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Free Phuket Smart Bus travel for Thais in September

Free Phuket Smart Bus travel for Thais in September

PHUKET: Thai tourists visiting Phuket next month will be able to avail a special tourist incentive that allows them unlimited travel around part of the island for free.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 27 August 2022, 03:30PM

The “Hop-on Hop-off @Phuket” initiative allows all Thai nationals a day pass to ride the Phuket Smart Bus from the airport all along the beaches of the west coast and around to Rawai for the entire month of September without charge.

The route travels from Phuket International Airport to Ban Khian in Thalang, Cherng Talay, Kamala, Patong, Karon, Kata, Saiyuan, Promthep Cape and Rawai then returns the opposite direction.

It allows tourists to visit many of the island’s best beaches and also provides opportunity to walk around and explore other attractions that Phuket has to offer, said officials yesterday (Aug 26) when announcing the scheme.

There is the option to stay on the Smart Bus for the entire duration of the route, which takes approximately two hours, or passengers are free to hop-on and off at any of the designated stops. The service runs every hour from 7:15am until 10:25pm daily.

Internal - Phuket Live Radio 89.5

The only condition is that tickets for the free promotion can only be accessed via selected hotels at which the tourists must stay. A full list of hotels on the island who are participating in supporting the scheme can be found at:

How to get the card:
1. Check the list of participating hotels as per the link above
2. Make a reservation at the hotel (only open to Thai nationals)
3. Register to receive the card

Card information:
1. One day pass with unlimited travel for 24 hours on Phuket Smart Bus
2. Bring the card to the driver to scan. instead of payment (1 ticket / 1 person)
3. Collect tickets at participating hotels between Sept 1-30.

The scheme is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office, Phuket Town Development, Phuket Tourism Industry Association, Phuket Tourism Business Association, Thai Southern Hotels Association, Patong Beach Hotels Association, Kata Beach Hotels Association. Karon and Phuket Smart Bus.

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Kurt | 30 August 2022 - 09:06:06

...This is not a complain.  I myself like less tourists on Phuket. It makes the island more relaxed and livable, and better for the environment. At land and marine life wise. 
Lesser black smoke polluting busses on the road. And...Specially water supply wise during next dry season.

Kurt | 30 August 2022 - 08:59:33

This 'Free Phuket ( smart?) bus travel for Thai ONLY', is a Cheap Charlie initiative as they know very well there are not many Thai tourists in September. But this initiative has publicity wise a enormes negative image impact on international tourism. It shows Phuket face. I am sure TAT is discontent with this 'For Thai Only' initiative. This is not a complain

Kurt | 30 August 2022 - 08:50:36

Strange, that suppositioning of DEK with his remarks about many things like 30b health scheme and that 50/50 co-payment. On what facts does he base his suppositions? He just bet, his own words. Many comments are not çomplaints as DEK calls it, but noticing matters.

maverick | 30 August 2022 - 07:35:23

Perhaps the whiners should look for an alternative country or forum to spout their nonsense

maverick | 30 August 2022 - 07:33:05

Takes a racist to spot a racist 

Kurt | 30 August 2022 - 07:01:42

Dek seems to find dual pricing, and all other way's to treat Thai and foreigners different a normal. In a condo project only 49% foreigners can have it freehold, the rest only lease. Why? And so on. The phrase: Only for Thai"" , expresses discrimination, specially on a island what lives by the sake of foreign expats/retirees/tourists. The basis thinking of all this is not of this tim...

Kurt | 30 August 2022 - 06:45:52

My Thai neighbour next door receives from beginning PWA T1 bills. I, next door started off with T3, we found out about the enormous difference in rates/payments/amounts and I have changed it into T1 as well.  
So, people here having T2 or T3 PWA bills I advice to go PWA to check/adjust registration. Forget about Dek's googling. This is Phuket. Dek is again presuming, I am not dutch.

DeKaaskopp | 29 August 2022 - 20:47:50

to get those care packages containing eggs/rice etc. too. The good thing is that those complaining here all the time ,are just a very small fraction of the expat community. Nobody will miss them if they hopefully one day relocate. 

DeKaaskopp | 29 August 2022 - 20:39:42

If someone looking for racists complaining about racism, don't look any further. You find them right here on the comment section.If they not get all the same benefits Thai people get they start whining about discrimination. Guess they would like to have the 30b health scheme available for them too. Same like the 50/50 co-payment government scheme.I bet some of them stood in a row to get   thos...

DeKaaskopp | 29 August 2022 - 20:29:32

@Kurt   Your stubbornness to learn something is astonishing. Here epecially for you :  T1 is for residential estates.  T2  is for government agencies and small businesses . T3 is for state enterprises and large businesses.  And if you use more than certain amounts ,they will charge you the tariff of the next higher category. Nothing to do with if you are black or white or if you are Thai or Dutch.

Den Alder | 29 August 2022 - 19:41:38

Maverick, if you are only good at making assumptions, do tell me something I don't know. For once, even Kurt got it. 

Kurt | 29 August 2022 - 19:34:14

Phuket's lifeblood is ....foreign tourism..... We all know how many thousands thai tourist industry workers left Phuket during the Covid pandemie. Without foreign tourism Phuket is nothing! Now to awake any ( Smart? What smart?)  special transport for Thai tourists only, is a offensive insult in the face of the foreign tourists who think about going to Phuket, or are here in September.

Kurt | 29 August 2022 - 18:47:36

As there is no decent public transportation at all on '''high class tourist destination Phuket''',  the least they can do is to avoid discrimination, and make this service available to foreign retirees/tourists, en expats. Perhaps at TAT office is a brain that can explain the importance of avoiding more discrimination on Phuket. There is already enough of it. Dual pricing, ...

maverick | 29 August 2022 - 14:04:29

Dear Den has it occurred to you that this may be an attempt to encourage Thais especially young ones to use public tra-nsport -or is your point that it should be free for everyone - that will work well won’t it - A lack of scheduled public transport is a massive issue in Phuket 

Den Alder | 29 August 2022 - 07:36:04

@maverick, you completely missed the point. Again. 

Kurt | 29 August 2022 - 01:20:00

Stop the uninmagitive song of going home. 1: It is not unfair to me. I have a PWA T1 registering. 2: I don't put up with anything more than all other commentators here. Pick another person to critizise for a change, PoolieDek. Many with even stronger comments than mine for you to challenge. :-)

Pooliekev | 28 August 2022 - 20:31:54

@Kurt. If it's so unfair to you, just go home and dont put up with it any longer. Your endless whining isnt getting you anywhere. 

Kurt | 28 August 2022 - 18:45:02

Again, weak derailing Dek with his goole thing,just for his face saving.. . You not need a google explanation, just check you PWA T2 and T3 bills, and compare with your thai neighbours T1 Bill. Go to PWA, and convert your billing to T1. PWA is very kind and willing to help you and do so if it is possible. That was my experience.

Capricornball | 28 August 2022 - 18:16:18

I'm OK with any program that gives incentives to reduce driving cars. I would also be open to a reasonably priced "Vacation Island Pass" that allows tourists (of all colors) unlimited use of the Smart Bus, baht busses and any other public transit all over the island. Include stops at all hot spots, with cool link stations to catch rides to attractions. Great way to cut into taxi mafi...

DeKaaskopp | 28 August 2022 - 13:44:28

@Kurt  Search PWA on google.They explain their tarifs in English too. After that you can wipe the egg of your face again.

Kurt | 28 August 2022 - 13:14:30

How can TAT function in attracting foreigners to come to Thailand, as same time Thai Officials scandalous treat foreigners by not giving them the same  Phuket smart(?) bus facllity as to Thai tourists? What thinking is that in their heads to discriminate foreigners? It is funny that someone living on Phuket many years not get the same facility as a short time Thai tourist. Ugly.

Kurt | 28 August 2022 - 12:55:17

Dek was wrong with Phuket airport illegal fast Immigration lane, softenend later with 'people liked it'. Now he talks nonsense about T1, T2, T3 water bills. When you have a T2, T3 bill, compare it with Thai neigbour who has monthly a T1 bill. Forget Dek nonsense.
Just compare bills.

DeKaaskopp | 28 August 2022 - 11:43:44

Kurt, you should educate yourself a bit more about T1, T2 , T3 before coming up with your nonsense.It has nothing to do with being a foreigner or not ! 

cheez | 28 August 2022 - 10:57:01

The idea ended up lopsided.

Kurt | 28 August 2022 - 10:17:04

@ Den Alder. Answer is simple.  Foreigners are not 'brothers & sisters'. Foreigners are walking wallets. You take from them. With dual prices or much more. Not give anything to them. Fine example is the water bill. It comes in 3 codes: T1, T2. T3. With T3 on your water bill you pay more than double for lesser cubic meters water than with a T1 registration.


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