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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 found all over Phuket.

Hospitals -- The best facility is Phuket International Hospital (www.phuketinternationalhospital.com; tel. 07624-9400) at 44 Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Rd., next to Big C Shopping Mall, outside Phuket Town. Bangkok Phuket Hospital, at 2/1 Hongyok-Uthit Rd. (off Yaowarat Rd., in Phuket Town; www.phukethospital.com; tel. 07625-4425), has high-quality facilities. Mission Hospital also offers decent medical services and is at 4/1 Thepkasattri Rd., Phuket Town (www.missionhospitalphuket.com; tel. 07623-7220). Both Phuket International Hospital and Bangkok Phuket Hospital both have diving decompression chambers.

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 158 Montri road.

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.