Phuket Tourism News – Similan CLOSED, It’s Not Raining Yet, Is Marijuana Legal?
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Phuket Tourism News – Similan CLOSED, It’s Not Raining Yet, Is Marijuana Legal?

Phuket Tourism News – Similan CLOSED, It’s Not Raining Yet, Is Marijuana Legal?

Last updated on May 15, 2023 By

LATEST NEWS: Similan Islands Will Close Again in 2024.


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Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Similan Islands Closed

The Similan Islands are now officially closed.

Every year, from May 16th until the 15th of October 2023 the Similan Islands are closed to visitors to safeguard the marine habitat and stimulate its recovery. At 5 Star Marine, we stop running tours to the Similan Islands from the 5th of May. Are reason to close the tour off early is that the seas out to the Similan Islands are very open which means they get a lot rougher than seas into Phang Nga Bay.

Is Weed legal in Thailand?

In 2018, Thailand became the first Asian nation to legalize medical cannabis. Although cannabis was decriminalized, smoking or vaping in public places is still subject to punishment as a public nuisance infraction. You will see cannabis café’s everywhere in Phuket, there seem to be more of these than 7/11 stores.


But what are the Rules on Cannabis?

Please note that the below are guidelines and the rules may and often do change without notice:

  • Carrying seeds or parts of the cannabis plant from and to Thailand is not permitted.
  • Cannabis cultivation is legal but registering in the Food and drug administration’s “PLOOK GANJA” application or through government website is required.
  • Individuals under 20 years old, Pregnant women and breastfeeding women are not eligible to use cannabis except under the supervision of health professionals.
  • Possession of extract containing more than 0.2 THC and synthetic THC requires permission.
  • Cannabis contained dishes are available in authorized restaurants.
  • Smoking cannabis in public spaces, including schools and shopping malls, is illegal.

Is it raining in Phuket and what are some of the best apps to use to check the weather in Phuket?

The Phuket weather is always a hot topic. We are currently in what is known as the shoulder period in Phuket. This is the period between the high season and the low season. During this time there are some rain showers that happen, mainly at night with some epic thunderstorms to watch, but these pass relatively quickly.

Some of the apps that we use to check the weather in Phuket are:

We also have a live cam at our 5 Star marine Phuket office which you can see at:

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