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Patong (Banana Forest) Beach has a host of activities which can be done by people of all ages and all tastes. Swimming, rides on the Banana boat, or more adventurous activities such as para-gliding, para-sailing and jet skiing are all on offer. You can even bungee jump.
The area around the corniche is a place full of energy. It has a night bazaar along the beach, where you can buy everything from Thai crafted tables and wooden souvenirs to shirts, women’s bags, shoes and watches. But don't fool yourself: nearly everything is a fake.
In the spring (normally around April) it is not uncommon that whalesharks visit the bay off Patong. The whaleshark is the biggest fish in the world and huge with a maximum length up to 15 metres. However, it is completely harmless since it is 100% vegetarian.
Like much of Thailand, the weather here is of the tropical variety, meaning hot and humid conditions year-round. Temperatures hover around 32 °C during the day and 25 °C at night, with just a few degrees difference between the warmest and coolest months. Humidity is mostly around 80% or more, so be sure to drink enough fluids! November to February in general is the driest time of the year, with just some regular showers (later afternoon) and a mix of clouds and sun. Rain increases from March onwards, reaching a peak in August and September before preparing again for the somewhat drier and cooler season.
Phuket International Airport (HKT) has a wide range of international flights. International destinations include Kuala Lumpur, Berlin, Munich, Beijing, Seoul, Milan, Rome, Taipei, Guangzhou, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Penang, Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore, Perth, Moscow, Kaohsiung, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Domestic services are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Pattaya.
|A1 Island Guesthouse||240 Soi Sai Nam Yen||Guesthouse||90|
|Gay Hostel Puerta Del Sol Phuket||105 Rachauthid Road,||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Sole||Phang Muang Road 188/31/32 Kathu||Hotel||68|
|Lamai Apartment||29/95 Radchapatanusorn Road Patong Kathu||Apartment||77|
|Lamai Guesthouse||20/31-32 Sirirat Road.||Guesthouse||77|
|Lamai Hotel||207/1-4 Rat-U-Thit Road||Hostel||84|
|Lamai Inn||209/19-21 Rat-U-Thit Road Phuket, 83150 Thailand||Hotel||81|
|Martini House / Ban Kanchana||Nanai Road 147||Guesthouse||85|
|Silver Resortel||3/37 Sawadirak road Patong Beach Kathu||Hotel||80|
|Tatum Mansion||66/7-8 Soi Kebsap Thaweewong Road||Guesthouse||86|
|The Minotel||19 Sawasdirak Road Patong Beach||Hotel||79|
|Cheap Charlie's Backpacker Lodge||54 Nannai Rd. Phuket||Guesthouse||-|
|SM Resort||20/42 Sirirat Road.||Hotel||87|
|Patongbackpacker Hostel||140 Taweeeong Rd. Patong beach Kathu||Hostel||83|
|loveli boutique guesthouse phuket||74 / 29 Nanai Road Phuket||Guesthouse||83|
|Patong Voyage Place||31 Thanon Sainamyen Road||Hotel||-|
|Athome Hotel||164/25-26 , Nanai Rd.,Patong Beach , Kathu Phuket||Hotel||85|
|Ramaz Hotel||74/8 Nanai Road Patong Kathu, Phuket||Hotel||-|
|Mussee Patong Hotel||34/44 Prachanukrao Rd||Hotel||-|
|MVC Patong House||94/10 Sai Namyen Rd., T. Patong, A.Kathu, Phuket||Guesthouse||-|
|Paulaner Guesthouse||66/30 Soi Kepsap||Guesthouse||-|
|Amici Miei Hotel||74/38 Soi Banzaan||Hotel||84|
|Absolute Bangla Suites||Soi Bangla, Patong beach Kathu||Hostel||-|
|Club Bamboo Boutique Resort & Spa||247/1-8 Nanai Road||Hotel||-|
|Serene Resort||175 Kata Beach Koktanode Road Muang Kata beach||Hostel||-|
|Patong Paragon Hotel||280 Prabaramee Rd. Patong Krathu||Hotel||-|
|Presley Guesthouse||Soi Banzaan 74/4||Guesthouse||82|
|Tropical Garden Resort||247 Koktanode Rd T. Karon A. Muang Phuket||Hotel||-|
|Dive Den||74/33 Nanai Road Patong Kathu||Guesthouse||88|
|The Royal Palm Beach Front||66/2 Thaweewong Rd||Hotel||89|
|T-Son-Sine Guesthouse||240 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd.||Guesthouse||-|
|Sabai Dee Patong Guesthouse||74/41 Soi Banzaan, Nanai Road Kathu Phuket||Guesthouse||-|
|Benettihouse||241/20-21 Rat-U-Thit 200yr Rd Patong Kathu||Hostel||81|
|Kanchana Resident||137/3 Nanai Road||Hotel||-|
|The Album Loft @ Nanai Road||129/6 Nanai Road Kathu Phuket||Hotel||-|
|Atlas Hotel Cafe' & Bar||232/1-2 Phang Muang Road Kor Lane||Hotel||-|
|Baan Nitra Guesthouse||47 nanai road||Guesthouse||82|
|BYD Lofts Boutique Hotel & Serviced Apartments||5/28 Haad Patong Road T.Patong A.Kathu||Apartment||-|
|P.S HILL RESORT||22/11 siriratch Rd., Patong Beach,Kathu,Phuket||Hotel||-|
|Cheap Charlie's Backpacker Lodge||54 Nannai Road||Hostel||72|
|Casa Bonita Guesthouse||Pa Tong, Kathu||Guesthouse||-|
|APSARA RESIDENCE||179/11-12 Soi Sansabai||Guesthouse||-|
|Phuket Tropical Inn||147/1 Nanai road Baankanchana 6 kathu, Phuket||Guesthouse||-|
|Wing Hostel||164/22 Nanai Rd. Soi8||Hostel||-|
|Abbey Road Hotel||157/17 Nanai Road Patong||Hotel||-|
|Thai Siam Hotel||34/77-80 Sirirat Road Kathu Phuket||Hotel||-|
|Arya Boutique Room||74/34 Soi Baanzhan||Hotel||-|
|Nirvana Inn Patong||20/12 sirirat road||Guesthouse||-|
There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet cafés are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.
Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.
For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.
Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.
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