Where to Stay in Phuket
Quick Hotel Lists
Hotel lists that apply to all Phuket
Phuket Hotels by Town
All the hotels available in each of Phuket's Towns
Hotels that are close to Phuket's beaches.
Family Friendly Hotels
Well-rated by guests as being good hotels for families with young children.
Peaceful & Beautiful
Peaceful getaway resorts in scenic Phuket locations.
Private Pool Villas
Soome of the best Phuket Resorts that offer villas with private pools.
Next to the Night Life
Hotels well-rated by guests near Patong’s night life centre.
Other Thailand Destinations
All hotels by City in Thailand's most popular holiday spots.
Choosing the Best Place to
Stay in Phuket
Thailand is blessed with many stunningly beautiful tropical islands but none can offer quite the same variety of environments as Phuket. At 50km from north to south its the country’s largest and, as well as having lots of lush green scenery and idyllic white-sand beaches, is also home to more than a dozen towns ranging in size from tiny seaside villages such as Rawai to the busy commercial centres of Phuket Town and Patong. This means that visitors can, by choosing their accommodation location carefully have a holiday experience to suit their own desires such as :
- A self-contained resort with entertainment and restaurants on site
- A hotel near to the the heart of the nightlife
- A quiet retreat with beautiful sea views and a private beach
- Budget accomodation near most beaches
- A villa with its own private pool well-away from the crowds
This site aims to help visitors to Phuket find good accommodation in the area that will appeal most to them. Ten of the more popular locations are described along with simplified maps showing some of the highest-rated hotels as well as their proximity to beaches and towns.
Picking the right place to stay on Phuket is a great way to begin your holiday !
Phuket's Busiest Tourist Town
Set beside an attractive 3km-long beach, Patong is easily the most popular town on the island with tourists. Its got a fantastic nightlife scene, a huge number of quality restaurants and is also a shopper’s paradise. For many it offers a perfect blend of action and relaxation while others may consider it just too crowded – its all a matter of taste. [Read More]
A Quieter Alternative to Patong
Just a short drive to the south is Patong's nearest neighbouring town and Phuket's second most popular destination, Karon. Situated next to the very long and broad Karon Beach it has most of the same features as Patong but on a much smaller scale including its own shopping centre, a good choice of restaurants and some pleasantly mellow nightlife. [Read More]
Nice Little Town with Two Great Beaches
To the south and almost right next door to Karon is the resort town of Kata. Home to a steadily increasing number of quality hotels Kata, with its choice of two excellent swimming beaches and lively village atmosphere is one of Phuket’s most popular places to stay, particularly with families who have young children. [Read More]
The Main Harbour and Departure Point for Many Boat Trips
Chalong is Phuket's main port and a common departure point for diving and sightseeing launch trips. While not the most popular part of the island it does have some nice secluded resorts such as the Villa Zolitude and is possibly a good strategic location to stay for the likes of divers, boaties and fishermen. [Read More]
Peace and Quiet at the South End of the Island
Located at the southern tip of Phuket, Rawai does not draw as many tourists as some of the other towns but still has great appeal to some as its relatvely far less commercialised. While the beach is not suitable for swimming the tree shaded promenade along the beach road provides pleasant surroundings and is especially popular for its seaside dining. [Read More]
A Quiet Town with a Nice Beach and Good Hotels
Of similar size to Karon and Kata but a little quieter , Kamala has an excellent beach with a good choice of nearby accommodation much of it ideal for families with children. The main town is about half a kilometre inland but there is a village area closer to the beach that has a few quiet bars and restaurants. Surrounded by thick forested hills Kamala is an attractive place to escape the crowds. [Read More]
The Island's Capital and Main Business District
Phuket Town is the administrative capital of Phuket province and is not one of the island's main tourist destinations. However, its relatively cheap to stay there and does have a few things going for it such as the attractive Old Phuket Town area, great food and clothing markets (priced for local Thais) as well as being a transport hub for the island bus service and the high speed ferries to Phi Phi and Krabi. [Read More]
A Great Beach, a Small Village and the Luxury Laguna Resorts
Bangtao has two sides to it. Towards the south end of its 6km long beach it has a few nice hotels around a pleasant almost rural-feeling village area while to the north are the large Laguna luxury resorts which offer fully self-contained environments complete with multiple restaurants and even shops !
Attractive Beaches and Luxury Hotels
Its beautiful beaches, scenic setting and many upmarket resorts have gained Surin a reputation as being one of the more exclusive areas of Phuket. If you are looking for luxury accommodation in a tranquil tropical setting then Surin could be well worth considering. [Read More]
Quick Stopovers or Longer Stays Near the Beach
The airport is located at the far north of the island a long way from most of the popular towns such as Patong which is an hour's drive away. However, for travellers who do wish to stay close to the airport there are quite a few nice options including some major resorts at the nearby Mai Khao and Nai Yang beaches. [Read More]