The 20km wide and 50km long island of Phuket situated at Southern Thailand, is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Tourists who travel to Phuket often enjoy beautiful sunsets in the beach, amazing scenery, warm turquoise blue sea, and enjoy exciting activities like snorkeling, yachting, scuba diving, & other water games. Phuket also has a very broad range of hotels and resorts, quality restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and bars, shopping centers, and other entertainment options.
The sheer size of the Phuket island makes it difficult to locate the Best Phuket hotels in the “best area”. Almost all beaches are good, and where ever accommodation is allowed, the area is great and scenic, with the exception of very few hotels which are slightly far away from the interesting things. People decide between nightlife, shopping, beach or scenic views to locate the best area for Phuket hotels.
Accommodation at a variety of Phuket Hotels is possible, ranging from ultra-luxury hotels, island villas, beach resorts, countless budget hotels, lodges, vacation rentals and apartments. Tripadvisor itself lists a total of 540 Phuket hotels including Resorts, Romantic getaways, Family hotels, Best Value budget hotels, Trendy hotels and another 371 B&B and Inns which suite long term stay and vacations at Phuket. With several kinds of Phuket hotels available, travelers have a choice of type, budget and facilities. While booking Phuket hotels, make sure you do it with a reliable travel agent or an online booking engine that is experienced with Thailand and particularly Phuket hotels. It takes a while for any Travel agent to understand the enormous numbers of Phuket Hotels in different areas and what each of them offers. Travelers generally book Phuket Hotels along with their vacation plans to Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi and Koh Samui.
Before staying at Phuket island, you need to decide whether you are going to be near Phuket Town itself or venture to other areas of the Island. The Island can be divided into the Western Phuket with the main Beaches, Southeastern Phuket with slightly off-beat beaches, Interior Phuket with its hilly expanse, Phang Nga Bay famous for its cliffs and James Bond Island, and Phuket Town which is the administrative capital of the province, and most populated town. The other cities in Phuket include Chalong Bay famous for its yacht anchorage, Kamala with quiet beaches north of Patong, Karon known for its most-developed beaches, Kata famous for its surfing and tourist crowded beaches, Nai Thon and Nai Yang the two quiet beaches near Sirinat National Park, Patong known for its largest beach resort and great nightlife, Rawai which is popular with the locals and eating in the beach and Surin.
Phuket town is one of the main centers for nightlife and tourist shopping, so the majority of Phuket hotels are located here and its the first choice for budget conscious travelers. If you are staying in Patong, remember it is a large area, and your local travel costs can be hugely inflated if you are not near what you want to do most of the time. At Patong, be specific about your intentions before booking – a Beach Bungalow for the kids or a budget hotel near nightlife are two different choices altogether. The third best choice for tourists after Phuket & Patong is to stay at Karon Beach. There are plenty of hotels in Karon’s long beautiful beach which are very close to the sand and most of them offer sea view rooms. The cheapest beachfront sea view rooms among all Phuket hotels is available at Karon only. The next best place to stay is the Kata Beach which also has many beachfront hotels with of different varieties.
There is a wide range of Phuket hotels and resorts scattered throughout the island, from family resorts to vacation rentals to budget apartments. Pick an accommodation that best fits your needs and budget. Happy Phuket Holidays.