Travelling to Phuket is all about fun in the sun, spending time at the beach, indulging in some nightlife and overall enjoying the tropical climate to the full. Phuket’s attractions have enticed many from other countries to return or extend their stay and make Phuket their home.
But expat living in Phuket is a different experience than travelling here, and there are certainly some frustrations and unexpected difficulties that could arise when settling in to the island. Happily, there are several resources available in English (and other languages) that can help guide you to all aspects of living in Phuket, from where to find a good dentist to navigating your immigration application to making new friends.
Here are a few resources to help with living in Phuket:
Phuket 101 – ok, this is a travel guide, but handy for expats looking to discover all the best places around Phuket; run by a long-time expat in Thailand
Phuket.net Living Guide – a property website with a large expat-focused information section
Phuket Items for Sale – an active Facebook group with, you guessed it, items for sale. Everything from iPhones to furniture to clothing posted by members looking to sell their stuff.
Internations Phuket – the Phuket branch of a worldwide expat networking group with regular social meetups and events
The Phuket News – the last remaining print newspaper in English on Phuket. The print version comes out weekly while the website and Facebook page are updated daily. Phuket news, classifieds, sports, events and other useful info about Phuket. The Phuket News has Russian, Chinese and Thai language editions as well.
Jamie’s Phuket Blog – long-term expat Jamie writes about things to do in Phuket as well as dining, hotel recommendations, events and festivals. It’s a good resource for families living in Phuket as well as tourists.
Go Phuket – a Phuket blog and travel guide about events, things to do, beaches and more. It’s our blog so we hope you find it useful! ?
Just here for a visit? Read our 10 Best Things to do in Chalong article for more tips and ideas.