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Phuket Getting Around
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The map displays the routes of the main highways on Phuket Island. It is around 20 minutes by taxi from Patong to Phuket Town, and almost every tourist attraction can be easily reached in less than an hour. The main roads on Phuket Island are paved and in good condition and well marked with signs in both Thai and English. The mountainous terrain limits the roads that cross the island east to west so at times you will be taking a roundabout trip to your destination.

Songtaew (bus)

These are small pickups with benches along the side of the bed. They operate like buses, picking up and dropping off passengers as they go along, except that they do not have fixed routes. You need to flag one down and find out where it is headed before boarding in the back.

These buses run 7.00 am to 5.00 pm between the beaches and Phuket Town and cost 20 to 30 baht. These buses do not travel from beach to beach. You must first go to Phuket Town and then change to a bus with your final destination. To flag a songthaew on the street you should wave with your hand or wait for the bus at one of the huts along the road.

Motorcycles

These can be rented from several places around town, and they make a great way to get around town, if you are able to ride. Helmets are required. Phuket is suitable for travelling around by a motorcycle, but drive carefully and be aware that they may turn right or left without using the blinkers and do not trust the traffic lights, look cautiously yourself.

The rental fee generally ranges from 120 to 150 baht a day in low season and 150 to 250 baht in high season for a regular standard motorcycle. For a bigger bike, the rental fee may be 400 to 800 baht a day.

Car

There are many car rental agencies around town, including some of the international chains such as Budget, Avis and National. Driving in Phuket is not as difficult as Bangkok, but it is better to rent a car with a driver.

The rental fees run from 900 to 1,000 baht a day for a small Suzuki jeep, if you rent weekly you can get lower price. Insurances are available but be sure to read the fine print.

Motorbike Taxi

Motorcyclists are normally clothed in green or orange vests and are available for short trips. Simply wave one to a stop and ask for the fare to your destination. The price usually starts from 20 baht.

Tuk-tuks(Taxi)

These have become expensive the last few years and they over charge you most of the time. For a short trip tuk-tuks charge about 100 baht per person. The rate from Patong Beach to Phuket Town can be 400 baht. The rate for each trip is sometimes negotiable with the driver. Unfortunately many drivers have a reputation for being unfriendly and for over charging.

Free pickup with minibus

If you buy tickets in advance for some events or tours such as Fantasea, Simon Cabaret, Diving day trips, the transfer service to and from your hotel is included free of charge.

Longtail boat and speedboat

Longtail's are available for hire on most beaches and normally provide numerous marine services. Though a longtail boat is not as fast as a modern speedboat, a trip in it will give you an attractive experience and it is an ideal way to take short sightseeing trips. Rental price is around 400 baht per hour for a short trip and up to 1,200 baht for a roundtrip to a nearby beach.

Some beaches also provide speedboat taxi but these can be very expensive.
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