Yes there are but be prepared for that unscheduled stop at the booking agents office on the way to your accommodation.
Good to know, I think most people know about the unscheduled stop, which is really more for them to get the details of where people are staying, so they can plan the route they're going to take.
Hi Jayne, the unscheduled stop is done for one reason and one reason only and that is to attempt to sell you and your travelling party, excursions, hotels, onward travel ect :)
Saves u money but yes the stop is useless litrally stay in the minibus and theyre a ripoff and charge more. And want u to book tours for ur whole holiday with them. Ignoor it be polite and say sorry but ive booked them/ dont want trips/ or whatever your excuse may be.
after 8ish hours travelling do you really want the hastle of sitting in a bus for that time when all you want to do is get to your hotel and relax. It is about 800 baht now to kata in a cab.
Try 1200..... was more than 800 to patong and kata/karon is further..
"Try 1200..... was more than 800 to patong and kata/karon is further.."
To Kata: metertaxi is 600, airport 'limousine' 800.
Thats amazing i asked the two taxi services at phuket airport. Private taxi to patong beach was 800 baht. Or mini bus was 360baht for two adults.
And another guy was asking to kata beach and they said its further so more. I didnt go to kata so cant give a defo price. But all i can say is i thought kata was further down than patong. So realistically price is going to be more.
I'm quite happy to save 500/600 baht by spending an extra 10-30 mins (depending on who gets dropped off first) travelling in a mini-bus instead of a taxi. They both sit in the same traffic jam for 95% of the journey (which seemed even worse this year than 2012)
As for the stop, both times I've got the mini-bus, everybodys been back in the bus in 5 minutes, so don't think anyone booked expensive hotels, trips etc. I've never felt any pressure at all to book anything during the stop & wouldn't bother anyway.
Appreciate the advice though, hopefully useful to other people as well
"Thats amazing i asked the two taxi services at phuket airport. Private taxi to patong beach was 800 baht. Or mini bus was 360baht for two adults. "
You're right, for 'limousine' service latest prices are 800 Baht to Patong and 1000 baht to Kata.
Metertaxi will be about 200 Baht cheaper.