Phuket is a large island and transport is definitely necessary for getting around – you couldn’t walk from one end to the other. There are various means of transport you can take – some safer than others – if you decide not to rent a car or jeep to get from and to your Phuket holiday villa.
MOTORCYCLE TAXISProbably the cheapest mode of transport for getting around the island is the motorcycle taxi. As you walk down the streets, taxi riders often call out offering their services. If you do decide to go by motorcycle taxi, it is advisable to get the fare for a journey confirmed in advance. It is also important to choose a motorcycle taxi driver who is licensed and is wearing a green vest with a number printed on it. Most important of all: wear shoes and wear a helmet.
TUK TUKS ON PHUKETThe Tuk Tuks in Phuket are larger than the Tuk Tuks in Bangkok and have four wheels. They can take up to eight very slim passengers but they are expensive to use. It is important to get the fee confirmed in advance as even short journeys can seem extortionate. It is also equally important not to get into a row over cost with the driver as the Tuk Tuks in Phuket are run by a form of Thai mafia. Tuk Tuks offer a good mode of transport, but sort out the price before stepping aboard.
YELLOW & BLUE METERED TAXIS OR LIMOSThe safest mode of transport in Phuket is via the yellow and blue metered taxis. They are not as common as the Tuk Tuks but they are often cheaper. Another form of taxi is the island’s limo service and limos can be hired for a specific journey or for a whole day.
BUS SERVICE ON PHUKETThe bus service in Phuket is comprehensive and buses visit all the resorts and beaches, but they are slow and unreliable although inexpensive.
HIRING A MOTORCYCLE IN PHUKETA popular way of getting around Phuket is by hiring a motorcycle but, you do need to keep your wits about you and your speed down. There are numerous motorcycle accidents in Phuket every year and insurance for motorcycles is unavailable. It is a legal requirement to wear a helmet and to always carry your car licence. It makes sense for the inexperienced to choose a low-powered motorcycle and, if you take care, you will have a lovely time exploring the island.