A wide variety of transport options are available for villa guests looking to make the most of Thailand’s tropical treasures. Choose carefully for maximum comfort and safety.
Most visitors head to one of Thailand’s tropical islands to soak up the rays on white-sand, palm fringed beaches. But there are also those that want to explore. Travellers that make their way to islands like Phuket or Koh Samui are spoilt for choice with ways to cross the land and sea and plunge into the serene vistas that surround their holiday villa.
One bonus for guests staying at a private villa is that the villa manager will be happy to help them make all the right transport choices, whether arranging a taxi or recommending a car rental firm. Here are some of the best ways to explore Thailand’s tremendous tropical hotspots.
Swift and Easy
Hiring your own car is definitely one of the best ways to discover an island like Koh Samui or Phuket. A car offers a swift and convenient way to head exactly where you want to go, at whatever time you choose. Car rentals are also a must for guests staying in secluded locations tucked away on a lush mountainside. There are plenty of reputable car hire firms that offer car and personal insurance in the cost of the rental, and a variety of different models are available depending on the kind of trip you are planning. The Mitsubushi Pajero Sport SUV is the perfect car for climbing Phuket’s winding mountain roads, while travellers in the mood for a little luxury, can even rent a top of the range Mercedes-Benz for some city cruising.
A Stylish Transfer
After luxuriating in a business class seat on your flight to Phuket, the last thing you want to do is board an overcrowded shuttle bus or negotiate fares with taxi drivers. Holiday-makers who have pre-arranged an airport transfer with the manager of their private villa can avoid this unnecessary hassle, and climb straight into a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle that will take them directly to their accommodation. Those who want to get the party started as soon as they touch down can even arrange for a private limousine to pick them up!
The Open Sea
With sublime islands scattered generously around the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, an exploration of Thailand’s tropical treasures is often done by boat. Visitors travelling long distances between islands and the Thai mainland are best booking a ferry with a well-respected travel agent. Travellers exploring the Gulf of Thailand can hop aboard Lomprayah high-speed catamaran for a swift sailing to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Once on the islands, a long-tail boat is one of the best ways to explore the nooks and crannies of the craggy coastline because visitors have time to appreciate the marvellous ocean views. However, travellers that prefer to travel in style can do so by chartering their very own yacht. Sailing enthusiasts who do charter their own vessel should check ocean conditions are safe before they set sail and it is also possible to charter a crewed vessel for the less experienced.
Live like the Locals
Adventurous travellers often enjoy rubbing shoulders with the locals as they explore Thailand, which means hopping onto a songthaew or tuk-tuk can be one of the best ways to get around. Songthaews are large open-sided pick-up trucks with covered seating in the back, and are often one of the fastest ways to get around a downtown area or city. However, visitors exploring by tuk-tuk or songthaew should try to negotiate a price with the driver before setting off, and be aware that these forms of transport are not suited to extensive exploration or mountainous terrain.
Travellers that want to enjoy the twists and turns of winding mountain roads can hire a motorbike to explore Thailand’s islands. Rental firms are plentiful in places like Phuket and Koh Samui, and motorbikes offer a convenient means of getting around and accessing the best sights across the island. However, travellers who are not experienced motorcycle riders should err on the side of caution and avoid motorbike rental. Even expert riders should always wear a helmet and protective clothing.
by Wayne Hue