Phuket

Phuket offers tourists a bright palette of impressions: from swimming in blue lagoons and pink sunsets to contemplation of monks in orange robes. Three-wheeled tuk-tuks, taxis, buses and long-tailed boats will help tourists to reach the coveted attractions. On the southern coast are the most popular beaches. The northern coast is much calmer. Phi Phi Island, Phang Nga Bay and Patong Beach are the most popular places among tourists as the variety of entertainment here is very rich: diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and sailing are just some of the available activities. The interior part of the island is full of wooded hills, mountains, and cliffs that are also popular. However, drug use, human trafficking, prostitution and theft are also present in Phuket. We advise you to always be vigilant and be aware of your surroundings.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Phuket is an overall safe city. With a rating of 49% Thailand, is ranked 91st out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

There are some areas with high density of pickpockets among them Chian Wa, Patong and Phuket City market.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Phuket is a safe city in terms of mugging and kidnapping risks; although, some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

There are lots of scammers, fake police officers, and tuk-tuk drivers trying to take advantage of tourists. Be aware of a scam that involves the rental of motorbikes and jet skis, as well as the occasional overcharge for drinks in clubs and bars. There are known situations of people being drugged in bars and clubs in order to rob them. There is an equal high probability of credit card scams in Thailand as anywhere else in the world. Criminals steal credit card credentials and pin codes at some ATMs.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There is a high risk regarding transportation due to the very hectic traffic.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

Severe storms can occur in Thailand. Earthquakes are common and there are numerous tsunamis. For getting the latest meteorological information you can visit Thailand Meteorological Departmentwebsite.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Terrorism is considered a worldwide threat. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Phuket is generally very safe for women travellers.

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WHAT TO DO?

Patong

It is well known for its nightlife. People from all over the world come to this part of the island on Bangla road to party, dance, drink, and enjoy some shows. All that provokes numerous risks for visitors at this place from banal pick-pocketing to rapes.

Karon Viewpoint (Kata Viewpoint)

It’s the most visited viewpoint in Phuket due to the stunning view of the nearby beaches. During the daylight its absolutely safe, but it might be risky to be here after the sunset.

Road from Kata viewpoint towards Nai Harn

It has been an area of numerous muggings late at night; thus, it’s better to avoid visiting this area at night.

Saphan Hin

This is the southern area of Phuket town. Labeled as a dangerous place because “drinking gangs” meet and hang out here; hence, there is the possibility of unpleasant consequences. SafeAround would advise refraining from visiting this place late at night.

Chian Wa (Phuket fishing port)

This is an incredibly dirty area that looks slightly like a slum. As a transport hub, there are numerous pickpockets and other thieves. We advise being prudent all the time while visiting this area.

Phuket city market

It is the favorite place for pickpockets. The density of the pickpockets in this area is the highest on the whole island. Our recommendations are to carry cash for one day only and do not wear any jewelry while visiting this area.

Useful Information

If you are a United States citizen and you intend to spend less than 30 days in the country, you do not require a visa. Be sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months. Thai immigration officials may ask for your onward/return ticket. For more information concerning tourist or business visa in Thailand, you can visit the following website.
The official currency of Thailand is the Thai BAHT.  In order to receive the best exchange rate possible, do not buy any Thai currency until you arrive in Thailand. Usually, Kasikom Bank and Siam Commercial Bank have the best exchange rates. You can use this link to get an idea about the more competitive rates. All banknotes and coins in Thailand bear a portrait of King Dhumibol Adukyadej. With this in mind, don’t ever step on the coin, do not throw a banknote or a coin towards another person, and do not tear or burn it, because it shows disrespect to the royal family.
Thailand has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity all over the year. Thailand is best visited between November and February.
The main international airports are in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, and Pattaya. For further information about the airports in Thailand, you can visit the official website.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page