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Banks -- Banks are located in Phuket Town, with many larger branches on Ranong and Rasada roads. There are bank branches of major Thai banks at Chalong, Nai Harn, Kata, Karon, and Patong beaches. Money-changers are located at the airport, in major shopping areas on each beach, and at most resorts. Banks offer the best rates. ATMs are now found all over Phuket.

Bookstores -- There are lots of bookshops to be found at the megamalls of Central Festival Phuket Town, and JungCeylon shopping mall, Patong. Also look for The Books at 53-55 Phuket Rd., Phuket Town (tel. 07622-4362).

Hospitals -- There are three major private hospitals, all with English-speaking staff: Bangkok Phuket Hospital, at 2/1 Hongyok-Uthit Rd. (off Yaowarat Rd., in Phuket Town; tel. 07625-4425), has high-quality facilities. Phuket International (tel. 07624-9400) is next to Big C Shopping Mall, outside Phuket Town. Mission Hospital also offers good medical services and is on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket Town (tel. 07621-1908).

Internet -- Internet service is fairly easy to find on the island. Good connections can be found at small cafes and tour agencies at most beaches. In Patong, the best Internet cafes are farther away from the beach. Along Rat-U-Thit Road, in the center of Patong (a 5-min. walk east, away from the beach), you'll find 1B-per-minute service.

Police -- The emergency number for the Tourist Police is tel. 1155 or 1699; for Emergency Police, dial tel. 191; for Marine Police, dial tel. 07621-5438.

Post Office -- The General Post Office, in Phuket Town (tel. 07621-1020), is at the corner of Thalang and Montri roads.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.