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Special Advice & Shopping Tips


To enjoy your time in Phuket even more, here is some special advice, shopping tips and information on how to obtain a VAT refund when departing the country.


Special Advice



Beware of unauthorized people who offer their services as guides.


observe all normal precautions regarding personal safety and the safety of your belongings.


Walking alone on quiet streets or deserted areas is not recommended.


Be sure that all your valuables, money, jewellery and airline tickets are properly protected from loss.


While walking in the city, put food wrappers or anything you wish to discard into a waste bin.


Penalties for drug possession are very severe in Thailand.


Never buy any products made from wile animals including reptiles like snakes or monitor lizards, or turtle    shells and ivory.


Avoid local restaurants serving wild animal delicacies, as killing wildlife for food is illegal in Thailand.


Expect a 10% service charge added to the bill at most larger hotels and restaurants.


Taxi drivers do not expect a tip, but the gesture is always appreciated.


A tip of 20 - 50 Baht is acceptable for hotel porters.


Visitors needing assistance should contact the Tourist Police Centre or call:

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VAT Refunds


Visitors entering the Kingdom on a tourist visa are entitled to a refund 7% VAT on goods purchased at registered retails outlets. To obtain this, tourists must do the following:



Spend at least 2,000 Baht per store per day but a minimum of at least 5,000 Baht


Complete a P.P 10 form that the store staff will give you.


The goods must be taken out of Thailand within 60 days of purchase.


The good must have been purchased from stores displaying the “VAT Refund for Tourists” sign.


At the airport, present the VAT forms and receipts at the VAT Refund Desk on the 4th Floor of the    Departures Hall (BKK) - do this before check in. N.B. Jewellery, watches and gold purchase over 10,000 Baht    must be inspected.


After going through Immigration, go to the VAT Refund Counter and present the forms for the refund.





Shopping Tips


Phuket is a shopper’s paradise with bargains galore, so here are some tips for visitors.



Fixed prices are the norm in department stores, but at most other places bargaining is to be expected.


Usually you can obtain a final price of between 10-25% lower than the asking price. Much depends on your    skill and the shopkeeper’s mood, but remember that Thais appreciate a sense of humour.


Providing you have the time, it is best to shop around at different place selling the kind of items you want    before making a final decision.





Shopping Customs


Customs regulations allow visitors to bring in the following items duty-free:



A reasonable amount of personal effects including clothing and toiletries not exceeding 10,000 Baht a value.


A total of 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or smoking tobacco.


One litre each of wine or spirits.


N.B. Narcotics and pornography are strictly prohibited and offenders face severe penalties.