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

***UPDATED as of October 2018!! 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

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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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[2] are littered with bars, lady boys, tailors, ping pong shows and actual litter… 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[3]. 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!

Where to Stay in Patong

Cheapest Hostels in Patong:
Lub d Phuket Patong (best hostel in Patong)
BearPacker Patong Hostel
Lupta Hostel Patong Hideaway[4][5][6]

Budget Hotels in Patong: 
Poppa Palace Hotel Phuket
Patong Princess Hotel
Breezotel Patong[7][8][9]

Mid-Range Hotels in Patong:
Swiss Palm Beach (Popular with families)
First Resort Albergo
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket[10][11][12]

Family Friendly Hotels in Patong:
Seaview Patong Hotel
Deevana Patong Resort & Spa 
Burasari Phuket[13][14][15]

Luxury Hotels in Patong:
Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong
MAI House Patong Hill
Crest Resort & Pool Villas (Our top pick!)
B-Lay Tong Phuket[16][17][18][19]

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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. 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[20][21][22]

Budget Hotels in Karon: 
Karon View Resort
Mellow Space Boutique Rooms
Assada Boutique Hotel[23][24][25]

Mid-Range Hotels in Karon:
Phuket Island View
Karona Resort & Spa
Kata Sea View Villas[26][27][28]

Family Friendly Hotels in Karon:
Andaman Seaview Hotel
Phuket Orchid Resort
Pacific Club Resort
Mandarava Resort and Spa[29][30][31][32]

Luxury Hotels in Karon:
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Club Med Phuket
The Shore at Katathani
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa[33][34][35][36]

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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 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).

Best Places to Stay in Phuket Town

Cheapest Hostels in Phuket Town:
Ananas Phuket Hostel
Ai Phuket Hostel
Fulfill Phuket Hostel[37][38][39]

Budget Hotels in Phuket Town:
The Tint At Phuket Town
Chinotel Phuket
Summer Breeze Inn Hotel[40][41][42]

Mid-Range and Family Friendly Hotels in Phuket Town:
The Memory at On On Hotel
Baan Suwantawe
The Malika Hotel[43][44][45]

Luxury Hotels in Phuket Town:
Villa Zolitude Resort and Spa
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa 
Baba Beach Club Phuket Hotel[46][47][48]

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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 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[49], 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[50], 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!

Best Places to Stay in Rawai

Budget Hotels in Rawai: 
Lotus Bleu Resort
Friendship Beach Resort[51][52]

Mid-Range Hotels in Rawai:
Navatara Phuket Resort
Rawai Palm Beach Resort
Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket[53][54][55]

Family Friendly Hotels in Rawai:
Sunsuri Phuket
Lotus Bleu Resort
Navatara Phuket Resort[56][57][58]

Luxury Hotels in Rawai:
Aqua Resort
Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa
The Vijitt Resort Phuket[59][60][61]

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[62], 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.

Best Places to Stay in Nai Yang

Budget Hotels in Nai Yang: 
Nai Yang Beach Resort[63]

Mid-Range Hotels in Nai Yang:
L’esprit de Naiyang Resort
Proud Phuket Hotel[64][65]

Luxury and Family Friendly Hotels in Nai Yang:
The Slate
Dewa Phuket Resort[66][67]

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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[68][69][70]

Mid-Range Hotels in Kamala:
Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa (Also a Family Friendly Hotel in Kamala)
Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach
Swissotel Resort Phuket[71][72][73]

Family Friendly Hotels in Kamala:
Andara Resort and Villas
Sunwing Resort Kamala Beach
Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach[74][75][76]

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

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