Phuket Island – A Dream Destination

Do you want to travel abroad in a place where you can experience many new things and see places that cannot be seen anywhere else? If the answer is YES then you should definitely consider Phuket as a traveling option. For many people, this island is the best option for a summer vacation. At the same time Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand and one of the top contributors to Thailand’s image as a travel paradise. From trekking and sunbathing on some beach to shopping and eating in beautiful restaurants that serve Thai food – Phuket Island has it all. If you want to make sure that you will have a great holiday, make sure to learn more about this island.

To start with, you should know that the local currency is the Thai baht. Try to change your money in a certified exchange office before you start shopping and buying products and services.

Make sure you remember the current exchange rates in order to avoid scams. Since Phuket Island is a well-known travel destination, it is no wonder why there are so many ATMs around the island. Of course, these ATMs accept all the popular credit cards like VISA and MasterCard.

Most of the young people and people who work in the tourist sector know at least basic English. It is also a good idea to learn some basic Thai phrases because people appreciate foreigners that are interested in their culture.

If you want to save some money on long distance calls, don’t use your own SIM card – buy a local prepaid SIM card. This is a cost affordable solution and you can get chap text messaging too. Another good idea is to check whether the place where you are staying has wireless internet.

If you are shopping in some of the local markets in Phuket you can try to haggle. You can’t expect to do that in large malls or stores that offer branded goods.

Those who want to spice up their stay here can also sign up for Muay Thai training classes. This is an excellent way to lose weight and get in shape.

Phuket Island is definitely a travel destination that can satisfy the expectations and wishes of all categories of people.


News from Thailand – Tourists are coming back

Finally, some good news for the authorities in Thailand – the tourists are coming back in the most popular destinations in Thailand. If we take a closer look at the statistics about tourism in Thailand, we will notice that there is a jump of about 30% in February this year compared to February last year. This may not be a significant number for someone that doesn’t follow the changes in travel trends, but this is the biggest improvement since December 2012 before the political crisis in Thailand culminated. For those who don’t know, tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Thailand and it usually participates with about 10% of Thailand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). There is no doubt that there is a reason for celebration in every sector because tourism affects all industries.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the fragile economy of Thailand is now back on feet. For example, consumer prices are dropping for three months in a row and the consumer confidence index is even worse after the authorities announced that they will cut their projections for economic and financial growth. The situation is not different when it comes to exports too because the numbers are still dropping.

The good news is that manufacturing output has increased significantly in February, 2015 and this is the first rise since March, 2013. In addition, Prime Minister Mr. Prayuth Chan-Ocha has dismissed the martial law that was active for nine months. This measure has surely kept the tourists and foreign visitors in Thailand away because rarely anyone wants to visit a country where there is martial law imposed.

Another interesting trend is the increased number of Chinese tourists. However, some people are not very impressed with these tourists because they seem to spend low amount of money. These tourists cannot improve the economic climate in Thailand.

Finally, the measures that the Thai government has taken, clearly suggest that they want and encourage tourists to come to Thailand. They have lifted visas for some countries, they are promoting their country on many fairs and events and they also try to eliminate all the negative occurrences related to tourism in Thailand.