They tend to be more common during February, March & April. This is due to large plankton blooms that occur during these months. This does not mean to say that they can not be seen at other times of the year. They have been spotted all year round.
We do recommend that you bring a wet suit or skin suit (lycra). Especially if you are joining one of our liveaboard cruises. Heat loss can lead to cramps & exhaustion. Wet suit will also protect you from brushing against coral & rocks as well as stings from Jellyfish.
You should take the normal precautions as on any other foreign holiday. Phuket has three international hospitals and there are many localized doctors' surgeries around, in case you should need medical help.
Thailand's currency is Thai Baht and can be exchanged on arrival at the airport. The exchange rate is around US$1/Baht 32. Commercial banks, ATM machines and currency exchange booths are plentiful in the Islands' major resorts. Most hotels offer currency exchange services, although the rate is likely to be lower. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Visitors from most western countries, including Europe, North America, Australia and News Zealand are granted a 30 day stay on arrival. Other nationals are required to produce a tourist visa and should contact their local Thai consulate for more details.
On the whole, no! We do occasionally get some stingers in the water, but they generally only stay around for a week or two. A wet suit is your best bet against getting stung.
The average water temperature ranges from 26-30 Celsius. This is warm. We do however get the occasional thermo-climb. This is a cold current that flows up from the deep. This can bring the temperature down to 21 Celsius, but normally only lasts a short time.
November through to the end of April is the dry season, being the period of the north east monsoon, with air temperatures in the region of 30-35°C. During the month of May the wind changes around with the southwest monsoon season setting in until October; this is the rainy season, although the showers can be heavy, they don't usually last for too long and some excellent weather can be enjoyed, with slightly lower temperatures.
Phuket airport is located about 45 mins. North of the major beach resorts. There is a regular minibus service cost around US$3 per person. A private taxi can be hired at the airport at around US$13.
Phuket has an international airport with direct flights to Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Penang, besides about 12 daily direct flights from Bangkok. Additionally, there are now direct charter flights to many European Cities.