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Getting around Phuket island

Getting around Phuket island

General Info

The main roads on Phuket are generally in good condition with road signs in both Thai and English. If you drive in south Thailand outside Phuket, you’ll notice most signs are in Thai only.
The main road between north (airport) and Phuket Town have been improved during the last 1-2 years and is now finished.

In case you don’t know in Thailand you DRIVE ON THE LEFT SIDE!

If you plan to rent a motorbike or car, don’t forget to acquire an international driver’s license in your country before you arrive to Thailand.

The police in Patong only enforce the helmet law and have checkpoint at the corner Bangla road and Rat-u-thit road almost daily between 17:00 and 20:00, but the last few months they have often been at the beach road and Sawatdirak road during daytime which makes it hard to know when they will show up. Due to this, many people and taxi drivers begun to wear helmet all the time.

Outside Patong, Kathu and Phuket Town police also enforce the driver’s license law and only a thai- or international driver’s license is valid in Thailand.

The fine is 200-600 baht depending on police district and what rules you are breaking. (In Patong, they mostly charge you 300 baht for not wearing a helmet.)

Motorbike

Motorbikes are the most common transportation on the island and the easiest and cheapest way to get around. Swedish travel agencies recommend tourists NOT TO RENT A VEHICLE due to the many accidents on Phuket every year and also, there is no insurance available for any rental motorbike.

My recommendation is TO RENT if you feel safe and comfortable with a motorbike and the traffic in Thailand. I think this is the best way to get around and explore Phuket by yourself without spending too much money. Phuket is ideal for cruising with a motorbike, but drive SAFE and be aware of that vehicles may turn left or right without using the blinkers and don’t trust the traffic lights, look carefully yourself.

The rental fee is normally 120-150 baht/day in low season and 150-250 baht in high season for a standard motorbike. For a big bike, the rental fee may be 400-800 baht/day.

Car

The rental fee is normally 900 baht/day for a small Suzuki jeep, if you rent weekly you can get lower price. I think rent a car would be a good option for small groups or if you plan to drive long distances. There are insurances available but make sure you read the fine prints.

Motorbike Taxi

Motorcycle drivers are usually dressed in a green or orange vest and are available for a short trip taxi service. Simply wave one to a stop and ask for the fare to your destination. The price is normally 20 baht.

Tuk-Tuk (Taxi)

hey have become expensive the last few years and they over charge you most of the time. Not that long time ago you could pay 10 or 15 baht for a short trip inside Patong, nowadays they may want to charge 40-50 baht for each person. I don’t know exactly what the standard rate between Patong and Phuket Town would be, but we paid 300 baht last time (March 2000). The standard rate between Karon beach and Patong should be 200/250 baht.
If you want to look around on the island you may hire a driver for half or full day and negotiate a good price, generally around 400-800 baht. But be aware of that he may take you to places that will pay him commissions when he talk about to show you around. You better use other resources and tell him exactly where you want to go and what you want to see.

Songthaew (bus)

These buses run daytime (7:00 – 17:00) between the beaches and Phuket Town and cost 10-30 baht. However, these buses do not travel from beach to beach, instead, you must first go to Phuket Town and then change to a bus with your final destination. To stop a songthaew on the street you should wave with your hand or wait for the bus at one of the stops (huts) along the road.

To/From Airport

There is a minibus (taxi) and airport limousine service at airport and most hotels also have a minibus for this service. The standard rate for airport limousine from airport to Phuket Town is 360 baht, Patong beach 480 baht (540 baht if your destination is along Nanai road) and Karon beach 540 baht. If you chose minibus the standard rate would be 150 to 200 baht.

Free pickup with minibus

If you buy tickets in advance for some events/tours (Fantasea, Simon Cabaret, Diving daytrips) the transport service to/from your hotel is included free of charge.

Longtail boat and speedboat

Longtails are available on most beaches and are used to provide a number of marine services. While not fast as a modern speedboat, a voyage in a longtail boat is an interesting experience and a great way to take short sightseeing trips. Rental prices average 400 baht per hour for a short trips and up to 1200 baht for a roundtrip to a neighbour beach.

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Visit Beaches in Phuket of all Kinds

Visit Beaches in Phuket of all Kinds

Many Beaches in Phuket, Many Atmospheres. The Beach on which you choose a hotel can Make or Break your holiday in Phuket.

But why not look at the other beaches of Phuket, for there are so many, and so many different atmospheres; from active and quite crowded places like Patong, to completely isolated and lonely stretches where you won’t find another person

If you are just thinking about coming to Phuket for a holiday, we strongly recommend that you choose your beach before your holiday. Our guide here can help you. But even after that choice is made and you have arrived in Phuket, we still suggest you leave your own beach, at least for a day, and drive to some of the many other beaches on different parts of the island. You will discover a great deal of difference.

Phuket Island is big, (about 50 kilometers from top to bottom) which means it can easily cloister many different regions, each with its own human density, an its own atmosphere. Check through our beach-by-beach rundown of the island’s many tropical stretches of sand and water:

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Getting married in Phuket

Getting married in Phuket

Romantic Routes on Phuket. Getting married in Phuket is becoming popular – while honeymooning here is already a long tradition.

Phuket has long been popular as a honeymoon destination and for obvious reasons – the sun, the sea, the sand and the lush tropical climate. Now the island is fast becoming the premier location for weddings in South East Asia. Where better for that fantasy beach wedding than the perfect white shores of the Andaman? If an intimate ceremony in your own private villa or a traditional church wedding is more to your liking, then you’ll be satisfied too. In response to ever-increasing demand, a full infrastructure of wedding services has developed on Phuket in the past few years.

Many of Phuket’s top hotels now offer integrated wedding and honeymoon packages, the majority of which can be arranged without even having to set foot on the island. A cautionary note though – in order for a ceremony to be legally binding, you must first make an affirmation of your intention to marry at your Embassy in Bangkok.

Unique touches, such as love tree planting, an elephant ride to the ceremony, dinner aboard a private boat, a ceremony in a private villa or on a dessert island, a blessing by monks and specially decorated rose petal festooned honeymoon suites.

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Khaosok National Park

Khaosok National Park

The Geographic symbols of the South are the craggy limestone karsts that jut out of Phang-nga Bay. But the biggest one (almost 1, 000 meters tall) is in Surat Thani province’s Khao Sok National Park. Even more mesmerizing is the way that stalactites hang down like icicles from these limestone formations, and on one of the eco-sensitive canoe tours down here you paddle right under them.

Khao Sok, one of the South’s most legendary parks, is famous are its gorgeous rain forests populated by primates like pig-tail macaques, dusky languor, and white-hand gibbons. Wild pigs are also seen on a regular basic. From November to January, park-goers can marvel at the blossoming of the world’s biggest flower; the “Rafflesia Arnoldi” has a diameter of one meter and weights up to seven kilos.

Within the park’s perimeters, bird watchers will find their spirits soaring. For on almost every kayaking trip, you’ll spot several species of hornbills, such as Oriental-pied Hornbills, Black Hornbills, and Helmeted Hornbills.

Because the emphasis of these tours is on observing birds and beasts in their natural habitats, the kayaking in the park is considered a “soft adventure” perfect for both the young and the elderly, or the whole family. Tour operators like Paddle Asia are very conscious of the need to keep their tour groups small so as to minimize their impact on the environment, and to maximize the opportunity to spot as many creatures as possible.

To enhance your back-to-nature experience, the accommodation consists of a group of floating bungalows situated deep in the rain forest. These bungalows don’t have electricity, but the restaurant and toilets do.

At night, the most pleasurable pastime in all the national parks is admiring the star-encrusted sky and the tree-silhouetted jungle, while listening to the chatter of insects, and breathing in the moist, earthy smell of Mother Nature.

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