Do you advise renting a car in Phuke

Dec 6th, 2004, 02:38 AM
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Do you advise renting a car in Phuke

We will be staying at the Marriott and I understand cabs are not easy to come by. What type of rental cars are available and what is the price.
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Dec 6th, 2004, 09:28 AM
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We rented a midsize (more like "compact" in the U.S.) for $170 for 7 days from Avis at the HKT airport. Gas and ferries (to Ko Samui, a 6+-hour drive away) added just $30, so all-in we spent $200 and were able to drive all over. Manual transmission, but that's pretty standard in Asia; automatics are some 25% more $$. Thailand is the easiest SE Asian country we've driven in yet.
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Dec 9th, 2004, 03:45 PM
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You mention that you drove in SE Asia. Which countries and areas did you drive in?
Did you need anything other than an International drivers license?
Did you find that police would harass you because it was a rental?
And could you cross the border with a rental car? A
ny info would be wonderful.
I have driven through Jamaica and Europe and prefer to have the freedom of a rental.
Thanks, Siri
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Dec 9th, 2004, 04:32 PM
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You cannot cross 'any' borders with a rental. You 'do' require an International license. emember that rules and laws will be different from what you are familiar with. Driving ariound Phuket island is somewhat different than a trek across a country by rental.
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Dec 10th, 2004, 09:37 AM
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If you are going to rent a vehicle in Phuket I'd recommend a small Jeep or other 4 wheel drive vehicle. Some of the roads around the coast (particularly in the south) can be a bit steep and windey
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Dec 10th, 2004, 12:12 PM
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I would not want to drive there,although I know many people do drive. There are many motorbikes and very winding roads in places. Many accidents. A good friend of mine who lives in Phuket near Patong sold her car and takes public transportation. I can understand why after riding with her a few times in her car-much too busy and dangerous traffic on the roads.
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