Monday, January 9, 2017

Where to stay in Phuket?

Phuket is a large island in Thailand and offers a lot of places on the beach front to stay (unlike Bali, Phuket does not have places to stay inland). Most of the popular tourist destinations are on the west coast of Phuket and Phuket’s biggest resort town Patong is also on the west coast. Since many will visit Patong, many either stay in Patong or on the beaches near Patong.

On the east coast of Phuket there are also some fantastic resorts and hotels. But these are quite far from Patong and are for those who like meditative quiteness and relaxed environment. And beyond Phuket towards Krabi, there are some small islands with some fantastic resorts and beaches on them.

If you ask us an advise on where to stay in Phuket, we would recommend you to stay on the west coast in beaches near Patong. This will allow you to avoid Patong’s noise and dust but also keep you near its offerings. Kata Yai, Karon or Kamala Beach areas are recommendations. But of course Phuket is not limited to these and there are many other places to stay on the island. For those looking for calm, less developed and more natural places, the smaller islands between Phuket and Krabi are offering better accomodation options than Phuket itself.

Patong Beach

Patong is the town on the west coast of Phuket and is the main tourist resort. The Phuket Night Life with its all “naughty” elements are here as well as a lot of hotels, dinning and shopping. Patong Beach is a long white sandy beach which is quite popular among tourists.

A typical tourist stays here on his/her first time in Phuket. Although Phuket’s sex tourism is mostly in Patong and is quite openly traded, if you stay clear away from Bangla Road, Phuket’s Red Light District, you can stay completely away from this internationally known side of Phuket.

If you plan to stay in Phuket, read hotel reviews before booking because some hotels in Patong are quite near the clubs and are very noisy in the night.

For a comprehensive list of hotels in Patong, as well as room prices and customer reviews, you can check Phuket Patong Hotels page.

Phuket Map and main Phuket beaches - Where to stay in Phuket?
Phuket Map and main Phuket beaches
Karon Beach

The second most popular beach in Phuket is Karon Beach which is 5 kilometer to the south of Patong Beach. Karon does not have the best beach in Phuket but it is near enough to Patong to be near colorful dinning and night life of Phuket and far enough to be away from Patong’s naughty side.

For the list of hotels in Karon, as well as room prices and customer reviews, you can check Phuket Karon Beach Hotels page.

Kamala Beach

This is our second most favorite beach in Phuket. The first beach to the north of Patong, Kamala is near PAtong for shopping and dinning but far away from its hussle and bustle. Kamala has a small village atmosphere, nice pubs and restaurants towards to south end, a very nice beach and several good hotels.

We find Kamala Beach quite family friendly too. Beach Road to the south of Kamala Beach is where you can call its center. Quite, calm and relaxing Kamala is not as famous as Karon but in our opinion it is a better alternative to it.

Our favorite hotel in Kamala Beach is The Palms on Kamala Beach Hotel Phuket.

For hotels in Kamala Beach as well as the best and cheapers room prices and guest reviews, visit Phuket Kamala Beach hotels page.

Kata Beach

Kata has two beaches: Kata Yai and Kata Noi. And Kata Yai is our most favorite area to stay in Phuket. Perfect for families and tourists who are in Phuket to relax in a quite environment. This long beach has everything a Phuket traveler needs: a small center, a long sandy beach, clear waters, plenty of restaurants and pubs. Here our favorite is Phuket Orchidacea Resort overlooking Kata Yai. You can refer to our hotel review for this resort here : Phuket Kata Beach Orchidacea Resort

For hotels in Kata Beach as well as the best and cheaper room prices and guest reviews, visit Phuket Kata Beach hotels page.

Kata Yai Beach from Orchidecia Resort
Surin Beach

Pansea Bay at the northern end of Surin Beach is known as millionaire’s row thanks to its high end villas on the tropical hills overlooking the Andaman Sea. Rich, famous and VIP stays in Pansea Bay and the place has very few shops and restaurants.

For hotels in this area, you can check Pansea Bay or Phuket Surin Beach hotels pages.

Bang Thao

A large open bay, Bang Thao houses Laguna Phuket with its 7 luxury resorts spanning 1,000 acres of tropical parkland. We have covered this fantastic Phuket resort location in a previous post in this blog : Laguna Phuket Resort Destination.

Laguna Phuket Aeriel from Sea
Laguna Phuket Aeriel from Sea
Mai Khao and Nai Yang Beach

These north-west Phuket beaches are also the nearest to Phuket Airport. Mai Khao is the longest beach in Phuket (17 kilometers) and is in natural park area. But the area is not as “untouched” as it is heavily marketed by the hotels and resorts here. These are quite far to Patong and needs a relatively long taxi ride to reach there.

Beyond Phuket: Ko Yao and Phi Phi

There are some nice islands between Phuket and Krabi which also has accomodation. Recently, people who are tired of Phuket’s over-developed and noisy mass tourism environment, started to escape to these islands some of which has exclusive luxurious resorts.

Phi Phi needs no introduction. This is a must see in Phuket and most goes to Phi Phi on a day tour. But the large island of Phi Phi Don (Phi Phi is composed of 6 islands) has some hotels on it to stay. Tonsai and Loh Dalum Bays on Phi Phi has some budget hotels and hostels and north east part of Phi Phi Don has some luxury hotels like 4.5 star Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort & Spa and Zeavola Hotel.

For hotels in the paradise island of Ko Yao, refer to Thailand Ko Yao Hotels page.

Six Senses Yao Noi Resort, Thailand

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