Phuket Best Island Drives
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.
The Trisara Drive 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.
Just below: Trisara and Nai Thon Beach
The Phuket NorthEast Drive: North East Loop View
The northeast 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.
Down on the southern tip of the island is the famous Prom Thep Point and a beautiful country drive through the area: Prom Thep Cape Drive.
The Phuket DreamLand Drive – Dreamland Villa
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 area.
The Phuket Town 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 out there!
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 reputable agency.
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 you to. 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. Technically, your passport does not belong to you. It belongs to the country that issued it.
I recommend 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.
Phuket Best Island Drives