Uber in Phuket has officially launched! We think it’s a fabulous time to launch in Phuket because people there, and millions from around the world who visit the island every year, are clamoring for a great new transportation alternative. People want safety, they want incredible reliability and they want accountability. Mike Brown, Uber regional general manager, explained to the Gazette.
The Uber application for smartphones allows members to track Uber-approved drivers in the area who are registered legal taxi drivers in Phuket already as well as hail drivers with the tap of the screen. The car that picks you up when you request an Uber is an immaculate Toyota, Mitsubishi, or Honda sedan or SUV driven by a professional driver, Mr. Brown explained. The vehicle and the driver’s credentials have been inspected and approved by Uber and meet all regulatory requirements for a Phuket commercial transport operator.
For locals, ex-pats, and tourists, the real kicker, of course, is that their feedback is actually taken into account. Now, Uber will be able to step in and provide a greater level of transparency and accountability to the services that tourists expect. All payments are made with a pre-registered credit card through the Uber app, preventing drivers from rounding to the nearest hundred baht. The rate currently being quoted for an Uber driver is 950 baht from the airport to anywhere on the island. Shorter rides, such as from Patong to Central Festival in Phuket Town 10.2km will vary between 385 and 467 baht depending on traffic, according to the app’sFare Quote feature. phuketgazette.com