Phuket, Thailand



There is a wide array of international newspapers and magazines at some bookstores in Phuket Town and Patong. Major English newspapers found on the island include Bangkok Post and The Nation. Phuket also has several local online newspapers including Phuket Gazette, Phuket Post and Phuket News. You can also follow local English radio through the website of Phuket FM Radio and on 91.5 FM.

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The area code for Phuket is 076. You need to dial "0" if you're calling from within Thailand but outside Phuket, say from Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Pay phones are not common anymore, as most Thais have a mobile phone. Pay-as-you-go SIM cards can be purchased for a few hundred baht, and local call charges range from 1 to 3 baht per minute depending on the package.

Patak Road in Phuket Town by Kotokot82

Mobile Internet
Mobile internet is available from all service providers, with True Move offering 3G access from a limited network of base stations on the eastern coast, including Patong, Kata and Karon. All other networks offer EDGE and/or GPRS access, so don't expect fast internet connections on your mobile device. For e-mail and basic surfing GPRS speeds are normally fine but access to websites hosted outside Thailand can be slow.

Unlike many western countries, Thai networks bill mobile internet usage by duration rather than bandwidth, with PAYG users paying around 1 baht per minute. Most networks have PAYG monthly unlimited GPRS deals for around 750 baht, and you can easily purchase a SIM and the internet package at one of the numerous phone shops around Phuket.

Patong at night by Glen MacLarty

If you want to send mail, post offices and parcel services are widely available. In Phuket Town, there is a post office at the corner of Phang Nga Road and Montri Road. In Patong, there is one at the appropriately named Soi Post Office, a side-street of Thavee Wong Road.

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