Phuket is Thailand's largest
island which is located 900 km south of Bangkok in the Andaman Sea.
You will receive a 30 day tourist visa when you enter the country. It is easy to
extend your visa for an additional thirty days if you feel you really cant leave
us :) Your passport has to be valid for a minimum of six months on the day of
entering Thailand. If you want to stay longer you need to apply for a 60
days non immigrant visa at a Thay embassy.
Phuket, you'll find some of the most outstanding dive sites that
Thailand has to offer. Often ranked within the top 10 Dive locations
in the world, there is something her for everyone from wrecks to
wall dives and massive varieties of huge reefs Excellent
opportunities await to spot Manta Rays and Whale sharks, Black tips
as well as Leopard Sharks amidst a kaleidoscope of marine life.
Leopard sharks often grace us with their presence as well as sea
horses and ghost pipefish around them all lies an abundance of
colourful soft corals, sea fans and anemones.
220v, 50 Hz. The wall electrical outlets are
usually of the round, two pole type or two flat type. Some outlets
accept both. What I've seen Thais mostly use the flat type and in hotels
there are often the type that accept both. It's easy to find adapters in
electronic shops for any international plug shape.
Clothes are relative inexpensive and take the
opportunity to get tailor made clothes at modest prices, but avoid the
cheapest ones and those who offer 24 hours service. Indeed you can
actually leave most of your clothes at home and buy your travelling
Thailand's time zone is GMT+7, seven hours
ahead of GMT / UTC (London).
Thailand's country code is 66. For
international calls it's cheapest to call abroad from CAT
(Communications Authority of Thailand) offices, often attached to
the main post office. Although there are many internet/email shops
that offer telephone/fax services too.
As always the most expensive way to call home is from your hotel.
There are two kind of public pay phones in Thailand, the red one is
used for local city calls and the blue one for both local and
long-distance calls within Thailand. At Bangkok airport you can use
your credit card at card phones to make international calls, .
European GSM cellular phones works fine in Thailand. Local cellular
phone numbers begin with area code 01. If you make local calls from
your cellular phone, don't forget to put 076 before the number,
which is the area code for Phuket. It is very cheap to buy a Thai
SIM card from local shops which may work out cheaper for you if
intent staying and making local calls.
Internet / email
Internet and email shops are increasing all
the time, you can find it in every corner. However, in Phuket they
often use dial-up connections and the traffic can be slow. (The
internet connection from Phuket to Bangkok has a limited bandwidth
too). These shops often offer other services like printing, scanning
and telephone services.
As a customer of Dive community you will benefit from free high
speed, wireless ADSL Internet Access
Getting cash from Credit/Debit
Your bank Switch card as well as your VISA
and MasterCard all work fine here in the ATM machines you'll find
everywhere in Patong and Karon beach. You can also get money from
the exchange booths but why should you when you have such a number
of ATMs? The rates at exchange booths of major banks are pretty good
but avoid the exchange booths at the hotels or airports, their rates
are not always the most competitive. You will get the best rates if
you withdraw cash from ATM machines ,don't forget you may be charged
for this (£5 is typical) , so it may be advisable to withdraw larger
amounts rather than small amounts if you intend using ATM card
Where is Dive Community ?
Kata Beach Map
Our PADI 5 Star IDC Facility is located
in Kata, close to one of the most beautiful beaches on the whole of
Phuket here in Thailand
Want more information ?
We have written two guides for our
dive students / divers and we suggest you read them to make your
stay with us more pleasurable and fun, the
tells you everything you may need or want to know if you are
considering coming to us to dive or to learn to dive and
Tourist Information gives you a chance to find out about
life in Thailand, especially for the days you are not diving