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How to find the right hotel in Phuket?

Finding the right Phuket hotel is a challenging task, and getting the right hotel in the right location if you have never been to Phuket before can be daunting as it can, and will, impact your holidays entirely. So there are a few things to sort out before you start: When will you come, where will you stay, how much do you want to spend, what kind of traveller are you?

FIRST: When do you plan to visit Phuket?

  1. During the high season (December to April), the south of Phuket is very busy, so if you want to party and don’t mind busy beaches and resort towns: go south; if you prefer a quieter atmosphere, stay north.
  2. During the low season, the north will be very quiet, and the beaches will often look neglected. Beaches in the south will be quieter than in the high season and, therefore, will feel lively without being crowded.
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SECOND: Select the part of Phuket Island that will work for you

Each beach has its unique character and atmosphere. The beach, the sand, the setting and the facilities: restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and how busy the beach is. And there are some beautiful heritage hotels in Phuket Town too! Picking the right location in Phuket for your hotel is one of the most important decisions you must make.

The beaches in the south of Phuket are the most beautiful, with white sand and shallow waters, but they can become crowded in the high season: Patong, Kata, Karon, Nai Harn and even Kamala beaches.

The beaches in the north are always more peaceful. The sand is a little less soft and the water less shallow, but they are still wonderful beaches. The more you go north, the quieter they will be: Bang Tao starts to be popular but is still long enough not to feel crowded. Mai Khao is very quiet and has five or six superb hotels. Nai Yang and Naithon are superb but underrated beaches near the airport.

Phuket Town is popular for its old streets lined with Sino-Portuguese shophouses. You will find a few heritage hotels and a lot of small guesthouses. Note that Phuket Town is far from swimmable beaches, maybe 10 kilometres.

Because choosing the right location is so important for a great holiday, we dedicated an entire, easy-to-read page about it:

Find the best location for you


Hotels in Patong Beach

Patong has a superb immense beach, 2.6 km long, and is popular with the younger crowd for its notorious party atmosphere. With easy access to many restaurants until very late at night, Patong is a convenient base to go in any direction and can be a lot of fun if fun is what you are after. On the downside, Patong is not representative of Thailand or even Phuket. It is crowded in some parts, but the north end is still superb and relatively peaceful (where Four Points by Sheraton is)

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Hotels in Kata Beach

Kata is only 1.5 km long but is the second most popular resort in Phuket, with a superb and scenic beach of soft white sand. It can get busy during the peak season (December – January) but quite relaxed the rest of the year. You can easily find restaurants serving Thai and western food and many little shops.

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Hotels in Karon Beach

Karon is a 3.5 km long and wide beach with a small town where you will find many restaurants, bars and shops. The beach is beautiful and pleasant, never crowded, and with a decent amount of beach chairs, umbrellas, drink vendors and beach massages.

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Hotels in Bang Tao Beach

Bang Tao is a 5.5 km long beach that was often associated with isolation and all-inclusive resorts, but in recent years, Bang Tao has become the trendiest part of Phuket, and while it doesn’t address budget travellers as much as in the south, there is now a vast range of hotels and a vast choice of excellent restaurants, bars and shops.

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Hotels in Kamala Beach

Kamala is known for its white sandy beach and crystal clear waters, which make it a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. The beach is also lined with small restaurants, making it a lively and vibrant place to sit with your feet in the sand and admire sunsets with a drink in hand. From luxury resorts to more affordable options, there are accommodations to suit everyone’s needs. Some hotels offer stunning views of the ocean and a range of amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centres, and on-site restaurants.

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Hotels in Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao Beach is a long, wide stretch of sandy beach located on the northwest coast of Phuket. It is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty and is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing and taking photos of landing planes over the beach! The beach is also home to some luxury resorts, including the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. The Sirinath National Park, which is home to various wildlife and protected species, is also located nearby.

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Best Hotels in Phuket Town

Staying in Phuket Town is for those who prefer to explore the old streets and enjoy real, local food. Beaches are not so far, and the local blue bus can take you to any beach for a ridiculously small price, but you have to take it easy with time. Note that there are two parts to the old Phuket Town: the tourist streets and the untouched area.

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THIRD: What kind of traveller are you?

Everyone is different and wants the best hotel to fit their personal preference and lifestyle. Luckily, Phuket can truly fit everyone’s style, and hotels are often dedicated to families, couples, honeymooners, groups of friends, party-goers and solo travellers.

Best Family Hotels in Phuket

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Best Romantic Hotels in Phuket

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Best Beach Front Hotels


FOURTH: What is your budget?

Phuket has an incredibly wide range of hotels, from the most exclusive pool villas and luxury resorts to hostels, guesthouses and vacation rentals.

Best 4-star hotels in Phuket

Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.