Phuket is a popular resort in Thailand, which is annually visited by a huge number of tourists. Clean beaches, tropical climate and developed infrastructure make this island an ideal place for holidays. Every traveler before a trip starts thinking what to choose: an independent travel to Phuket or to book a package tour? Those people who travel for a limited period and don’t want to worry about anything should book a tour. Those who don't want to stay in one place to one place and are not limited in time can go to Phuket independently. This island is very calm and friendly, so an independent journey will not cause any problems. The main thing is to prepare for the trip in advance.
Before the trip, you need to think about four points: how to get there, where to stay, insurance and visa. The most convenient way to get to the resort is a direct flight. There are also variants of flights with long and short stopovers in different cities and countries. Another variant is to fly to Bangkok and get to Phuket from there by bus. A large number of convenient applications and sites for booking and buying air tickets online will help you.
It is also possible to find accommodation online. There are a lot of services and websites for booking almost all Phuket hotels with descriptions, prices and customer reviews. Do not forget that an independent trip gives you more freedom and you can stay not only in one hotel. You can plan your stay in different places in advance and book hotels or other housing online for the suitable dates. Another important point is buying a travel insurance. And although it is not compulsory is not compulsory, experienced travelers recommend to buy insurance, as the medical services in Phuket are quite expensive. Most insurance companies provide an opportunity to get insurance online. The cost of the insurance will depend on the period and the list of services.
Independent tourists often stay in Phuket for a long time so they should extend the visa. In order to make this process as quick and effective as possible, it is better to ask help from specialists. A full range of visa services and their description are presented at our website.
When you arrive to Phuket you can get from the airport to your hotel or beach in several ways: by taxi, minibus or by transfer. A minibus is the cheapest but also the least convenient kind of transport because you will have to wait for a long time for other passengers to be taken to their hotels. It is better to book a transfer in advance. You need just to fill a booking form at the site, indicating your name and flight number and the driver will be waiting for you at the right time at the airport with a sign.
Then, you can plan your itinerary. There are many different activities which you can do on your own or with a tour. To get to the right place on your own, you can rent a bike, car, or take a taxi or a bus. It is better to plan your route for the day.
It is convenient to visit several sights at once, which are located in one area. For example, Kata Noi Beach, the Big Buddha and Wat Chalong temples, Promtep and Panwa capes, an aquarium and other interesting places are concentrated in the southern part of the resort. The Sirinat National Park and the cleanest beaches are located in the North. Shopping and entertainment centers are located in Phuket Town. Nearby you can visit the "Flight of the Gibbon" and the local zoo. You can admire the beautiful nature in Krabi province, Khao Sok and Khao Lak National Parks.
Do not forget that any traveller can book any tour in numerous street travel agencies or at special websites. In some cases the tour will be more convenient and cheaper than an independent trip, especially to the nearby Phi Phi, Similan islands and other islands.
The independent tourist will not have any problems with meals. It is not necessary to cook at the resort, because there are a lot of cafes and street tents with food. Restaurants and cafes with traditional and European cuisine are situated in hotels, beaches and simply in crowded places. Prices for food are quite acceptable and there are menus in English and Russian in many restaurants.