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    My Sydny's Toyota Forerunner
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    Toyota Quantum

    by junecorlett Written Jul 22, 2009

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    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

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    Private Driver

    by Tina-Perth Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    The new car, seats 7.
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    Whenever we are in Phuket we use the services of a driver who has a clean, air-conditioned car which can seat up to 8 passengers (at a squeeze - 4 is best). He is prompt, reliable and speaks English well. He helps us with everything you can think of, from great meals at the most incredibly cheap prices to picking up things for us, picks up and drops off our laundry which he gets done at bargain prices, shopping on our behalf to give us new tastes and experiences at the markets or festivals. He also gets us 'Thai prices' when we're out shopping.

    He is friendly, fun and incredibly helpful. Having him makes Phuket like a second home for us because we have easy access to anything at any time with local knowledge.

    Mai is available for airport transfers at a quoted price, but usually 600 baht, then usually 1,500 baht per day, as fuel costs have risen and he now drives a large commuter van. Longer distances may incur a little extra, but Mai will give you a price up front.

    Mai's wife, Nuch (pronounced Nooch) has an email address which she checks every few days. It is listed below. I will include her telephone number as well, as she takes the bookings. If you call Thailand, be prepared to hear a beeping sound, the phone does not make a ringing sound that you are probably familiar with. It does not mean the phone is disconnected or engaged, just hang on.

    Mai now has two vehicles, as he has purchased a minibus which can seat 11-12 passengers so he can accommodate group bookings or smaller ones.

    Please note the change of email address, the other account no longer works.

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    Car Rental

    by imstress Written Jun 21, 2007

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    K J Motorbike and Car Rental
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    You may wish to consider renting a car to go about in Phuket. We rented a Toyota Yaris at KJ Shop for THB1000 for 24 hours. For a small Suzuki Jeep, the rental fee is about THB700 per day for a small Suzuki jeep.

    I think renting a car would be a good option especially if you have 4 or 5 person. Do make sure that insurance is included in the car rental fees. Do read the fine prints before you sign on the dotted line.

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    Cars & Jeeps

    by shane_02 Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    One of the best ways to see the wonder of Phuket is to rent a car or 4x4 jeep.

    Be certain before signing an agreement that insurance is included in the deal. A noraml agreement should read " in any case of accident, the hirer will only paid the 3000-10000 (depending on the contract agreement set by the renter, normally is between 3000-10000) and the rest is borne by the insurance company".

    Renting your own vehicle is also a convenient way to avoid the hassles of public transport. Avis and Budget car rental companies can be located in the major centres. Smaller and less expensive dealers can be found around the beaches (mostly located at Patong beach). Weekly rentals often come with an estimated 10 percant discount, while renting a vehicle in the off-season is genrally 25-30 percent less expensive.

    Off peak season ( for jeeps): 600 - 900 baht
    Peak season (for jeeps): 800-1300 baht

    Off-peak season (for cars): 800 -3000 baht
    Peak season (for cars): 1200-4000 baht
    (Prices for cars depending on model. Normally cheapest is local made Toyota Soluna)

    The road system on Phuket is well maintained and few hazards are found on the route. Be careful, however, on the smaller roads, particularly after sundown.

    If there are altars or ghost houses set on the side of the road, drive slowly. Because these altars or ghost houses tell us the past history that this area had ever occurred many accidents.

    Here are some other established car rental companies on the island.

    1). Pure Care Rent
    2). Silver Car Rental Co. Ltd
    3). Via-Rent-A-Car

    To view a list of car rental companies ---> click here.

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    Private Car with local tourist guide cum driver

    by bkarjee Written Aug 18, 2005

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    Mr Mae-on the left

    We could see almost all of Phuket within 3-4 days time, thanks to Mr. Mae and his Wife Ms Nuch, who made this possible. Mr. Mae has been staying in Phuket for quite a long time and provides transport services to tourists. They are very helpful people and understand English language quite well. I extracted his information from travel pages of one of the travelers in Virtual Tourist and contacted him thro his e mail which is kunthipc@thaimail.com.
    His wife Nuch manages the e-mails and its better to give 3-4 days time to reply. They have a big spacious car and are more then happy to take tourists to all the touristy places. He carries a mobile (# 016520017). At the end of the day, when we wanted to pay him for taking us around Phuket, he wouldn’t tell us the amount. He said, we could pay whatever we feel like. I was taken aback and had no idea how much to pay. We paid him 1000 THB because he had been with us for the whole day. Later on, on checking with fellow tourists, I roughly got the idea. If you hire a car for half a day, (say from 0900 hrs to 1400 hrs), normal rate is THB 500. If it is for full day (say from 0900 hrs to 1900 hrs), the rate is THB 1000. If you engage the car for the whole day and late evening, (say from 0900 hrs. to 2300 hrs), better pay 1400-1500 THB. Actually the good service which he rendered to us is unquantifiable. So it is justified if we pay a little extra. Since it is Thai Bhats, it means a lot.

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    Hiring Private Drivers - Daj

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    Daj and his daughter Matahari
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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

    kanidash@hotmail.com

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    Private Driver is much better!

    by namidub Written Jul 20, 2005

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    View from Mai's car

    Looking at the expensive price to be paid if i were to get to anywhere in Phuket using Tuc-tuc,I eventually hired a private driver service.

    A very friendly and nice gentleman named Mai will take u anywhere in Phuket and he might bring you to good&cheap restaurant

    I went to all the major beaches to take photos,city tp do some shopping,Wat Chalong,a good seafood restaurant in Rawai and Cape Phromthep to view the sunset.

    Driven in a big wagon,u will have a very comfortable journey while sharing his experience in and around Phuket

    All this for as low as 1000bht for a day long.
    I paid him more because he was very nice.

    Email his wife at the address mentioned below.

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    Hiring Private Drivers - Sam

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    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 : siam_intouch@yahoo.com
    Get to Know Sam more at
    http://samintouch.spaces.live.com
    See Sam's Schedule at
    http://calendar.yahoo.com/siam_intouch

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    Rent a car

    by Mahieu Written Nov 16, 2003

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    Phuket is a small island and if you want to explore the island on your own, there are plenty of places to hire cars or motorbikes. It is really cheap! We hired a car for 2 days and paid about 28?!
    In Thailand, people drive on the left. It's not too difficult to drive in Phuket, just pay attention to the motorbikes that aren't always an example of excellent driving skill!

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  • Relocation of Metered Taxi Booth

    by ah_bian Written Dec 26, 2006

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    For travellers who wish to take taxi out from Phuket airport, it is cheaper to look for a meter-taxi.

    The old meter-taxi booth used to be in the carpark of the airport but it have shifted to the side of the airport.

    Once you step out of the terminal, ignore the other taxi touts (silver taxis) turn right and walk all the way down, you will see a booth and some parked taxis (yellow and red taxis).

    Let them know your destination, the person maning the booth will issue a reciept and assign a driver to you, the reciept also doubles as a complaint slip should the driver try to overcharge you ( which i have not encountered yet). Do note that there is a surcharge for driving out of the airport which applies to all types of taxis.

    As a comparision, the silver cab offered to take me to Kata for 650 Bth while the meter taxi only cost me 450 Bth.

    The meter taxi also drives up to khaolak (1 hour) at a flat fee of 1200 Bth.

    Feel free to tip them if you wish, I find them to be honest drivers who are forced out of the competition by the other taxi monopoly, they are not even allowed to pick up passengers along the way after dropping you off at your hotel.

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  • Great local driver with fair prices

    by jolamiri Written Aug 16, 2006

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    We found taxis expensive, plus there's always the issue of drivers who don't speak much English or want to take you to places so they get commission. Another forum recommended a youngish local man, Mr Mor. He's a trained vet and speaks excellent English. Clean, new, fully insured Toyota Wish seats 6 passengers. He can be hired by the hour for short trips to night markets etc, or for the half day or full day. Half day from 600 b; full day from 1200 b (petrol is becoming really expensive so difficult to be exact). When we were there he took us all over the island to temples, shopping (he knew where to go for the best prices), beaches, attractions and excellent local restaurants that really gave us the insider track! Because his English is so good, you can ask him about things you see or ask for other suggestions. We gave him a list of places we wanted to go and he worked out the most sensible route. Highly recommended by many people: polite, professional, very reliable. Contact him at pongkands@gmail.com or by phone on 01-647 2643.

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    Getting around by car

    by genie47 Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Our rented Toyota Vios

    Getting around Phuket by car is easy. It's not easy to rent a car though. We came during the peak season of December. As a result many car rental companies have all their cars leased out. Even giants like Budget Car and Truck Rental have no more vehicles left. Finally only Pure Car Rent has an available car. A manual transmission Toyota Vios powered by a 2NZ-FE engine. My advice, go online and book the car in advance before your arrival in Phuket.

    If you are from Malaysia or Singapore, you just need to present your own driver's license. Drivers from other places, better get an International Driver's License.

    If you have children like me, you can request for child restraint systems. As usual, the rental car's tires are left to be desired compared to what you usually have at home.

    The roads in Phuket are generally very well mainatained except for the small roads. Huge potholes exist and best avoided if you don't want damage to the vehicle's suspension. Usually, driving around in Phuket involves rather hilly roads with lots of bends. It can be challenging to a novice driver. It is however heavenly for the expert driver but I will not recommend any Takumi wannabes to try any touges. December sees a lot of tourists riding motorcycles and even sidecars.

    Since Phuket is connected to mainland Thailand via the Sarasin Bridge, it is entirely possible to drive all the way from Singapore to Phuket. You can check out Poortraveller's blog, a daring individual who has driven from Singapore to Ko Samui. He gives vital information about driving your car into Thailand from Malaysia. Not only he has done it, on TV, the local news program PGTV showed images of the Singapore Porsche Club driving their mean machines up here to Phuket.

    See my travelogue on Driving around Phuket.

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    Hire a driver as opposed to using tuk tuks

    by lindyz Updated Apr 7, 2011

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    My Sydny's Toyota Forerunner

    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!!!!!

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    A good driver

    by johnaalex Written Feb 19, 2009

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    I suggest you contact a driver I used on my last trip. His name is Mai, his phone number is +6641 134 809 and his e-mail is hknuch@hotmail.com.

    He charged me 600 THB for airport transfer to Patong and is a good driver.

    Regards

    John

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    Airport Transfers - Meter Taxi's

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 18, 2009

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    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

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  • Feb 26, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Po him just made my holiday complete !!! He even bring my son to play with his cute son! Service rate 10/10 will definitely hired him again!!!
    I promised him to recommend his services so this is his contact +66 0899742099.

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