Phuket: Getting Around

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Phuket

There are good roads all over Phuket Island, making transportation so convenient. If you have driver license, we recommend car renting which is cheaper than taking Tuk Tuk. Public buses are covering only in some area. 


Taking Motorcycles is another choice of transportation commonly found in Thailand. They wait for you at some important places like markets, in front of a Soi (an alley), bus terminals, and government offices. The driver will take you to your destination. The fare depends on the distance. Normally, going within Phuket town costs no more than 50 bahts or 100 bahts per hour. 

Four-wheeled Tuk Tuk

Four-wheeled Tuk Tuk can board 4-5 persons. The fare within regular route is 10 bahts per person. Or you can rent the Tuk Tuk and its driver to take you to any other places with the fare depending on the number of the passengers and the distance (negotiable). 

Song Taew 

Song Taew is a wagon with two long seats on each side. Regular routes of Song Taew are from the Fountain Market to several beaches and some nearby provinces. The fare is about 15-20 Bahts. 

Long tailed boat and speed boat 

You may hire a boat to take you to islands or fishing sites. The centers of boat rent are Chalong Bay and Rawai Beach. The fare depends on the number of passengers, distance, and kinds of boats. Long tailed boats cost much cheaper than speedboats. They usually belong to the villagers and normally are not equipped with life vests and diving kits. Speedboats are owned by private companies. They not only supply life vests and diving kits but also serve drinks and fruits. The fare for long tailed boat is about 500-2000 baths while speedboat costs 3,000-10,000 baths. 

Car renting (no driver) 

Car renting is a convenient and safe way. There are two big car rent centers in Phuklet. One is the area by Thaworn Hotel in downtown Phuket; the other is Patong Beach. The former offers a bit lower fare. The rental fare for a 110cc motorcycle is about 200 baths per day; and a jeep is 800-1200 bahts per day (There are discounts for long term rent).  

Phuket: Getting There

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By Bus 

Airconditioned coaches and non-airconditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal every day. For further details, please contact: Bangkok 0-2435-1200, 0-2434-3233, 0-2435-3018.
Click here for Service Schedule (Bangkok – Phuket)

There’re also buses travel from Phuket to it’s nearby provinces every day.
Click here for Fare Rates (Phuket – Nearby Provinces)

By Air   

Thai Airways operates daily jet flights between Bangkok and Phuket. There are further domestic connections with Surat Thani and Hat Yai. Phuket also enjoys international connections with Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan a Hong Kong and Australia.

Reservations may be made in Bangkok (Tel: 0-2280-0060 and 0-2628-2000),
and in Phuket (Tel: 0-7621-1195, 0-7621-2946, 0-7621-2499 and 0-7621-6755) for both domestic and international flights.

Bangkok Airways offers direct flights linking Phuket with Ko Samui, the principal island in the Thai Gulf.
Tel: Phuket 0-7622-5033-4, Bangkok: 0-2229-3434, 0-2229-3456, 0-2535-2429, 0-2535-3756

Air Andaman offers direct flights linking Phuket with Krabi , Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumpon and Bangkok.
Tel: Phuket 0-7635-1374-5 , Bangkok 0-2251-4905, 0-2252-7387 

By Car 

From Bangkok, take Highway 4 through Nakhon Pathom, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, thence through Ranong province’s Kraburi and Kaper districts, Phangnga province’s Takua Pa and Takua Tung districts and onto Phuket island across the Thao Thepkasattri Bridge. The total distance is 867 kilometres. 

By Sea

Foreign and domestic cruise ships frequently berth at the Port of Phuket at Ao Makham, and off Patong Beach, yachts at Ao Chalong, the Phuket Lagoon Marina and the Laem Prao marina.
Please note that all pleasure boats and yachts arriving at Phuket must stop first and register with ther Immigration Office and Customs Office, and with the Harbour Office within 24 hours of arrival
Click here for Rules and Regulations for yachts entering Phuket waters  

Phuket: Shopping

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Large department stores are located in Phuket Town and Patong, and a smaller one is in Thalang Town, they have a broad range of what is available in Thailand, both imported and domestic. Tailors’ shops are everywhere , labour costs are inexpensive so a handmade suit is an attractive purchase. Tailors supply the cloth, or you can select your own from one of the many cloth merchants on Thalang Rd., in Phuket Town. 


Department stores   

Ocean Department Store on Thaweewong Rd., Patong.
Ocean Shopping Mall on Tilok-U-Thit Rd., Phuket Town.
Robinsons-Ocean on Tilok-Thit Rd., Phuket Town.
Phuket Shopping Center on Rasada Rd., Phuket Town.
Ocean Plaza on Soi Bangla, Patong. 


Pearls, baltiks, and pewter ware are Phuket’s best known products. Shops that specialize in these are found on Rasada Rd., Phang-nga Rd., Montri Rd., Yaowarat Rd., and Tilok Unit I Rd., in town and Tourist beaches such as Patong, Kata, Karon and Rawai.  

Phuket: Local Festivals

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival 

October 17-25 , Amphoe Kathu, Amphoe Muang & Amphoe Thalang,Phuket

Phuket Vegetarian FestivalThis annual event is held during the 9th Chinese calendar month in which the locals of Chinese ancestry undertake a ten-day vegetarian diet. Various rituals are performed at Chinese temples and there are processions of ascetic devotees performing remarkable feats such as fire-walking and climbing ladders with knife-edged rungs. 


Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

December , Nai Han Beach, Phuket

Phuket King’s Cup RegattaThis internationally popular regatta is held in the crystal blue waters of the Andaman Sea off Phuket. Competitors come from all over the world to vie for trophies that are awarded in several different categories. 



Laguna Phuket Triathlon  

November , Bang Thao Beach, Phuket

This internationally recognised sporting event comprising a 1800-metre swim, a 55-kilometre bike race and a 12—kilometre run attracts worId-class participants from all over the world. Qualifiers of the triathlon are able to enter the prestigious Hawaii lronman Triathlon. 

Patong Beach Carnival

November 1 , Patong Beach, Phuket

Being an internationally popular beach resort, it is only fitting that Phuket has a beach carnival as part of the variety of activities for tourists. Held at Patong Beach, this event features watersports competitions, traditional Thai foods and beverages, a Miss Andaman beauty pageant (foreign visitors only) and entertainment. 

Phuket: Trip Planning

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Phuket’s best time of the year is between November and April when the weather is fine and the sea is most beautiful. While in Phuket, clothing should be casual T-shirt, shorts, and sandals for convenience in swimming and getting on and off the boat while visiting islands. You should set no less than 2-3 days for traveling Phuket and nearby islands.

Apart from Phuket Island, you may also visit other small islands nearby and take a boat to go fishing, diving, sailing, trekking and elephant riding.

If you finish traveling Phuket and still have time, you should take the opportunity to visit other nearby islands like Similan or Phi Phi which are 2-3 hours from Phuket. They are very beautiful and you shouldn’t miss them for your trip to the south of Thailand.

Phuket: History

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Phuket Island has a long recorderd history, and remains dating back to A.D. 1025 indicate that the island’s present day name derives in meaning from the Tamil manikram, or crystal mountain.

For most of history, however, it was known as Junk Ceylon, which, with variations, is the name found on old maps. The name is thought to have its roots in Ptolemy’s Geographia, written by the Alexandrian geographer in the Third Century A.D. He mentioned that in making a trip from Souwannapum to the Malay Peninsula it was neccesary to pass the cape of Jang Si Lang.
Phuket was a way station on the route between India and China where seafarers stopped to shelter. The island appears to have been part of the Shivite empire (called in Thai the Tam Porn Ling) that established itself on the Malay Peninsula during the first Millenium A.D. Later, as Muang Takua-Talang, it was part of the Srivichai and Siri Tahm empires. Governed as the eleventh in a constellation of?twelve cities, Phuket’s emblem, by which it was known to others in those largely pre-literate times, was the dog.

During the Sukothai Period Phuket was associated with Takua Pa in what is now Phang-nga Province, another area with vast tin reserves. The Dutch established a trading post during the Ayuthaya Period in the 16th Cent. The island’s northern and central regions then?were governed by the Thais, and the southern and western parts were given over to the tin trade, a concession in the hands of foreigners.

After Ayuthaya was sacked by the Burmese in 1767 there was a short interregnum in Thailand, ended by King Taksin, who drove out the? Burmese and re-unified the country. The Burmese, however, were anxious to return to the offensive. They outfitted a fleet to raid the southern provinces, and carry off the populations to slavery in Burma.

This led to Phuket’s most memorable hitoric event. A passing sea captain, Francis Light, sent word that the Burmese were en route to attack. Forces in Phuket were assembled led by the two heroines, Kunying Jan, wife of Phuket’s recently deceased governer, and her sister Mook, After a month’s siege the Burmese were forced to depart on 13 March, 1785. Kunying Jan and her sister were credited with the successful defense.  

Thao Thep Kasatri and Thao Sri SunthonIn recognition King Rama I bestowed upon Kunying Jan the honorific Thao Thep Kasatri, a title of nobility usually reserved for royalty, by which she is known today. Her sister became Thao Sri Sunthon.

During the Nineteenth Century Chinese immigrants arrived in such numbers to work for the tin mines that the ethnic character of the island’s interior became predominantly Chinese, while the coastal settlements remained populated chiefly by Muslim fishermen.

In Rama V’s reign, Phuket became the administrative center of a group of? tin mining provinces called Monton Phuket, and in 1933, with the change in government from absolute monarchy to a parliamentary system, the island was established as a province by itself.

Ayutthaya was first defeated by the Burmese in 1569 , but 15 years later it was back to its glory agian by ” King Naresuan the Great “. Ayutthaya was peaceful again and enjoyed the activities in foreign affairs for about 118 years. It came to its peak until it was invaded and destroyed beyond repair by the Burmese in1767

The capital was moved to Thonburi by “King Taksin the Great” who had fought agianst the Burmese and depeated them. After 15 years of King Taksin’s reign , the capital was again moved to Bangkok by “King Rama the first“. The founder of the present Chakri Dynasty. 

Phuket Travel Guide

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Phuket, which is also known as the pearl of the Andaman, is the biggest island in Thailand. Located in Andaman Sea in the south, Phuket is 867 kilometers of Bangkok. There are only two seasons in Phuket. Raining season is during May to October. Summer, the best time for visiting, is from November to April.

In the past Phuket prospered from tin mines but now it becomes one of the world’s best known tourist sites, thanks to its fascinating beaches and abundant coral resources. Phuket is a tourist city fully facilitated with good roads, airport, and various hotels of all levels from average to five stars, restaurants, and many entertaining places.


Attractions in Phuket

- Beaches        – Viewpoints          – Nearby Islands          – Temples
 – Forest & Waterfalls           – Museums           – Activities & Tours


Phrom Thep Cape

Phrom Thep Cape “Phrom” is Thai for Hindu “Brahma” signifying purity, and “Thep” means ‘God’. Phromthep is a headland stretching into the sea and forming the extreme south-end of Phuket. It has been prominent feature for mariners since of early seafarers from the sub-continent, remains of whose journey’s have been found all along the Malay-peninsula’s west coast.



Patong Beach

PatongThis is Phuket’s central tourist and night time entertainment district. Over the years, Patong has turned from a fishing village into one of the island’s two cities.

The famous bay and 4 km. beach is know as a centre of entertainment with restaurants catering to every nationality. Live music can be found in most pubs and bars.

Accommodations range from budget to five-star. Shopping opportunities appear to be endless. In addition, there are many tour companies waiting to help visitors plan their vacations.

Raya Yai Island

Raya Yai IslandOn the west coast of the island is a fine beach closed in by the hill that stretch away from it like to arms of a horseshoe called alternately Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow. Clean sandy beach and crystal clear waters of Raya Yai attract daytrippers from Phuket. From the top of the hill to the south of the bay is the viewpoint from which the whole island can be seen. On the east, at Ao Kon Kae Bay, is an excellent site for diving.



Trang : Shopping

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Na Muensri cloth

Na Muensri ClothNa Muensri is a village in Nayong, on the way to Chang Hai Cave. From the past, Na Muensri has been the center for weaving cloth. The weaving remains basically a cottage industry. Nowadays, the need for this kind of clothes become less. Anyhow, Na Muensri Clothes become one of Trang’s famous handicraft, specially the one with the pattern called “Lai Look Kao”. In those day, “Lai Look Kao” was only a pattern for high-class people. For lady, this pattern is used on scarfs, handkerchiefs, headdresses and “Sabai” (a piece of fine and beautiful cloth worn to cover the blouse in Thai traditional dress.) For men, this kind of cloth is used as a belt and head decoration. Today, a group of lady, having “Lady Kuson Nil-Laor” as the leader, have been setup for teaching their younger to be good at this valuable art. Visitors often come to Na Muensri to buy the best Na Muensri Clothes from the group.


Trang Cake

CakeThe famous cake from Trang, come with several taste such as : Orange cake, Coffee cake and three taste cake. Trang cake has very good smell and good taste. And that make Trang cake welknown among tourists coming to Trang. You can buy Trang cake from several shops in town, specially from shops near the railway station. Or try to visit Trang in August of every year for the “Cake Festival” which held near the railway station.



Roasted Pork

Roasted PorkBeside Trang cake, Trang also has another famous food-Trang Roasted Pork. The crispy roasted porks from Trang is very unique. The way the roasted pork is made is truely a traditional one: both in the seasoning mixture and in the ingredients. Oddly enough, they have been served as breakfast in Trang’s coffee house. Trang people normally have roasted pork, Dim Sum, and coffee for breakfast. That strange digest habit amused every tourists. But you should not miss trying Trang style’s breakfast at any cafe’ near your hotel. For visitors, there is a roasted pork festival held in September of every year. And probably buy some back home.

Trang Town Life

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Laying across Trang is Banthad, the big mountain in the south. Plentiful forest, wildlife, and more than twenty waterfalls make Banthad a challanging but charming destinWalking through the clean markets
The two markets, Ta Klang Market and Municipal Market, selling fresh products are not far away from each other. People do not have to worry about dirty water which may be found in the markets in the other provinces here. Trang has been awarded as the cleanest town in Thailand for many years in a row. And its markets are considered to be the cleanest fresh market in Thailand. If you stay in town, it must be a good experience to walk through one of them to see how local people’s daily life is.

Monument of Phraya Rasdanupradit Mahissara Phakdi

Located 1 km. out of town on the road to Phatthalung, this is the monument of an important ruler of Trang who first initiated the idea of growing rubber plants in Trang and later they spread all over the southern part of Thailand. In the evening, a lot of people go there for relaxation.



Kraphang Surin Park

Kraphang Surin Park is a broad  natural pond where the surroundings are suitable for relaxation. There are three pavilions in the middle of the pond. The surrounding areas are beautifully decorated gardens, and restaurants under the shade of trees for visitors who come to relax. It is a place suitable for spending an evening 

Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi Museum

The museum is around 200 meters from Kantang Municipality at No. 1, Khai Phithak Road, Tambon Kantang. It is the site of an important historical site, which is the “old Trang governor’s house” or the house of Phraya Ratsadanupradit, the former governor of the province. The house is a two-story wooden building. Inside are a wax figure of the governor and a complete collection of his daily personal items. The Na Ranong family looks after the house. It is open to the public every day except Mondays (it is open on public holidays but closed the following day). Groups requiring a guide must contact in advance Kantang Phitthayakon School, tel. (075) 251100.



Khuan Tamnak Chan Public Park

Kuan Tamnak ChanThe park is around 24 kilometers from Trang Town. The 250-acre park has beautiful surroundings. It has been developed to grow large trees and decorative plants. There is a rest pavilion and a parking lot for tourists. The park offers a great view of the sea and Kantang Disctict.








The first rubber tree in Thailand

The first rubber tree in Thailand is on the road that leads to Kantang. This tree represents the first group of rubber trees that Phraya Ratsadanupradit planted to pioneer the rubber plantation industry in 1899.

Trang Field Life

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Tham Phra Buddha (Buddha Cave) – A Hidden Valley

Tham Phra BudhaFrom Klongpang to Huai Yod in the east, there is a village road which is 17 km Ieading to Tham Phra Buddha Temple (wat). At this temple, you can see Buddha image lying in the sleeping gesture. The image has a very beautiful face. It is said that it was built in the late Ayudhaya period and it was not actually made by southern crafters. Maybe it was made by the royal crafters ordered by the king of Ayudhaya. (Ayudhaya was the old capital of Thailand before the last Burmese invasion in A.D. 1767)

Inside the cave, high-class household facilities such as silverwares, laquerwares, and potteries were put in there and built into the image to cover the cave so that noone could see.

These precious objects were definitely not belong to ordinary local people but then are illustrated three possible sources:

1. Queen Luadkao ordered her men to bring these precious objects to worship the Buddha image and the rest were hidden in the cave.
2. Local historian mentioned that these precious objects might have been made sometime before Ayudhaya was attacked by Burma. They were afraid of being defeated and Burmese will come and take them so they hid them in the cave.
3. Some said during the war with Burma, the ruler of Nakornsrithammarat hid the trasures here in A.D. 1785 (B.E. 2328) and then ordered the image to be built close to the mouth of the cave.

Wat Kao Phra (Kao Phra Template) : Puzzles for Anthropology.

Wat Kao PhraTraveling from Klongpang to the north, before Huay Yod District, you will reach Ban Huay Nang. There is a road on the left from here leading to Kao Phra Temple, 4 km away.

Wat Kao Pra“Tham Tra” is a subject of interest among anthropologists because of the red symbol found carved into the stone wall in the cave. Eight more symbols, similar to the first one, are also found under the cave well – 50 metres below. The symbol remains a puzzle because no one knows what it means or refers to. Anthropologists are still attempting to explain these symbols. At the top of the stairs in the cave, another astonishing feature can be found. It is the body of a dead abbot of Kao Phra Temple who dies in A.D. 1963 (B.E. 2506). Luang Por Eiat Suwanno is preserved in a tall cenerary urn. Everyone will be astonished as the abbot looks still alive – his hair, teeth, and nails – nothing has decayed.

Tham Kao Changhai (Lost Elephant Cave) – The curtain of stalactites and stalagmites

Tham Kao ChanghaiFrom Nayong, a sub-district in Trang, there is a big sign an arrow pointing to Tham Kao Changhai, in Namuensri Village. The name “Chang Hai” means a “lost elephant”. According to the legend, people in this village was participating in a procession of horses and elephants carrying jewels to be put in a pagoda in Nakornsrithammarat when one of the mother elephants lost its newly born beautiful male baby elephant which ran into the cave. The mother elephant couldn’t enter the cave to follow her baby, so stopped and cried in front of the cave. People tried to help her finding the baby elephant, but they failed to do so because inside the cave was very confusing – It was covered with stalactites and the floor was full with stalagmites, which hid her baby elephant. And that’s why the cave was named “Chang Hai” or “Lost Elephant”

The Reclining Buddha Image – at Wat Pukaothong.

PukaothongAt Kao Lak Village which is located in east of Trang, on the hill in Wat Pukaothong, the Buddha Image reclining in Nipparana period has been lying there. The image’s face illustrates the southern craft. The outstanding characteristic is that the image is wearing “Serd” – kind of hat or crown used only for “Noras”, an important performance in southern Thailand. Normally, the image with “Serd” usually stands or sits down but rarely are they found lying down. Only one was found here at Wat Pukathong.

Wat Keereewihan (Keereewihan Temple)

Wat KeereewihanBetween Huai Yod and Nawong on Petchakasem Road, locating Wat Keereewihan. Buddha images in different gesture were found by anthropologists here. In A.D. 1903 (B.E. 2446), earth-framed images were found. These images, made by “unknown” people, are displayed at the temple all the time. Wat Keereewihan is another good place for anthropologists.

Visit and old cave – Tham Kao Pina (Kao Pina Cave)

Tham Kao PinaFourty three kilometres from Trang to Krabi on Trang-Krbi Route, you will find a sign point to the way to Kao Pina or Pina Mountain. “Pina” is a Yawee word which means “a person who conquers everything”. The first Muslim named Pina used to settle here so the place is named after his name. Kao Pina is a limestone mountain and

Wat Kao Pina is located at the foot of it. There are stairs leading to six different caves, each of which is different from each other.

Tham E-So (E-so Cave) at Wat So Rachapradit (So Rachapradit Temple)

Tham E-SoThe road to Tham So Rachapradit is opposite the Praya Rusadanupradit Barrack. From the main road, it’s only 5 km to Wat So Rachapradit. This temple is quite, shady and cool with various trees growing on the hills. E-So is the name of a tall, enourmous, upright beautiful shady trees grown here. In this cave, the Reclining Buddha image was built lying along the length of the cave wall.






Tham Kao kob (Kao Kob Cave) or Tham Le (Sea Cave)

 Tham Kao KobFrom Trang Town, uses route No. 4 to Huay Yod. At Hua Yod, turn left and you will arrive Kao Kob Cave or Tham Kao Kob. Tham Kao Kob is said to be the longest sea uner the mountain. You should plan to visit Tham Kao Kob in summer but not in rainy season because it will be difficult to get in there. Kao Kob Cave located in Kao Kob Mountain surrounded by rubber trees and rice fields. Around the mountain are the canals; the first one goes left, the second one goes right and the last one go directly into the mountain. 

Tham Kao KobAlthough the Kao Kob Mountain is only 400 metres wide and 800 metres long, the canal that goes inside it is about 4 kms long. The weather inside is good and breezy. There are many caves inside the mountain, such as Konthan Cave, Thongprarong Cave, Sawanh Cave, Petch Cave, Ply Cave, and Paeng Cave. If you want to go inside the cave, Tourist Service Centre there provide boat trip for 70 Baht/person.

Wat Phra Ngam

Wat Pra NgamFrom the Phraya Rusadanupradit Monument, about 2 kilometres is the Phra Ngam (Beautiful Budha image) made from gold and covered with cement. I history, notorious thieves disguised as ordinary people and played a trick whie people were pulling a sacred image during the Chak Phra Festival. The image was seized by these thieves. Later, it was destroyed and the thieves left only broken pieces. The pieces were put back together and the image is complete again.



Nora                   Ta Lung

Nora Performance


– old fashion puppet

Rong Ngang   Kalor

Rong Ngang
– Muslim Performance


– Music in funeral party