The Top 5 Accessible Destinations in Thailand

1. Phuket This is our top pick because of the wide variety of resorts, activities and entertainment, and the level of support for wheelchair users and the less mobile. Many international hotel chains have resorts in Phuket with adapted bedrooms. There are also several quality hospitals and numerous accessible tours and attractions. Accessible transport, mobility equipment and carers can be sourced and booked in advance. Location Phuket is a tropical island in Southern Thailand roughly 49km in …

Jason’s Trip to Phuket

I arrived in Phuket on Saturday 6th April, flying in from Bangkok. Me and my carer collected our luggage and rented a car relatively quickly. Booking a rental car on-line has its flaws; I selected the ‘Ford Focus model or similar’ because I have a 3 door Focus at home and know I can get in and out easily, plus my wheelchair fits in the boot easily. However, they didn’t have and Ford Focus’s when we arrived so the ‘similar’ was a Toyota with 5 doors. The point …

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

A Vegetarian Festival? Phuket has many fun and exciting festivals, but one of the festivals, the Vegetarian Festival, is perhaps oddly named, as it is quite a macabre spectacle – of people piercing their bodies, walking on fire and putting stakes and swords into their cheeks (it sounds gruesome but keep reading for an explanation). So what’s it all about? The Vegetarian Festival is held in Phuket town annually over a nine-day period in October, celebrating the Chinese community’s …

Road Transport in Thailand

… documents back, waving me on my way. I don’t know how lucky I was being waved on my way but I suspect having my wife in the car saved me from some further experiences with the authorities. To conclude, as a disabled person, I found the car was my best friend and allowed me to see a lot more of Thailand.  The first year we drove from Khon Kaen to Phuket and back, then Bangkok to Chantaburi.  This year we drove from Khon Kaen to Chantaburi and back.  Have no worries for rest stops and …

Bangkok’s Two Airports

… going through immigration where I am issued the 30 day visitor visa. I can then go through check in and security again for the second leg. I can tell you the first time I found myself doing this I was completely taken aback. I did not understand the process because my very first trip was Udon Thani, which is an international airport (along with, for example, Phuket) and the hassles were somewhat less because Udon is a smaller airport along the lines of Don Muang. Getting Assistance Assuming …

What Does The Coup In Thailand Mean For Tourists

… on as normal. In the tourist island areas such as Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui there appears to have been no change, as you would not notice that the country is under military rule. Although there are some restrictions. Curfew Hours All businesses in Thailand must abide by the curfew and operate between the hours of 5:00 AM- 10:00 PM. This means that all businesses must close by 10:00PM Flash update, as of the 27/05/2014 the new curfew hours are between 12:00AM – 04:00AM So now all …

Common Misunderstandings About Thailand

… the South, such as Phuket and the islands, Pang Nga with its amazing prehistoric limestone cliffs, and regions of the North, such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Thailand is an exciting, intriguing country full of surprises and new discoveries. …

Beach & Go Anywhere Wheelchair, Phuket

Our friends at Phuket Access Travel, have sent us a new video of their hippocamp beach and go anywhere wheelchair. In action around some of the hotspots in Phuket. https://vimeo.com/77382436?loop=0 This is a personal look at one man’s holiday in Phuket. And how easily and quickly, the beach and go anywhere wheelchair made his life. It even shows him on Phuket’s most infamous Street, Bangla Rd. So he can party with the best of them. The video shows him easily going up and down curbs, and …