Motorcycle is the easiest way to explore around the island. Pretty much, you must carry along your international driving licence.The rules are simple and straight forward. You don't have licence, you are in deep trouble.
Motorbike, aka scooter, rentals are all over Phuket and Patong. They rent for anywhere from 250 BHT to 200 BHT per day depending on how long you rent it and whether it is an automatic or manual shift. (Some of the local hotels will throw in a motorbike rental with the room!) Upon rental, they will keep your passport as collateral or 3000 BHT, your choice.
I highly recommend renting one IF and only IF you are comfortable and experienced riding. There are no highways on Phuket and most driving is around town and to the beach. Since the Tsunami there are no where near the numbers of tourists as before, but be cautious motorbike accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries for tourists. Driving is on the left in Thailand (like in the UK & Australia), Helmets are required (for the driver) and I highly recommend always wearing long pants while driving (change at the beach). Laws in Thailand are strictly enforced and at least once a day, I came across a road block where they were ticketing for no helmet and no drivers license in possession.... You will have to leave the motor bike with the officers, catch a ride to the station, pay the ticket and go get a ride back....... to show the officer proof of payment and get your motorbike back. needless to say driving while intoxicated is not a good idea either, it is illegal in Thailand too! and I have heard the jails there are not very ummmmm, fun. Anyway it's a blast of a good time.
You can catch a bus (find out where the unmarked bus stop is, and the bus is the blue open~backed van, and you have to wave it down!), tuk tuks/taxis are usually waiting, or there are always men on motorcycles ready to drive you wherever. Make sure you both agree on the price first! Make sure the agreed price includes everyone (we have been fooled once!). Only the driver gets a helmet. They will even carry two of you on the back of the motorcycle! (Risky, but fun!) After the first 2 days in Phuket, we hired a motorcycle. It is very cheap and easy to get around if you know how to ride a motorcycle, and if you have a drivers license. If you don't, you may be stopped by a policeman, and you will be fined. Make sure you try and get a helmet for your passenger too (if there are2 of you). Also, hot as it may be, wear a light jacket/long sleeved shirt and jeans, it may save the skin from being grazed off in an accident. You will see many people wearing next to nothing on the motorbikes, but you don't want to see them in an accident.The traffic there is crazy, they have no concept of lanes! Watch out for people who do not signal before they pull over and stop!Anyway, we enjoyed exploring Phuket on the motorcycle, and we had no accidents. We got to go to some quiet beaches and go whenever we liked without worrying about which bus to catch and without having to haggle with any taxi or tuk tuk drivers. It was also very cheap, only about 100 baht for a whole tank of petrol! The roads in Phuket are easy to follow with a map. Another warning: make sure you hire your vehicle from a reputable place or from your hotel. Otherwise it may not be working properly, or someone who hired it to you will steal it back and you will have to pay for the 'stolen' vehicle.
The Motorbike is an often used vehicle around here, not only by the tourists, but also by the locals.
They pack their whole families on one bike. On the picture you can see an example. There are actually 4 people on it.
It is a fast and easy way to get around. No problem with parking either and much cheaper with gas than a car.
Just make sure you drive carefully (see danger tip) and always wear a helmet (or that pot that goes for one here). This is not only for your protection, you can get in big trouble if you don0t and happen upon one of the many policemans...
and never mind that the locals do often drive without .... it is from the tourists they get their money.
Oh, and no problem if you happen to have a flat tire or something. The repair is very cheap here, too.
When visiting Phuket, rent a bike!
You will not regret it, you can explore so much that you wouldn't see if your for example went with a tuc tuc. Think of it, cruising around on a bike, maybe you will get lost and suddenly a temple in the middle of nowhere shows up... Well that happended to us :-). You will find lots of places all around Phuket where you can rent a car or a bike
For me the best way of getting around the island of Phuket is to hire a large motorbike, there are several diffrent types from Harley Davidson's to Honda shadows.
The cost is from around 400batt to 1000 batt depending on the bike.
My pick several times was the 750 honda shadow customized. You have the bike for a full 24 hour period and you may travel anywhere you like. Just remmber that there is no insurrance when hiring a motor bike, so be carefull
Another way to get around the island is to hire one of the many Scooters, they are really cheap, about 200 batt a day and they come in full auto mode or manual, just be carefull of the traffic and remmber there's no insurance when renting a scooter
Smaller bikes can be rented for between 300-600 baht per day. Classier models are often rented privately by guesthouses or by hotel owners. An important point to remember is that motorcycles don't come insured. It is up to you to drive with caution at all times and inexperienced motorist might want to consider another mode of transport.
Remember to wear helmet. The island's police hand out fines of 300 baht if you are caught sans head protection. While the fine won't be too painful for your wallet, missing out on the sun and sand while you take time to retrieve your bike from the police station will certainly drive you crazy. Before renting a motorcycle, always check it thoroughly for any previous damage incurred. To minimise mionor spills and severe sunburn, wear good shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Drive slowly and safely. In Thailand in 1999, 178 people were killed and 10000 injuried in motor vehicle accidents.
Motorcycle taxis can be found throughtout Phuket main arteries. Drivers wearing coloured vests (normally yellow or orange) with numbers on their backs generally negotiate the price. it is always best to agree on a sum before hopping on the back. This way of getting around is quick and easy. Hang on, these guys like to go fast but they are good at beating traffic jams. Price normally at 50-300 baht depending on location.
All Thais are driving motorbikes. If you want one you can rent it at every corner of Patong Beach.The price varies from 600 Baht up to 120 Baht per day . The price depends on your bargaining skills and for how long would you like it to rent. Actually the place where you rent it makes difference too. Down the end of Patong Beach prices get lower and lower. Just remember : there's a LEFT-HAND DRIVE in Thailand. All cars are japanese mainly with right-hand steering wheel. So be careful.
The easiest way to get around in Phuket is to get a motobike! As I was visiting a friend in Phuket, I bunk in in his house and he bring me around town in this newly bought motorbike. My first time on a bike and one without a helmet too! In Singapore, it is illegal to ride a bike without helmet .... Thanks a million Francis for a good time I had in Phuket despite the rain! =)
Tuk Tuks provide cheap transport ,but keep your eyes open when crossing roads,what with them,motorbike, cars, trucks and elephants....I was joking about the elephants,theres alot going on .All beeping their horns to attract you attention.
The best way is to rent a bike if you have less than 2 person, a bike will cost about 200-400bt for 24hrs (this price depends on season). As I normally put up in Kata, there are a few good bike rental there. All you need to do is to pay up and leave your passport there for safe keeping.