The Way you Getting Around
Phuket international airport offers direct flights from
several Asian - Pacific destinations. Regular domestic
flights to/from capital city of Bangkok usually take
about 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can also take direct
flight to other Thailand' major cities, such as Chiang
Mai, Had Yai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Surat Thani and Trang.
Domestic low cost airlines, such as Air Asia, Bangkok Air,
One To Go and Nok Air are a good choice for economical
travel. Taxi and Airport Limousine are available at the
airport or simply book with us with at the same cost you
will pay at Phuket. Don't take non-metered Taxi or
stranger's offer. You will end up with paying more and
spending longer time. Contact TG office in Bangkok Tel.
(02) 2800060, 6282000 for flight schedule and reservation.
Both air-conditioned and
non airÃÂconditioned buses from BangkokÃÂs Southern Bus
Terminal daily take the 12 hours to Phuket. Southern
Terminal in bangkok Tel. +66-2-4347192, +66-2-4345557-8,
Phuket Central Company (Bangkok) Tel. +66-2-4355019, Phuket
Travel (Bangkok) Tel. +66-2-4355018, Phuket Bus Terminal
By Song Taew
The most popular form of
transport for getting around Phuket are Song Taew or Tuk
Tuk. For those who stay in Patong, Kata and Karon, a
majority of hotels are located close proximity to the
beach, outlets, entertainment, restaurants and shopping
centres, which easily to reach around on foot. Song Taew
is painted in bright blue, which is is cheap and a good
way to travel. It also offers you to view Phuket town and
local living, but usually slow way of getting around.
Song Taew service covers the main routes between the
beaches and Phuket Town. As there are no official bus
stops, passengers need to wave with the hand when it comes
and again flag them down to get off. Fares run from 10
Baht (US .25 cents) to 40 Baht depending on the distance
traveled. Beware that Song Taew only runs between early
morning and 18:00 but some run till late evening.
By Tuk Tuk
Tuk-Tuks, small red taxi-trucks with open sides, are a
common mode of transport for any trips at any durations
and times. It can be hailed anywhere along the streets or
you can find them parked waiting for passengers. The price
is negotiable so please agree in destination and fare
before you climb in. The standard rate for a beach area or
town should be less than 50 Baht, but for trips between
town and beach area can be up to 150 Baht - depending on
the distance and of course your bargaining skills!
Moreover, the fare is paid by the destination traveled not
by the number of passengers. If the driver wants to charge
by the person, leave him on and catch another. In some
areas, particular in Patong, there is a number of Tuk Tuk
driver is unpleasant, inadequate, overpriced and impolite.
If you ask them for round trip transfers, you must pay
them when you journey ended.
Motorcycle taxis are everywhere. They dress in a green,
red or yellow numbered vests, and usually provide the
short trip services. Again it is wise to ask the price
before taking them. A journey anywhere within the areas of
one town is 20-50 Baht. Longer journeys cost more.
By Cars and Jeeps
Cars and jeeps can be found at several locations around
Phuket, and price is reasonable. Vehicle can be rent a one
location and drop off at another with 200 Baht charged.
Sedan car begins at 700 Baht a day while Private Jeeps
along the beach road costs 800-1000 Baht a day (fuel
excluded). Personal driving is one of the best ways to
explore the island. You will need a valid international
driver license to rent the car in Thailand. Besides, take
a photocopy of your passport as some rental companies will
require to keep the original. Make sure that you are
hiring is covered by insurance. Unless hiring from a
reliable entity if it is not insured for accident - You
are subject to pay for all damages to the vehicle. By law,
a driver and front seat passenger must fasten the seat
belts before driving.
Keep in mind that the road
accident rate per capita in Phuket and Thailand are high.
Please drive and ride carefully at all times! If you are
traveling with children, donÃÂt risk renting a motorbike.
Rent a car or jeep.
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