A resort full of contrasts with a busy, bustling and party fuelled northern end the polar opposite of the more relaxed southern end that includes a number of large resorts spread along the beach front. A good alternative to Patong if you want the nightlife but also like to escape the crowds and party atmosphere.
£££ – Avista Grande Phuket Karon – MGallery Hotel Collection, Hotel IKON Phuket, The Village Resort and Spa, Centara Grand Beach Resort
££ -Baan Sailom Hotel, Andaman Seaview Hotel
£ – Doolay Hostel
With an excellent range of hostels, guesthouse, hotels and resorts from budget to luxury, excellent links to other local towns and attractions and a beautiful beach, Rawai is a great choice. Retaining it’s Thai charm while still catering to tourists isn’t easy but they have achieved that here which means only a handful of shops and bars alongside some wonderful food options.
£££££ – Phuket Cleanse
£££ – Le Piman Resort
£ – Good 9 at Home
From budget hotels to luxury resorts the long sandy beach alongside a wonderful bay has a number of excellent places to eat and a few options for night entertainment, it’s mostly a quiet and relaxed location tough.
£££££+ – Movenpick Resort Bagtao Beach Phuket
£££££ – Banyan Tree Phuket
££ – Bangtao Varee Beach Resort
£ – ChilliHub Phuket
Not a beach location but an excellent option for those wanting a more authentic Thai experience in a historical and cultural centre that has excellent Thai food aimed at locals and not watered down for the western tastes. The Old Town offers a glimpse of genuine Thai life. Nightlife is fun and very different than you will find in the resort towns.
Mai Khao Beach
The longest beach in Phuket at more than 11km long, it is secluded and quiet for long stretches that features a few high-end resorts with not much else in the area apart from the nearby airport – which doesn’t disturb the peace too much.
£££££+ – Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
£ – Mickey Monkey Beach Hotel, Mai Khao Beach Bungalows
A long sandy, pal fringed beach with a good range of shopping, food and nightlife but with a more relaxed atmosphere and never getting too rowdy. Popular with families and those who do not want to be too far from other attractions and the more lively neighbour Karon. Kata Yai at the south end is more attractive and sophisticated than its busier, noisier northern end of Kata Noi..
£££££ – The Shore at Katathani
When many people think of the hard partying Phuket it is usually Patong they have seen and heard about. There are many budget options here alongside a number of resorts. There are plenty of shopping and drinking opportunities, watersports at the beach and some surprisingly good food options. Not the place for a quiet, relaxing holiday, but if you want to party, there is probably nowhere better in Thailand.
£££££+ – Rosewood Phuket
££££ – Irana Hotel Patong, Absolute Twin Sands Resort and Spa
£ – Baan Sudara
A luxury area with many large private residences alongside luxury resorts. The small town offers luxury shops and boutiques. The beach is stunning and secluded and can be a great place to take a snorkel from the beachside.
£££££ – The Surin Phuket
££££ – Surin Beach Resort, Twinpalms Phuket
££ – Benyada Lodge
£ – Similian Hotel
Nai Harn Beach
Popular for locals with only a few hotels this is a quiet location popular with sailors due to the harbour and also an excellent base for keen divers and snorkelling enthusiasts.
There are a good range of restaurants but little else so be warned.
££££ – The Nai Harn
£££ – Sunsuri Phuket
££ – Naiharn Beach Resort
£ – Baan Oui
Quiet, relaxing catering mostly for the older set but with a few resorts now appearing. Don’t expect much nightlife here unless it is a quiet drink you are after. A pleasant small town is close to the beach. Surrounded by lush jungle and hills this fishing village feels a world away from Patong.
£££££+-Andara Resort and Villas
£££ – Glam Habitat
Phuket province covers 576 square kilometres and 33 islands of which Phuket Island is the largest and where most tourist destinations are located. The island is linked to the mainland, and the nearby Khao Lak and Krabi Province by the Sarasin Bridge.
The area was badly affected by the 2004 tsunami with Kamala, Patong, Karon and Kata all sustaining major damage. Apart from the tsunami evacuation points, which you will also see in Khao Lak and Krabi, there is little evidence now. An early warning system has now been put in place in the unlikely event of another tsuanmi hitting the area.
We have picked some our favourite hotels throughout Khao Lak based on the following price guide (prices per night based on 2 sharing in February 2021 with bed and breakfast)
£££££+ – Over £500 per night
£££££ – Between £350 and £500 per night
££££ – Between £ 200 and £350 per night
£££ – Between £100 and £200 per night
££ – Between £50 and £100 per night
£ – Less than £50 per night
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