The wealthiest province in Thailand, spurred mainly through its tourism, Phuket is technically an island, though you wouldn’t think it when you witness its size. Phuket is overly branded as a party place, which has led to most people ignoring the vast array of other experiences at you disposal. Your rental car can help unlock these opportunities and remove the tiresome cliches. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Phuket has to offer so you can take full advantage of this glitzy island, and a car hire from Phuket Airport is also available. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a car hire to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific needs. You have the options of choosing car size, pick up location and type of insurance to ensure you get the best deal on a great car hire!
The Pearl of the Andaman was once a popular trade route between China and India, and has held the crown of Thailand’s most popular beach destination for many years, featuring idyllic scenery and warm blue sea. Phuket is rightly seen as an island of fun, with deep-sea diving, high-end dining, white beaches and raucous nightlife, but alongside the pulse is peace, and the island offers an interesting snapshot of Thai history and culture.
You’re utterly spoilt for choice for outdoor activities on Phuket, including free diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, wake boarding and fishing, but to really experience the island it’s best to take a Phuket car rental to explore at your leisure. For family fun that is not on the beach, try the Upside Down House and the A-Maze, both near Siam Niramit. Head to Phuket town for a trip through its Old Town, where you can experience some tangible history and culture. Chinese merchants left their mark on the town with enormous mansions and shop houses, and are a great relic for Sino-Portuguese architecture. In November, Phuket town buzzes with processions, theater shows and food stalls to celebrate the Vegetarian Festival, an annual imperative for the Buddhists on the island.
Some of the best sights in Phuket come in the form of their stunning vistas, and a car hire in Phuket is a great way to see them. Phang Nga Bay is a distinct treasure thanks to its sheer limestone cliffs jutting straight out of the emerald-green water. Other small islands around Phuket have been featured in a score of movies, such as James Bond Island and Phi Phi Island. The 10 mile-long national park beach of Hat Mai Khao is a great place to while away a few hours, or if you’re after something a little more rugged you can try the 48 square mile Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park. Phuket also boasts some exquisite temples, with the Shrine of the Serene Light and Chalong Temple chief among them.
Food in Phuket is very international, thanks to the massive numbers of tourists that descend on the island, but there are also the usual Thai favorites on offer. Seafood is obviously a popular choice, but Phuket also enjoys its own style of preparation and cooking. The Koh Yao Yai style focuses intensely on freshness, and the fried noodle dishes on the island can’t be missed. Nam Phrik Kung Siap is a mixture of dried chilies and smoked shrimp eaten with fresh vegetables, and a local favorite. Phuket also locally grows pineapples and cashews, so expect to find a nice variety at cheap prices.
Aside from the dazzling array of islands to hop to, Phuket is connected directly to the mainland and a car hire in Phuket can take you not only around the large island but north into mainland Thailand. Bangkok, the country’s frenetic capital, can be found on the central plains, while a Phuket car hire can take you all the way through the country, witnessing the entire gamut of Thai life, before arriving at Chiang Mai, the de facto capital of Northern Thailand and the heart of ancient Lanna culture.