I stayed in a guesthouse in Phuket town, also for three nights, and was a little disappointed with its proximity to the beach. Patong and Kata, the two most popular beaches, are a 15 minute songthaew ride away. Not too expensive on the way to the beach(50 baht or so), but the tuk tuk back that night will blow your budget!(400, 600, 900?)There are plenty of bike taxi's though, so it can be done.
If you want to be on and off the beaches all day, like I did, you might want to look at getting something in Patong. Even if you lose on the deposit, it might save you time and money.
#3 greenman42 has been a member since 18/9/2009. Posts: 63
i had to stay in phuket town for 5 nights while i was waiting for a cash card to be delivered from england , and dave and greenman are right ,there are not alot of things to do in the day time , a bus to patong bech will cost about 25 baht. and take about 30 minutes to get there. in the night there are quite a few good restaurants and a few good bars that have bands playing.
if u are there for a few days try the uptown restaurant , my friend lek runs this place and the food is very good , also she is very helpful if u have any questions about phuket town she will be able to help u
Cheap to get to the Phuket beaches, but yeah, a bit time consuming from Phuket town. I've got an idea the last songthaews back from the beaches may be around 1700-1800 so you can spend a fair time there and still get back cheaply.
Phuket town is only a few km from the Rassada pier for Phi Phi. But the best idea is to shop around trip ticket sellers in town plus your hotel's travel desk for the best price, which usually includes free pickup and transport to the pier - and is often cheaper than the pier ferry ticket price.
Those ticket sellers should also be able to set you up for trips to nearby Coral Island and the more distant Ko Racha.
You can get to Ko Yao Noi on frequent longtails out of Bang Rong, a fair way up Phuket's east coast. Hourly songthaews leave from the same Phuket town market area that the Phuket beach songthaews start.
There are 2 ferries a day for Ko Yao Yai from the Jian Warnet (Gan Wanet) pier near Phuket town to Yao Yai‘s southern pier. This is about 500m “upriver” from the popular Rassada pier used by the Phi Phi ferries, but it took me a while to find a motorcycle taxi guy in Phuket town who knew the location.
Heimat Garden’s transport page http://www.heimatgardens.com/ferry_times.php shows a car ferry leaving at 1000, but my morning boat was a smaller passenger+goods job which could also take motorcycles via a plank to the upper deck - at 1030. The vehicle ferry was moored alongside, running in the afternoon that day.
If you want to move on from Phi Phi to other islands there are ferries to Lanta in high season, to Krabi and Railay (not really an island) and if you use Tigerline you can island hop all the way to Langkawi in northern Malaysia. We are talking high season only for the latter too.
Finally, if I was in Phuket town and looking for a daytrip I'd definitely do Phang Nga Bay for some of the best seascape/landscape in the world. Often sold as the James Bong Island trip - but you spend minimal time at this bit of a tourist trap because of pressure on boat parking. The rest of the bay is fabulous.