Road tripping fun

Toyota Vios. So many rentals are white!

Ok, not sure if anyone recall that we are actually on the road. Well, not actually ON the road but rather in the middle of a journey to Phuket. Our annual Thailand trip, because we own a timeshare. Believe us it’s not a chore because it is a wonderful place to be. And while we normally use the other locations (Chiang Mai, Hua Hin etc), this year we have determined to come back here to our home resort.

Yep it rained like cats and dogs (eh why hah do they use this line?) for the first four days. But then it cleared up and today we are into the third day of sunshine! Finally the tank tops have a decent chance of being hung dry…yes it’s fantastic to have a run out here in the evenings…talk about warm rain.

At Cape Panwa, the Queen was too relax to even come out!

So how has the road trip gone?

Fantastic! Easy! You gotta do this – eh this sounds like one of our newsletter slogans…


  • Traffic may seem bad but they are probably not worse than in and around the large metropolises such as NYC (aargh recall June this year!). And the fellow drivers on the road are actually quite courteous. Perhaps they saw the words “Andaman car rental” emblazoned on the back and sides of our rental…
  • It is not that costly to drive. At Bht1300 per day (~S$52), it’s decent and it includes insurance. If Mel wrecked the car the limit was Bht5,000. We returned the vehicle in pristine condition. Petrol at Bht26/litre is miles cheaper than back in the little red but expensive dot.
  • Parking was not difficult either. Most places you don’t pay to park…heck cannot recall where we paid! And the convenience it affords = time saved either to touch more places or simply linger well after the busloads leave.

With this new found mobility, we have seemingly traversed the lengths and breadths of the island. It was a surprise when we could not find anymore sites to drive to by the end of the third day…so we ended up driving from shopping mall to the next – sort of like what we do back home…

So what’s the purpose of this post?

First, it’s fun to road trip. This affirms our decision to rent and drive – we need to tap on confirmation bias to support ourselves…Second, we enjoy adventuring together figuring out signs we could not read etc…

Most importantly, we tested out wifi enabled navigation using Google maps. No, we did not opt for an offline approach since we are fickle and change our minds too often. At the airport we bought a Bht299 package with TrueMove mobile which gave us 7 days of free data use. It was being equipped with this that helped us amend our drive routes as we pleased.

Now that the chauffering duties are over, Mel will have the next two days off – reading and writing while Suan catches up on the streaming Korean sitcoms…Our Journalog for this trip will be published in November. Look out for it!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

10 thoughts on “Road tripping fun”

  1. Despite the rain (what did you do on those rainy days?) it sounds like fun! I’ll be looking out for the details (not on what you did when it rained cats and dogs) of the getaway. I am teasing.
    I haven’t been back in Thailand since 11 years ago. Oh my! That’s eons! And I always went to Bangkok.. I actually haven’t been to any island.
    Thanks for the tips on the rental. I think I’ll still be scared to drive there. I survived using tuk-tuks and cabs. I always felt safer and more at home in Bangkok than in Manila. 😊

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