Tuk Tuk, Phuket
Motorcycle taxis are readily available and you can identify them by their vest that says 'taxi'. One night when it was raining I was walking back to my hotel in the rain and a motorcycle taxi pulled up and asked if I wanted a ride. I asked how much? He said it was entirely up to me. It was only a short 3 min ride but I gave him the only change I had which was around THB20....I wasn't sure as I was not too familiar with the coins. No helmets are necessary and no license required to hire them either. Yet, amazingly the streets are not littered with any cranial contents.
Tuk tuks (also commonly found in other asian countries like the Phillipines) are surprisingly expensive. A short ride from say the centre of Patong beach to the other end was standard at THB100. Not much when you convert it to EUR, USD or GBP but really when you compare it relative to everthing else its actually not cheap. Prices are negotiable. A tuk tuk, from Patong to Phuket town was THB800 return, this means they will wait while you have lunch, shop etc.
Tuc Tucs are the best way to get around the island. They are very cheap and you shouldn't be afraid to bargain. If you hit on a driver you like them ask them to come again the next day. Tuc Tuc drivers make excellent tour guides. We were there during school holidays and our driver had his little 5 year old. He was so sweet. We paid both for of them to come in with us at Aquarium. The driver acted as a translated when need, told us stories of what it was like growing up in Phuket and it was lovely to see his son get so excited about feeding the fishes. At Lunch time he said he would take us somewhere special. We thought we were going somewhere very exotic. Instead he took us to a large mall. It actually was a great experience. We didn't see any other tourist just Thia people doing there shopping, lots of teenagers hanging out and lots of everyday activities. After a week of beach hawkers, roadside stalls and Indian tailors, it was quite a contrast.
I know , I know , the photo is not good enough , BUT don't miss to experience Tuc-Tuc.
It's like you haven't visit Thailand at all :))
You can explore the island by Tuc-Tuc and pay depends on distance . Let's say from 100 - 600 BATH .
Don't forget bargaing !
Also you can rent a car or a motorcycle which are also not expensive. As you wish :))
The Tuc Tuc is a great means of transportation to get around the island. It is not very expensive and the driver will bring you everywhere, even a 30 minutes drive from our hotel to Patong.
Sometimes their driving skills can make you worry abour not arriving at your destination...
Getting around Patong area is easy with the taxi or tuk-tuk as they call it here. The tuk-tuk are everywhere so you dont have to wait. There are lots available outside your hotel and roadside. The tuk-tuk can bring you aroud Phuket and the places of interest.
I only used the tuk-tuk to go around Patong area. They charge us 100baht. I think that is the normal rate for tourists, must be different for locals.
There are motorcycles for rent too. Did not try any, found it too dangerous.
One of the greatest thing about Thailand is that you can negotiate everything without feeling like a "tide ass" - So ...remember to negotiate your ride if you travel in a tuk tuk.
I paid no more than 300BAHT from Patong Beach to my hotel in Rawai Beach (Evasson Resort)
Tuk tuks are named because of the sound of their engine, these are motorcycle 2-stroke engines. They are popular amongst tourists for their novelty value.
In Phuket, they tend to be small vans instead of 3-wheeled rickshaws.
You should bargain with the driver before getting in. If not you may end up paying too much.
The downside is they only tend to go to the really touristy places like Soi Bangla.
What would a visit to Phuket be without experiencing Thailand's most recognised form of trvael? Tuk-tuks are abundant on the island and the three wheeled vehickes offer more safety and comfort than its two-wheeled counterpart. A set fare of about 20-40 baht is standard in Phuket Town. In other areas, the price is negotiable. Ranging 100-500 baht, depending on place and your negotiation skills. Enjoy the ride!!!
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The most common form of transport on Patong beach in Phuket is the tuk tuk. Unlike the tuk tuks in Bangkok these are red in colour and actually mini vans refurbished as tuk tuks. Patong is known for its tuk tuk mafia where no metered taxis are allowed to pick up passengers from within the Patong area. Therefore you may find the prices of these tuk tuks very high. However prices are negotiable and you may enjoy short trips. However long trips are not recommended as the tuk tuks are very noisy and also pollute the air. We did a trip from Patong to Phuket town and managed to negotiate the price to 200 bhat from 400 bhat for the 3 of us but by the time we reached Tesco Lotus in town we all had a big headache from the noise.
Tuk Tuk and cab rides cost a lot more in Phuket. A ride from Patong to the le Meridian cost 100 bhat...and BAngkok it would be 40 bhat. A taxi ride is 200 bhat, cheap still but more than you are used to paying.
The Tuc Tucs are the local taxis around here.
Most of them are red, but there are also some blue ones. Inside you may have to fold down a little - obviously they are built for Thai standards...
The more you are the cheaper gets the drive for one.
Before you get in, do not forget to haggle about the price.
In the last year they got up a lot with what they expect (150 Baht for the drive to the other side of the beach, that is 2 km and much too much), and some wouldn't go down, so I often choose to walk the shorter distances.
Also there is the possibility to rent a motorcycle for not even 200 Baht a day - and you can drive wherever you want.
Using a tuk-tuk is the most convenient way of getting around the island of Phuket. The advantages are that they are numerous, they can squeeze out of tight situations, they are cheap (if you know how to bargain) and the whole group of you can squeeze into one vehicle!
On the other hand, if you can't bargain, you could get ripped off. And another thing to fear is the rain, no hiding place!!
Just flag them off the streets!
It is quite easy to find a tuk tuk or taxi (aircon) to take you back to Kamala Bay Terrace Resort. Always bargain the appropriate fare before you board it.
From Patong to Kamala Bay Terrace Resort, it should not be more than 200 bht
From Phuket Town to Kamala Bay Terrace Resort, it should not be more than 450 bht.
you have to go for a trip in a tuk-tuk, even it is just a short one, it will be an experience to remember. hang on tight, especially when they overtake on a blind corner. bargain hard for your fair, if they wont give you what you want you'll find another driver 5 mtr down the road.