Who doesn’t want total freedom to travel around a beautiful island? Should you rent a scooter in Phuket? YES! You should absolutely rent a scooter in Phuket and prepare for a unique adventure on a busy island.
There’s always a few key things from each adventure that stick out in my mind when I’m on the road and in Phuket, Thailand one not to forget was our own scooter adventures. It certainly was not my Harley but it worked!
Renting a scooter was easy, we rented one right from our hostel. All they needed was our passports and some cash. We thought ahead and went to AAA before we left to get our International Drivers License.
They didn’t ask us for them, but did take down the information from them when we volunteered them. For us a helmet was a must, I’m funny enough without hitting my head on the streets of Thailand.
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Renting a Scooter in Phuket
Our scooter was an Automatic so it was easy to work, just give it gas and go! We will call it the little red Honda. Have you ever driven in 5-6 wide lines of bikes but the real lines are only a car wide? Well that is what it is like.
Going down streets, hills and curves were fun. You just kind of flow with traffic, so if there’s a car stopped in the street you go around it, you may go around it on the sidewalk or shoulder but you just follow all of the other bikes whizzing in and out of traffic.
Yes it’s kind of crazy, but everyone is nice and watches out for each other. But don’t expect Thai drivers to be driving with the same respect for the driving rules as most drivers in your country do- they have their own set of rules!
That includes going through red lights if no one is coming and driving on the wrong side of the road! As far as the road conditions, they were well paved and smooth so even an inexperienced biker will be able to rent one and have fun.
HORNS. People will be honking horns like crazy. Some just to say hey I’m turning or watch out don’t you see me or hey pretty lady or your going to slow! No matter what, just don’t let it get to you, honk back if you want! It’s all part of the culture.
The day we rented our little red Honda we took it beach hopping along the West and South sides of Phuket. From Patong to Kata & Karon was about a 20 minute drive.
Most of the drive is outside of the city and you can enjoy beautiful jungle landscape and some pretty awesome views of the coast from the higher overlook spots. You just kind of go at your own pace and take it how ever it comes at you.
Keep your eye out for people running across the street. We saw one bike that had almost flipped over because someone ran right out in front of them!
~ Tequila or Gas? You decide. ~
We filled up at one of the street stations near the hostel and never had to stop for gas again. They don’t have traditional gas stations so you will see people on the streets with liquor bottles in baskets. This is your gas station!
The rates are fair and they are happy to fill you up. At first we thought maybe they were tequila or something like that. One day will only use a tank of gas and there’s tons you can see.
We did do our fair share of walking, but we enjoy that. We either walked or rented a scooter. Don’t hesitate to rent one, get out there and have your scooter adventure today.
Hotels we Recommend in Phuket:
- The Chava Resort ***** Excellent Traveler Rating by TripAdvisor
- Andara Resort and Villas ***** Excellent Traveler Rating by TripAdvisor
- Trisara Phuket ***** Excellent Traveler Rating by TripAdvisor
- COMO Point Yamu ***** Excellent Traveler Rating by TripAdvisor
- BYD Lofts Boutique Hotel & Serviced Apartments ***** Excellent Traveler Rating by TripAdvisor
Top tours to take in Phuket
Hanuman World Zipline Adventure in Phuket. Soar through Phuket’s lush forest on a 3-hour zipline adventure at the Hanuman World zipline park, where you’ll find state-of-the-art safety and equipment in a stunning tropical setting. Swoop between 30 platforms set high in the trees and connected by rappel lines, sky bridges, spiral staircases and ziplines. Travel through the course alongside a trained guide and recover from your adventure with an authentic Thai lunch.
2-Hour ATV Tour on Phuket. Explore the inland terrain of Phuket on a 2-hour ATV tour in Thailand’s lush jungle. Includes transfer from your Phuket hotel to the ATV camp, full instruction, equipment, and an exhilarating ride led by an expert guide.
Phuket Catamaran Afternoon Cruise. Spend a memorable evening cruising along the Andaman Sea during this catamaran dinner trip from Phuket. You’ll hop aboard a traditional ship and set sail on a relaxing sunset journey across clear blue waters. Enjoy a savory BBQ dinner with up to 25 other guests. If you’re looking for a quiet escape from the city night life and a chance to connect with nature after dark this is the tour for you!
Full Day Similan Island by Speedboat from Phuket. Experience Thailand at its most pristine on a full-day trip by speedboat from Phuket to the Similan Islands that includes lunch by the beach and round-trip hotel transfer. Spend the day exploring the picture-perfect islands, with time to swim, hike, and enjoy the Similan Islands’ white sand beaches.
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