Patong Beach, Phuket

From chalky white sands and golden sun-kissed beaches to immaculate aquamarine waters and stunning landscapes, Phuket is set to be one of 2014’s top holidaying destinations. Being the largest island in Thailand, Phuket is spread over 540 square kilometres, and this wonderful province is comparable to Singapore in terms of size and population.

Connected to all the major airports in Asia, Phuket (formally known as Thalang) is ideal destination for a relaxing family holiday, so be sure to visit to see the costs of airfares!

If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Phuket, you should consider a few important factors when packing your luggage. Take note of the tips below and have a holiday to remember on one of the world’s most beautiful islands!

Getting Around

Although most native drivers are acquainted with the roads, guides that detail tourist hotspots, cheap accommodation and places of interest are easily available, just in case you want to take a wonder. However be prepared to encounter language difficulties while communicating with the Thai people, as many speak broken English at best. Having a map of the island to hand will come in handy, and if you’ve got GPS on your phone, there are plenty of places to connect to Wi-Fi.

Colourful & Light Summer Clothes

Phuket experiences a coastal climate, characterised by long, hot and moist summers. When it isn’t raining cats and dogs, the temperatures soar high and it can become incredibly hot – even for the locals!

Therefore, light, breathable garments are suitable for a trip of any length. Although there are a range of different synthetic fabrics available when touring the markets of Phuket, cotton is undoubtedly the best option. It doesn’t cling to your skin and it absorbs perspiration quickly.

Remember to pack half-sleeved t-shirts, shorts, vests, summer dresses, skirts, beachwear, straw hats and cottons scarves – in the rainy season, it can get a little chilly. Don’t go for heavy collared polo shirts, jeans, cargos or jumpers because you just won’t need them, and they’ll take up unnecessary space in your bags.

Health Insurance

All visitors should be covered by health insurance, so be sure to check with your bank to see if you’re already covered. If not, there are plenty of price comparison websites that will get you great deals on insurance to Phuket. It’s essential that you read your insurance policy all the way down to the small print, so know exactly what you’re covered for. You must also state any pre-existing medial conditions too.

Insect Repellent

Mosquitos that carry malaria are rare in the south of Thailand, but that doesn’t mean their bites won’t hurt or itch!  Insect repellents are the best way to combat bites, and there are a number of effective creams too that will reduce the swelling.

Don’t buy these creams at the airport however, as certain measurements won’t be allowed in your hand luggage into Thailand. Furthermore, getting the right injections is also essential to keeping healthy in Thailand, so see your doctor before you travel.