WOW. That is the most difficult part. Firstly the language difference makes it almost impossible to explain to locals what & where you want to go. At hotels it’s OK, but from hotels to other main routes & place is expensive via hotel shuttle. Once they drop you off at a public bus stop, the picture changes. Buses of all shapes & sizes come rushing past. Who knows which ones to stop? Who knows where the end up. We are aware of one thing & that is that the taxis are expensive & everywhere you go, the drivers rush out to offer friendly advice & of course convince you to drive with them. We want to travel like the locals do as much as possible. Little trucks with “cattle rail type sides” & open roofs are great, cheap & a nice way to meet the locals. These are called Songthaews & are a great way to meet the locals & other backpackers.
There are millions of automatic motorbikes on the roads. It looks as if they are driving with no concern for roadsafety, but that’s where we are all wrong. I ride a 1000cc Kawasaki back home and have been doing so for many years, yet I am a terrible passenger. Yet yesterday, myself & Janneke took a lift from a young Tai who wanted to earn a few Baht. ME & JANNEKE. THREE UP from Phuket to Rawai as we missed the last songthaews on a Sunday evening. I kid you not!! No helmets, bikes, cars & all shapes & size vehicles milling in & among one another. Guess what? We felt as safe & as confident as is possible under the circumstances. Even enjoyed it. What fun & another 1st. 🙂
Now we have rented our own one for a few days to get along Phuket Island’s Western beaches.