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Where to stay in Phuket – Where the party is or calm and relaxed? The Best Places to Stay in Phuket!

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***UPDATED as of Jan 2021!! Including New and improved Hotels**

This article is designed to help YOU work out where to stay in Phuket Thailand and what the different areas are like in Phuket. Maybe you want to stay in party central (Patong), or something more relaxed and calming (Rawaii or Nai Yang) with the option to go to those “party areas” or busy market streets. Or you might want to know which is the best area to stay in Phuket with your family.

We will cover off all types of Phuket accommodation options from Hostels to luxury hotels that don’t cost the earth as well as how to decide where to stay in Phuket, the best Phuket hotels, best places in Phuket (to stay and to visit), the best places to stay in Phuket Thailand and many more.

If you need some discreteness during your visit in Phuket, you might also want to consider Phuket Luxury Villas. A luxury option, the luxury villas will provide a getaway experience, where you can enjoy fun-filled moments with your family and friends. You can check out our full guide to Phuket Villas here.

Quick note: Prices will obviously vary from high season to low season, in some cases by almost 50%! Low tourist season is from May to October and high tourist season is November to April. Personally I think Phuket is the best in October as it is the last month of the low season and there doesn’t seem to be much rain to ruin your holiday.

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Party Central/Busy Areas in Phuket

Patong Phuket – Where to stay in Phuket for singles

Patong is the main tourist area in Phuket, the beach is often filled with hundreds of people on lounge chairs, jet ski’s and people selling everything from Ice cream to massages, sun glasses, clothing, “lucky Balloons” (aka lanterns) and soooo much more! The streets of Patong are littered with bars, lady boys, tailors, ping pong shows and actual litter… Patong is also named Phuket walking Street as there is a large market area. The Patong aroma is one that burns your nostrils but don’t worry, you’ll soon get used to it, luckily when it rains the smell goes away but beware the pong comes back with a vengeance!

Patong beach is thought to have some of the best market shopping in Phuket, it has a great selection of markets that sell “designer” clothing, handbags, watches, shoes and much much more as well as non designer watches, wallets, clothing, shoes, hats etc . Most of the vendors all seem to sell the same thing for varying prices. The price will depend on how you ask, what you say or what you look like. To get by unscathed, here are some tips on how to barter your way to the best price in Thailand. It’s where to stay in Phuket for nightlife.

I would characterize Patong as frantic or organised chaos and we were there in the low season, which was apparently pretty quiet! It would be nothing short of chaotic in high season, what an experience that would be! As Patong is the main tourist area of Phuket, the hotels are cheap! If you’re wondering Patong is also where to stay in Phuket solo.

Where to Stay in Patong

Cheapest Hostels in Patong:
Lub d Phuket Patong (best hostel in Patong)
BearPacker Patong Hostel
Lupta Hostel Patong Hideaway

Budget Hotels in Patong: 
Poppa Palace Hotel Phuket
Patong Princess Hotel
Breezotel Patong

Mid-Range Hotels in Patong:
Swiss Palm Beach (Popular with families)
First Resort Albergo
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket

Family Friendly Hotels in Patong:
Seaview Patong Hotel
Deevana Patong Resort & Spa 
Burasari Phuket

Luxury Hotels in Patong:
Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong
MAI House Patong Hill
Crest Resort & Pool Villas (Our top pick!)
B-Lay Tong Phuket

PHUKET, THAILAND- Crowds of tourists at Patong beach in Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is a popular destination famous for its beaches.

Karon – Best place to stay in Phuket for tourists

The question is, do you choose Karon or Patong…… Karon beach is not as frantic as Patong beach but often referred to as “Patong’s Little Sister, located only 20 minutes away from Patong. In Karon you will find a range of small shops/markets, a bar or 2 and nice little restaurants and cafes. Karon is one of the best places to stay in Phuket Thailand because you can enjoy what the Thai life is like without having to be bombarded with ping pong shows and other unwated expereinces.

There are not as many lady boys or ping pong shows (unless you go down Bangla road) and most of the bars are just off Patak Road and are similar to Patong, in that they have a few “hostesses” that you can enjoy a few beers or games with. They are sure to keep you “company” for a fee………

As for shopping you can head to Karon Bazaar, here they sell every from dvds to clothing, suitcases and beachwear, oh and you wont be hassled by tailors, unlike Patong. Alternatively you can head to the Karon Temple Market on Tuesday and Friday’s, they sell similar things to the Bazaar but you can also find food and fruit, many of which most westerns have never seen before. Its always interesting to wander round these markets, seeing and smelly new and wonderful things.

Best Places to Stay in Karon

Cheapest Hostels in Karon:
FIN Hostel Phuket
Doolay Hostel
Fin Hostel Co: Working

Budget Hotels in Karon: 
Karon View Resort
Mellow Space Boutique Rooms
Assada Boutique Hotel

Mid-Range Hotels in Karon:
Phuket Island View
Karona Resort & Spa
Kata Sea View Villas

Family Friendly Hotels in Karon:
Andaman Seaview Hotel
Phuket Orchid Resort
Pacific Club Resort
Mandarava Resort and Spa

Luxury Hotels in Karon:
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Club Med Phuket
The Shore at Katathani
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa

tourist relax on Karon beach Phuket Thailand

Kata Beach – Best place to stay in Phuket Thailand

Kata Beach is generally better suited for families, no matter what time of year, it has a beautiful palm-lined white sand beach with almost crystal clear waters. Kata beach is actually in Karon but i thought it would be a nice addition to the list.

Kata beach has some really good restaurants and lively nightlife as well, just in case you want to go out a little but not have to deal with the crowds in Patong! It has plenty of shops from souvenir shop to clothing stores to 7-Elevens and local supermarkets.

As far as night life goes Kata beach is not as crazy as Patong and is a little smaller than Karon, you will find that the nightlife is fairly tame as it’s aimed toward families and couples rather than single people. If you’re a fan of great views head to the “3 capes” look out at Kata view point, where you can see Patong, Kata and Karon.

Best Places to stay near Kata Beach

Cheapest Hostels near Kata Beach
Jinta Andaman
Maithai Hostel

Budget Hotels near Kata Beach: 
The Color Kata
Casa e Mare
Rico’s Bungalows

Mid-Range Hotels near Kata Beach:
Nook Dee Boutique Resort
Chanalai Romantica Resort
Sawasdee Village

Family Friendly Hotels near Kata Beach:
Kata Palm Resort & Spa
Ibis Phuket Kata
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
The Boathouse Phuket

Luxury Hotels near Kata Beach:
The Shore at Katathani
Malisa Villa Suites
Mom Tri’s Villa Royale
Impiana Private Villas Kata Noi

Kata beach and Koh Pu island known also as Crab Island, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket Town – Old Town places to stay in Phuket

Phuket town is located in central Phuket and not a typical tropical location with beach views (well not all areas have beach views), however it has its own flare of a mix of old and new. The centre of Phuket town is called Old Phuket Town or Thalang Road, which is lined with colorful 19th-century shop houses and Sino-Portuguese buildings, which were built in 1903.

Phuket town is fairly busy from dawn to dusk with markets along the main streets and a decent amount of restaurants and bars for those who enjoy a bit of nightlife (although not as crazy a Patong). Below is a list on the best places to stay in Phuket Town:

Where to Stay in Phuket Town

Cheapest Hostels in Phuket Town:
Ananas Phuket Hostel
Ai Phuket Hostel
Fulfill Phuket Hostel

Budget Hotels in Phuket Town:
The Tint At Phuket Town
Chinotel Phuket
Summer Breeze Inn Hotel

Mid-Range and Family Friendly Hotels in Phuket Town:
The Memory at On On Hotel
Baan Suwantawe
The Malika Hotel
Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel

Luxury Hotels in Phuket Town:
Villa Zolitude Resort and Spa
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa 
Baba Beach Club Phuket Hotel

PHUKET, THAILAND -Phuket town, Thailand: Phuket old town with old buildings in Sino Portuguese style restoration is a very famous tourist destination of Phuket.




Quiet more relaxed areas in Phuket

Rawai – Where to stay in Phuket for couples

Rawai is one of my favourite areas to stay while in Phuket, its approx. 45mins from Patong and short drive away from Chalong pier. Rawai is a place where you can relax by the beach, with very few people around and finally relax and unwind, rather than being crowded in Patong. Rawai is also a great place to stay in Phuket for honeymooners.

Rawai beach is known as a working beach where you can easily hire a long boat to take you to neighbouring islands like Bon Island or Coral island for a day of snorkelling or relaxing on a small island. It’s more of a local area and only has a few hotels around. The locals often have “pop up” markets and most hotels have easy to access 7/11 stores.

This is not an area to go shopping or party in, it’s an area to relax and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. We’ve stayed at Serenity Resort, which is always very relaxing and out of the way however this resort doesn’t have a very swimmable beach but they do have a great pool and the majority of rooms come with a private pool.

If you want to do some swimming then I would recommend Rawai beach and Nai Harn beach, which are close to the very popular Phromthep Cape look out, where people go to see beautiful sunsets each night. If you are in the area check it out, its worth getting there a little earlier than sunset to get a good spot! Rawai is one of best areas to stay in Phuket, is very chilled out and relaxed, perfect for couples or solo travellers looking to recharge.

Best Places to Stay in Rawai

Budget Hotels in Rawai: 
Lotus Bleu Resort
Friendship Beach Resort

Mid-Range Hotels in Rawai:
Navatara Phuket Resort
Rawai Palm Beach Resort
Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket

Family Friendly Hotels in Rawai:
Sunsuri Phuket
Lotus Bleu Resort
Navatara Phuket Resort

Luxury Hotels in Rawai:
Aqua Resort
Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa
The Vijitt Resort Phuket

Rawai Beach of Promthep Cape view point in blue sky with clouds, Phuket Thailand

Nai Yang- Best place to stay in Phuket for families

Nai Yang is my next favourite area to stay in as it’s only 5 mins from the airport and about an hour away from Patong. Here you will find a fine white sand beach with a few little stores, beach massage parlours, restaurants and a few old abandoned hotels (a bit of adventure, if you dare!) and some nice resorts.

It’s a great beach to relax at without being bothered by people trying to sell you something or by other guests or visitors. The water is warm and fairly clear, you can go snorkelling on the reef at northern end of the beach. Kite surfing is fairly popular in this area too if you want to try your hand at it.

We usually stay at The Slate (formally Indigo Pearl ) Resort, it’s a huge yet beautiful resort but can be a little on the expensive side, but worth the price. Nai Yang has a few different ranges of accommodations for different budgets however it isnt packed like most other areas of Phuket. This is also a beach known for beautiful sunsets, grab a cocktail and relax as you want the sun go down (depending on the time of year, you might need to take your cocktail around the cove).

If you’re looking for another beach you can take a short 20 min tuk tuk to Mai Khao beach, it is a little more secluded and is one of the best beaches in Phuket. Below is a list on where to stay in Phuket with family, this area is very chilled out and not near any of the more inappropriate places in Phuket for little kids. In my opinion, Nai Yang, is one of the best places to stay in Phuket.

Best Places to Stay in Nai Yang

Budget Hotels in Nai Yang: 
Nai Yang Beach Resort

Mid-Range Hotels in Nai Yang:
L’esprit de Naiyang Resort
Proud Phuket Hotel

Luxury and Family Friendly Hotels in Nai Yang:
The Slate
Dewa Phuket Resort

Tropical beach at beautiful sunset. Nature background. Nai Yang beach. Phuket. Thailand

Kamala – Best area to stay in Phuket for families

Kamala is approx 20 minutes away (although it feels a long longer in a tuk tuk) from Patong but it’s far enough away to enjoy to serenity and peace but close enough to make a trip to Patong for a few hours or even the day. Kamala has a wonderful beach and luckily doesn’t attract crowds which makes it a little like a hidden gem (cliche i know sorry!).

It makes it easy to relax on the beach without getting hassled, Kamala beach also offers a number of beach hotels. Kamala is home to FantaSea, which is considered a “Cultural Theme Park” and very popular with tourists.

Best Places to Stay in Kamala

Budget Hotels in Kamala: 
At Kamala Hotel 
Clear House Resort
Kamala Beach Inn

Mid-Range Hotels in Kamala:
Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa (Also a Family Friendly Hotel in Kamala)
Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach Resort
Swissotel Resort Phuket

Family Friendly Hotels in Kamala:
Andara Resort and Villas
Sunwing Resort Kamala Beach
Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach

Luxury Hotels in Kamala:
The Bell Pool Villa Resort (Luxury at Mid-Range price! I love this hotel)
Paresa Resort Phuket 
Cape Sienna

A view of Kamala beach on the exotic island of Phuket in Thailand

Bangtao Beach – Where to stay in Phuket for relaxation

One of Phuket’s longest, and least populated beaches, is Bangtao Beach. Located on the Western coast of Phuket, Bangtao is one of the more off the beaten path places to stay in Phuket. For nature lovers, Sirinath National Park is just 15 kilometers north of Bangtao Beach, where visitors might see nesting turtles or rare birds.

One of the best hotels to stay in Phuket is the Dusit Thani Laguna hotel, a tranquil oasis along a beautiful stretch of Bangtao Beach. While most of Bangtao Beach is fairly quiet, the southern end, at Surin Beach is quite lively. Surin Beach is sometimes called Millionaires Row, thanks to the many luxury hotels lining the beach.

Best places to stay in Bangtao Beach

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Bangtao Beach:
ChillHub Phuket

Budget Hotels in Bangtao Beach:
Andaman Bangtao Bay Resort
Baan Armeen Cottage
Sweet Bungalow
Parida Resort

Mid range Hotels in Bangtao Beach:
Allamanda Laguna Phuket
Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort
Layan Villas
Cassia Phuket

Family Friendly Hotels in Bangtao Beach:
Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
Angsana Laguna Phuket

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Bangtao Beach:
Banyan Tree Phuket
Two Villas Holiday Oxygen Style Bangtao Beach
The Pavilions Phuket
DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree

View of white sand tropical freedom beach bay in Phuket Thailand

Mai Khao Beach – Places to stay in Phuket on the beach

One of the nearest beaches to Phuket’s International Airport, Mai Khao Beach is one of the least developed beaches in Phuket. Aside from the airport, the JW Marriott Phuket resort is one of the only places to stay in Phuket on the beach at Mai Khao. The beach here is a bit more coarse, but the lack of crowds makes up for it.

If you only have one day in Phuket, and want to save time commuting around the island, then Mai Khao Beach is one of the places to stay in Phuket closest to the airport. Nearby Nai Yang beach also has some accommodation options, and families visiting Phuket with kids will love the Splash Jungle Water Park.

Best places to stay in Mai Khao Beach

Budget Hotels in Mai Khao Beach:
D Varee Mai Khao Beach
Maikhao Home Garden Bungalow
Mai Khao Beach Bungalows

Mid range Hotels in Mai Khao Beach:
Maikhao Palm Beach Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach

Family Friendly Hotels in Mai Khao Beach:
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach – Phuket

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Mai Khao Beach:
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
SALA Phuket Resort and Spa
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas

The silhouette of a swing background image. At Mai Khao Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Chalong – Where to stay in Phuket for easy access to day trips

On Phuket’s East Coast, Chalong is popular for boaters. The shoreline is muddy, so it’s not a great beach destination in Phuket. The most popular attraction in this region is the hilltop Big Buddha. Other things to do near Chalong include the Botanic Garden and Phuket Bird Park.

Ao Chalong Pier is a busy hub of activity, with many pubs and restaurants catering to travelers heading out on sailing and diving day trips. If you are arriving by boat, you’ll find several options for mooring: Boat Lagoon, Royal Phuket Marina, and Yacht Haven. While Chalong is a more urban area of Phuket, there are still several places to stay in this area of Phuket.

Best places to stay in Chalong

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Chalong:
Phuket Marine Poshtel
Luna Guesthouse and Travel

Budget Hotels in Chalong:
Chalong Sea Breeze
RaTaNa Apart Hotel
Anda Orange Pier Guesthouse Phuket
Coco Retreat Phuket Resort and Spa

Mid range Hotels in Chalong:
Pier 42 Boutique Resort & Spa
Chalong Oasis Resort & Spa
Palm Garden Resort Phuket
Fisherman Way Beach Villa

Family Friendly Hotels in Chalong:
The Elysium Residence
Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket
Ao Chalong Villa & Spa
Modern Thai Villa

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Chalong:
Chalong Chalet Resort And Spa
CasaBay Luxury Pool Villas
Saturdays Residence
Royal Thai Villas Phuket

aerial view sunrise above Chalong gulf. Chalong marina is a center for intense boating activity. at Chalong pier is a large port in Phuket there have two bridges to transport and service for tourists

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  1. Travelling King

    great thanks for the tip, will have to check them out. Always on the lookout for great places in Phuket, that arent tooo over crowded like Patong.

  2. Deia

    Great round-up! I wish I read this before I went last year. When we got off the bus at midnight and told another traveler that we were heading to Patong, he frowned in disgust and said, “Why would you want to go to Patong?” We spent the night in Patong, but moved to Kata the next day!

  3. Travelling King

    hahaha! Yeah I am not a huge fan of Patong, it is an area you either love or hate. SOme people love it – we hate it..
    It is good for day trips or shopping but wouldnt want to stay there

  4. Daniel

    Greatful I found your site! Never been to Thailand, but heading over for 16 nights in February.
    Will Patong be “hectic” during late Feb/March ?

    Also, how bad is the smell that you were referring to as we will be there for 8 nights!

  5. Travelling King

    Hey Daniel,
    Patong is always hectic 🙂
    the smell is pretty bad but the longer you are there, the easier it is to deal with 🙂
    its not all smelly, just some main areas

  6. Joanna

    Great article! We’re heading to Thailand mid December and we plan on staying in Phuket for a few nights. It sounds like we need to avoid Patong. Between Kata/Karon and Surin, which one would you recommend if we want to relax, snorkel and maybe explore the nightlife for a night? We’re also thinking about doing a day trip to Phi Phi, with that in mind, would one of these places be better than the others? Any suggestions/tips would be great. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Travelling King

    Hi Joanna,
    I think Kata or Karon would be perfect they are quieter than Patong but you can still arrange tours to Phi phi – check out Phuket Sail tours or Simba tours

  8. Joanna

    Thank you!

  9. Irina

    Hi guys,

    we are travelling to Thailand in Dec-Jan. And our last journey will be snorkeling tour on a liveboat around Similan Islands.
    Since the tour starts in the early morning next day as we arrive to Phuket, we have to spend one night somewhere.
    + we will be dropped off in Phuket 2 days before our departure to homeland.
    I don’t know yet but I assume that we will be picked up on the north west side of Phuket. (as the boat goes then to Khao Lak)
    Can you recommend any good area to stay for these 3 nights? We just wanted to spend this time relaxed.

    Thanks in advance!


  10. Travelling King

    Hey Irina, Do you have a budget in mind?
    Its difficult to say without knowing your budget as we tend to enjoy the more luxurious type hotels.

  11. Lesley

    Hi Deia,
    Where did you stay in Kata? Im probably going to be staying there for a few nights in April!

  12. Travelling King

    Hi Lesley,
    depends what your budget is?

  13. Sat

    Hi Guys!

    Thanks for a very informative article!

    My wife and I are planning a trip to Singapore and Phuket in mid-March this years, and we’re currently looking at the Vijitt Resort in Rawai to stay in. I was wondering if you’ve had any (or heard or any) experiences staying at the resort, and whether you know of any other resorts that we sould consider before booking.

    Also do u have any recommendation of how to get around whilst we’re there? is getting a taxi everywhere the easiest option?

    Thanks again!

  14. Travelling King

    Hi Sat,
    Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂
    Vijitt has always been on my list to stay at, however we have never got around to it. The reviews seems to have a lot of good feedback which is always good. It depends what your plans are? Serenity around the corner from Vijitt Resort is quite nice and has a free shuttle to Festival Central shopping centre and Patong as well as a local beach otherwise my other favourite is the Indigo pearl which is near the airport, they also offer a shuttle to get around to the main areas but i think there might eb a charge for this.

    in regards to getting around, you can catch taxi’s or try to stay at a hotel that has a shuttle (very helpful) otherwise if you are wanting to tour around Phuket, we used Daj (if you go to the search bar on this website (either on the side bar >>> or at the bottom of the page vvvv) and search Phuket Tour, you can have a look at what we did with Daj on our tour, however he is very flexible and very well priced!

  15. Travelling King

    Hey Erin,
    I agree – im all for a more relaxing environment

  16. Anthony


    I’m planning a trip for me and my mom for June or July. We’re mainly going to Phuket for shopping and chilling? Can you recommend a central area where we can stay for our entire trip? We want to visit the bigger markets and have easy access to transport and beaches. I’ve been looking at B&B’s and guesthouses and seeing that we’re planning a 15 day stay, can you recommend places thats under 400thb perhaps?

  17. Travelling King

    Hi Anthony
    Thanks for taking the time to comment!
    Most people will generally stay at Patong or Karon or Katat to be central – they have greta beaches and lots of places to shop! Patong can be a little CRAZY!
    400B is ery cheap I cantr really recommend anywhere sorry! BUt good idea for looking at B&B and guest houses – hotesl will likely be fairly expensive

  18. Gabor Kovacs

    Thanks for this very informative article. On our last trip around Thailand we skipped Phuket, but we might go there next time. I saved this piece for looking at it when we go to Thailand the next time.

  19. Ashley of A Southern Gypsy

    This is great! Saving for when I’m there in November! 😀

  20. Travelling King

    Hey Gabor!
    Phuket is great – a lot of bloggers and long term travellers avoid it thinking it is too touristy but i love it – there are several quieter less traveller places!

  21. Travelling King

    Look forward to hearing about your tavels 🙂

  22. Jo (The Blond)

    I’m thinking of going to Phuket, but one of my friends used to live there and she always says it’s a bad place and doesn’t recommend it. I guess, I would need to see it for myself.

  23. Travelling King

    Hey Jo

    I think it is a place you need to see for yourself, everyone has a different opinion, I think its important to listen to a friends advice or a fellow blogger or anything you read really but maybe not to take it as gospel. Everyone is slightly different, with different things they like and different tastes.

  24. Jiltedgen

    Which luxury hotels/resorts do you recommend in Kata or Rawai

  25. Cuci

    Hi ! Thanks for the very informative article. Visiting Phuket this May. What is Old town Phuket ? Is this anywhere near the beach ? Where are the weekend night markets located ? Are there any cooking schools in the patong area ?

  26. Travelling King

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.
    We LOVE Serenity resort in Rawai – 5 star resort – beautiful room and great service

  27. Travelling King

    Hey Cuci,
    Old Town is s the name suggests the old town in Phuket, i dont think it is near a beach it in “in the city”.
    The weekend night markets are located in Phuket town, a fairly cheap taxi ride from anywhere you are staying or check if your hotel goes to phuket town or Central festival, from there you can catch a taxi there (only a few mins).
    I cant comment on cooking schools as im not sure im sorry.

  28. Disa

    Hi, I’m visiting Phuket this April and right now I’m confused to decide where to stay–Patong or Phuket town. I’m going there with a bunch of friends and we love the beach and also shopping. Any advice? Thanks!

  29. Travelling King

    Hey Disa
    i would say Patong or Karon/Kata – close to the beach!

  30. Johnny

    Hi ! love the articles…
    I plan to visit Phuket in May with my wife and daughter, so I guess Patong is not suitable for us as it is to CRAZY.
    I’m thinking to stay at Karon beach area. which hotel would you recommend ? budget on around 100~200 USD/night. any night market around karon beach? or eating with beachfront view ? shopping area?
    If I would like to go daytrip to Phiphi island, is it convenient to go to the pier ? how long it takes to go to the pier? by taxi or tuktuk or other ? (I saw rassada pier in website)

    Lots of questions… Cheers!!

  31. Travelling King

    Hey Johnny,
    its hard to recommend a hotel without knowing what you look out for – best to check out websites like to get an idea of the hotels then contact them directly. Or try Agoda for cheap rooms.
    Night Markets at Karon Temple are on Tuesday and Saturday nights starting about 4pm.
    Plenty of beach front shopping and eating!

    Best to contact Phuket Sail Tour or Simba tours (a little more expensive but VERY safe) otherwise you can try asking your hotel to assist you or book at one of the street vendors, however keep in mind they dont usually have a good track record and might not take safety precautions as they should.

    Have fun!

  32. Josie

    Hi Guys,
    I’m going to Phuket with a friends in April. I’ve been to thailand before (Koh Samui/Phi Phi/Bangkok) Going on a training camp in Chalong for a week then had a 2 nights at the end of our trip. We wanted to stay somewhere that is away from families with a cool/trendy crowd. I’m thinking like potato head in Bali. Can you recommend a hotel? Budget would be approx $200AUD a night.
    And/or a good area away from the sleaze of phuket, families and trashiness but near the shops and bars……if this is possible….if fear i am asking too much 🙂
    I look forward to any suggestions.

  33. Travelling King

    Hey Jo!
    In Phuket i assume?
    I love the Indigo Pearl and Serenity but they arent really too lose to bars etc (well maybe indigo pearl) however im not 100% sure that it would fit your $200 per night.
    I can only really recommend places i have stayed.. 🙂 hope this helps

  34. David

    Going to Phuket last week in June for 6 days along with my 17 year old son. Can you tell me good hotel and area to stay in. Looking for good food, good swimming pool, relaxing time with a bit of evening entertainment.During the day want to visit Phi Phi island and take in all the sights , bit of shopping etc. Looking for hotel around €70 -€100 per night

  35. Travelling King

    Hey David.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    there is ALOT to choose from i would suggest looking at Agoda or similar websites, put in your budget and a hepa of hotels will come up. As mentioned in this article there are several different types of areas to stay in, do you want party central or relaxed and calm?

  36. Hussein

    i am going to phuket in mid june with my wife for a honeymon. mainly we are thinking about the coconut vllage resort. since it is my first time i don’t know if it is good. we need a clear water beach with many activity like jet ski and other water activities also some night activity so not to be bored for 10 my choice good or need to change it. please help

  37. Carol


    Travelling to Phuket in July. We have 23 nights in South East Asia and intend to spend some of them in Bangkok and the on to Vietnam. How long should we spend in Phuket? I was thinking about 8 nights. We want to do some tours of islands, relax, eat traditional Thai food etc. Not into the idea of crazy nightlife but would still like somewhere with a bit of activity (restaurants/markets). Perhaps 4 nights in Karon or Kata? I really like the sound of the Serenity resort and I was thinking of spending 4 nights here. Is it easy to get around from here and is there anything located in the area? Will try to keep budget down the first 4 nights and then don’t mind splashing out a bit for last 4 nights.

    Also any tips on Bangkok? Looking for a good quality/value four or five star hotel.


  38. Norma

    Hello.. Love the review.
    Need an advise for nice hotel in Kata or Karon. I’m going to Phuket on 25 – 30 May 2014, traveling with my 5 y.o. daughter and my sister. Budget about USD150 – 200.
    I checked Serenity in Rawai. Looks nice but it looks quiet.

    Thx in advance,

  39. Travelling King

    Hi Hussein,
    I have not heard of it before so i cant make a comment, i woudl suggest having a look at to see the reviews 🙂

  40. Travelling King

    Hi Carol.
    Thanks for stopping by
    8 nights in Phuket is good! 4 night sin Kata/Karon is a good idea, Serenity is lovely and they offer a shuttle (i think its still free) to take you to a few shopping areas as well as Patong if you want a night out, Chalong Pier is close by, i think they have shops there however im not 100% sure, we spent most of the time relaxing.

    In Regards to Bangkok, We stayed with the Shangri-la and Banyan tree, loved both and would recommend both but it depends what you want to be near, Banyan tree is in the financial district (or not much near it) and the Shangri-la is on the river which is really nice!

  41. Travelling King

    HI Norma
    I cant make any suggestions for Kata or Karon as we havent stayed there.
    Serenity is lovely (quiet is good :))

  42. Gonzalo

    Hi guys, great article! Just landed here by chance

    I’m travelling in early Nov with my wife and another couple (early 30s).
    I own a timeshare and Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club is available for our travel dates. However, I’ve read a lot that there aren’t many places nearby, and one of the things we would definetely want is to be near restaurants, shops, etc.

    We are going 5 full days, which 2 will be on tours (Phang Nga and Phi Phi). That leaves us with 3 days, in which I think we will spend only one full day at our resort and 2 in Patong/Karon/Kata…

    I would prefer to stay in Karon/Kata, but the thing is that the whole stay at Marriott´s Phuket Beach Club is worth about just one night in another hotel…

    Does this seem like a good idea?

    Thanks in advance,

  43. Travelling King

    Hey Gonzalo,
    Sorry for the delay!
    I cant say much about the Marriott, i dont know much about it.
    make sure to spend some time relaxing, you are on holiday after all.
    taxis are cheap and hotels usually have free (or cheap) shuttles that you might be able to use.
    Not worth spending more money to stay somewhere else.

  44. Zahid

    HEY!! Love this blog post, very informative and it seems like you’ve had an amazing time travelling to various parts of the world, I hope you do a lot more travelling and enjoy yourself along the way! 😀

    I just wanted a bit of information about staying in Phuket and different activities. I’m travelling with a group of 4 friends, all of us are 21/22 and we don’t party or drink but we’re really after an activity filled holiday.. Of course a day trip to Phi Phi islands is on but apart from that are there many more islands to make sure our days aren’t wasted. And what about beach activities like parasailing, jet skiing etc, I’ve just read from a few forums to stay well away.

    Finally, we’re considering booking a hotel on Karon beach which looks lively but not too much so like Patong. How quiet would you say Rawai beach and Nai Yang are in relation, are there many activities going on there because we may consider those beaches as well but don’t want to be stuck with nothing to do.

    Thanks for reading and any help you can provide!

  45. Azu

    Hi there, nice review you have here!

    My mom and I are planning to have a vacation in Phuket and from what I’ve read Patong is quite the busty beach, so we’re considering between Kata or Karon. Any good hotel you’d recommend? Budget would be around 5,000-8,000 baht per night? If the hotel you’d recommend is beyond the budget, still please do tell.

    I’d also like to ask about transportation and language system. I’ve never been to Thailand so I’m not quite sure how things work there. Basically how to get to the hotel from the airport, from the hotel to nearby malls and from the hotel back to the airport.

    Will be waiting for your reply, thanks in advance!

  46. Doris

    Hey guys,
    love your articles! My boyfriend and I will be in Phuket for a weekend in early June, we’re looking for a nice accomodation (2000-4000 THB p.n.) for relaxing at the beach and also that is a good starting point for maybe a motorcycle day-tour around the island. Also we’ve read that it can be quite rainy in June, is that true? Are there some rain activities you can recommend?
    As for the hotel, we were looking at the Nai Yang Beach Resort, but it would be great if you had some other tips for us, maybe on other locations as well!

    Thanks in advance, kind regards

  47. Travelling King

    Thanks so much Zahid!
    sorry for the late response
    we will be doing lots more travel!! Keep your eyes open over the next few months

    I agree with the forums – stay away form jet skis – they are more trouble that they are worth – if you do want to goon them make sure to take photos of the whole thing. There is a heap of fun things to do on Coral island (and its not as crowded!)

    Rawai beach and Nai Yang are both very quiet, Karon is a little more lively and has a few more things to do.
    I would suggest Kata or Karon for beachy activities, Rawai beach isnt the best and Nai Yang beach has a bit of activity but not a lot.
    remember have fun and take lots of pictures!!

  48. Travelling King

    Hey Azu!
    thank for stopping by
    I would suggest having a look on – i cant personally recommend any hotels there as we dont usually stay there.

    Transport:lots of buses, taxis and tuk tuks – if you travel in a taxi, politly ask thy put the metre on. If you travel in a tuk tuk then make sure to agree on a reasonable price before getting in. find out rough prices form your hotel.

    Language: you shouldnt have an issue,, plenty of people in Thailand speak English or some form of English.

    How to get around: you hotel is likely to have a shuttle bus that might be free depending on the hotel and getting from the airport you can take a taxi or find out the cost of your hotel picking you up.

    Hope i got it all 🙂 if not please feel free to ask away

  49. Travelling King

    Hey Doris!
    thank for stopping by
    I would suggest having a look on – its hard for me to recommend somewhere as we usually stay at Rawai or Nai Yang which are very peaceful. Kata and karon as nice as they are a little quiet – not as crazy as Patong.

    Please be careful on bikes – Thai people are crazy drivers! There are often accidents, if you are involved in one, its ALWAYS your fault – also make sure to have travel insurance just incase!

    We usually stay at Serenity in Rawai or Indigo Pearl in Nai Yang. BUt it depends what you want out of your location.

    Please let me know if i can help 🙂

  50. Jess

    Hello! I am going to Phuket in July. Would you recommend Dusit Thani Laguna or Impiana Private Villas? Thank you! 🙂

  51. Travelling King

    Hey Jess!
    Thanks for stopping by,
    I have heard Dusit Thani Laguna has a good reputation and it looks great!

  52. Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

    FYI, look forward to welcoming you 🙂

  53. Andy

    I’ve been to Phuket but only stayed in Patong for a couple of days. You make me want to go back for a longer time and explore the rest of the places.

  54. Dale

    Greetings there!

    Appreciate the nice write up!

    Could you reccomend a place to stay in phuket with budget approx. 50USD for 6 nights.

    Would love a fair share of nightlife within reach and serenity all throughout.

    Thanks in advance mate!

  55. Travelling King

    Hey Dale
    Thanks for stopping by.
    I cant recommend a place as we uaually stay in places which close around $300+ per night 🙂
    However i would recommend Kata or Karon – or Patong is you want to be in party central.
    Kara and Karon are a little quieter but still have some areas of nightlife.

  56. Abhi

    Hi! I jus simply loved this blog:) I am planning for a trip to Phuket in the month of September but coz of the weather reviews I have come across in other sites I am really in two minds. Can you please tell hows the weather generally in the month of September. I am certainly expecting rain but does it pour really bad and restricts your outdoor movement. Water sports are on during that time? Also, I am planning to book Sea View Hotel in Patong, any feedbacks? Look forward to your response.


  57. Travelling King

    Hi Abhi,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    We usually head to Phuket in October – which is the monsoon season – however we have never had a day where we have been stuck inside because of the rain.
    It is usually sunny during the day and rainy at night however please remember it is “the weather” and it is not something that can be controlled.
    I think you will be fine, just make sure to take an umbrella – it will likely still be very hot so you dont need to take a jacket 🙂

    Have fun and enjoy yourself!

  58. Travelling King

    Hey Cindy,
    Not all of Phuket is about partying.
    I would say that Krabi is like Phuket but in a different area.

  59. Heather

    Thanks so much for such a wonderful list of the beach environments. We are traveling to Phuket for the first time in January as a family with a 3 year old. Thanks to your blog we are leaning towards staying on Kata Beach at Katathani Phuket Beach Resort. Looking forward to a relaxing vacation!!

  60. Pooja

    Hi..there.. I would like to visit Phuket in dec.. My only concern is the safety aspect as I would be travelling with my sister alone.. Is it safe for two women to travel alone. If yes, which area should we stay at. Also, we would like to dine at restaurants outside the hotel and go to phi phi island as well.. Is it safe?

  61. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    yes of course! Phuket is fairly safe – just use common sense.
    Kata and Karon are nicer and not as crowded as Patong

  62. Nano

    Hello, thanks for such great blog!

    I’m staying in Thailand islands for 10 full days and was wondering if you could give us (me+wife) your opinion on this itinerary. Also if you have some suggestions on what area to stay in this places we would be very thankful! Budget for hotel only $50-60 USD night.

    2 Nights Phuket
    3 Nights Phi-Phi
    2 Nights Krabi
    2 Nights Samui

    My question is, should we bother to go to Samui side or stay around Phuket/Krabi area with the amount of time we have? From Samui I’d go to Bangkok for another 3 nights and back to Los Angeles 🙂


  63. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hi Nano,
    I personally think this is very rushed, you will spend more time travelling than you will being able to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
    i woudl suggest picking a max of 2 places and spend more time there otherwiseyou will regret having to travel soo much and you will end up exhausted!!

  64. Nano

    Geez you’re so lovely for getting back to us!

    I think you’re right! So we are going to focus on Phi-Phi and Krabi. Any suggestions on best areas to stay on these two islands? We like going to bars and having fun but we are not in our 20’s anymore so a more peaceful place to rest with reasonable access to the party areas would be perfect!

    I also realize the $50-$60 budget is not quite enough for this time of the year, it looks more like $80-$100 for nicer hotels.


  65. Jim


    What a wonderful blog! I am traveling to Thailand for 17 days in mid March. We fly from New York to Bangkok (and then fly home from Bangkok). I am traveling with a single friend of mine (we are both single & straight). Our current plans are: Bangkok for 3-4 nights …then phuket (possibly) for 9 nights, then Bangkok for 2 nights before we head back to NY. We are looking for : nice beaches, nice restaurants, some party (single people), some relaxation. Our budget for rooms is about $500-$1000 per night. We are thinking Phuket so we can do a couple day trips to phi phi etc …but are not sure. Not sure if we do Patong (Amari/La Flora/Diamond Cliff/BYD) … or any other area of Phuket …or Ko Samui …I am really confused haha ….and a bit anxious to reserve a room (with 2 rooms or two queen beds) ASAP….any help would be much appreciated !!! Thank you !! 😀

  66. Jim

    Hello again! I checked our Serenity in Rawai and it looks nice …but some of the trip advisor comments said is not too close to anything (can’t walk to any clubs) and you can’t really swim in the water (beach)…they called it mud ….not sure if it was a rainy season etc …but I am looking for a part of phuket or samui (or anywhere) with nice water beaches, walking distance to clubs/restaurants (does this exist 😀 …… any help would be much appreciated! happy new year !!!

  67. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hi nano

    Thanks for stopping by and its our pleasure to get back to you.
    good idea! thailand has some of the best beaches in the world!! you will have a good time no matter where you go.
    Phi Phi only has a few resorts so you wonthave much of a choice and Krabi i cant comment as we havent been there before sorry!
    However i would suggest checking out the Tripadvisor forums – plently of great advice there 🙂

  68. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hey Jim
    sounds like a nice trip planned!
    i think for the sake of not spending all of your time travelling – take a day trip to Phi Phi but maybe high a long boat or something more private and customized.
    Most of Thailand has amazing beaches so i dont think you will have trouble. And your budget for rooms will get you some really nice places..
    Patong is very busy and can be a little overwhelming… but it depends on what you are looking for …
    If you book thought the hotel direct you can always cancel – just pay attention to the cancellation policy

  69. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hi Jim
    Serenity is lovely however is about 30-40min drive from Patong – the main party beach/area, so you are correct in that you cannot really walk to clubs etc. I woudl say its more suited t a relax holiday.
    The beach isnt very nice to swim in and its not advertised this way however they do have a dialy shuttle to take you to a close by beach with is very nice.
    March should be fine though… i dont think its the rainy season, might just be hot.
    Patong is what you woudl be looking for or Kata or Karon which are close by.
    Personally i dont like Patong – there is too much going on.

  70. Alexandra


    I’m planning a surprise 30th for my boyfriend and have booked flights to/from Phuket for 13nights.

    Still undecided as to whether to book a hotel for the full 2 weeks or try to travel around Phuket and stay in different places. Is the island easy enough to travel around for day trips if we were to stay in one hotel? – I have thought about hiring scooter/car.

    Just wanting to get the most out of the time we are there but not as manic an experience as back packing.

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  71. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    HI Alexandra,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Your boyfriend is a very lucky guy!!!
    The island is fairly small and easy to organise day trips – please be careful with scooters and make sure you have travel insurace that will cover scooters.
    Maybe stay at one end of the island for a week and then the next end the other week? Or just relax for the full 2 weeks – hotels usually provide good deals for long stay guests.
    Have fun!

  72. Johanna


    Thank you so much for such a great website. My husband and I (early 30’s) will be traveling to Phuket, arriving later at night to the airport and only staying 1 night as a place to hop off and visit other surrounding areas. What would you suggest for a location that is convenient for getting ferries/boats to other islands the next day and wouldn’t be too far from the airport. We would probably go out and get a drink and some food at night but don’t want to be near the Patong craziness.



  73. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hi Johanna,
    Sorry for the delay.
    Phuket is a fairly small island so getting ferries etc are fairly easy and a max of an hour away.
    Let me know where you are catching the ferries/boats from


  74. Sid

    Hi, My wife and I are coming to Phuket in 2nd week of April for 2 nights-3days. Coming from Bangkok in a bus!! Our aim is to see PhangNga bay, Phi-Phi island, walk around Phuket town & Patong. Am not a great fan of beaches, but would like to see the town, temples, etc. Could you plz recommend a place to stay (our budget is around GBP-£20 per night. We want to rely upon on local buses for moving around, if possible.

  75. lux8x

    Do you have any recommendations regarding living in Phuket? I’m planning on living there for more than 6 months, and I’m looking for a decently sized city, with modern amenities, a nice beach close by and solid internet connection. What would that city be? 🙂


  76. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hi there

    unfortunately i cant comment on living there as i have only travelled there

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  78. Rob

    Great Insights! Thanks for sharing.
    Just need your help/advise on where to stay (beach/island and resort/hotel). We plan to stay in Phuket for 7 nights. Initially, my plan is:
    a. 2 nights in a cheap hotel/resort/dormitory (coming from airport 11pm hence don’t want to spend much)
    b. 2 nights in a luxury hotel/resort (thinking to stay in a quiet/relax place – Phi Phi Island??)
    c. 3 night in a mid range hotel/resort (Ideally, somewhere not too far the airport, near beach and lot to see/activities and buy stuff/present) – Patong beach??


  79. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hi Rob!
    I can provide recommendations but at the end of the day it will come down to you.
    Unfortunately i cant provide much insight around a cheaper hotel/dorm as this is not my preferred style of travel.
    I would suggest the Indigo pearl as your luxury hotel it is at nai yang beach which is lovely. The reason im not a high fan of Phi Phi is that there are only a few limited places to stay and hence they will charge a lot of something i wouldn’t consider luxury. However i would recommend a day trip with Simba tours (they go in the afternoon when it is not as crowded with tourists.
    IN regards to the last 3 nights, really you can stay anywhere on the island – the bottom on the island is only about 45mins – 1 hour form the airport which is really nothing… I personally cant stand Patong, its smelly and a little gross (then again im a princess!) what i would recommend is having a quick look on trip advisor at Patong and pick a few of he top hotels and reading the reviews..
    I would actually recommend that you read reviews of hotels before booking – this will give you an idea of what kind of hotel it is – pay attention to the negative feedback but also keep in mind that some people might just like to have a whinge.
    Hope this helps x

  80. Laura

    I’m going to Thailand in October/November for the first time and I’m glad I came across your blog. I’ll be in Phuket for 3 nights at the beginning of November. When I was looking at hotels, I came across Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central which didn’t seem like it was in the centre of all the action but close enough to be apart of it. Do you know if this is the case?
    Also, I’ll be coming across from Krabi – I don’t suppose you can advise the best way of getting from Krabi to Phuket?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂
    Kind regards,

  81. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hey Laura!
    the Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central is in a good spot, not too far from the “action” but not right in the middle of it – perfect if this is what you’re looking for.

    You can get from Krabi to Phuket via car or ferry – the ferry will really depend on the weather. Or you can just arrange a car service, easy and comfortable. Would not costs anything more and AU$ 110 (approx), you may get for cheaper, but do use a correct licensed company.

    Hope this helps!

  82. Monique Hudson

    Hi Karyn!

    My husband and I are visitng Phuket in a couple days. I’m having such trouble finding a nice clean hotel at a reasonable price any suggestions? Also, how far is Kamala or Kata from Patong?


  83. Monique Hudson

    Thank you for that info! It is really helpful. How far of a drive is Rawai or Nai Yang from Patong and I have read several horror stories about Patong. Is it safe?


  84. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hey Monica,
    Not sure who Karyn is haha!
    I have provided a few options of some cheap and easy hotels in this article.

    the drive from Rawai to Patong is about half an hour and this is the same from Nai Yang.

    Patong is perfectly safe – just use some common sense.

  85. [email protected]

    Great post! I’ll be in Thailand for 16 days and planning to spend 6 nights in Phuket. I’m looking for a quiet beach front hotel that’s in walking distance to local restaurants and shops, away from party scene. I was considering Beyond Karon Resort. I was also considering staying 3 nights in Karon and 3 nights in Krabi (Railay) – as I heard the boat tours from Krabi is more reasonable then Phuket. Do you think that’s too short a trip to split into two islands?

  86. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Honestly yes, you will end up spending 2 days if not more travelling.

  87. Kale

    I can totally recommend Rainy’s Tourist and Taxi services. We’ve been in Phuket Thailand many times and only used Rainy’s travel services, she speaks very good english and is friendly woman. Also this year we will definitely be using her services, which are very much cheaper than tourist offices provide. It’s so good to find someone you can trust.

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  88. Zubair Raza

    I am planning to stay in phuket for 7 nights and have chosen kata noi beach and the hotel which im planning to stay is katathani. Plz inform whether it will be alright or not. Going for my 2nd honeymoon. Planning for some day trips to phi phi amd other islands as well. Which will be the best resort/hotel to stay in kata beach which is right on the beach? How about le meridien phuket beach resort. Is it better than katathani? Would appreciate ur opinion.

  89. Marian

    Hi, we are a middle aged couple (58 & 66) travelling for the first time to Phuket in March 2016. Rawai or Nai Yang sound like our kind of place but are there shops and things to do apart from lying on the beach? Which do you think would be best to stay in and perhaps get on a couple of day tours around to some interesting places while we are there? And any suggestions of what there is to see would be appreciated. Thank you.

  90. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    H Marian 🙂
    I think Nai Yang would be best – there are a few shops around there otherwise you can arange for a car/hotel bus to take you to Patong or Phuket town for shopping. There aren’t that many shops aroudn Rawai.
    Yes take some day tours around phuket, Phi Phi Island etc there are no shortage of day tours and 99% of them can pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.
    Hope this helps

  91. Islam

    Hello , big thanks to you for these advices , I would like to ask you me and my friends going to Phuket in January 2016 our ages from 27 -30 we want good hotel and not much expensive we want see natural places island , trip with boat inside jungle and also parties and beaches , please advice us as it’s our first time and we will stay for 7 night , thanks

  92. dee

    Hi Samantha,

    We would be coming to Phuket for 2 days as a part of our honeymoon and i really want to stay at a clean beach where I can easily swim in the water and relax at the beach. Which one would you suggest. we are only interested in beach fun and relaxation and no party places.

  93. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hey Dee

    Would highly recommend Nai Yang – i love it there – its peaceful, the beach is nice and its not a party scene 🙂
    Let me know how you go x

  94. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    HI 🙂
    Have a look at for places in Patong 🙂 should find everything you need there

  95. Tom

    I’m looking at going in June and
    Just wondering if anyone can give me any advice on where to stay, their is me and the girlfriend going and we want to be near a beach, do abit of exploring and not be that far out from the big local markets and nightlife

    Cheers Tom

  96. Brigitte R

    Hello ,
    Thinking about going to Phuket in November , I want to be in a nice hotel on the beach , nice beach for 8 days
    Should I stay 8 days in the same hotel in Phuket ? In advance , thank you

  97. Briigtte R

    It’s Brigitte again
    You always ask about the budget
    $1500 per person max with breakfast buffet included ( hotel and air fare )

  98. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hey Brigitte,
    Thanks for getting in touch… where are you based?

  99. Dani

    Hello, I’m going to be in Phuket a couple days by myself before meeting up with my group back in Bangkok… I would love to shop and explore the markets in the late afternoons after my day trips, but I’m not big on the night life or club scene, esp. Being alone. So, I’d like to be in a mid-range hotel or leaning towards luxury in order to relax and enjoy the beach/ massage/ etc… Was considering doing a phi phi island tour or James Bond island tour one day, and elephant trekking/rafting tour another… But after those days I just want to wander, shop a little, & relax?! Any area suggestions for me?


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  101. Brenda

    Hi, Love your picture and thanks for the great info on Phuket. We have over a week there in Phuket and will arrive March 18th. We are spending 2 days on Koh Yao Yai at a 5 star beautiful resort. We need to spend one night at an inexpensive hotel on the 18th and get on a boat to KohYaoYai. Any ideas on where we get that boat? I would like to stay close to that area.
    We leave the island on the 21st to come back to Phuket. We want to do day tours for 3-4 days with action.. diving, boats, rafting, jungle,…etc. What town should we stay in to do the day tours and island trips to PhiPhi and James Bonds Island?

  102. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    HI Brenda, thanks for the message – sorry im not very familar with Koh Yao Yai, so i dont want to point you in the wrong direction!
    Honestly you can do any of the tours no matter where you stay in in Phuket, the tour companies do a great job in organising hotel pick ups all over the island.
    Depending on your budget and what typeof area you want to stay in will depend on my recommendation.


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  104. Emily

    Hi Samantha, great thread!

    My bf and I are going to Thailand at the end of May. We are early 30’s, from LA, with a relatively large budget. We love parties as well as relaxing beaches and exploring cultures.

    After a few nights in Bangkok, we were thinking of staying 4 nights Phuket, then hopping over to Ko Lanta for one night, back to Ko Phi Phi for one night…. then back up north to Chaing Mai to finish our vacation.

    Question: does it make sense to experience a night in Phi Phi and Lanta to get the feel of their nightlife/ dining & cultures? Or do you recommend staying in Phuket and doing day trips to Phi Phi/ Lanta?


  105. Chandru

    I am planning a vacation to Phuket towards end of May with family (wife and two kids – 11 and 12 years).

    1. Which is a good place to stay in? Would not like it to be too crowded. Would like it to be close to the beach, proximity to water sports and also need to visit Phuket Fantesea. Any recommendations?

    2. Would like to go on a day’s tour to some islands close by. Is Phi Phi Tour and Maya Bay good or anything better? Thanks.

  106. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hi Chandru
    Sorry for the delay 🙂
    Kata or Karon would be perfect for you i think.
    Those tours are fairly standard and good to go on, i would also recommend Coral island – its a little less crowded 🙂

  107. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hey Emily
    So sorry for the delay!
    I can’t really comment on Ko Lanta as i haven’t been there myself but i don’t believe there is much nightlife on Phi Phi, i’d recommend just a day trip there 🙂
    Your trip sounds WONDERFUL!

  108. Sanya

    Hi Samantha,

    Thank you for the very informative article and the information in the responses above. I am travelling with my family to Phuket for 5 days this June end. From your description it seems staying in Karon or Kata would be perfect for us.

    Could you please recommend a good hotel for us for around USD200/night. We are a family of 4. If you happen to know the best hotel in terms of location, service, and general rooms/decor/ambiance available within this budget it would be very helpful.

    Two main attractions we were planning to indulge in are a trip to phi phi island and a trip to the tiger kingdom. Could you please share your opinion on these? Could also please share if you think there any other attractions that we must not miss ( I have come across the mention of Phanta Sea show often)?.

    Thank you very much in advance!

  109. fenia

    Hi There, my friend and I are planning on travelling to phuket in november for a week and are looking for some places to visit/stay. maybe some good places to eat? Not necessarily a hard and fast budget as of yet but maybe around $500-800 total? Would also love some names of taxi or travel services that can get us to and from HKT? We are first time travelers there so any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

  110. fenia

    I also wanted to mention that the budget would be times 2 (since my friend are splitting costs for food/board/etc.) and were considering airbnb.

  111. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    HI Fenia,
    Im not really a travel agent so i can help0 with bookings but if you have a look at this article we recommend a few different places and hotels to go along with different budgets.
    I would recommend if you stay with a hotel that you arrange hotel transfer rather than catching a taxi from the airport as they tend to over charge you

  112. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Sorry for the delay!
    The hotel price will depend on your dates, have you had a look at the recommend hotels on this page?
    Obviously the luxury hotels are going to provide better service and facilities and can be fairly cheap if you stay in their standard rooms.

    Would highly recommend Phi Phi (with Simba tours).
    I wouldnt recommend tiger kingdom as this is promoting animal cruety same with Phanta sea Show – you arent able to take your camera into this show thier.
    Take a tour of phuket island for the day and makes sure to do the james bond island tour as well 🙂

    Feel free to contact me directly if you have any question x

  113. John Rupcich

    The metered taxi is actually much cheaper than hotel taxis which are the highest priced of all. Metered taxi is far right hand side of airport as you exit. You can also take the bus service offered at the left hand side as you exit the airport.

    Happy travels 🙂


  114. Ranjit

    HI samantha … I was planning to visit phuket in the month of September,2016 . I have booked a tour of 6 days – 2 nights phuket (karon ); 2 nights pattaya ; 2 nights in bangkok ….. We are an Indian family of 3 (me , my wife and my daughter of 18 months ) . I just wanted to arrange a surprise (or say a date) for my wife . I would be in phuket , and my trip starts from here . I just wanted to look out for a place where i can spend some quality time with my family (2 days max) before the madness of the trip sets in . Hope you will be able to guide me .
    I WAS THINKING OF RAWAI OR NAI YANG .. I do not want to travel much for these 2 days .
    And just the boy in me was telling me to ask, whether it would be right / wrong to look out for snorkelling with a kid of 18 months at tow … Awaiting your reply

  115. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    HI Ranjit,
    Thanks for your comment.
    That’s certainly a very quick trip to Thailand, you will find that most of your time will be spent on a plane and in transit.
    I think Nai Yang would be perfect to sit back and relax – i really liked the Indigo Pearl resort.
    With snorkelling are you looking to Snorkel off the beach or going on a tour? I guess thats a personal choice, you and your wife need to make, obviously an 18 month old child will not be able to snorkel so you will have to take turns with your wife, looking after the baby etc. Otherwise some hotels do have a kids club/babysitter who can look after your child for a few hours where you and your wife can enjoy some snorkelling together?

  116. Ranjit

    I really thank you for your suggestions and i know you read my requirements and suuggested very well accordingly .
    Well you suggested Nai Yang : in that case . it is good as it is very nearby to phuket airport . But the hotel you suggested will supersede my budget .. Obviously it appears to be an excellent hotel ; but with no other eateries nearby ; it would be difficult to mangae in my budget ..

    Also would like to ask you whether you know something about kata ? It also seems to be a great place. and also has more options as compared to nai yang.
    Is rawai also not good as per my requirement

    Actually I really appreciate you as your suggestion has even taken care of my expectation of travelling less .

    Just give me one more alternative . to select i guess
    Thanks in advance, Samantha

    I have droppped the idea of snorkelling coz it is not a realistic thought afterall . The three of us would stick together.

  117. Samantha Duffield - Travelling King

    Hi Ranjit,
    There are a few differnet hotels in Nai Yang that might suit your budget better. There are a few eateries along the beach 🙂
    I honestly dont know too much about Kata as i haven’t stayed there, it will likley be quieter than Patong and will have a alot more to do and eat :”)

    Pity, snoreklling in super fun !

  118. Daniel Brown

    Thanks for sharing, such a nice, informative blog. I have been Phuket this march for a gateway. I was going with my family for the very 1st time so I was confused about the accommodation because I wanted a place which should be safe as well comfortable and beautiful for my family. One of my brother’s friends lived in Phuket. He suggested us the Karma Royal Phuket. I must tell you the resort had everything that you desire in a beautiful and luxurious accommodation. The resort had pool club houses, games room for kids, Karma spa, baby sittings, library, private pools, etc. My two kids had a great time playing games and refreshing themselves at the pool house. So I would say I got everything in one place and thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Phuket.

  119. Lauren D

    Hi there,
    Just wondering if you could recommend an area to stay in Phuket that would be central to doing day trips around the islands. We are looking for a quiet place that would have a bit of nightlife nothing too hectic. We are going in January for 13 nights. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance
    Lauren D

  120. sarah parker

    Great info! We (husband and I in our late thirties) are planning a trip to Phuket for 9 nights at the end of November. Beautiful quiet beach, good pool, boutique accomodation are high on the list. we like to eat out of the hotel in smaller more authentic places so where would you recommend. we’d like to avoid the big busy resorts as much as possible but have considered the indigo pearl in the past….

  121. sarah parker

    btw, budget would be around £1000 for accomodation for the two of us

  122. Samantha - Travelling King

    Hi lauren,
    Phuket is a fairly small island so everywhere is considered “central”. I would suggestion Kata or Karon, they have markets, restaurants and a few nightclubs but its no manic like patong 🙂

  123. Shakira

    Hi, I’m traveling to Thailand and I would love to go to Phuket and bankok. What hotels would you recommend? I’m looking for nice beaches and a lil nite life plus relaxation. I would like hotels that are classy and fun but not too expensive. What would u recommend?

  124. Samantha - Travelling King

    hi there 🙂 if you check under Kata or Karon – i have a few suggestions there 🙂

  125. Apurva Jalan

    Came acroos your blog and it is indeed pretty helpful. Please take time to help me out a little. We are a group of 6 boys travelling to phuket for a friends bachelors trip. Where do you suggest we put up? we were looking at private villas all this while but they are pretty steep priced. What do you suggest we do? hotels, serviced apartments or villa? also which area would be the best for us to stay. Thanks alot.

  126. Samantha - Travelling King

    When are you looking to travel ?

  127. Apurva Jalan

    We will be in Phuket for 2 nights. 13-15th November 2016

  128. Apurva Jalan

    Hey, looking forward to your suggestions

  129. Samantha - Travelling King

    sorry for the delay
    how much are you looking to spend ? Same rooms or separate?

  130. Apurva Jalan

    We were looking at villas mostly in the range of 10000-15000 THB per night. On twin sharing basis. Do u suggest staying there, how open are these villas for parties and stags??

  131. vinod

    Hi, we are planning family holiday from 31oct to 3nov in phuket.

    we are reaching there at 8am on 31st oct 2016. Do we need to book hotel for 30th oct? as i heard that check in time is 2pm.

    It is tight schedule to vist phi phi, jamesbond, Siam Niramit Dinner Show,Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park, tiger kingdom and scuba diving etc

    Can you suggest a location where to stay to visit all these places. around 3000 TBH per night.

    Is it possible to visit jamesbond island and attend Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park in one day.

    Please advise.


  132. Samantha - Travelling King

    If you let the hotel know that you are arriving early you might be able to check in early – not sure i would (personally) pay for a night before. See if you can check in or leave you bags at the hotel.
    You can see all of these places form anywhere on the island – tour companies will arrange to pick you up.
    I don’t have a suggestion sorry – you are arriving the day before high season to rates will be high.
    James Bond island and Fantasia on the day same is possible – James bOnd in the morning and during the day then Fantsea at night 🙂

  133. Hunaid

    Hi Samantha,
    Great blog and by the looks of it you have been helping lots of travelers. I am coming with my wife in early December for 4 days. I wanted to book a hotel which would be luxury but not over the top. Actually something which has good spa locations close by , is central enough to walk to the markets and local restaurants and still has some amazing views. I know its asking a lot but me and wife have different ideas of vacation. I am the do everything and see everything kind and she just wants a massage and stretch out at the pool/beach with beautiful views.
    I looked at the list of hotels and have spent time on Agoda and booking. Not sure why i have only managed to Narrow down to the Amari resort in patong on the and Graceland. Any kata or Karon suggestions for beautiful views and beach vistas..

  134. Samantha - Travelling King

    Hi there
    sorry for the delay. Patong is nice but very touristy and very busy. Have you checked out my suggestions for Kata and karon?
    Keep in mind that December is in the middle of high season so hotel prices are going to be a little more expensive.

  135. Sara Essop

    Hi Samantha. Great info thank you. I will be staying in Kamala Beach in December. I would like to do a day trip from there to Phang Nga Bay/James Bond Island and the Floating Village – but on a big boat. Can you recommend a tour or tour company?
    Thank you

  136. Samantha - Travelling King

    Check our Simba tours 🙂

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  138. Jason Holmes


    I have been visiting Phuket since the mid 90’s and have watched it sadly evolve into a commercial tourist machine.

    Some beaches such as Nai Yang remained relatively unspoilt mainly because of proximity to the National Park.
    For a while Surin managed to be a wonderful secret little gem that was fun but remained tasteful rather than gaudy. However the tourist machine found it and slowly took over yet again.

    In the last year the Phuket government have visited all the beaches and literally flattened everything in site, structures, shacks, bars that were erected on the beaches and close by.
    My concern here is that they have maybe gone a step too far leaving carnage and an awful mess in their wake, check out Youtube Surin Cleanup… It seems this is has been one extreme to the other.

    My family have flight tickets booked to stay for most of December 2016 in Phuket, we would normally visit Surin, Nai Yang or Karon (although Karon has now become too busy) depending on prices normally splitting into two locations finishing at Nai Yang as it’s close to the airport. We always pay a little more to stay in nicer hotels but then make cost savings by eating locally in the bars and shacks that are noticeably cheaper and often have better food than the expensive Westernised hotel food.
    Wat’s Bar at Nai Yang was always a fave and we have spent many an evening chatting with or eating at the Octopus or any of the other restaurants local to the beach area.
    Does anyone know if anything is left? What places remain in Surin, Nai Yang etc?

    We are all in agreement that Phuket needed a serious shake up to bring back its natural beauty, removing the jet bikes and colonies of sun loungers and umbrellas, but is there not a controlled governed sweet spot that could deliver to the basic needs of travellers whilst still allowing the resplendent beauty of these tropical paradises? Maybe, just maybe a little give, a little control, a little policing?

    Our visit next month will sadly be a deciding factor, whether Phuket remains on our list of places to visit. If we cannot experience local life and more importantly enjoy the culinary delights of Thailand without planning a taxi ride then really what’s the point of visiting at all?

  139. Samantha - Travelling King

    Hey Jason
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment and sorry for my delay, i have wanted to make some time to reply to you 🙂

    Unfortunately as travel becomes more and more popular beautiful designations like Phuket and Boracay (in the Philippines) are going to become more tourist focused and more commercialised, this also goes for the population of the world, the more people the more need there is for people to do things.

    I had not heard that the Phuket Government stopped businesses operating on the beach, that sucks! No more beach massages!

    Im not sure if you have yet but check out the Phuket forum on Tripadvisor, they will be able to give you the best up to date information from people who have recently visited or people who live there in regards to if Wat Bar is still around.

    Im sure they will bring it all back slowly and hopefully more regulated as i don’t think what you have suggested above will go down well with tourists.

    I honestly hope you have a lovely holiday and hey you can always ask the locals where to go for the best food, I’m sure you will have plenty of places close by! Have fun!!!

  140. Heather

    Hi there,

    I am inquiring information for a male friend who is traveling from Melbourne, Australia to Thailand for the first time. He will be there over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, so roughly 2 weeks. He is a young professional, early 30s, enjoys night/bar life, good food, and definitely safety; preferably all within walking distance. I am seeking lodging suggestions in an area on a reasonable budget.

    I’m excited to hear from you!

  141. Samantha - Travelling King

    HI Heather, thanks for the message.
    Im not really a travel agent so i cant provide exact details
    I would recommend Patong if he is looking to party – check out my recommendations on this article 🙂


  142. Jonathan Bryant

    We just returned yesterday from The Surin on Pansea Beach – absolute paradise. It shares a private beach with the Amanpuri. Serene and chic. Definitely a great hotel for discerning adults after some high quality peace and serenity

  143. Samantha - Travelling King

    Awesome thanks for sharing Jonathan!

  144. Jeshy

    We are a family of 4 & a couple in early 40’s , we like luxury, nightlife , markets, and nice beaches, would patong be ok in early July?
    We don’t want it to be mad busy, we have been looking at the lantern hotel,
    We are looking at 14 Nights ,

    Would you advise on your thoughts of this please.

  145. Samantha - Travelling King

    Hi there – yes patong should be fine, you can find quieter areas in Patong and a lot of the hotels have their own “zones”.
    The Lantern hotel should be perfect

  146. Aravind

    Hi Samantha.
    I’m planning a vacation to Phuket somewhere in May/June.
    Will this period is good for a vacation ?
    Which is the best place to stay,Phuket town/Patong/Kata/Karon ?
    Which one will you recommend if I want go for snorkelling,nightlife and beers.
    Appreciate if you suggest me one.
    Thanks Samantha. 🙂

  147. Rick Tomassi

    Hi, me and a friend (in our 40’s, the new 30’s) are headed to Phuket in Aug for 10-14 days. We are leaving the wives at homes so it will just be the guys. We are fairly active and outgoing but also enjoy the easy life, relaxing. I want to stay somewhere where there are a bunch of choices nearby for restaurants, bars (but not necessarily clubs), and a little night life, mostly for viewing and a drink than actually partying.

    I know I don’t want to stay in Patong, but like the idea of being near so we are able to go at anytime. What would you suggest? I also prefer really nice pools over the beach but want some nice views and nice beaches either walking distance or at least a short ride away.

    Our budget for hotels is $200-$300/day per room. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  148. Jason

    Not that this is my comment to make, but The Slate at Nai Yang (formerly Indigo Pearl). I was in Phuket for 3 weeks in December 16 and travelled the coastline. Since the Government cleanup many places have been decimated, wiping out all restaurants and eateries leaving very little behind.

    Nai Yang is on the edge of a National Park and so the surroundings are beautiful.

  149. Samantha - Travelling King

    Hey Jason
    True true – the article needs to be updated and I’ll hopefully do it this weekend 🙂
    Nai yang isn’t as good as it once was but it’s still a nice peaceful place 🙂

  150. Sunil Chawla

    We are 10 Couples and planning for a 8 Nights trip to Bangkok – Pattaya – Phuket.
    We have 2 Nights and 1 Full day in Phuket
    Planning to visit ( Day Trip ) to Phi Phi Island too
    Please suggest which is the best area to stay for Phi Phi Island visit.
    If possible plesae recommend good tour operator of the same area
    Sunil Chawla

  151. Sunil Chawla

    We will be in Phuket on 14th & 15th June 2017
    Will reach 14th June evening 8.00 PM and will leave on 16th June morning 8.40 AM
    Sunil Chawla

  152. Menan

    Hey, its really helpful website. I’m planning for thailand in end of May with family but really dont have any idea where to stay and what should be the budget for hotel and family shopping + traveling. I was checking Qatar airway holiday packages which starts from 9,000 SAR – 18000 SAR including return flight + hotel. Secondly, If i would stay for 6 nights, would it be easy to visit two three cities? e.g. phuket to pattaya etc and what fun we have for kids? my kids are 4 years and 1 year.

    Would really appreciate if you could help me out and also let me know if you are in business of arranging holidays.

    I will be traveling from Saudi Arabia – Dammam.

    Thanks !

  153. lynsey mcdougall

    Hi , really enjoyed reading all your tips!!! thank you!

    I’m going to Phuket to get some dental work done, clinis is on patong beach, i’m going with my boyfriend, we are both adventurous, would like to go and do some snorkelling, trips to islands etc, i don’t mind traveling to patong when i need to (have about 3 visits)

    where would you recommend, as in what area?

    thanks in advance! 🙂

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  159. Eugene

    Whats the cheapest ferry to phi phi island?Anything i need to avoid of been rip of $$$.Do i book one way or return ticket to phi phi island.Any other activities at there?

  160. Samantha - Travelling King

    Hi Eugene,
    Sorry im afraid i dont know the best prices ferry – i would recommend asking on tripadvisor.
    It also depends if you want to stay there or just visit? It would be best to book a return ticket as i believe you receive a small discount.
    Phi Phi is a bit of a party island so there are plenty of bars or you can spend the beach at the beach snorkeling.

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