Many visitors rent little Suzuki jeeps but as petrol/diesel isn't expensive by European standards and for UK drivers driving is so easy (same side of the road etc.) why not rent a nice big pickup with dark windows and get all the respect of a native from police and fellow road users.
At the airport you will probably end up in a regular taxi, or a larger shared vehicle. You will probably get irritated by the driver's constant questions about where you are going/staying. This is what he really wants to know.He is trying to find out if you have pre-booked a hotel. If you have there is nothing to be gained for him. But like many others you may be going to arrange this yourself when you get there. After all you will be in a good bargaining position; Phuket tourist traffic is 10% of what it was pre-tsunami. If he finds out that you have no reservation, without your approval a detour will be made and you will end up sitting in a shop somewhere with one of his extended family, or a friend trying to arrange your accommodation for you. It will come over as a marvellous deal. They will want to know about how much per night you are wanting to pay. Let's say it is 1000 Baht. He will be bargaining away for the best offer, which of course is not passed onto you. You will be paying them 1000 bahts over, say, your 21-day holiday ie 21000 Baht. And they will be paying the hotel maybe 700 bahts over the same 21 day period ie 14700 Bahts. That’s a nice little earner. I have been amazed at how gifted Thai’s are at making money from tourists.
These are inexpensive taxis. Once seen never forgotten. They are three wheelers which are completely open.Do say “sha sha” - slow down, or "Ya Kab Doi Pramart" - please take care.For an even more terrifying experience, flag down a guy driving a moped, wearing a green plastic vest. He’s a moped taxi driver, and will cost about 20 baht. You get about 70 of these for a pound.
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