Accommodation in Phuket
In Phuket you can find an escape from it all without giving up too many of your home comforts. With its well-developed infrastructure there is an abundance of accommodation, international hotel chains jostle beside simple guesthouses and basic wooden bungalows on the beach. Due to this captivating blend, Phuket attracts more visitors than any other tourist destination in Thailand. Whether you are coming here on holiday or for business, you will find an assortment of accommodation at reasonable prices, from bungalows to hotels to resorts, whatever depth your pocket, you are sure to find something to suit you. Cheap guesthouses offering 200 baht rooms or 5,000 baht for a typical room in a luxury hotel, rates are still realistic in comparison with hotels of comparable standards in other countries, especially Europe and America.
If you are a backpacker happy to share a dorm with strangers and eager to meet some like-minded people on the look out for budget accommodation, you will find a few hostels around the island and in Phuket Town. One of the most infamous hostels is the On On Hotel that was used in the filming of ‘The Beach’ with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Guesthouses are also a cheap but popular option for travellers, a step up from a hostel there are plenty of them about. Many are friendly, family run places, they are convenient and comfortable. Most will have a small restaurant attached and provide breakfast, if you are here for a short time and just want somewhere to lay your head at night these are fine.
If you are looking for a little more privacy why not stay in a bungalow? They are not the small one-roomed bamboo shacks where you have to fight the mosquitoes at night for your share of the bed you might once have found, and can still find, in some parts of Thailand. Many are luxurious bungalows with traditional Thai furnishings situated directly on the beach. Wake up in the morning, walk out onto your balcony and look at that ocean view!
Not that you need to stay in a bungalow to have an ocean view. You can find an array of hotels in Phuket ranging from two to five stars. Rooms with air conditioning, colour TVs and direct dial phones. Many of the hotels have their own restaurant, bar and lounge and some even have their own swimming pool, massage salons, and gyms. Breakfast is served buffet style with a selection of Thai, Continental or American styles.
If you really want to push the boat out and spoil yourselves then think about booking into a resort. These offer all the facilities you find in a 4 to 5 star hotel and more, swimming pool, spa, massage, gym, all tempting you not to venture out of the resort. If you are looking for a really lazy holiday then this could be for you.
At the top end of the scale, you could rent a villa or apartment for the duration. These can provide more privacy, lots of space and all the freedom you wish. If you are having a family holiday this might be a better deal, a home away from home! Think how much space you get compared to a hotel room. Holiday rentals can be studio apartments to a four bedroom villa and have private swimming pools and gyms. They also provide services as hotels do, such as maids, babysitters and chauffeurs. Many visitors return to Phuket year after year and have become familiar with the island and made friends here. When they come for their annual holiday they don’t want to stay in a hotel and feel like a tourist, they prefer to rent a villa as it provides more opportunities to meet and relate to the local people experiencing the local way of life to the full.
Whatever type of accommodation you choose, it is suggested you book beforehand whether it is through the internet, direct or via a travel agent, particularly if you plan to travel during the high season. Many hotels in Phuket will be fully booked 4 to 6 months in advance for the peak season.