Phuket, Thailand

Getting Around

Phuket is a large island and therefore need some form of transport to get around. Public transport on the island is very limited and the only practical means to get around are the taxis and tuk-tuks. Renting a car or motorbike is another option but could be dangerous if you are unfamiliar or lack experience with driving in Thai traffic. Many major hotels in Phuket offer shuttle bus services into Phuket Town as well as provide facilities for taxi services, car hire and tours.
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By Songthaew or Bus
Public transport within Phuket is limited to a radial network connecting Phuket Town to the beach towns. Most local bus services operate at half-hour intervals and stop at around 6:00 pm. There are a few full-size buses but most lines are operated alongside the songthaews, basically converted pick-up trucks serving as buses. The fare is 25-40 baht and there are no set stops - they pick up and drop off passengers as requested. 

Most operate from the local market at Ranong Road (Talad Sod or Ban San), going to the major beaches via the Phuket Bus Terminal. The main lines connect to Patong, Kata-Karon, Chalong Bay, Rawai-Nai Han beach, Cape Panwa (for the Aquarium), Mai Khao, and Surin-Kamala. There are no "cross-beach" connections. Upon your return, often the bus will drop you off not at the main terminal but at a bus stop somewhere in the middle of Phuket Town - beware of rip-off tuk-tuk and taxi drivers waiting on tourists.

Local bus in Phuket by Neha & Lunatech

By Motorbike Taxi
There are also the motorbike taxis (motosai) in Phuket. However, you should never hop on the back of just anyone's motorbike. You can identify the motorbike taxi drivers by the bright numbered vests they wear and are usually the cheapest way to get around. However, these are more dangerous than a tuk-tuk, for obvious reasons, and are not comfortable for long trips. However, if you just need to get around town, they are a great way to go.

By Boat
For a bit of island hopping off Phuket, the long-tail boats are a great way to do so. There are several islands off Phuket and many reachable in less than 30 minutes. The boats usually carry up to 8 people and can be hired along many of the beaches around Phuket. Prices must be negotiated and cost around 500 baht per hour or 2,000 baht a day per boat. A chartered speedboat can definitely get you faster but expect to pay a much higher price. 

A long-tail boat by jimw

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