The best way to get around the island is by scooter/motorbike. These can be hired for about 250 Bhat per day. We booked ours for the full 10 days. Bookings can be done via the hotel/resort. Parking is easy, and the cost compared to calling a taxi or tuc tuc is cheaper. We travelled about 15 km a day, looking for new beaches to explore. It is a much cooler way of travelling too.
One of the cheapest way to go around Phuket is by renting a Motorbike .
There are lots of free lance motorbike owners who are into this kind if business in Phuket.
They have per hour or on per day basis. Just make sure to bargain and check the prices before renting.
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.
Since Phuket is so spread out you might want to think about renting a scooter. We rented one (for the two of us) right when we arrived. Our bungalow was up on the hill and walking back and forth to the beach would have been real anoying, getting around the island to explore would have been impossible - or expensive. During the busy season bikes are sometimes hard to track down but when you do, youre set. Cost is usually around $200 bht/day for everything. Gas is next to nothing. I kept our bike for the entire week we were in Phuket and we loved being able to go out to the restaurant, the bar, the beach, the store and back to the bungalow, etc, etc, etc.....also, great for day trips and looking around the island and beach hoping. Other transportation options incl: renting a jeep or 4X4 OR hiring a taxi/tuk tuk to take a couple people around for the entire day. Both these options run approx $30/day...an option though.
Drive safe, drive slow, stick to the side of the road, dont be alarmed by honking horns - they are meant as a heads up that a vehicle is approaching NOT (the north american honk) of - get the F out of my way A**Hole!
We had a great experince with the scooter. NOTE: driving in Patong beach is a bit nutty, ver crowded....driving along the coast simply breathtaking.
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.
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.
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.
One of the cheapest way to go around Phuket is by renting a Motorbike THB200 as compared to a car THB1000. There are lots of free lance motorbike owners who can rent out their bikes.
Rental rates are charged by the hour or on 24hrs basis. Do bargain and check out the prices before renting. Check if insurance is included and read the fine prints before signing on the dotted line.
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
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
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
There is a company called "Phuket Motorbike Rental" in Patong Beach. They have brand new Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, JRD & Kawasaki motorbikes. The bikes are always very clean. There are never any mechanical problems and never any problems such as bent rims which is always the case with most motorbike rentals.
I highly recommend renting you motorbikes from these guys. They are great to deal with and they even deliver the motorbikes to your hotel!
You can check out their website at www.phuktmotorbikerental.com
Getting around Phuket on a motorbike is a must!!
Not only is it convenient, it is also very affordable starting from Baht150 / Day for a Moped. I had a great time going around Phuket in the 2 days I rented the bike. Phuket is a nice size for covering and it is quite easy getting around as the network of road is fairly simple connecting major towns and directions to each place before the junctions.
Be advised that though I had a great time riding in Phuket, the roads in Phuket at some parts might be windy and up and down some steep terrain so do exercise caution and some areas it is only 2 lanes so again be careful when overtaking or when being overtaken.
When renting the bike, the shop might request that you leave your passport with them. A better option would be to leave a photocopy of your passport with them or the most your driver's licence. They might also request that you leave a deposit with them but do decline as you might not see the deposit when you return with the bike and coax them to accept the photocopy of the passport. If they seem unwilling, you can always try the next shop.
If you are renting for 2 days or more, you should be able to get a better deal so do negotiate on the price before settling on renting the motorbike.
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.
For a good driver I can recommend renting a scooter, its the best way to get around. And very cheap. But you need to be avare, traffic is lefthanded and in same places chaotic. But you can always stay away from busy roads and town centers and just drive slowly on junglehillroads and watch the beautifull scenery going by.
We rented our scooter from an older, religious couple to avoid any "pettifogging". Lucky us cause one day on a gas station boy who refueled our scooter knocked it down. Luckily only the brake handhold got broken but some other rental could have ripped us of because of it.
Always carry drivers licence with you. Police will stop you almost every day and sometimes several times and if you dont have it, you need to go to policestation to pay the bill before they give you your scooter back. The bill is not big but the trouble is.
And its also possible to get parking ticket as well, like we did. In that case the police will chain your scooter and will unchain it only after you pay the ticket in policestation.
But policemen seem to be very nice in Thailand anyways =)