Talk:Phuket

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Since Phuket is both a province and a city, shouldn't this page be disamb.? For reasons of completeness I think it would be a good idea. However since the province is rather small, I can see why it was not yet chosen to be disamb.. Just wanted to see what other people think. -- (WT-en) Fido 17:21, 16 Sep 2004 (GMT+6)

Phuket the island and Phuket the province are identical, so I don't really see the point of disambiguating. Phuket Town can be shifted out into Phuket Town if it ever grows large enough. (WT-en) Jpatokal 06:32, 16 Sep 2004 (EDT)
Agreed -- (WT-en) Fido 17:51, 16 Sep 2004 (GMT+6)

ภูเก็ต[edit]

The following interesting comment was posted into "ภูเก็ต":

จังหวัดหนึ่งในภาคใต้ เป็นเกาะที่ใหญ่ที่สุดของประเทศไทย มีแหล่งท่องเที่ยวที่มีชื่อเสียง เช่น หาดป่าตอง หาดกะตะ หาดกะรน หาดราไวย์ แหลมพรหมเทพ เป็นต้น

Oh my. Is that so? (WT-en) Jpatokal 13:38, 15 May 2006 (EDT)

Transiting via Changi?![edit]

Going from Bangkok to Phuket via Singapore makes absolutely no sense any way you look at it; it adds a minimum of three hours of flight and transfer time, and there's no way you can fly BKK-SIN-HKT even on the cheapest LCCs so that it's competitive even with TG's standard 2000B rate, much less Nok and Air Asia specials. SIN airport taxes & charges alone comes to about US$20! (WT-en) Jpatokal 01:57, 16 May 2006 (EDT)

Pronunciation?[edit]

Shouldn't the first sentence of this article say how to pronounce the island's name? I'm pretty sure it's not pronounced like its English spelling would suggest, but I don't know how it is pronounced. 75.2.76.138 02:29, 16 May 2006 (EDT)

Yes, it should, and it does now. (WT-en) Jpatokal 06:55, 16 May 2006 (EDT)

Phuket name[edit]

Phuket is a thai name for the original name Bukit, of Malay origins, meaning, hill, mountain.

Nowadays, phonetic spelling is ˌpoōˈket

Help with sleep listings[edit]

Opinons please as to which Phuket article these 2 should go into (taken out of the main article):

  • <sleep name="Absolute Chandara Resort & Spa " address="99/1 Moo 6, Ban Ao Por, Pa Khlok, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand 83110" phone="(0)7631 7800" url="http://www.absolutechandara.com" price="Rates start at THB 5000"> Absolute Chandara Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand is located less than a kilometer from Ao Por Bay. It is also just 20 minutes from the international airport and 30 minutes from the town. Each spacious accommodation also has a dining area, toilet and bath, kitchenette with refrigerator, and living room/ lounge.</sleep>
  • Laem Sai Garden Beach Resort (แหลมทราย การ์เดน บีช รีสอร์ท) 33/9 Km.3, Mueang Mai-Laem Sai Road (Tel: 0 7621 7120, 0 7621 0193 Bangkok Tel: 0 2514 1011), www.laemsai-resort.com, 40 rooms: 1,500-5,000 baht

Chandra is on the northeast cape - don't think we have a district for that area, Laem Sai is closed, I say to hell with them, we have enough listings as it is. --(WT-en) Stefan (sertmann) Talk 08:55, 20 October 2009 (EDT)

To hell with them it is :). I also took all the bar listings out of Phuket. All except 1 were Patong and I dumped them there. Frankly they are rubbishy listings and could all be deleted with no loss to the site.--(WT-en) Burmesedays 09:07, 20 October 2009 (EDT)


We had a major dump by the Thai Tourism Authority before I joined up, which has basically wrecked all of Thailand, simply cause it's so massive and don't contain many individual details/reviews. I think it has been agreed that it's open season on all that content. --(WT-en) Stefan (sertmann) Talk 09:12, 20 October 2009 (EDT)

Remove TAT clutter[edit]

I've moved some TAT clutter and placed them at Talk:Phuket/Listings for future reference. --(WT-en) globe-trotter 17:40, 5 February 2010 (EST)

Payphones & misc telephone[edit]

It may be wise to describe the payphone situation:

  • How many different types/providers there are?
  • Access to 1800, 001800 & other free numbers? Payment required?
  • Reliability/vandalism/pickpockets
  • Can you get cheap prepaid calling cards for international calls, and do they work from payphones?

Other issues to consider:

  • Do mobile phones allow free access to free numbers? (FYI, NZ - yes, Aus - big fat no)
  • Cost to call 1155 tourist police (landline/payphone/mobile)?
  • emergency numbers (can usually lift from travel.state.gov)
  • Example International call prices?
  • VoIP - is it legal? is it feasible?

118.209.182.31 08:59, 20 May 2011 (EDT)

Scuba listings[edit]

There should be NO specific scuba listings in a region article. The following need to be placed in the relevant town article, if they are not there already.

  • <do name="Geo Expedition Similan Dive Center" address="13/61 Moo 7 Khao Lak, Khuk Kak, Takuapa, Phang Nga" directions="Opposite Bangkok bank in the center of Khao Lak" phone="+66 76 485 792" email="info@geo-expedition.com" long="> Khao Lak's largest dive center offers diving in a friendly atmosphere with an experienced crew. Day trips and daily departing liveaboards to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.</do>
  • <buy name="Khao Lak Scuba Adventures" address="13/47 Moo 7, Kuk Khak, Takuapa, Phang Nga 82190 Thailand" phone="+66 76 485 602" fax="+66 76 485 607" price=">Daily departures by our fast and comfortable speedboats to Similan Islands, Koh Bon Islands or Richelieu Rock.</buy>
  • Kon-Tiki Phuket Diving & Snorkeling Center [1]. 30 years of experience in Thailand catering divers and snorkelers from around the world. PADI 5 star dive center & GoEco operator. Daily diving and snorkeling trips to Phi Phi Islands, Racha Islands, Shark point and Similan Islands.
  • Kamala Diving Center: Merlin Divers Co., Ltd. [2], PADI dive courses and day trips & liveaboard excursions around Phuket. Retailer of water sports gear and sportswear.
  • Dive Asia [3], Phuket's first Padi 5 Star CDC Center, offers a full range of diving services: liveaboards to the Similan/Surin National Parks, daytrips to Phuket's local dive sites and Padi diving courses and IDCs.
  • Phuket dash Scuba dot Com [4], Liveaboards to Similan, Surin, Phi Phi & Hin Daeng as well as day trips to all Phuket dive sites and training from try dives to PADI professional level.
  • Sunrise Divers [5], PADI 5 Star Dive Resort specialising in Liveaboards.
  • Just Dive It [6] Connects to Worldwide dive and sail [7] with longer liveaboards to the Similan and Surin National Parks.
  • ALOHA [8] offers snorkeling rental gear, SNUBA diving, and scuba diving courses for all ages and abilities.
  • West Coast Divers [9]
  • Similan Diving [10] Liveaboards and overnight adventures to the Similan and Surin Islands
  • Thailand Divers, 128 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand. Tel: +66 804245649 [11]
  • Tec Divers, Phuket, Thailand. [12]
  • Santana, Diving and Snorkling [13] Patong Beach, Padi 5 Star IDC Center, 30 years of experience, English and German instructors available. Daily (Day)-Trips and (MV Discovery) LiveAboards, PADI Courses, Gear Rental.
  • 3Willys Diving, 135/9 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand. Tel: +66 804245649 [14]

Snorkeling[edit]

Same: SweetDreamers [15] offer sailing day trip to Coral Island for snorkeling with just 6 people on board.

Kon-Tiki Phuket Diving & Snorkeling Center [32]. 30 years of experience in Thailand catering divers and snorkelers from around the world. PADI 5 star dive center & GoEco operator. Daily diving and snorkeling trips to Phi Phi Islands, Racha Islands, Shark point and Similan Islands.

  • Aloha Ocean Adventures - [16] Highly Rated Small Group Full day Sightseeing & Snorkeling Tours to Phi Phi, Racha Yai and the Khai Islands. Premium Tours - Check for their online specials.
  • Kon-Tiki Phuket Diving & Snorkeling Center - Dedicated snorkeling program to Phi Phi islands, Racha Yai, Coral island, Koh Khai islands and Similan islands. Depart every day from Phuket.[17]
  • Coral Seekers [18] luxury speedboat charters.
  • Thailand Divers, Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand. Tel: 0 7629 2052 [19]

Day trip snorkeling tour by Mari Tour Phuket [20]

  • Phuket Islands trip by Phuket Thailand Trip [21]

SNUBA[edit]

Same:

  • ALOHA SNUBA Thailand SNUBA dive tours Phuket, Thailand [22]

Warning needed?[edit]

Please read this article. Nightmare! I'm more inclined to ask where we should put a warning than whether we should. Ikan Kekek (talk) 01:20, 26 September 2015 (UTC)[reply]

In Retiring abroad, I think. Pashley? ϒpsilon (talk) 05:52, 26 September 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Done Yes, in the Retiring_abroad#Difficulties section. Pashley (talk) 12:41, 26 September 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you. Should we reference the warning with a link in this article, too? Ikan Kekek (talk) 15:03, 26 September 2015 (UTC)[reply]