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Tuk-tuk charges per person or per vehicle

We will be staying at Karon Phunaka and would like to visit Patong.How do the tuk-tuks charge? Is it per person or per vehicle and what is the approx charge to Patong by tuk-tuk and taxi.

What is the best central spot to get off at in Patong for shopping and just generally soaking in the atmosphere?

Has anyone stayed at Karon Phunaka ? Any advice for 1st timers?

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1. Re: Tuk-tuk charges per person or per vehicle

Charges are per tuktuk, to Patong from Karon 400 baht.

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A tuk tuk will poss take you from Karon to Patong for 300 baht but even that is a rip off IMHO.A fare on the meter from the centre of Bangkok to the airport, including two tolls, is just under 300baht for a much further journey.

Then again you don't really have any choice apart from waiting for the bus and it's prob too hot and too much bother to do that.

A good rule of thumb is almost any tuk tuk driver wil try to get an inflated price of you.

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Get as much info as you can before you leave, stevenl and Mancunia have alreadty told you what the price should be so don't pay more than that.

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ask the driver to drop you off at jungceylon shopping centre in patong

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"Then again you don't really have any choice apart from waiting for the bus and it's prob too hot and too much bother to do that."

You'll be waiting a long time, as there is no direct bus between Karon and Patong.

The blue public buses (Songtaews) that run from Kata loop back through Karon and then travel to Phuket Town ... you would then need to change to another bus to travel from Phuket Town to Patong ... a very long journey in all.

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Ah jumpstart your right. I wasn't thinking as i did consider the bus to Phuket town to see an Phuket FC match but ended up negotiating a return price in a cab in the end.

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7. Re: Tuk-tuk charges per person or per vehicle

Hire a bike, Baht 150 for 1 full day.

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Last couple of times we hired a driver for the day, we did a few short trips around the town and it was the same price as you have been quoted for two trips on the tuk tuks. Panya was his name and his car was spotless and he is a good driver, if he saw us on the street he would collect our bags and put them in the car for us. Tuk Tuks do not represent any value any more. But each to their own.

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Here's a list of exorbitant taxi rates which have been approved by the Phuket Governor: phuketwan.com/tourism/…

The trip from Karon to Patong or vice versa at 400 Baht is tantamount to highway robbery since it's only 8 kilometres.

But like everything else on Phuket, the general policy is to milk the tourist. The worst case of a ripoff I read about a short while ago concerned a guy who was attacked leaving the Rock City nightclub which is located near Bangla Road and had to be taken to the local hospital for treatment. The tuk-tuk which ferried him there charged him 1,000 Baht. The distance between the two locations is less than a kilometre. You can read the news report here: phuketwan.com/tourism/…

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10. Re: Tuk-tuk charges per person or per vehicle

Xircal, you are very negative, obviously you have had a bad experience in Phuket, but no need to put people off, you may as well just tell them not to come here, try not to let personal opinions get in the way of good advice, if I was a first timer reading your posts I would be very worried. Sue