‘Tuk-Tuks’ – to get about the island
If you want your own private taxi, look for a tuk tuk, a tiny mini-truck converted in the manner of the bigger song taew above to carry about four (or more!) passengers. The tuk-tuk gets this name from the noise its little engine makes. There are fleets of these in all major tourist areas, and they will take you anywhere, for a price. The going rate for the 30 minute ride between Patong and Phuket town can be as much as 450 Baht, one way! Be prepared to bargain and keep it friendly, but don’t expect much movement on their prices for the drivers are out to squeeze every Baht they can from tourists. At night the price of tuk-tuks shoots up.