Phuket Travel – How to Get Around the Island
Using my personal experiences and being based in Phuket I try to provide my readers with key information about tips and hints when coming to visit our lovely Island. I hope all the information provided will help you make better choices for your planned trip.
Transportation in Phuket
The Advantages of Hiring a Car
For many holidaymakers, Phuket evokes images of white beaches, swaying palm trees and sparkling turquoise seas. When choosing a Phuket hotel, many visitors try to stay as close to the beach as possible. That way, you can hop between Phuket Resorts and your dream beach extremely easily. Indeed, some vacationers do little other than lounge by the pool or soak up the sand on the beach, which is extremely relaxing – but perhaps a little boring after a few days of paradise.
Even if you are within walking distance of the local shops and resorts, it’s hard to do much exploring without some transport available to you. The motorbikes for hire are often reasonable value, but they are not always well maintained or easy to ride. Motorbike accidents are frequent in Phuket, and even the most experienced motorbike rider cannot do much if a stray dog runs out into the road directly in front of you – yes, this happened to me.
Previous visitors to other parts of Thailand might consider taxis and Tuk Tuks as an ideal way to get around, but meter taxis are only available at Phuket Airport, and the prices of the Tuk Tuks and private taxis here border on extortionate. For a 10km journey in Phuket, you can expect to pay $30 or more.
An ideal solution to getting around in Phuket is to hire a car. You can get excellent value for money by booking in advance on the Internet and collecting your car from the airport – your first day’s car hire will probably be covered by the savings that you make by not getting an airport taxi. One of the best places to book a car is phuketbooknow.com – by gathering together the best prices from all the major car hire firms in Phuket, they ensure that you get the best possible deal. All the cars come equipped with air-con, which you will appreciate in Phuket’s tropical climate, and the fleet of cars is all new and freshly cleaned.
One issue that people have with Phuket Car Rentals is insurance. Not every hire car company gives full insurance coverage as part of their service, unlike phuketbooknow.com. They offer a full Collision Damage Waiver with no excess to pay, mileage is unlimited, a free breakdown service is included in the price, and naturally theft and third party liability are covered.
To legally drive a car in Thailand, ideally you should purchase an international driving license in your home country. It is possible that you will occasionally be stopped at police checkpoints – usually showing your normal driving license will see you waved on within moments. Traffic can be a little strange here, with elephants sharing the road with you and a large number of motorcycles. Driving conservatively and patiently is the best approach – the standard of driving is a little different from what you might be used from your home country. If in doubt, slow down and give the other driver the right of way. One last thing to remember – don’t forget to drive on the left-hand side of the road!