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Tuk-tuks are plentiful in Patong and Phuket Town, although when travelling to many areas in the north or south part of the island you may need to some negotiations with the driver for the best fare due to shortage of tuk-tuks that shuttle offer return journeys. Depending on the distance, it usually start at around ฿100-200 per hour.
It is not recommended to opt for tuk-tuk drivers like double as travel agents. They will usually only take you to a place but you will end up paying them an additional commission over and above what they have overcharged you for the ride.
Often called the workhorse of the Andaman Sea, long tails are used to provide a number of marine services. While not as flashy or fast as modern speedboats, a voyage in a long tail boat is an interesting experience and a great way to take short sightseeing trips?
The ubiquitous long tail boat is found wherever there is water in southern Thailand. The current version with the motor mounted on the back is the latest modification on this ancient but quite seaworthy craft.
The one serious disadvantage of the long tail is the almost complete lack of safety equipment such as life jackets. Long tails are not advisable while travelling with small children or non-swimmers.
Thailand is the promised land for shopaholics! Everything between heaven and earth is for sale – the range is enormous and the prices are low.
The department stores have always displayed fixed prices, a custom which is becoming the norm. However, at markets and in smaller shops, you may have to negotiate a price that both parties are happy with. Start at about half the initial offer and remember that the seller won't make a deal that doesn't make at least a little profit.
Silk, tailor made clothes, gems, gold, silver, pearls, tin articles, wood carvings, batik, bags, eye glasses and lenses.
Along the road to Phuket Town are the three big department stores Tesco Lotus, Big C, and Central Festival. In Phuket Town are the shopping malls Robinson and Ocean Plaza. In Patong you will find the shopping mall Jungceylon. Most shops accept the most common credit cards, but it is always wise to carry cash as a backup.
Tailors Back home, it is almost impossible to have a suit or dress made. It is expensive and there are not that many tailors left. In Thailand, it is the opposite. There is a tailor at every corner, and the prices are low. Tailor made clothes can be had at the same price as that of readymade clothes at home, if not cheaper. There are many good tailors on Phuket, but there are also many that are not so good, using low quality material and doing shoddy work. Even if the garment may look good to begin with, it may well be a different story after a few turns in the washing machine. We want you to be satisfied and find an honest and skilled tailor. This is why we recommend that you contact Help Desk or the guides on this. A good advice is to visit the tailor in good time, to make sure you can try the clothes and make any alterations that may be necessary.
It may seem difficult and uncomfortable to begin with, but try anyway. If they want say, 600 baht, for a charming hand carved wooden dragon, try suggesting 300, and see what happens. Do not start haggling unless you are seriously interested. And don’t conclude if you think it is too expensive. Do not take anything personally. If you can´t get it the way you want, finish negotiations, smile, and leave. There will be other opportunities. Avoid haggling in restaurants and on articles with a price tag.
There are several local markets to choose from on Phuket, with everything from clothes to household appliances to fresh vegetables, fruit and other edibles.
Phuket Town: The largest market on Phuket, a night market (weekend market). Saturdays and Sundays 5-9 pm. There is also a food market by the local bus station in Phuket Town, every day from 4 am, closing late morning.
Patong: Traditional market, to be found everywhere in Patong. Every day 5-11 pm.
Karon Beach: Local market with food and clothes, by Karon Temple. Tuesdays and Saturdays 3-7 pm. Local market with clothes and shoes by the beach walk in Karon Beach. Every day 10 am- 9 pm.
Kata: Local food market. Mondays and Thursdays 3-7 pm.
Kamala: Local market with food and clothes. Every Friday 4-8 pm.
Bangtao Beach: Local market with food and clothes by Lotus, in Bangtao Beach, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4-8 pm.
Bangtao Beach does not offer very much in the way of shopping opportunities. If you want to do some serious shopping; clothes, music, bags or crafts, you should head down to Patong or Phuket Town instead.
Beware of what you bring home, especially souvenirs made of plants or animals and pirate copies. Learn more here.
There are around 8.5 million dogs in Thailand, close to one million of which are strays and 730,000 are believed to have been abandoned.
It’s best to keep a safe distance from stray dogs, and if you come into contact with their fur, wash your hands and skin as soon as possible. Stray dogs will often approach tourists and dwellers in the hope of food and do so in a friendly manner. But if you want to feed a stray dog, do it away from restaurants, hotels, and other dogs.
Still, many street dogs will have experienced hardship, neglect, and even abuse from humans. Fear and trauma in dogs often manifest as hostility and anger. A sudden change in temperament is also a common side effect of diseases like rabies and other ailments like injuries, skin irritation, pregnancy, or anything that makes the animal feel vulnerable.
If you do encounter an aggressive dog or get yourself into an unpleasant situation, make sure you do the following:
To avoid getting in negative situations with stray dogs in Thailand, always follow these tips: