Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published December 20th 2012
Hit the ground running in Phuket with these helpful tips
A week after I married to my husband, his mother and her partner got into a car accident while they were on holidays in Thailand. We took the first flight we could from the Philippines and arrived the next evening in Phuket. Thankfully when we arrived, his mother and her partner had both survived the crash, but she had injuries to her back. We were so worried, and as you can imagine all of us were in a bit of shock. Within a few days she was operated on and walking already after three days. It was a miracle. She and her partner flew out back to Australia the same day we went back to the Philippines.
We stayed in Thailand for a week and although our first visit to Thailand wasn't under the best circumstances, we were able to see a little bit of Phuket and learn a few touristy tips especially without much time to research and prepare.
Phuket is a beautiful place, and we hope to one day go back. If ever you find yourselves in a situation like we did (heaven forbid!) or want to go to Phuket and not spend too much (much more preferable), here's three tips:
1. Arriving in Phuket, the first thing you need to do is get a sim card. Pick up one of the "true" brand mobile cards, the best thing about them is they're free. The best tip when travelling is to always buy the local sim card, you'll find it will save you hundreds of dollars from being charged on your home roaming mobile. Making international calls and texts is cheap too, a 300baht/$10Aud card lasted me the whole week I was there, and that was with making quite a few calls and texts too.
True Mobile - a total lifesaver of our emergency trip, cheap calls and texts.
2. Accommodation wise, there are two main areas – Phuket Town and Patong. Phuket Town was where we had to find a place to stay as we wanted a place right near the hospital. Patong and the surrounding areas are where all the resorts, shops and touristy stuff is. An amazing steal, was the AutoPlace Phuket just a 1 minute walk from the Bangkok Phuket Hospital, and literally around the corner. It was 600baht/$20aud per night, and had unlimited free wifi, a flat screen TV with USB port, hot/cold water shower bathroom and a king size bed. We were so lucky to find this place and felt so blessed that we got all we needed without having to break the bank. Although sparsely decorated, it was modern and clean. The staff were also very friendly and helpful, their English wasn't the best but they understood and could talk about the important things.
Rooms can come in two singles or with king, our first night there we had two singles as the king was booked but the next 5 nights we had in the King sized bed room.
3. Food and drinks are pretty cheap in Thailand, but we noticed that services like taxis were a lot higher than they are in the Philippines. A taxi from Phuket Town to Patong is usually around 500baht/$20Aud one way, while most taxis in the Philippines is around Php50-100/$1.25-2.50aud per ride for the same distance. We suggest to try to take advantage as much as you can of the free shuttles (sometimes not free, minimal nominal fees may be charged but less expensive than the local taxis) provided by most hotels in the area, they take a little bit longer as they have a few stops, but you can see so much more on the way.