If you are wondering where to stay on your holiday in Phuket, then this guide might help you out with some short descriptions of popular areas.
Before picking a place to stay on holiday in Phuket, you have to ask yourself what kind of experience you want to have, different locations on Phuket will offer a whole different feel and atmosphere
So, do you want to party all-night? Or get away from the crowds and find your own piece of quiet paradise?
Here’s a rundown of what to expect.
WHERE TO STAY
The most popular tourist area to stay in Phuket is Patong and Most first timers to Phuket will stay at Patong, its heavily advertised as “party central” in Phuket, and rightly so, Patong is the most commercialised and developed part of Phuket that caters for the tourist market selling fast times, fast women and fast food on Bangla Rd.
Patong is a hive of activity both day and night and boast some of Phuket’s best and easiest accessible restaurants, shopping centres and adult nightlife hotspots. The beach offers a range of activities from low key massage or relaxation under a beach umbrella in a banana chair to a high adrenaline Parasailing or Jet Ski ride.
Karon Beach is a low key relaxing alternative to the fast paced, glitzy, high energy Patong, and is located just a few km’s south of Patong that sits on a beautiful, long, stretch of beach, Karon Beach shopping and bar area sits back behind the beach area, turn left at the roundabout and you will find Karon Beach lacks nothing that you could need during your stay.
Karon beach is a good place to stay if you want a relaxed atmosphere but not to boring if you want to have some fun t at the bars too.
Kata and Kata Noi
Kata Beach – is located just a couple hundred meters over the hill at the south end of Karon Beach and this lovely little spot will steal your heart the first time you go there, the beach is pristine white sand and water is clear and clean, you can relax here and get massages all day long.
The shopping and bar area have a lot to offer for a small place and give the sense that the area is bigger than it really is. Well developed but casual atmosphere, Kata offer good hotels, guesthouses and restaurants and is definitely to put on your short list.
Kata Noi – “Noi” Means” Little” or “small” in Thai, so Kata Noi = Little Kata, the Beach is roughly 1/3 the size of Kata Beach but is every bit as beautiful if not more, you could miss Kata Noi easily as it’s hidden away and drive right past it and never know. Located 200 meters south of Kata, just off the main road to your left, before you head up the range to the lookout or view point, Kata Noi is a pretty Quiet Place with no nightlife scene and great for R & R.
• Kamala Beach
• Laem Sing Beach
• Surin Beach
• Pensea Beach
• Bang Tao Beach
Are all beautiful locations and popular places to stay because of their awesome beaches, although not as crowded or developed as Patong, Karon or Kata Beaches there a mix of good cheap accommodation and high quality Hotels close by that will suit every taste and budget.
Phuket Town offers you a true Thai experience with accommodation and food much cheaper than the beaches, Phuket Town has a lot to offer and a lot to see and do, you can spend a week here exploring and not see everything. Phuket Town is where most Thai’s live on the Island and is the main business area of Phuket, away from most of the tourist traps on the west coast, Phuket Town is a wonderful mix of the old and new, one minute you can be looking at historical buildings in Old Phuket or souvenir shopping in China Town, 10 minutes later you will be ordering fries and a coke with your Big Mac in an air-con shopping mall.
Chalong Bay is the perfect spot for old salty dogs and sailors, predominantly the sailing hub of Phuket, the 700 meter pier is a good fishing spot and the perfect jump off point to the Islands with many tour and dive companies have set up shop in the area.
There are plenty of hotels nearby to stay at and restaurants near the jetty to have a good meal looking out to the bay and beautiful night time scenery, a supermarket and the Yacht Club is not far away as well, which is a bonus.
Nai Harn Beach
This is another fantastic spot but the secret is out and is a pretty popular place to stay, while not so developed, rooms are limited by number. The beach is superb as are the surroundings and one of the reasons for its popularity is the huge public areas, a great mix of Thai and tourist here and lots of cheap street food on offer.
Ya Nui Beach
This is one of those little spots that everyone misses, this little isolated gem can be seen from the Nai Harn View point looking down and south, it’s out of the way, Quiet and beautiful, there are bungalows only meters from the beach.
Rawai is the opposite of Patong, relaxed, undeveloped and charming, but best of all, it’s low-key. Rawai is a place where you can chill out and get your head together without any distractions, there are lots of cheap places to stay and lots of places to eat and drink overlooking the bay.
Prom Thep Cape
Raw and beautiful, Prom Thep Cape is not really a place to stay for most, but you can find accommodation nearby if it takes your fancy.
• Phi Phi Islands
• Koh Yao Yai
• Koh Yao Noi
• Koh Sire
• Koh Maprao
• Koh He
There are so many beautiful spots not mentioned in this article, InPhuket.org will try to cover as much of the Island as we can in other articles, but the best way is to come to Phuket and discover it for yourself.
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