Arriving at Phuket International Airport (HKT) after an 11 hour flight to Bangkok, a 3 hour stopover then a further 2 hour flight with zero sleep at 12:30am was interesting. I managed to zombie my way through Customs to the baggage carousel, where I found my bags after waiting 20 minutes for them to start unloading the aircraft. First thing on my mind was to find a Thai Simcard so I could post the obligatory Facebook "Im here wow its amazing" post. Less importantly, contact my family to say I hadn't crashed on arrival. I found a small corner mart in the far side of the airports foyer. It cost me 600 Baht for a Simcard, preloaded with credit and 1GB of data, which to me seemed reasonable. Although i'm pretty sure she jipped me. In the rush to get out of the airport and into a taxi, I managed to leave my bag in the small mart in the corner of the airport. Worse yet, I didn't realise until I arrived in Patong, which to anyone familiar with Phuket, is about 45 minutes drive from the airport. My taxi driver, who I had awkwardly shared a beer and a broken english conversation with on the drive to the resort, offered to drive me back to the airport and back to the resort again for 1000 Baht all up. I was in no position to barter and accepted his offer. Fatigue was really kicking in at this stage. So 45 minutes later I arrive at the airport to find the little mart I left my bag in had shut. Luckily my taxi driver spoke good enough english so I was able to talk to security who had taken my bag into lost property. Crisis averted. Back to the resort it is, at 3:00am, for my first nights sleep in Phuket, Thailand. Phew.
From Phi Phi to Kraby we took a ferry. This cost us 300Baht per person (kids didn't pay). The Ferry was smaller than the ferry we arrived from Railay although I asked several times - "Big Boat?" and got an answer "Big Boat!". We bought out tickets at PP Cabana, but there are many places around the pier who sell those tickets. Cruise was almost two hours.
Bangkok is very similar to Beijing. No matter where you need to go, it usually takes you more than 45 minutes. But unlike Beijing, the taxi drivers are willing to turn the AC on :-)
There is the TokTok option, which we would have taken if it weren't for the kids. But my impression, is that TokToks are stuck in the traffic like an ordinary cab, but with the "pleasure" of breathing in their surrounding exhaust. However, it's probably cheaper and more fun.