Cheap Phuket guesthouses & hotels

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First published 8th October, 2006

If you're trying to stretch out your funds -- maybe living in cheap guesthouses, fan rooms, washing your laundry in the sink, walking 3km when it'll save you 20B and generally travelling on the cheap, then you've probably heard that Phuket province can be a real budget-buster. This is true, but it would be a shame to skip this beautiful and unique island, so we thought we'd point out some ways for the frugal wayfarer to see the whole island, and stay within budget. Read on to learn how to see Phuket on the cheap.


The first rule of thumb is to travel in Phuket during the off season, if possible, when accommodation prices are as are as much as 50 to 70% lower. The only drawback is the rain -- lots and lots of rain -- so keep your plans flexible. If you're here to experience Thailand, most of the life of this country isn't going on at the beach anyway. And there are plenty of sunny days, even in the rainy season.

Another good idea is to buy as little as possible when you're actually at the beach, where prices become quite stiff. If you're really serious about pinching baht, skip Patong altogether -- you won't be missing out on anything.

Prices are the most reasonable in Phuket Town itself -- the Pengman Hotel costs 120B, and the On On Hotel starts at 170B. It's possible to see everything worth seeing on the entire island on day trips from Phuket Town. Just catch the appropriate songthaew from the station on Ranong Road, for 20 or 30B. Give up the idea of traveling from beach to beach unless there's a songtheaw available -- as transport courtesy of the taxi and tuk-tuk mafia will cost 200 to 400B.

When you do stay at the beach, there at least some budget options available on most of them (see our List of Budget Spots on Phuket Beaches at the end of this story). Call ahead to make sure they actually have an available room in your price range. You can also rent tents at Surinat National Park on Nai Yang beach for 150B/night-enquire at the visitor's center. Even where a cheap room is available, everything else is more expensive at the more popular beaches, but prices decrease the further you get away from Patong.

In terms of food, you've probably already discovered 20B noodles and som tam, in Phuket Town there's a really great place, Pa Laem on Bangkok Road, just south of the traffic circle It has a vegetarian buffet for just 20B, and they'll let you pile your plate to the ceiling. Traditional markets are always a good bet, so head for the fruit market on Ranong Road, which is open 24/7, and has a wide variety of food (other than fruit) at dirt cheap prices.

Serious budgeters know to buy their libations at the convenience store rather than in a bar or restaurant, but there are a few, tiny, sit-down places in the market which charge convenience store prices for drinks. If you're looking for music while you tipple, try Music Matter, on a side street just south of the Phuket Crystal Inn. They'll let you bring your own bottle of spirits, but you should buy their reasonably-priced mixers while you're there. Go on a Wednesday night for a continuous set of live, improvisational jazz-at no extra charge.

Internet at the beaches is 60B per hour and if you find a cheaper price somewhere -- let us know. The notable exception is the Crystal Beach Hotel, on Karon Beach, which currently offers unlimited access for a flat rate of 20B. Try to do all of your internet in Phuket Town, where Goo.net provides great service for 20B per hour, located on Phuket Road between Phang Na and Rasada Roads.

There are things to do other than go to the beach. Phuket Town has a 10B bus line designed for tourists-you can pick up a schedule at the main bus station. It makes stops at some worthwhile spots for a picnic -- Saphan Hin (on the water), King Rama IX Park (known as Suan Luang), and Rang Hill (a stiff hike from the songthaew to the top, but worth it). You should probably try to make room in your budget for Phuket FantaSea in Kamala Beach, which would be a shame to miss. Nature-lovers may feel themselves drawn up to the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park to the north, but if you've been to other national parks in Thailand, this one isn't a must-see.

For an affordable splurge, head to The Natural Restaurant in Phuket Town, with great food and cheap beer (for a restaurant) in a fun and friendly atmosphere. An indulgent evening will only cost about 200B a head. If you break down and go for on binge at the beach, it may end up costing a lot more.

Here's a list of the cheapest places to stay on each beach. For the area, we consider anything under 600B a night to be 'budget,' and this list reflects the cheapest places available on the beach in question in that price range. You'll notice that some places only make the list by virtue of their low season prices. All offer double room accommodation unless otherwise specified. See their individual entries for details.

  Low Season High Season

Ao Chalong

Shanti Lodge

550B

550B

Ao Chalong Bungalows

350B

350B

Rawai

Porn Mae Bungalows

400B

400B

Yunui Beach

Yu Nui Bungalows

300B

500B

Nai Harn

Ao Sane Bungalows

400B

500B

Karon Beach

The Beshert Hostel

200B

200B

Ann Guesthouse

300B

400B

Bazoom Hostel
(fan dorm)

Closed

150B

Kata Beach

The Little Mermaid

265B

365B

Kata On Sea Bungalows

300B

300B

Fantasy Hill Bungalow

300B

400B

Rose Inn

250B

400B

Patong

Cheap Rooms

300B

500B

Touch Villa

300B

700B

Kamala Beach

Twin Guest house

300B

500B

Surin Beach

No budget accommodation.

Bangtao Beach

No budget accommodation.

Layan Beach

No budget accommodation

Naithon Beach

Naithorn Bungalows
Note: Includes motorbike rental

500B

500B

Nai Yang Beach

No budget accommodation

Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao Bungalows
(camping only)

150B

150B



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  • i stayed as well at the on on hotel in phuket town and can realy recomend this cozy guest house for backpacker on travel tour through thailand. a good adress with cheap rooms direct in town.

    Posted by thailand_phuket on 9th July, 2009

  • Since I couldn't find a page on Adonis Guesthouse (Patong Beach Phuket), I'll just write my review here:

    I stayed a the Deluxe double studio room.

    LIKES:
    1) Room very nice, clean and huge (with great facilities such as TV, dvd-player, fridge with minibar, an actual bar in the corner of the room with a waterboiler and complementary tea and coffee, stuff for ironing, a microwave, huge wardrobe, mirror with make-up table, fan, AC, a safe, enough wallsockets for charging electronic devices, comfortable bed and pillows)
    2) Bathroom nice (with toilet that flushes good, showerhead that sprays enough water hard enough, bath, complementary showergel, shampoo and conditioner)
    3) Very helpfull and friendly staff (Phil and May are always willing to provide the information you want as well as booking tours and transportation for you)... the first day our AC broke, so Phil immediately changed our room so that we could sleep while the AC was being repaired the next day in the early morning. Also when we missed an item in our laundry, May made sure that we would get the missing item back and we did.
    4) Laundry service good, unfortunately we missed an item, but May got it back for us.
    5) Free internet in the lobby and free Wi-fi in the rooms
    6) Location good: very close to minimarts, as well as markets, restaurants and pubs, clubs and bars... also less than 5 mintes walk to Jungceylon shopping mall, approx. 4 min. walk to The Strip (Bangla Road) and less than 10. min walk to the beach.
    10) Nice and quiet, but close enough to the action.

    DISLIKES:
    1) Adonis is a very nice guesthouse, but located in a dodgy and dirty alley (be ware of dogpoo!)

    EXTRA INFO:
    1) No restaurant, but there are enough restaurants around the corner. Adonis is setting up a service that provides breakfast in their nice and green terrace on the 3rd floor.
    2) Adonis accepts everyone; no anti-thai or gay policy. This means that their are also men who bring escorts to spend the night at Adonis. Though I am not drawn to this 'dark' side of Thailand I felt the vibe of hospitallity and no judgement to tourists so these travellers didn't bother me at all. But I guess that Patong Beach is best known for the nightlife.

    So all in all I would recommend Adonis.

    Posted by Jimboichi on 6th October, 2009

  • very good

    Posted by asad on 19th September, 2010

  • From website, I come to know that your room rent is THB 35 PER DAY.I want a single private room.If you room is so, I want to book it for 2/3 nights from 25 December 2010.Pls let me know.I find it tough to get address of hotels to contact them directly.pls assist me.

    Posted by A.M.M.Samsad on 18th December, 2010

  • I just wanted to say thanks ! This right here was a life saver for me. I wish you all the best then and keep this up :)

    THANKS !!!
    Nishaq from Maldives

    Posted by Nishaq Adman on 21st September, 2011

  • Is all of this information still from 2006? 6 year old content is not going to be accurate.

    Please reply

    Posted by claudeisgood on 21st August, 2012

  • Dear sir

    I would like to inquiry the room on 2 weeks. I prefer a single room with TV , air con , hot shower cafeteria

    Do you also serve bed and breakfast of the day?

    looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    thanks a lot!

    Respectfully yours,
    Nittaya suanmeesan

    Posted by nittaya on 14th September, 2014

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