. The large males can be quite savage. We saw them mostly attacking mother monkeys that were holding babies when feeding.
You may get distracted looking at or feeding one monkey and another will quickly and heavily climb up onto you and snatch food or personal items from you. They are rough and have sharp teeth. Be ultra vigilant, especially with children around. Monkey bites are vicious and many diseases/infections can be passed through the saliva or through contact including Herpes B Virus, which in 70% of human cases can be fatal.
Even though they seem people-friendly, be extremely cautious, as they are wild animals. We met a little boy in Phuket who had been looking at a monkey that was chained up and being fed, meanwhile another chained monkey came around from the back of him and tore a big gash in his leg. He ended up in a wheelchair for the last few days of his holiday.
They will also destroy any vehicles left within their area, tearing at the rubber etc. They are very inquisitive and destructive.
Ko Rang Yai is a small island located just out of the Boat Lagoon Canal. It provides good anchorage and shelter from the wind and waves, so is a popular mooring spot for boaties that are avoiding low tide as the canal is too shallow for them to get through then.
There is a small resort on the island which I haven't visited, however I have spent several hours on the beach at Ko Rang, as it's such a lovely beach and we could sit under an overhanging tree to shelter from the sun whilst we ate our picnic lunch. I caught some fish from the beach too.
Now for the warning part. The sandflies are terrible here, and even though you don't notice them biting you so much whilst there, the discomfort and itching lasts for weeks. You certainly notice it afterwards! I've been on this cute little island twice and noticed the sandflies seem to come out from about 3.30 or 4.00pm. If you do wish to relax at this beach, then definitely take some fly spray to spray the surrounding area and some insect repellant.
If you are driving in Thailand and you see anything from a large twig to a branch on the road, slow down and take care. It does not mean that a truck has broken it off a tree as it's passed by. This is the Thai version of a danger sign. It could mean that there is part of the road out, an accident or some other potential hazard.