BACKPACKER INDEX: US$26.63
Phuket hotel prices
Doubles from US$43/night
A great budget choice located in the expat area of Patong Beach, walking distance to the sand, but quiet at night.
Doubles from US$56/night
This small hotel has big rooms and a perfect location in the heart of the Karon Beach restaurant area, just 2 blocks from the beach.
Doubles from US$119/night
This popular 4-star with a gorgeous pool is near the mellow part of Patong Beach, but only a 10-minute walk into the crazy/nightlife area.
Beds from US$6.50/night
Located 5 minutes walk from the quiet Karon Beach, this is ideal for budget travelers and still a short ride to the craziness in Patong.
Phuket hotels have a high season running from November through April, but things get even more expensive during the Christmas to New Year’s holiday periods. From May through October is considered the low season, and some fantastic bargains are available, especially at the higher end resorts.
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Phuket is an island in the south of Thailand, comprising a number of beach and resort areas. It’s now almost as popular as Bangkok for foreign visitors, after rebounding fully after the 2004 tsunami devastation along some beaches.
Taken as a whole, Phuket is also the most expensive part of Thailand for visitors. There are definitely some affordable options, especially for those who are willing to stay a bit inland, but the deluxe resorts in Phuket are definitely expensive compared to anywhere else in Southeast Asia. The high season is from December through March, and there are so many resorts that competition keeps prices reasonable, but the rest of the year Phuket has the cheapest 5-star resorts in the world.
Once you have a room it’s possible to enjoy yourself and not spend much more, as budget food and drink options are available not far from most hotels, but if you want to snorkel or scuba dive or sail, it’s going to cost you.
Phuket attraction prices
|Phuket Aquarium||This family-friendly attraction is on the southern coast of the island.||adults||3.10|
|Butterfly Garden & Insect World||See thousands of butterflies and a lot more at this unique attraction near the center of Phuket island.||adults||9.29|
|Snorkeling tour (all-day)||Choose from a wide variety of tours and operators, combining various nearby islands.||premium||108.36|
Phuket Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to beach resorts||18.58 - 30.96|
|Shared minibus from airport to resorts||4.64 - 8.67|
|Local bus from airport to resorts||3.41 - 4.18|
|3km tuk-tuk (taxi) ride in Phuket||9.29 - 12.38|
|Local bus ride in Phuket||2.63|
Phuket food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Food at resorts will usually cost much more than options across the road.||1.55 - 4.64|
|Budget lunch||Depending on which part of Phuket you are based in, prices can vary greatly.||2.48 - 6.19|
|Budget dinner||Some sit-down restaurants near the resorts can be great bargains, but not all of them.||3.72 - 9.29|
|Beer (.33l bottle)||As with other things, it all depends on which area you are in. Phuket Town is cheapest.||1.86 - 3.10|
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|Airports||Phuket International Airport (HKT)|
Avg temps & precip
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Being not far north of the equator, Phuket is hot and humid all year long, with temperatures holding steady as well. The dry season runs from November through April, and the rainy season is from May through October, but even during the rainy season it’s normally just afternoon cloudbursts on many days, rather than a long soaking.
Sunrise and sunset