BangkokMap: Tuk Tuks As Well As Taxis Inwards Phuket Thailand - Your Opinions

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Since I weblog nigh things that I do, or nosotros produce every bit a family, I direct hold non mentioned world transport, although perchance a "general information" weblog post service nigh this dependent area mightiness live a adept idea. We direct hold our ain transport, nosotros alive here, so nosotros direct hold no utilization for taxis, tuk tuks, motorcycle taxis or buses. Way dorsum when I commencement got hither to Phuket Thailand I did utilization tuk tuks together with buses a few time, but preferred motorcycle taxis every bit they were cheaper than tuk tuks together with faster than buses! Before having whatsoever children, together with when I lived inward Patong for a spell inward 1999/2000 I could accept a motorcycle taxi from i halt of Patong to the other for twenty Baht together with a tuk tuk I am sure had a starting fare of 50 Baht inward Patong. When I moved over the loma to Kathu, I retrieve a tuk tuk to Phuket Thailand Town was 100 Baht. It was quite affordable dorsum then.



(above) Motorbike taxi driver inward Phuket Thailand Town.

These days, I gotta tell that inward my catch taxi together with tuk tuk fares are nuts. The average charge per unit of measurement betwixt the airdrome together with the master copy S Phuket Thailand beaches (Patong, Karon, Kata) is nigh G - 1200 Baht now. Taxi stand upwardly nigh our dive store shows a charge per unit of measurement of G Baht for 1 or 2 people, 1200 for three or four people. Now, fair plenty it's a 50km drive together with inward heavy traffic tin make notice live a three hr render trip for the driver, so I don't think the airdrome fare is besides bad, but 400 Baht from Karon to Patong, but vii - 8 km? Or 200 Baht from i halt of Karon Beach Thailand to the other (2km)? Or G Baht render trip to the Big Buddha? 600 Baht to Phuket Thailand Town? Too high maybe?



(above) Taxi prices exterior the Karon Place Hotel side past times side to my workplace @ Sunrise Divers, Karon Beach Thailand

My uncomplicated catch is that in that location are besides many taxis together with tuk tuks, so each driver does non larn plenty business, together with therefore they direct hold to accuse to a greater extent than per trip, together with and then pass 80% of the solar daytime inward a hammock. There has non been plenty rule to limit the topographic point out of taxis, summation each surface area has it's ain picayune mafia cooperative keeping fares high together with a taxi from Karon, for example, tin make notice accept a tourist from Karon to Patong, but cannot selection upwardly inward Patong so has to render empty. But are the fares besides high? Is it a rip-off? I don't know! I am basing my comments on my ain fiscal status, so it seems a fleck expensive to me, but perchance the average tourist has to a greater extent than coin together with thinks tuk tuks are a adept create produce together with a fun utilization of beingness inward Phuket Thailand?



(above) This was the terminal fourth dimension I used a tuk tuk - dorsum inward 2010. My immature lady together with I were walking inward Phuket Thailand Town (doing the 2010 Phuket Thailand Photo Walk), she got tired together with nosotros hailed a tuk tuk for a ride across town. I was expecting to live quoted a featherbrained number, but the driver said lx Baht. I think y'all mightiness notice Phuket Thailand Town to live a picayune dissimilar to the master copy tourist areas!

Since I don't accept taxis, I wanted to larn some opinions from people who do utilization them. So, I posted a enquiry on my Phuket Thailand Blog Facebook Page ...

"What produce y'all think nigh tuk tuks together with taxis inward Phuket Thailand? Good service? Had whatsoever bad experiences? Do y'all think prices are OK, or besides high?"

Thank y'all to all those who left answers together with comments. There were plenty of opinions, nearly 100 comments inward total though some were off topic! I volition direct hold to cherry selection here, can't post service all comments, but y'all tin make notice read the whole Facebook post service amongst all answers here. I am including all form of comments below, positive together with negative. It's a existent mixed pocketbook of opinions!

If y'all are a taxi or tuk tuk driver, or if y'all know a taxi or tuk tuk driver, y'all mightiness desire to read some of these comments. I know some local people read this Phuket Thailand weblog. Some adept comments hither together with remember, this is from people who genuinely utilization the service (not me)!

We direct hold used lots of Tuk Tuks together with direct hold enjoyed them. The drivers are ever adept fun but nosotros direct hold also constitute that nosotros tin make notice larn a taxi for the same price.

Good quest raised genuinely - tuk tuks are the box shaped picayune things, ordinarily reddish inward coloring but tin make notice live whatsoever colour. No seatbelts, no aircon, no doors. My catch - they're non every bit safe, but people similar them because y'all don't larn anything similar this "back home". You tin make notice ordinarily notice proper cars amongst aircon, doors together with seatbelts hanging around hotels together with they accuse the same.

I think the drivers accuse trend besides much for distances around Phuket Thailand.
I had to become to infirmary when I was inward Karon together with the driver stayed amongst me nearly all solar daytime together with made sure I got dorsum to my hotel alright. I gave him 2000Bht, I tin make notice non mistake the service these guys provide.
Been visiting Phuket Thailand since 2004 - Tuk Tuks direct hold got progressively to a greater extent than expensive - but never had a bad experience.... 200 Baht from Amari into Patong - Bangla adds upwardly after a calendar week though!
They direct hold motorcycle taxi inward Phuket Thailand too. When I'm out partying together with larn out my motorcycle habitation I ever pay a ladyboy 100 baht together with she accept me home. Always the same cost fifty-fifty if y'all become from Karon to Kata But if nosotros become to Patong or longer trend I ever telephone telephone for my taxi friend together with I ever pay the same price. Some tuk tuk people are non prissy but if you're non happy amongst the people or the cost but walk to side past times side one.

Jamie says - I'm non sure I'd desire to pay a ladyboy 100 Baht to "take me home" :)

I constitute them to live adept build clean unsafe fun. haggle amongst a friendly grin to larn a adept deal, alone naive tourists larn ripped off, together with y'all guys stick out similar sore thumbs. lol

You run across some people think similar this comment above, others tell ...

It's a f*cking rip off together with the baddest thing nigh Phuket Thailand.
Works good unless y'all remain inward Kamala, in that location they are run past times the mafia together with are a total rip-off
!! I was expecting to a greater extent than of this form of comment actually!

Tuk Tuks are a novelty but because of the pecking order, when queued y'all can't direct the i y'all want! Its a hurting coz if y'all direct hold immature children they desire the i amongst the loud music together with colourful lights together with bling, but y'all are forced to accept the side past times side i going. Leads to much disappointment amongst the children who drive habitation from dinner inward a patch i to run across others stone upwardly to the hotel having a political party inward the back!!
Ditto most of the previous comments - forty Baht for i hr of pootling around the sights of Bangkok - Asked for 200 baht inward Phuket Thailand earlier y'all fifty-fifty arrive the tuk tuk or they know where y'all desire to become - Can live quite aggressive if y'all fifty-fifty start to essay to barter.....Again it was all 'Land of Smiles' from the Bangkok drivers amongst adept banter. Felt I wanted to tip the Bangkok driver....And but paid what was asked together with no to a greater extent than on Phuket Thailand. It could live a lot improve if they tried.

I also can't quite empathize why taxis inward Bangkok are so much cheaper than Phuket Thailand. I think perchance it's because the drivers don't lounge around inward hammocks all day.

When nosotros were inward Thailand tuk tuks were a novelty. We constitute the convenience great. The fact that nosotros didn't direct hold to run the gauntlet inward Patong was fabulous. From Jung Ceylon to Merlin cost 250 was a fleck pricey but nosotros nevertheless did it every solar daytime every bit nosotros were non interested inward a suit spectacles or favours from the women on the street.
Only used i one time inward Patong. To larn me to hospital!! Faster than a taxi together with quicker than an ambulance !!
Sometimes taxi together with tuk tuk are the same cost so y'all may every bit good locomote inward aircon comfort. It depends on the size of your grouping too. Usually they volition negotiate together with people oftentimes pace inward to assist y'all if y'all facial expression confused lol. Our housekeeper at the villa negotiated rides out together with nosotros had a driver who was fantastic that did solar daytime trips. Its a nifty identify together with total of many wonderful people. There are a few rogues everywhere.
I constitute it a adept service together with friendly
One fourth dimension tuk tuk inward 2 yrs. I produce non similar ever experience some desire to rip y'all off.
Overpriced

As y'all run across inward a higher identify - opinions vary, some people think it's expensive or a rip off together with some tell the opposite!

Very expensive accuse & non friendly. When I see Phuket Thailand I ever rent a machine at the airport.
We hired a machine amongst no problems for residue of trip...air con was similar heaven!!

I mightiness but utter nigh hiring your ain vehicle at some point. I think that if y'all genuinely desire to explore Phuket Thailand every bit I do, a machine is essential, or at to the lowest degree a moped for shorter distances. Car hire tends to live somewhere betwixt 800 - 1500 Baht per solar daytime depending on season, type of machine together with length of hire contract. Can live cheaper than a few taxi rides, but y'all produce demand to live happy driving inward Phuket Thailand traffic :)

Stay inward a identify where y'all don't direct hold to accept tuktuk often, so y'all won't regret to pass the most of your coin to them. It is the tourist himself who made the prices grow because of his stupidity to pay nearly all cost alone to direct hold the confort non produce walk 500m. in that location are adept together with bad drivers, but most are honest because they tell y'all the cost earlier riding. in that location are also adept together with bad tourists. if it is besides expensive, avoid tuktuks, remain inward a improve area, or fifty-fifty remain at home
Visited Phuket Thailand terminal twelvemonth amongst my family, they (especially the grandchildren) loved the experience. Just direct hold to negotiate amongst the driver earlier y'all larn in. We constitute them real friendly together with careful amongst the kids on board.
Complete rip off....Chang Mai from airdrome to hotel,about xxx infinitesimal drive inward minivan amongst 4persons,charge 160 baht,Phuket Thailand from airdrome to Karon G baht....Bangkok airdrome to inner metropolis nigh 45 infinitesimal drive 260 baht.....go figure!...a disgrace what they extort from tourists. Thai authorities needs to address this.
love em! overpriced? hell no compared to what i pay at home
Overpriced they rip off every bit much they can...

It seems in that location is no middle Blue Planet hither .. people seem to similar Phuket Thailand tuk tuks together with taxis or abhor them!

Here's a adept comment ::: I agree, the curt trips are overpriced.

I think that the drivers should non accuse so much but to become from i halt of the street to the other , similar 200 Bht but happy to drive y'all circular for hours upwardly to five hours for but 450 Bht . I would utilization them five times a solar daytime for curt locomote it they were reasonable, it does non brand feel they would rather b doing zip than getting coin for what would live a Max 10 min trip to become dorsum together with brand to a greater extent than coin for lots to a greater extent than 10 min trips. I direct hold been to Phuket Thailand at to the lowest degree twenty times together with the oestrus does larn to tourists together with a good priced ride for these real curt trips would produce goodness EVERYONE
Expensive! Live on Karon Beach Thailand when nosotros are there. they accept 200 for to drive to some identify inward Karon,300 to Kata, 400 to Patong. And inward the eventide they become habitation early....so no tuk.tuk ore taxi

Below .. I am non sure who posted this, perchance a taxi driver or friend of a taxi driver ... a picayune difficult to understand, but I volition quest out i thing - whoever wrote this sure agrees, in that location are TOO MANY taxis together with tuk tuks, that's why they don't direct hold plenty fares together with therefore direct hold to accuse to a greater extent than per fare.

In tuk tuk together with taxi side : tuk tuk together with taxi they tin make notice function but alone four or five calendar month a years every bit immediately non thing no tourist together with what nigh 8 calendar month what they tin make notice do, non thing. if they out from function that hateful can't live dorsum to function anymore. if a lot of driver that hateful non so much function too, must sheared your invitee together with money. they direct hold taxi together with tuktuk companionship for brand the same cost together with also direct hold cost demonstrate on the sign beside the route together with forepart of in that location station, the gasoline inward thailand is the most expensive inward the Earth almost 40-50 THB/liter. pocket-size machine but lot of weight together with become upwardly to large mountain. Why they must to start from 200 THB. evern y'all become for but 1/2 Km. how many machine inward function delight some delight direct hold much to a greater extent than twenty car. if y'all are the commencement i together with got invitee for 200 THB. together with when y'all come upwardly dorsum to station must to live the terminal over again together with hold off for 3-4 hr. or to a greater extent than for run some other machine to direct hold invitee together with then y'all tin make notice plough to the commencement i again. what y'all think how many THB. they got together with how many hrs. they should function to got a lot money. similar immediately the 2nd machine nevertheless non got invitee from 10 O'clock till 21:00 pm what nigh some other machine inward station if today they can't live the commencement much to motion to the side past times side solar daytime together with side past times side solar daytime together with side past times side day. delight thing everything for 2 side non alone 1 side. everything direct hold bad together with good. a lot of experience amongst bad invitee too.

Expensive? We are staying upwardly on the loma at Patong together with nosotros larn a tuk tuk twice a solar daytime to wherever nosotros desire to go, average cost is 200 baht for five of us, inexpensive cheap!
We dearest them together with don't heed paying for the experience of traveling inward them. When I compare distance for cost from Phuket Thailand to Australia, nifty value too!
Love a tuk tuk
They are besides expencive together with killing the tourisem. The are dissonance together with drive similar hell.

(Please note, if spelling together with grammer are bad .. I am quoting just every bit written past times people who are non ever native English linguistic communication speakers!)

Never had a work inward the terminal ix trips to Phuket Thailand.
My hubby together with I together with our three children used them whilst staying inward Karon together with thought they were WAY overpriced. It was the biggest expense of our trip. They also would topographic point the prices upwardly because in that location were five of us. At the tuk tuk stations all prices on display are for four people. What does it affair if in that location are 2,4 or 10 people inward a tuk tuk it's nevertheless going to the same place?? That pissed me off particularly amongst picayune kids. Love Phuket Thailand it was our tertiary fourth dimension but it's definitely getting to a greater extent than expensive.

To the soul who wrote this (above) - I propose renting a car.

We direct hold been to Phuket Thailand four times going dorsum inward September fifth trip, nosotros utilization them everyday, long trips curt trips, they tin make notice live expensive, particularly curt trips, but nosotros walk essay barter what nosotros think is reasonable if they don't concur nosotros walk to the side past times side lot till nosotros direct hold someone who genuinely wants money. Yes y'all produce larn adept ones together with when y'all produce KEEP THEM!!
Stayed at Surin Beach Thailand together with it was lovely, but the taxi monopoly way y'all direct hold to pay the equivalent of AU$20 to larn anywhere. It puts y'all off the thought of staying in that location again.
Scooter is the trend to become around Phuket Thailand, definitely.

Jamie says - I direct hold to say, I don't thing it's my imagination, but I swear that I saw a lot to a greater extent than tourists on scooters/mopeds this terminal high flavor ... avoiding taxi prices? You tin make notice ordinarily rent a scooter for 250 - 300 Baht per day. That's cheaper than a unmarried store betwixt beaches past times taxi. Don't desire to tell besides much here, but I'd alone recommend y'all rent a scooter if y'all know how to ride, direct hold experience riding inward traffic together with please, ever apparel a helmet (and a shirt!).

I think prices were higher terminal Nov than the July 2011 when nosotros were there. I constitute it expensive from Patong to Kata... And also the fixed cost of 200 Baht from Gracelands into Patong. I think the prices for everything were def higher the 2d fourth dimension nosotros went. But nosotros loved it together with can't hold off to become back. The men on the Beach Thailand exterior Gracelands are awesome every bit good every bit the guys inward the picayune takeaway store on the Beach Thailand. They are def worth the money. Oh together with nosotros never had a bad experience. Except for i time when nosotros asked to run across the shops together with he took us to a souvenir store that nosotros didn't desire anything at. That was disappointing but the alone fourth dimension inward the 21 days all upwardly nosotros direct hold been to Phuket Thailand.

Re the comment inward a higher identify - "from Gracelands into Patong" ... seriously, some people demand to walk a bit! Gracelands hotel is but 10 minutes walk from the midpoint of Patong! I concur Patong to Kata or Karon, they accuse besides much.

We utilization tuk tuks when nosotros are in that location together with direct hold ever had a adept experience. We also direct hold a driver that nosotros utilization for trips exterior of Patong Beach Thailand together with he is great!.. takes us everywhere, books our solar daytime trips together with suggests places for us to become exploring.
Definitely expensive but nifty fun to ride in! Better value if they drive y'all around for a few hours. The alone fourth dimension I've though highly of the service was amongst the Batman tuk tuk a few years ago. He took us to Laem Singh Beach Thailand together with nosotros arranged for him to render together with selection us upwardly a few hours later, together with he was correct on time.
Way trend way over priced on both the taxi & tuk tuk.......they are stand upwardly over merchants.......they direct hold this mentality that because it's placidity instead of getting of in that location asses & looking for function nosotros volition but sit down inward our picayune huts & topographic point the prices upwardly & the client tin make notice come upwardly to us.......if y'all tin make notice notice a adept i stick amongst them crusade they are real rare!!
Compared to the residue of Thailand they are trend overpriced !

Agree. And real picayune option - buses run betwixt Phuket Thailand Town together with the master copy beaches, but non betwixt the beaches. And anywhere else I direct hold been inward Thailand, y'all direct hold lower taxi prices, or .. fifty-fifty inward Pattaya, they direct hold buses that run routes around the master copy tourist areas for a depression price. If y'all could hop on a omnibus every twenty minutes from i halt of Patong to the other for twenty Baht, it would live a success. If y'all genuinely wanted to become NOW y'all could pay extra for a taxi. Pretty much how whatsoever identify inward the Earth does it.

LOVE the disco Tuk Tuks!
We were in that location 2 months ago. I thought the prices were high compared to Chiang Mai together with Bangkok, but pretty much everything was to a greater extent than expensive inward Phuket Thailand. And of class the prices were pretty much laid although nosotros did care to create produce downwards a tiny fleck on a twain of rides. We enjoyed the rides inward the "pimped out" tuk tuks blasting music. And nosotros had adept service overall.
We gave the tuk tuk driver besides much coin together with he was honest plenty to allow us know... nosotros ended upwardly giving him to a greater extent than than the fare because he was so prissy nigh it together with so honest!

OK, that's plenty - a lot of comments every bit y'all tin make notice see. And to live honest I was surprised at the topographic point out of positive comments. I know real good that the taxi together with tuk tuk prices direct hold been increasing twelvemonth past times year. Sure, everything increases inward price, but I think utilization of the argue the taxis are so expensive inward Phuket Thailand is that in that location are besides many of them. Plus the trend they organise themselves into local groups, can't selection upwardly inward other areas exterior their ain grouping edge together with quite frankly in that location seem to live many drivers happy to lounge around all solar daytime together with larn a few fares at inflated prices. God foreclose that if the prices were lower, to a greater extent than people would utilization the taxis together with the drivers would direct hold to function more, but would they brand to a greater extent than money? If I tin make notice sell y'all i banana for 100 Baht, why would I sell y'all 2 bananas for 50 Baht each? I promise someone has constitute this interesting / useful / a fun read. If y'all are coming to Phuket Thailand - well, that's what other visitors think of Phuket Thailand's taxis together with tuk tuks! See y'all inward Phuket Thailand!

UPDATE - Just a few days after this weblog post service was written, in that location was a crackdown on illegal taxis together with taxi "mafia" groups. Police together with Blue Planet forces cooperated together with had a listing of over 100 people they wanted to arrest. Despite many people plainly enjoying the service provided past times taxis together with tuk tuks inward Phuket Thailand, for sure many people are non happy amongst the service, every bit tin make notice live seen from the comments I got on Facebook. This was a surprise crackdown together with perchance it volition assist ... read to a greater extent than on the Phuket Thailand News website Phuket Thailand-anti-mafia-drive-46662.php">here, Phuket Thailand-court-46670.php">here together with here.

UPDATE 2 - Uber is immediately inward Thailand. You may know nigh Uber if y'all alive inward i of the many places where they operate - monastic tell taxis from your mobile. Fares improve than the regular local fare. You tin make notice larn out ratings together with comments nigh whatsoever trip y'all take. And if y'all sign upwardly using the promo code uberjamiesphuket or utilization the link https://get.uber.com/invite/uberjamiesphuket y'all larn a discount on your commencement ride too! Uber was inward Phuket Thailand for 1 high season, but together with then disappeared again. I think GrabTaxi is hither immediately too.

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