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driving in patong/phuket

kloof south africa
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driving in patong/phuket

are the road sign directions in english as well as thai if i hire a car to drive around phuket and use a gps is gps also in english . If i use my own garmin gps can i purchase a sim card in english in patong beach area and if so where and how much does it cost in thai baht. any advice/help would be appreciated( driving licence no problem). also car hire example a toyota yaris how much per day

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1. Re: driving in patong/phuket

Road signs aren't a problem - you'll be fine.

Know nothing about road gps - I'm a 'map' person. Hahaha.

You 'should' have an International Driving Licence, but if you do get pulled over, then a normal national licence is 'usually' okay. But, get an IDL if you have time.

Insurance, and proper insurance is a MUST. I always suggest cars from the usual international agencies like Avis and Hertz because they have accepted international standard insurance. Local hire from a purely Thai company runs the risk of 'local standard' insurance, which if you need it, may result in a shock to your wallet. So, for price, just check the websites.

Edited: 15 October 2013, 17:07
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2. Re: driving in patong/phuket

And keep in mind Thai drivers usually ignore road signs like yield, stop, keep left, etc.

As a matter of fact, you'll be hard pressed to see a stop sign.

There are not very many on the island.

Good luck and drive defensively.

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3. Re: driving in patong/phuket

I'm not sure about hiring a GPS in Thailand, I always bring my own. I have free GPS and Nokia Maps on my Nokia phone, I just need to download the right maps before travelling. I use offline versions so no sim connection is required.

However I do buy a Thai sim for just 49Bt from most 7/11's or Family Marts. The company is DTAC aka Happy. You can buy top-up packages for daily web-browsings for just 20Bt or so.

Alternatively you could just hire a car and driver for about 1500Bt to take you to all the sites - I can't see why you would want to hire a car everyday in Phuket one day should be enough. Take a look at this map: http://goo.gl/maps/LPy7r

You could do an organised tour of the island or a DIY version. This would include Bug Buddha and Wat Chalong; a stop in Phuket Town particularly the area round Thalang Road - whilst there the The Natural Restaurant is a popular choice. Perhaps a quick free "tour" of a Cashew factor - actually more like a 15 mins marketing gimmick but if you like cashes it's worth it. Then catch the sunset from a viewpoint.

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