Public transport is quite limited on Phuket. Local buses, in the form of converted pick-up trucks (songtaews), operate along set routes and are a convenient and cost-effective means of getting around. The destination of the songtaew will be written in English on the front of the vehicle. Tuk-tuks are popular on the island, but they are not metered and it's not uncommon for drivers to overcharge unsuspecting passengers. It's best to negotiate a fare before getting in the vehicle. Although not as common as songtaews and tuk-tuks, metered taxis are available on Phuket. Drivers are sometimes reluctant to use the meter, and it's best to agree on the fare before embarking on a journey in a taxi. Motorbike taxis are a cheaper means of getting around the island, but by no means the safest. Car and motorbike hire is available on Phuket and both offer a good means of getting around the island, although should be considered carefully due to the poor safety standards on local roads.
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