24 Hours in Phuket
Written by Nick Walton
A tropical haven in the south of Thailand, Phuket’s idyllic beaches, rich, vibrant culture, and ever-smiling locals ensure its spot on the bucket list of travellers from across the globe.
The island has a little something for everyone, from the café and restaurant scene of Patong and Kamala, to the deserted beaches of the northwest, and the world-class sailing grounds of the dramatic east coast. But Phuket is also a gateway to the stunning coral reefs of the Similan Islands, as well as to the UNESCO-listed limestone crags of Phang Nga Bay and the jungle-encrusted islands of the Andaman Sea.
car & driver
Phuket can be deceptively big, and hiring a car and driver for the day is not only affordable but also ensures you can see as much of the island as possible.
Several major hire-car companies are present Phuket’s international airport. Driving conditions on the are manageable, a car allows travellers chance to explore beyond the usual tourist haunts.
These local minibuses are a cheap and cheerful way to travel, especially if heading to Phuket Town. The fare ranges between THB25 and THB40, and the driver stops whenever you’re ready to alight.
There are unofficial and official taxis on Phuket. Most hotels will recommend that travellers use the official metered taxis but these often have to be booked in advance. Keep your favourite driver’s number so you can book him again.