Photo: Wat Chalong.

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A decent mix of budget to flashpacker range accommodation can be found in Ao Chalong and on nearby Friendship Beach.

Ao Chalong

Most of the budget guesthouses are found along Ao Chalong Rd, which runs from the traffic circle to the waterfront. The exception is Shanti Lodge on Chao Fa Nok Rd, rather far from the bay.

Shanti Lodge
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1/2 Soi Bang Rae, Chao Fa Nok Rd, Ao Chalong
T: (076) 28 0233

Phuket is often bypassed by backpackers who worry about how expensive it is. But there are some backpacker-oriented places to stay at. Shanti Lodge is a friendly traveller’s haven in Ao Chalong. Found just off a busy road lined mostly with boring concrete shophouses, this family-run guesthouse offers a welcome oasis. Entrance to the traditional rooms. With heaps of character and a rustic,... Read our full review of Shanti Lodge.

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Aochalong Villa Resort and Spa
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
5/26 Moo 9, Soi Porn Chalong, East Chao Fa Rd, Ao Chalong
T: (076) 282 464-5

It's a bumpy trek to Aochalong Villa, so it's a genuine surprise to find a very pleasant, first-class boutique resort at the end of the dirt road. Depending how you look at it, the location is either isolated and inconvenient or peaceful and secure. Although the prices vary a lot, all of the rooms have the same amenities — satellite TV, air-con, free WiFi and sumptuous king-sized beds. The... Read our full review of Aochalong Villa Resort and Spa.

Happy Days
Backpacker - Under 600B
1/18 Moo 9, Chao Fa Rd, Ao Chalong
T: (084) 692 0465

The space above this popular bar and restaurant has been converted into some decent but well-equipped rooms. They're all air-con with an en suite bathroom, TV, DVD player, and fridge. You can even use the WiFi for free. Easily the best budget deal in Chalong town, so cross your fingers that one of their three rooms are available. If the one at the front is open, snag it. The restaurant serves... Read our full review of Happy Days.

Pier 42 Boutique Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
42/5 Moo 5 Viset Rd
T: (076) 384 477

Built in 2010, Pier 42 is an excellent addition to the mediocre budget rooms along the pier road. The resort is small and compact with rooms designed to look like houses on tug boats. Room interiors are very modern, decorated in blue hues with shiny wood floors, and some even have throw rugs resembling green grass. Each room has a very comfortable bed, LCD TV, iPod speakers, minibar, giant bean... Read our full review of Pier 42 Boutique Resort.

Na Na Chart Phuket Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
73/11 Chaofa West Road, Chalong, Phuket
T: (076) 281 325, (076) 280 103

Found in a white four-storey house a few kilometres north of Chalong Pier, Na Na Chart Phuket hostel is a clean and simple place ideal for budget-minded travellers to Phuket looking to make their base in Ao Chalong. Bright and cheerful, inside and out. In an area that has mostly flashpacker to mid-range accommodation, Na Na Chart Phuket is a notable exception. Set back from the busy four-lane... Read our full review of Na Na Chart Phuket Hostel.

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Ao Chalong Inn
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
43/16-17 Vises Rd, Ao Chalong
T: (076) 281 368

The Ao Chalong Inn is a hotel-style place with what were once pleasant, light and airy rooms, but they're starting to look a bit shabby. All have air-con, TV and balconies, the best of which front the street, but the ones at the back face an adjoining building. The lobby has a bit of character and feels quite homey with free coffee and tea making facilities available. The restaurant is only open... Read our full review of Ao Chalong Inn.

Ao Chalong Mansion
Backpacker - Under 600B
48/13 Ao Chalong Rd, Ao Chalong
T: (076) 280 435

It blows our mind why cheap boarding houses in Thailand are commonly called mansions — they're typically anything but. Sharing an address with a tour company, the Ao Chalong Mansion is in a grimy white building in the centre of Chalong town. Like the building, the rooms haven't received attention in years, but will do for a night. The rooms are spacious but stark, with a double bed and little... Read our full review of Ao Chalong Mansion.

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Friendship Beach

This stretch of motley sand between Ao Chalong and Rawai is home to a handful of resorts. The beach isn't very good, but you could swim if you really wanted to.

Friendship Beach Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
27/1 Soi Mittrapap, Friendship Beach, Rawai
T: (076) 288996

Friendship Beach Resort on Rawai beach is mainly a retreat for wellness seekers but it also welcomes anyone looking for a peaceful place to stay on Phuket with some added comforts.Plenty of space around the pool for both fasters and feasters.As its name suggests, this small resort is a friendly place that offers — for Phuket — reasonable value for beachfront accommodation. Found three... Read our full review of Friendship Beach Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ao Chalong? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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