Dharana Meditation and Retreat Center in Phuket

Here we list some very important and useful Travel Information for Thailand. Read about the Seasons, the local currency, visa information and much more.


Our Location

Located on the quiet and relaxed east-coast of Phuket, our secluded natural location is far from noise, distractions and stress, yet just 20 minutes off Phuket Town in the Palai area of Chalong. Our location is easily accessible by car, bus, boat or air.

Seasons in Thailand

From April through September, when most of the country has its monsoon, Phuket stays fairly dry. But from October to November, it’s very wet in Phuket. The driest season is from the end of November until March.

Passport / Visa

To enter Thailand, you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months as from the date of entry. Most nationalities can obtain a 30 day visa which is given upon entry. If you are anticipating staying longer, then apply for a 60 day visa costing 15 USD before leaving. It is always best to check with the Thai Embassy in your home country before traveling. If you don't want to leave the country and come back, then you can now have your visa extended for 10 or 15 days at the Immigration Offices for a fee of around 1500 THB. If you overstay the visa you have, then there is a 500 THB daily fee with a 20,000 THB limit.


Insurance: All visitors to Phuket should be adequately covered by health insurance, which includes medical evacuation back to your home country. This insurance should be purchased before you leave home, as it is difficult once you arrive in Phuket to secure local health insurance unless you intend to reside or work here, and have the appropriate visas. Most of the private hospitals have contractual arrangements with the major health insurance companies and if you need hospitalization, they will arrange direct billing on your behalf.

Pharmaceuticals: Phuket has many pharmacies, either attached to hospitals or scattered throughout the community, and these pharmacies stock an impressive range of medications. By law, all pharmacies should be under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist, and the importation and manufacturing of medications is regulated by the Ministry of Health.
For the tourist, getting access to medication is generally not a problem, unless your prescription drugs are rare. If you are taking prescription medication, bring an adequate supply with you. If you lose or misplace your medication, the local pharmacy should be able to source these for you. Insist on getting medication made by a reputable manufacturer, preferably the same company that manufactures your home medication.

Vaccinations: If you're traveling to Phuket, consult your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your journey to discuss what vaccinations are suitable for you. Phuket International Hospital recommends the following vaccinations (as appropriate for age): Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus-diphtheria booster if needed, Measles booster if needed and Polio.

Things to consider

Before your travels, if you do have a health problem, ensure that you have discussed it with you family doctor at home and that he is aware that you are traveling overseas.
Keep a photocopy of your passport in your wallet or purse. Write on the photocopy of your passport your health insurance emergency telephone number and your policy number. Consider including contact details of your next of kin or some other person to contact in an emergency. Before leaving home, make sure your immunizations are up to date.
Keep a list of the name and dosage of your medication.

Currencies and ATM

The accepted currency here is Thai Baht (THB). There are several ATMs in close vicinity to our center and we are always there to help and offer advise.


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Phuket Meditation Center

69/509 Moo 1, Tambon Chalong,
Amphoe Mueang,83130 Phuket
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