Driving in Phuket

Driving in Phuket


Whether you’re here for the short or long term, then hiring or even buying a car is fully recommended. Hiring by the month is very popular or go for longer if you can to receive a lower rate. A few things to remember are to learn the unwritten Thai rules of the road as quickly as possible. The Thai driving test is not taken on a real road and it is widely accepted that many drivers are not qualified so do drive carefully. Remember that in Thailand driving is on the left side of the road and you must carry either an International or Thai driving licence at all times. Indeed if you are thinking of living here then apply for a Thai driving licence at the Driving Centre in Phuket Town. Do wear your seatbelt even if locals don’t and don’t drink and drive. Finally, ensure your vehicle is covered by fully comprehensive insurance – also known in Thailand as ‘first-class’ insurance.

If you intend to allow your child to travel to school in the school bus then it’s wise to check first that seat belts are installed and used by all. Otherwise why not car pool and share the journey with parents living close by? Child car seats can be purchased at all major department stores in Phuket.

If you would like to do some traveling by sea then see Discover for water based fun.
Essential Numbers
Phuket International Airport 076 327230-5
Suvarnabhumi Airport 02 132 1888
Air Asia 02 515 9999
Bangkok Air 076 225033-5
China Airlines 076 327099 / 327100
Nok Air 1318
One2Go 1126
Silk Air 076 304018-20
Thai Airways 076 360444
Bus Terminal 076 211480
Pure Car Rent 076 211002
Andaman Car Rent 076 325222

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