Best Island Drives:
the island - Out and About on Phuket
So few people
actually get around Phuket and really see what is here. Rubber
plantations, pineapple fields, coconut groves, incredible sea views,
winding mountain roads with wonderful bay views and rural villages -
Phuket really does have it all.
is one of the best drives to catch all those features. The area
along this drive is quickly becoming home to Phuket, Thailand, and
South-East Asia's most exclusive villas.
part of the island is rarely seen by tourists, but has some of the
most stunning views of the bay and a sampling of small villages and
rural life. Only recently has development headed to the
northeast - mostly looking for the great views of the bay.
If you love golf and incredible bay views, the
Mission Hills Loop can't be beat [see
photo at the top of this page]. The PR folks at Mission Hills Golf
course will give you a free Club Car tour of the course if you ask.
on the southern tip of the island is the famous
Prom Thep Point
- and a country drive through the area.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Prom Thep
Point, you'll find the
Dream Land Loop.
This drive is the deciding point for many who are thinking about
living on Phuket as it takes you through a beautiful residential
Hills Drive will give you some great
views of the city and out over the bay and islands. If you are
lucky, you'll get to see some of Phuket's resident monkeys.
Now, get up off that beach chair for a least a day - and see what's
It is worth
renting a car if you are staying on the island for more than a day
or two - there is so much to see - great drives, great sunsets and
sunrises, hidden away beaches - public transportation or tuk tuks
just can't get you there. If/when you rent - rent only from a
Not all rent a car agencies have first class
insurance - some won't want you to leave the island - some play
games with small scratches and dents. Never leave your passport
with a rent a car company - some will ask. Take a couple copies of
your passport with you - carry one with you at all time - and leave
a copy for the car. That way if there should be any dispute - you
won't have to worry about your passport.
Budget Rent-a-Car for rentals. You can find cheaper cars, yes,
but if you are unlucky enough to have an accident, you'll be happy
you hired a Budget car. See the
Renting a Car
on Phuket page for more information and insight.