This is really more a post than a question. I wanted to share our experience with renting a car through Avis at the Phuket airport. Great experience overall, very professional and fast. BUT, when you pay via credit card, don't allow them to charge you in dollars (or whatever your home currency is.) They get you on the exchange rate...we got 28.5 on the BHT to dollar rate, as oppposed to the market rate of 29.5. Had we been charged in baht, we would have saved $35. (Citibank gives 29.5). Live and learn...in general, when paying by credit card, DO NOT allow the merchant to do the conversion. Let your bank do it. Only sign for a charge in baht. When they run the card, they do have the choice, so don't accept any merchant that says, "I can't charge you in baht."