My family (4 adults, 2 kids) just came back from Phuket. We hired Mr Po Him for 4 days. His rates are reasonable and he is extremely friendly, cheerful and helpful. We were staying at Marriott Courtyard Kamala and he had problems with the taxi company (taxi mafia) next to the hotel who prohibited him to pick us up from the hotel. We sought the help of the Marriott staff to negotiate but they still refuse to budge. In the end, we have to take a taxi to Patong everyday and from there Mr Po Kim will pick us up. Mr Po Kim then deducted the fares that we have to pay to the taxi mafia from his own earnings. Although we a huge cut in his earnings, he's still very friendly and provided excellent service.
I think the taxi mafia is a real problem in Phuket, http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phuket-taxi-thugs-attack-tour-driver-tourists-left-shaking-iron-bar-smashes-windscreen-14658/
We will definitely hire him again when we go Phuket!!
Just returned from a week in Phuket. I was wary about driving a rental car in Phuket so I decided to hire a car and a driver to avoid the hassels. I hired Po Him who was referred by a member in this form and I can say thathis service was excellent. He is friendly, on-the-ball punctual and very reasonably priced. He even took us to his wife's modest beef noodle stall (which was delicious, by the way). I would not hesitate to recommend him.
For Muslim travellers to Phuket who are very concerned about food, there are several eateries selling halal food. We were fortunate that my daughter who had been to Phuket before, suggested that we engaged the services of Ibrahim (Po Him) to drive us to the hotel/airport. Our initial intention of going Phuket, was to relax by the beach throughout our 5 days stay. However, after we met Po Him, he told us about the good Halal food available in Phuket, that we changed our plan. Instead of spending our time at the beach, we spent time around the city of Phuket, eating and shopping driven by Po Him. Po Him also recommended to us an Island Tour and we booked the tour. The next day after the tour, we feedback to him that we were not satisfied because the speed boat was overloaded with passengers and due to this my hubby had to sit on the beverages box. Without delay, Po Him immediately called the Travel Agent and lodge a complaint on our behalf and assured that he will try to get a refund for us. When he fetched us from the Factory outlet, the minute we stepped into his car, he passed an envelope stating that it was from the Travel Agent. Inside the envelope contained a full refund for a child ticket and 200 THB discount each, together with an apology letter from the Travel Agent. Po Him has a smiley face, punctual, speaks Malay/English and always wants his customers to be happy. His transportation rate is reasonable. He is contactable at +66 0899742099.
I was lucky enough to be recommended a driver by my friend Tina, as I always like to use people that come recommended than just randomly hiring someone. It turned out that "Mr. Sydny" was fantastic and so I would also like to highly recommend him to any future travellers to Phuket.
He spoke very good english, his car was immaculate (a Toyota Forerunner), he was always punctual and on time and his charges were extremely reasonable. I was told by many that the 600bt fee he charged for airport pickup to central Patong was a great price, probably even cheaper than getting a taxi.
We also used Mr. Sydny to take us to Kok Chang Elephant Safari, to Phuket Fantasea and also on our return to the Airport. He also bought our Fantasea tickets at a reduced price.
Its a much nicer feeling knowing that you have a driver you can contact than just relying on the services of a random tuk tuk/taxi guy!!!!!
We found it most convenient to rent a driver for the day when we wanted to explore the island or go to different places. It is very reasonable and a much better value when you plan to be out all day. We used the services of Mr. Chay and he was very friendly and spoke good English. We used his services for two days while in Phuket and he was great! There are many private drivers and they usually only charge aorund THB1000 per day. Driving there can be a bit chaotic and stressful, so this worked out great!
Phuket FantaSea has coach/van rental services. However, as my friends and I were renting our own car, therefore we're not sure of the actual details on the rental services of Phuket FantaSea. If you need the service, try contact the park for further details.
you must drive to see the real phuket, not just the places the taxi drivers brings you. it gives you the freedom to stop anytime you see something intersting and it is not expensive if you have 3 to 4 people sharing the cost. the jeep i rent is 700 baht per day and driving all day cost for gas is about 400 baht. work out to be around 1100 baht for 4 people to travel.
I think it is better to rent a car for our own convenient. I paid 1,000 bath a day for 3 passengers, collected at the airport and delivered at the airport. I went around the whole island from north to south and west to east. I feel very much safe driving in Phuket and not so much different as in Malaysia and Singapore. I feel more secure driving there compared to Malaysia and Indonesia. Village people are very friendly and very helpful to guide us. For 3 days 2 night, I only fill in petrol for 1K bath.
Hiring a car in Phuket or at least from Patong beach only needs you to show your aussie licence. there are no hills or windy roads around phuket island except for the drive back to patong beach where you drop down a fairly decent descent into patong but nothing realy to mention. I have driven pretty much all around the world and this was probably the easiest and most relaxing drive that i have even done - next time we go we are going to hire the car for the entire time as we want to drive around to Krabi and the mainland.
Sam is another recommended driver in Phuket. He is extremely helpful and very trustworthy.
Sam has a well cared for Toyota Altis and provides car & driver service, day trip's, overnight home stay's etc at very reasonable prices.
His mobile numbers are 087 281 8868 or 084 630 9334.
Sam speaks good English and you can contact him at the email address below for prices and more info.
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Travel with Daj in style, he has a new van and it looks fantastic. Check out the dvd screen and all the speakers in the van, the seats look very comfortable as well.
Daj is a driver that we can personally recommend as we have used him many times for airport transfers, shopping trips to Phuket Town Markets and transport to and from Rawai.
He is an delight to be around, speaks very good English and knows absolutely everything about Phuket as he was born and raised there.
He can advise you on the best places to shop, great local restaurants. what sights to see etc.
Let him plan a day out for you, or if you prefer - organize your own.
Daj does airport transfers, full or half day tours, actually nothing is to much trouble for him and his prices are very competitive.
You will not regret hiring Daj, he is a very safe driver and we trust him completely, he also has a fantastic sense of humor!
Another very important point to consider when hiring a driver is that they are fully licensed and insured to carry passengers which Daj is!
For information on prices etc email Daj below
or ring his mobile from Australia +66 86 2749195
To ring in Phuket 086 2749195
This is some general information for those persons interested or concerned about driving in Thailand .
Over 30 years of driving extensively (car and motorcycles) throughout SE Asia, in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand, it has afforded many varied and interesting experiences.
The Golden Rule of driving in South East Asia;
COMMON SENSE! - Drive defensively, and drive to the road & weather conditions at all times.
Different people might suggest that it's not safe for foreigners to drive in Thailand. They'll suggest that if you are involved in an accident you will automatically be at fault.
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!
Thailand has road rules, and for the most part the Thais adhere to them. Another misconception is that you are always going to be pulled over by the Police and fined for no reason. AGAIN RUBBISH.
Helmets: If you are not wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle, then yes, you will get pulled over and likely fined, and so you should. It is also law that passengers must wear a helmet, though unfortunately this is less regularly enforced. A responsible bike rider would never let a passenger on the back unless they were wearing a helmet!
Police: If you are pulled over for any reason, so long as you have been obeying the road rules, hold the correct documentation, stay clam, and respectful, you will not have a problem.
Pay close attention to the HUGE number of small motorcycles on the road, in many cases these are ridden by children as young as 12, so you have to be constantly vigilant and drive defensively.
International Driving Permit: The most important advice is, before you leave your home country, obtain an INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT.
They are easily obtained from your Local Automobile Association, RAA, RACV etc, for a small fee.
This Permit is an internationally recognized document which acts as a transcription of your driver’s license credentials. It also has your current photo affixed. By obtaining this PERMIT and carrying it with your original driving license, you are legally entitled to drive any motor-vehicle which appears there-on.
Travel Insurance: For the sensible travelers who obtain Travel Insurance, should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, where you haven't contravened their terms & conditions, you will be covered.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can legally ride a small motorcycle in Thailand even if you don’t hold a current motorcycle license in your country of origin, YOU CANNOT.
Vendors will happily hire you a motorcycle whether you have an appropriate permit/license or not. But if you are involved in an accident and the Police or Insurance Company become aware that you are not the holder of a current valid license, you may well feel the full brunt of the law and void any insurance you thought you may have had.
If you don't ride a motorcycle in your own country, Thailand is NOT the place to learn.
Be Polite: The majority of drivers & riders in Thailand are far more road savvy and patient than we. It's extremely rare to see or encounter any form of Road Rage from a Thai driver.
Driving around Phuket Island is quite safe and easy. The traffic moves at a constant pace, so as long as you're aware of your surroundings and drive defensively, you should not have a problem.
Highways: On the mainland, touring the major highways is far more pleasurable, with excellent road networks, good road surfaces, and far less traffic.
Driving tips: While driving anywhere in Thailand, people will overtake on bends, hills and everywhere else in between (so be aware and vigilant).
When driving on the highways you will often see large trucks in front of you turn on their left or right indicator. (The left means it’s safe to overtake, and the right - not), the reverse of Australia so be aware.
You will often see vehicles approaching you from behind flashing their lights and using their horn, use common sense and move to the left and let them pass.
If you are at a roundabout for instance, once again use common sense and inch out into the traffic, Thai's are courteous drivers and will usually let you into traffic.
Remember that the right of way essentially belongs to the larger vehicle.
The most dangerous drivers in Thailand (other than drink drivers) are predominately Foreign Tourists who can't ride a motorcycle and quite often will ride two or three abreast, looking at maps, no helmet, completely oblivious to other traffic.
Self-driving through Thailand can be a very pleasurable chapter of your Thai holiday.
It allows you the freedom to explore at will, to see and experience far more of the Kingdom than you thought possible.
So follow the local road rules, drive defensively, stay alert, keep up with the traffic flow, have your permit and license in order, and you shouldn't have any problems at all.
If you are a safe, defensive and confident driver, give it a go, you won’t be sorry.
Just came back from a trip to phuket and would like to share some experience.
We have book a evening tour with Daj before we arrive in phuket. At the agreed meeting time, Daj did not turn up but instead sent his driver to meet us. We were a little disappointed and upset because we were looking forward to meeting him from the many good reviews he had. He could have told us directly that he is not available and he will be sending his driver instead of sending someone else without informing us. It would have been more polite and pleasant if he had done that.
We rented a Toyota Quantum which seats 11 people. Full aircon with a DVD player for the children.
We needed to take the family (of 10) on a tour of Phuket.
Master Car Rental situated at the Hilton Hotel Karon Beach were able to help us.
You will need a copy of your Passport, Drivers licence and a credit card guarantee. The deposit was B20 000 ( about 500 US$). The total cost for the day was about 60 US$
When calling from within Thailand; 076 396 038
If you do not have transfers organized through your hotel or travel agent, then I would recommend taking a Meter Taxi.
As you come out of the terminal doors you will be swamped by touts asking if you need a taxi.
(These touts use silver taxis with no meters)
Just ignore them, turn right and walk down, you will see the taxi booth.
You tell the person manning the booth where you want to go and he will issue you a receipt and let you know your driver.
These meter taxis are yellow and red.
There is a surcharge for taxis leaving the airport, the taxis are trying to run a legitimate business and need our support.
Average prices to Patong are 400 - 450 baht.
If you want to book a private driver for your hotel transfers there are some recommended drivers on the link below.
Cathy and Garys Travel Pages