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Location of Marriott Hotel and Private Tour Guides

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Location of Marriott Hotel and Private Tour Guides

Visiting Phuket for the first time in mid-November and staying at the Marriott Phuket Beach Club for 2 weeks. It appears that this resort located on Mai Khao beach is just north of the airport. Go a quote from one of the TA suggested private guides that private airport transfer to Marriottt would be 800 B for 3 people. Since the Marriott is very close to the AP, would it be cheaper just to get a taxi ?

Can anyone suggest a tour guide that may operate closer to the area of the Marriott versus versus the Patong area??

Also, any suggestions on cheaper local restaurants we can eat at versus eating at the every expensive Marriott resturants? We love Thai food and don't need Western food. So would these require taxi rides??

Thanks for all your help.

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1. Re: Location of Marriott Hotel and Private Tour Guides

Yes, u should be able to get a taxi from the airport at half that price. Read faq on airport transfers on the right

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2. Re: Location of Marriott Hotel and Private Tour Guides

A taxi will be cheaper from the airport.

There's a few restaurants in Turtle village and there's a Thai restaurant called Ginja and a very good seafood restaurant called Jakkajan nearby.

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3. Re: Location of Marriott Hotel and Private Tour Guides

Thank you, we will take a metered Taxi from the airport to the Marriott.

Chrella, thank you for two restaurant suggestions. Absolutely love seafood - so must Jakkajan a try for sure. Will it be difficult to get metered cabs from the Marriot to either of these restaurants? After reading the FAQs about Airport Transfers, it appears that metered cabs are hard to find. Read similar discussions on the Bangkok forum about airport taxis.

So what happens? Are tourist left stranded if they cannot find a metered cab? I don't mind going to the next taxi, but this could get really old depending on the availability of other taxis??

Can't quite visualize this taxi situation??

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4. Re: Location of Marriott Hotel and Private Tour Guides

Only cost us 350baht from the airport to the Marriott Beach Club. Going back was 500 as you have to use the taxi mafia ( I presume they are).

Taxis are located near turtle Village so get some prices off them when you arrive to go to the Restaurants mentioned. The coffee club at Turtle Village has reasonable food for meals and worth checking out the Deli as they have some specials and deals. Taxi to the restaurants up near the Sarasin Bridge cost I believe about 500 baht return.

We used Kindee Restaurant as they delivered to the resort and enjoyed the food. Make sure if you phone your order through that you wait at the right gate, we didn't realise that there was a second gate and waited for longer than we shoul have before phoning and then realised we were the wrong gate - thankfully all finally sorted out.

We had a day out to Khao Lak and used Boss cheaper than Hotel Taxi who speaks good English and took us to the main sites, local places for breakfast and lunch and cost us 2000 baht but used this day to stop at Tescos and stock up on extras as well so a good day out.

I would use the recommended drivers on TA for any Phuket touring - not sure if they have trouble with the mafia but worth emailing them.

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5. Re: Location of Marriott Hotel and Private Tour Guides

Metered Taxis are easy to find at the Airport.

Just walk out the main doors to the drive way, turn right, walk to the end.

There will be a bunch of people trying to sell you limo services (and lie that they are also taxis). The real taxi you walk along the driveway to the end of the building, cross a path for taxi's to load luggage, and to the taxi booth. You will see painted taxis waiting there.

Although they are called metered taxi, they really run on a fixed fare. The lady will show you a table of prices. All the way to Patong is about 500B so yours will be less. She will also issue a white chit which you keep (in case you need to make a complaint).

Outside of the Airport, there are no metered taxis.

At your hotel, likely to be Taxi Mafia (ie drivers who paid the Mafia to operate in your area) so you will have to use their services at their fixed prices to leave the hotel to go anywhere. Exception would be organized tour pickups (like dive operators..etc) and also the hotel limo service.

In town, like Patong, Kata, Karon, the prices are also generally fixed, but you can try to haggle nicely.

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6. Re: Location of Marriott Hotel and Private Tour Guides

Thank you all for the explanation of the taxi situation. Got it - no metered cabs period. For the most part, I guess that we will have to deal with the fixed prices for taxi - as one has no choice if you need to get around.

Do all the taxi drivers charge approximately the same price for the same trips - so there is no need to ask several of them at the taxi stand at the Turtle Village mall area ?

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