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– Don’t for get to drive on the LEFT in Thailand.

– Be careful of  motorbikes because the motorbikes may be on everywhere around you.

Be Careful cars and motorbikes from roadside or junction. Sometimes they just drive out without notice, although you are on the main street.

– Some cars or motorbikes may drive against you on roadside, espicially on ” Thep Krasattri” road.

In the center of Phuket town, there is a one-way road system. Please, observe the sign before drive on.

In Patong Beach area, there have two main roads on the beach front which is the one way system. Be careful when you want to drive from one road to another, because you have to drive on the right.

Before parking, please observe the traffic sign. Do NOT park along the road that show ” Do not Park” sign or on the footpath that paint
the ” White-Yellow” and “White -Red” color.

Do NOT leave the valuable things in your car. The bad people may break the windows, and take your stuff. This is not happen often, but it’s better to prevent it.

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By Thai law, drivers need to have the driver’s license issued by the Department of Land Transport (Thai driver’s license) or international driver’s license. If you drive in Phuket without Thai or international driver’s license, you may have to pay fine. (Now, aroud 500 baht)

About insurance coverage, for Pure Car Rent‘s insurance, Thai, overseas or international driver’s license is acceptable for our insurance companies.  So if you drive Pure Car Rent‘s car with driver’s license issued by your country, you and the car are covered by insurance.

Some of our customers drive the cars with only their national driver’s license. I have ever asked them, they said the fine is cheaper than application for new international driver license.

In my opinion, in Phuket, police does not check the driver license unless you break the traffic law. If you don’t want to worry about this, and you plan to drive in Thailand, please apply for international driver’s liecnse before you travel to Phuket or Thailand.

I have driven in Phuket and Thailand for more than 10 years, I have never been stoped by police to check my driver’s license.

By: Pure Car Rent – Phuket, Thailand

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Fuel Consumtion of Pure Car Rent’s Rental Cars
For our compact cars, Toyota Vios, Honda City, Honda Jazz, they consume approximately 10-15 kms/litre. If the cars are used in town area, the cars consumre 10-12 kms/litre. If they are used in long distance driving, the cars consume 13-15 kms/litre.

Fuel Capacity of Pure Car Rent’s Rental Cars
– Honda City      42 Litre/Tank
– Honda Jazz     42 Litre/Tank
– Toyota Vios    42 Litre/Tank
– Toyota Altis    55 Litre/Tank
– Toyota Avanza   45 Litre/Tank
– Isuzu Dmax     76 Litre/Tank

By: Pure Car Rent – Phuket, Thailand

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Petrol / oil prices in Phuket, normally is a little more expensive than petrol price in Bangkok. It will be 0.40 – 0.60 baht/litre more expensive.

16 Nov 2009 – Gasohol 95 / Gasohol 91
 – Prices in Bangkok     31.74 / 30.94
 – Prices in Phuket        32.18 / 31.38

Gasohol 95 / Gasohol 91 Prices (baht/litre) – in Bangkok
PTT Pubilc Co., Ltd.

15 Oct 2009    29.94 / 29.14
03 Sep 2009    31.54 / 30.74
06 Aug 2009    31.34/ 30.54
02 Jul 2009    29.84 / 29.04
05 Jun 2009    28.54 / 27.74
01 May 2009    25.74 / 24.94
09 Apr 2009    25.64 / 24.84
03 Mar 2009    22.44 / 21.64
05 Feb 2009    21.04 / 20.24
08 Jan 2009    16.89 / 16.09

Information from: PTT Pubilc Co., Ltd.
By: Pure Car Rent – Phuket, Thailand

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When you rent a car in Phuket, you don’t have to worry about parking fee, because it’s not expensive. You can park the car on street side with small parking fee (5-10 baht). There is no parking meter, you have to pay parking fee to government staff (usually wear brown uniform).

Phuket International Airport – Parking Fee
Parking fee at Phuket International Airport is one of the most expensive places in Phuket (as I know), the rates are shown below:
 15 Min – 1 Hr             20 baht
 1.05 Hrs – 2 Hrs       40 baht
 2.05 Hrs – 3 Hrs       50 baht
 3.05 Hrs – 6 Hrs       100 bhat
 6.05 Hrs – 24 Hrs    200 baht

Department Stores in Phuket – Parking Fee
Most department stores in Phuket do not collect parkinge fee except departmnet stores in Patong beach. Due to limited parking space in Patong, Junceylon Patong, one of the biggest shopping malls in phuket, collect expensive parking fee. But Junceylon’s customers can park a car 2-3 hours free if they have stores’ receipts.

Phuket Road Side Parking – Parking Fee
When you park a car in Phuket town, Patong beach, Kata beach, or some business area, you have to pay small parking fee to government staff. Parking out of town area, you don’t have to pay parking fee.

By: Pure Car Rent – Phuket, Thailand

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* Driver’s License
To drive in Thailand, you need to have Thai or international driver’s license.

* Speed Limit
In town, speed limit is 50 km./hr.  On high way, speed limit is 90 km./hr.  However, you can see many cars driver more than speed limit.

* Seat Belt
By the law, driver and passenger in front seat need to wear seat belts.

* Alcohol
Do not drive after drink. If blood alcohol level exceed 50 mg. percent, the driver must be indicated. To be complied the law, most people cannot drink more than 2 glasses of beer.

* Parking Fee
Parking in some busy roads in Phuket town, Kata beach, Karon beach, Patong beach, .., you may have to pay parking fee. Mostly is 5-10 baht. There is no parking meter, there will be government staff (usually wear brwon uniform) collects money from you.

By: Pure Car Rent – Phuket, Thailand

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