First Time in Phuket: Where Should I Stay?

Where Should I Book My Hotel in Phuket?

If you're thinking of making Phuket your next holiday destination, it is important to pick the right part of it for your stay. There are dozens of beaches around the island, but each of the main resort areas has a very different character. If you choose the right one to match your needs and preferences, you should have a fantastic holiday. Pick the wrong place, though, and it could make for a miserable stay.

To help you make sense of the dizzying amount of choice available, we have this simple introductory guide to each of the main destinations. Taking a look below at the pros and cons of each, the sort of traveller they are best suited to, the facilities available and the atmosphere you are likely to find and it will help you to decide where you should stay in Phuket.

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Should I book my hotel in Patong Beach?

Patong Beach: How to decide...

This west-coast resort town is best known for just one street – Bangla Road – which is the densest concentration of bars and clubs anywhere in Phuket and is the island’s primary nightlife destination. This is surrounded by a large number of hotels, ranging from budget guesthouses to small resorts. The picturesque coast road heading north towards Kamala takes advantage of the great sunset views by offering a more luxurious experience, but at the cost of being further from the party. There are also a number of excellent restaurants, countless shops, several cultural attractions and various activities to enjoy in the area.

Relax:       1/5
Party:       5/5
Beach:      4/5
Facilities:  4/5

Who is it For:

  • Budget-conscious holidaymakers
  • People who love to party
  • People who like a busy and lively beach
  • People who want to be centrally-located and want everything in one place

What’s Good:

  • Massive choice of nightlife, dining and shopping options
  • Wide range of hotel prices

What’s Not So Good:

  • There are not many traditional Thai touches
  • Traffic is intense
  • Sea can be rough from May to November

You like Patong Beach? Now pick the right hotel!

Top 10 Patong Hotels

10 Best Patong Beach Hotels

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Where to Stay in Patong Beach

Patong Beach houses such a wide range of hotels and resorts that it may be difficult for some visitors to make a choice. Read More...

Amari Phuket

Amari Phuket, a 4.5 star hotel located just to the south of Patong, is a 345-room and suite hotel where each accommodation choice Read More...

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach

Merlin Beach Resort is perched in the hills above the south end of Patong Beach along Phukets vivid west coast.This large resort Read More...

Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong, MGallery by Sofitel

The 150-room Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa, Phuket is a high-end escape with six accommodation categories featuring 143 spacious Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Kata Beach?

Kata Beach: How to decide...

The range of attractions around Kata Beach makes it a pretty good all-rounder as a holiday destination. Its beach is long and lively and is a particular favourite with surfers (from May to November) and student divers (there’s a cool reef to explore between the beach and Pu Island). The nightlife here is fun, but not too raucous. There are several great restaurants to choose from as well as shops, viewpoints and fun activities. It offers fun for all the family, making it a particularly popular destination for young couples travelling with children.

Relax:       3/5
Party:       3/5
Beach:      5/5
Facilities:  4/5

Who is it For:

  • Young travellers
  • Families
  • People who like a good but not hectic nightlife
  • Surfers and student divers

What’s Good:

  • One of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket
  • The length of the beach makes it never crowded
  • Plenty of dining, shopping, and nightlife entertainment options
  • Good range of hotel prices

What’s Not So Good:

  • Distance between the beach and the majority of budget and mid-range hotels
  • Sea can be rough from May to November

 

You like Kata Beach? Now pick the right hotel!

Top 10 Kata Hotels

10 Best Kata Beach Hotels

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Kata Beach Hotels

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Where to Stay in Kata Beach

Kata Beach is beautiful. With nodding palms, cooling breezes, a crescent of white sand and an offshore island, it has Read More...

The Shore at Katathani

The Shore at Katathani is a collection of beachside villas at the southernmost end of beautiful Kata Noi Beach.It is an idyllic Read More...

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

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Should I book my hotel in Karon Beach?

Karon Beach: How to decide...

The inviting sands of the third longest beach on the island have attracted a number of large, sprawling resorts with designs which blend well with the surrounding nature. This gives a lot of Karon quite a relaxed air. However, the more urbanised northern part of the town also offers many of the attractions of the nearby Patong Beach – to the extent that Karon is sometimes called ‘Patong’s little sister’. This makes Karon a great place for people who want to have a nightlife, shopping and various attractions, but don’t necessarily want it right on their doorstep.

Relax:       4/5
Party:       3/5
Beach:      4/5
Facilities:  3/5

Who is it For:

  • Beach lovers
  • People who like market shopping
  • People who like a little bit of nightlife
  • People who want a compromise between 'too busy' and 'too quiet

What’s Good:

  • Karon Centre is a lively resort town with a great choice of dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment options
  • As there’s no construction on the beach side, it could retain a nice natural touch

What’s Not So Good:

  • It’s a very spread-out place, so getting from one part to another can be a long walk!
  • Sea can be rough from May to November

You like Karon Beach? Now pick the right hotel!

Top 10 Karon Hotels

10 Best Karon Beach Hotels

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Karon Beach Hotels

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Where to Stay in Karon Beach

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Beyond Resort Karon

Truly private, and truly intimate; Karon Beach Resort and Spa is the only resort on Phukets grandest beach, Karon beach.Nestled Read More...

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa is an idyllic 75-acre resort in Phuket, set in lush, tropical gardens surrounded by Read More...

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

Centara Grand Beach Resort, a large, almost fairy castle-like five-star resort on the north tip of Karon Beach is a dream beach Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Kamala Beach?

Kamala Beach: How to decide...

The long, curved expanse of Kamala Beach and the little town behind it are just a short distance from Patong, but is practically the polar opposite. Far from being a hive of activity and nightlife, Kamala is popular with retirees for its quiet atmosphere, relaxed pace and abundance of spas, villas and quality hotels. It has a very subdued nightlife, which mostly caters to those seeking a pleasant time instead of high-energy partying. The area best caters to those who are in no rush, want to take it easy, and are quite happy for lazing on the quiet beach to be the day’s most strenuous activity.

Relax:       4/5
Party:       2/5
Beach:      3/5
Facilities:  3/5

Who is it For:

  • Families
  • People looking for a village community feel
  • Budget-conscious travellers

What’s Good:

  • One of the few places in Phuket with many restaurants right on the beach
  • Excellent surf spot in the northern part of the beach from May to November
  • Good range of quality affordable hotels

What’s Not So Good:

  • Very few shopping opportunities
  • Pretty quiet at night
  • Sea can be rough from May to November

You like Kamala Beach? Now pick the right hotel!

Top 10 Kamala Hotels

Top 10 Kamala Hotels

Kamala Beach is somehow a place apart on Phuket’s west coast: surrounded by mountain covered with thick jungle yet Read More...

Kamala Beach Hotels

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Where to Stay in Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach is three kilometres long and is located roughly in the middle of the island’s west coast. Kamala is home to Read More...

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort

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Cape Sienna Phuket Hotel and Villas

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Kamala Beach Resort a Sunprime Resort

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Should I book my hotel in Bangtao Beach?

Bangtao Beach: How to decide...

Bangtao is the second longest beach of Phuket. It really is a place of contrast: the southern part of the beach hosts budget and mid-range hotels surrounding a small fishing village while its central area is occupied by the Laguna Complex - a group of luxury resorts settled between lagoons. The northern area – which ends at Layan Beach – is still rather undeveloped, apart from a few five-star properties set on the verdant hills. Bangtao Beach is a rather quiet destination, yet it hosts a few beach clubs offering night time animation and some excellent restaurants, most of them located on or near Tinlay Plaza at the entrance of the Laguna Complex.

Relax:       5/5
Party:       1/5
Beach:      4/5
Facilities:  4/5

Who is it For:

  • Wealthy travellers
  • People looking for a relaxing escape
  • Families
  • People who like everything in one place

What’s Good:

  • Six Kilometre-long beach offering great relaxing strolls
  • Top-notch restaurants

What’s Not So Good:

  • Very few shopping and nightlife entertainment
  • Sea can be rough from May to November
  • 15km from Patong - where the action is at night

You like Bangtao Beach? Now pick the right hotel!

Top 10 Bangtao Hotels

Top 10 Bangtao Hotels

Bangtao is a multi-faceted holiday destination on Phuket Island’s west coast. Boasting the Laguna Phuket resort complex Read More...

Bangtao Beach Hotels

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Where to Stay in Bang Tao Beach

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Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort has a distinct neo-classical theme running throughout it, from the lobby to the fabulously Read More...

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket is an almost regal five-star property on the exotic west coast of Phuket overlooking the Andaman Sea.The Read More...

Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket

Theres a regal touch to Moevenpick Resort Bangtao Beachs setup.Designed around a 48-metre infinity pool, the spacious Rooms, Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Mai Khao Beach?

Mai Khao Beach: How to decide...

Mai Khao Beach, at 11km, is the longest beach in Phuket. This long, deserted beach offers a panorama similar to that of the 350km coastal area between Phuket Island and Ranong at the border with Myanmar: a loooong stretch of sand fringed with pine, tropical almonds, and palm trees as well as splendid tropical seaside plants. Mai Khao seems far from everything and, apart from a few luxury resorts and the refreshing Splash Jungle Water Park, most of the beach belongs to Sirinath National Park as it is the only place in Phuket where the Giant Ridley Sea Turtles lay their eggs each year between November and February. If you are looking for a ‘far-from-it-all’ type of holiday, Mai Khao Beach is definitely the place you are looking for.

Relax:       5/5
Party:       0/5
Beach:      4/5
Facilities:  1/5

Who is it For:

  • Honeymooners
  • Luxury travellers
  • People who want to get away from it all

What’s Good:

  • 11-kilometre-long beach offering great relaxing strolls
  • Protected area under National Park status
  • At convenient distance from the airport (5km, without noise disturbance)

What’s Not So Good:

  • Very few dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment options
  • Sea can be rough from May to November
  • Very far from Patong Beach (30km) - where the action is at night

You like Mai Khao Beach? Now pick the right hotel!

Mai Khao Beach Hotels

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Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao Beach

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See the Hotels People Like Best in Mai Khao Beach

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Marriott's Phuket Beach Club

Marriotts Phuket Beach Club - Our spacious 2-bedroom villas offer separate living and dining areas.- Full kitchen with cookware Read More...

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa

Renaissances futuristic and tasteful lobby and reception area provides the first glimpse into what, for many, will be a revelatory Read More...

SALA Phuket Resort & Spa

SALA Phukets main byword is privacy.Once inside your Pool Villa or Suite you are shut off from the rest of the world and left Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Nai Harn Beach?

Nai Harn Beach: How to decide...

Quiet and tranquil, Nai Harn Beach is amongst the most popular places for locals. This is mostly because, being in a narrow, hill-lined cove, there isn’t much space for too many hotels. The geography does create an excellent harbour, and offers visitors a cool choice of tiny beaches and coves such as Ya Nui and Ao Sane, making Nai Harn especially popular with sailors as well as snorkelers and divers. The area has a steady pace, with some great local restaurants but very few shops or other attractions apart from the splendid panoramas offered at Promthep Cape and Windmill Viewpoint. Nai Harn Beach is therefore the best place for enjoying a relaxing stay in natural surroundings without being totally isolated.

Relax:       4/5
Party:       0/5
Beach:      4/5
Facilities:  1/5

Who is it For:

  • Beach and nature lovers (the area is not overdevelopped)
  • Snorkelers

What’s Good:

  • Three beaches and one lagoon
  • Snorkelling and diving
  • Peaceful environment

What’s Not So Good:

  • Sea can be rough from May to November
  • Very few shopping and nightlife entertainment
  • Limited fine-dining options

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Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach

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See the Hotels People Like Best in Nai Harn

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Sunsuri Phuket

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Two Villas Holiday Oriental Style Naiharn Beach

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Should I book my hotel in Rawai Beach?

Rawai Beach: How to decide...

Rawai Beach is at the south-eastern tip of Phuket Island. Historically the very first tourist beach of Phuket, it somehow retained its local touch with the sea gipsy village and the many long-tail boats belonging to local fishermen anchored along its 2.5km length. The departure port for island-hopping to Coral and Racha islands, the atmosphere of Rawai is really tranquil compared to that of Patong. With only a few shops and nightlife options, the resort town nevertheless hosts a few great beachside restaurants. Its proximity with Nai Harn and Chalong also gives visitors good opportunities to discover some of Phuket’s most notable attractions like Promthep Cape and Phuket Big Buddha. The accommodation scene of Rawai features a wide range of hotels and resorts from budget to five-star.

Relax:       4/5
Party:       1/5
Beach:      3/5
Facilities:  3/5

Who is it For:

  • People looking for the ‘local’ experience
  • People who want to get away from overcrowded tourist areas

What’s Good:

  • Local seaside restaurants
  • Laem Ka Beach and Promthep Cape are nearby
  • Easy island-hopping opportunities

What’s Not So Good:

  • Very few shopping options
  • Very quiet at night

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Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach

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Should I book my hotel in Surin Beach?

Surin Beach: How to decide...

Blessed with remarkable natural beauty, Surin Beach is a highly exclusive area. It is popular with visiting celebrities for this very reason and many of the large houses in the area are the private property of multimillionaires. It is not so exclusive as to be completely exclusionary, however, and it offers a peaceful yet cosmopolitan stay, with the small town being home to a range of high-end shops and boutiques. Surin Beach is somewhat limited in attractions, making it better suited to those who want to escape and relax in relative privacy.

Relax:       5/5
Party:       1/5
Beach:      5/5
Facilities:  3/5

Who is it For:

  • Wealthy travellers
  • People looking for a more exclusive destination
  • Celebrity spotters
  • People seeking total relaxation

What’s Good:

  • Great sundowner spot
  • Trendy shopping
  • Good surf spot from May to November
  • Good snorkelling in high season at the northern end of the beach

What’s Not So Good:

  • Very few attractions or things to see and do, except for the beach
  • Sea can be rough from May to November

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Surin Beach

Surin Beach

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Should I book my hotel in Phuket Town?

Phuket Town: How to decide...

Relax:                2/5
Party:                 2/5
Neighborhood: 4/5
Facilities:           5/5

The provincial capital and largest urban area of the island, Phuket Town’s narrow streets are filled with great restaurants, boutique shops and unique attractions. This is the ideal location for people who want every day of their holiday to be different; filled with new discoveries and new experiences. The town has absorbed many aspects of the varying cultures which have called it home over the centuries, making it also place of beautiful historic designs and features. Being the hub of local life, Phuket Town is probably the best place to get the “real Thailand” experience on the island and there are regular local markets to explore.

Who is it For:

  • Backpackers
  • People interested in history and culture
  • Local food lovers
  • People who like market shopping

What’s Good:

  • Affordable dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment
  • Phuket Old Town is a charming and lively district
  • Seductive affordable hotels

What’s Not So Good:

  • No beach (swimmable)
  • Traffic is intense at rush hour
  • Quiet on week days' nights

You like Phuket Town? Now pick the right hotel!

Top 10 Phuket Town Hotels

Top 10 Phuket Town Hotels

Phuket Town, the capital of this popular island province, inevitably has a vast choice of accommodation options. Our Read More...

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Where to Stay in Phuket Town

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The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket

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Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel

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