I booked an island hopping tour that would start at 9.30 AM from my hotel and I was badly running out of time. As soon as the flight departed, I rushed out and was happy to see my hotel staff member holding a placard with my name. It was around 8.40 am and I told him I need to reach hotel by 9.30 and he just smiled. He said it would roughly take an hour from airport to hotel. Having no other choice, I nodded and he assigned me to a driver. I communicated with the non-english speaking driver regarding my urgency and he smiled and said, "Flight late. I understand. I will drive fast. For you. you reach hotel. 9.30."I was so delighted on hearing those kind words. The traffic in Phuket is much better than in Bangkok and we managed to reach the hotel by 9.40 am. I hurriedly went to the reception and asked if any tour operator had come asking for me. "No," came the reply from the cute receptionist. I was relieved and gave her my activity ticket, requesting her to call the tour operator to find out where they are. Fortunately, I was the last one on their list to pick up and due to some traffic congestion near Patong, they were running 15 min late. The driver finally did pick me up and dropped me at their cozy pier.Off we went to Phang nga bay on a high speed boat!