Accessible Travel

Phuket (like most of Thailand) is an ongoing obstacle course for the mobility impaired, with high kerbs, uneven footpaths, nonstop traffic and a shortage of ramps or other access points for wheelchairs. That said, some of the island's top-end hotels make consistent efforts to provide disabled access, while other hotels with high employee-to-guest ratios are usually good about accommodating the mobility impaired by providing staff help where building design fails. For the rest, you’re pretty much left to your own resources, so advance planning will be essential.

Specialised travel agent Phuket Access Travel (, founded by a team with personal experience of disability, offers wheelchair-accessible airport transfers and other transport, as well as beach wheelchairs, accommodation recommendations and adapted tours (including to Big Buddha, Hat Nai Han and Laem Phromthep). You'll also find a few hotel recommendations through reputable Disabled Holidays (

Download Lonely Planet's free accessible Travel guides from