Where to Stay in Phuket → 10 INCREDIBLE Areas

Aerial view of a tranquil beach in Thailand with a single traditional boat floating on clear turquoise water, lush greenery in the background, and a hint of beachfront resorts.

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is known for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, so if you are wondering where to stay in Phuket, I completely understand what you mean. 

I lived in Thailand for a while (and keep coming back every year for 1-2 months at least), and I got to explore the country, so I can tell you about all the best areas in Phuket and what each of them is good for. 

If you’re visiting for the first time, I recommend staying in Karon – the beach is beautiful, and there are plenty of opportunities for water sports. 

Read this post because you will learn everything about the 10 best tourist-friendly areas in Phuket, and tell you what each of them is best for. 

Not only that, but I also went ahead and compared pretty much all the accommodation options on the island and handpicked the absolute best of the best options (and sorted it out by price so everyone can find their ideal place to stay!). 

Once you find the perfect area for you, be quick and make a reservation – hotels sell out super quick in Phuket, as they are affordable and offer amazing amenities. 

Now, let’s look at the top spots for a stay in Phuket!

Quick Picks for Your Stay

Here are the best places to stay in Karon, Phuket:

NeighborhoodPerfect forBest Hotel
💲 KaronCheap accommodation, local markets, beaches & natureMandarava Resort and Spa
🕺 PatongNightlife, tourist attractions, shoppingHotel Indigo Phuket Patong
💅 KataTrendy bars, snorkeling, beachfront spas & resortsKatathani Beach Resort
🏝️ Bang Tao BeachBig beaches, no crowds, water sportsSaii Laguna Phuket
💑 RawaiRomantic resorts, nice restaurants, island hoppingWyndham La Vita
👩‍👩‍👦 KamalaFamily activities, a calm atmosphere, sandy beachesCape Sienna Hotel
✨ SurinStunning nature, upscale hotels, fishingThe Surin Phuket
🛕 Phuket TownCulture, restaurants, bars, museums & templesSinae Phuket
🌴 Mai Khao & Naiyang BeachLongest beach in Phuket, Sirinat National Park, close to Phuket AirportAnantara Vacation Club
💎 Nai Harn BeachPeaceful beach, hiking, snorkelingThe Nai Harn

Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Here’s a map of Phuket with all 10 areas I’ll be talking about in the post:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Phuket, with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
  1. KARON: for first-timers
  2. PATONG: for nightlife
  3. KATA: the coolest area
  4. BANG TAO BEACH: for relaxation
  5. RAWAI: for a honeymoon
  6. KAMALA: for families
  7. SURIN: for luxury travelers
  8. PHUKET TOWN: for history lovers
  9. MAI KHAO & NAIYANG BEACH: for outdoor activities
  10. NAI HARN BEACH: for a local experience

1. Karon – where to stay in Phuket for first-timers

Scenic view of Karon Beach in Thailand, featuring powder-white sand, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and windsurfers enjoying the idyllic beach setting against a backdrop of lush green hills under a blue sky.

Karon is a lovely resort town on the island’s West Coast, situated 10 km (6 km) South of Patong and often called the ‘little sister of Patong.’ However, Karon is much quieter than Patong (area #2 in my list) and has a more authentic atmosphere, which is why it’s become a popular destination for families as well as the best area to stay in Phuket for couples. 

While staying in Karon, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and crystal clear blue waters, try different water sports, and dine at the best local seafood restaurants. If you’re looking for nightlife, there are quite a few bars, but the nightlife scene isn’t nearly as bustling as in Patong – perfect if you want to get a good night’s sleep!

Karon Beach (map) is the focal point of the Karon area; this idyllic beach is recognizable for its golden sand and calm waters, which make it the ideal swimming beach. However, this is a popular beach and is usually teeming with tourists. So, if you want to relax on a quiet beach, head North to Freedom Beach (map) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Right next to Karon Beach, you’ll also come across Karon Park, a large and scenic park with a beach area and cool food markets on the weekend. The park also overlooks the Phuket Reservoir, an artificial lake, which makes it a great choice if you want to spend some time by the water but away from the beach crowds. 

Lastly, I want to tell you to keep an open slot on a Tuesday or Friday night for a visit to the Karon Temple Market (map). This is a night market where you can get delicious street food, buy souvenirs, and enjoy live music while you’re doing your shopping. 

If it’s your first time visiting Thailand, I actually recommend splitting your time between staying in Phuket, Bangkok, and Koh Phangan so you can get a great overview of the entire country. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: A twilight view of an infinity pool at a hillside resort, a modern bedroom with a large hanging lamp and plush white bedding, and a private villa with a pool and sun loungers under an umbrella.

This is one of the best luxury resorts on Phuket Island, offering a free shuttle to the nearby Karon Beach, amazing spa services, fitness facilities, and as many as 5 private pools and 5 pool bars. Each of the villas at this resort is separated from the others and boasts a contemporary design and a private balcony. 

Other accommodation options in Karon

mid-range
Hotel swimming pool at sunset with the sky painted in soft hues of pink and orange, complementing the gentle lighting of the pool area and creating a tranquil evening atmosphere.

This 3-star resort features rooms decorated in Thai style, an outdoor swimming pool, and a great restaurant serving European dishes

budget
A bright and airy hotel room with a large bed, clean white bedding, and contrasting blue curtains, offering a view of lush greenery outside, symbolizing a comfortable stay in a tropical setting.

A budget hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms, free Wi-Fi, and within walking distance of the beach and local markets

airbnb
A luxurious bathtub with a view of a private pool and tropical villa, framed by sheer curtains, creating an indulgent and relaxing bathing experience.

A 2-bedroom villa with a private pool, 3 bathrooms, and a living area, and very close to a few restaurants

Things to do in Karon

  • Visit the stunning Karon Temple (map)
  • Chill at Khlong Bangla Park (map)
  • Sign up for a guided tour of the Karon Viewpoint and other notable Phuket attractions
  • Try traditional Thai food at Mama Jin Restaurant (map)

2. Patong – where to stay in Phuket for nightlife

Vibrant street scene at the entrance to Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand, with colorful signage, bustling tourist activity, and an array of shops and street vendors under a tangle of power lines.

Patong is located on the West Coast of Phuket, North of Karon, and it’s got a reputation for being the most touristy area on the island. Patong’s main trait is the bustling nightlife scene, which is why I recommend this as one of the best places to stay in Phuket for young adults and backpackers who like to have quick access to live music bars and cool beach clubs.

So, if you’re looking for a fun night out, your first stop should be Bangla Road, a busy road that hosts numerous nightclubs, bars, and even massage parlors – it’s a nightlife haven! Here, you can also spot the famous Thai Ladyboys (transgender women). These women are often even more beautiful than Thai women, so you can easily get mistaken!

I’m sure you’ll get hungry during your night out, and the best place to get a tasty meal is Bangla Night Market (map). There are plenty of food options, but I recommend getting some seafood – it’s fresh and delicious.

Other than nightlife, there are plenty of fun ways to spend the day at Patong Beach (map). You can swim and sunbathe, go parasailing or wakeboarding, or sip on a cocktail at a beach club. But one thing to know about Patong Beach is that it’s one of the most popular Phuket beaches, so it’s always crowded. 

Since this is a tourist area, unfortunately, some of the locals will try to scam you. So, be very careful when you’re going on a tuk-tuk ride, renting a jet ski (usually the scam is renting you a previously damaged jet ski and then demanding a high pay for the “damage”), getting a ride from the airport, or buying jewelry. In general, always be cautious when you’re spending your money somewhere. If you’re looking for a peaceful beach, Karon Beach is the better choice for you. And if you’re into surfing, I highly recommend checking out Kalim Beach (map).

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: An elegant bedroom with a bold wall tapestry and contemporary decor, a vibrant restaurant with a striking bamboo centerpiece, and a tranquil pool area lined with blue umbrellas and lush palm trees.

As one of the top luxury hotels in Patong, Hotel Indigo offers 5-star service, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and martial arts facilities. Guests can also choose between continental and buffet breakfast and enjoy the stunning views of Patong City while sipping on a cocktail by the rooftop infinity pool.

Other accommodation options in Patong

mid-range
A romantic hotel bathtub setup with rose petals scattered in the water and over the adjacent towels, accompanied by a red candle, setting the mood for a relaxing and intimate evening.

At this hotel, you’ll stay in air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and get a free beach towel every day

budget
Minimalist and cozy hotel room with a large bed featuring decorative pillows, a crescent moon wall art, a wooden desk with a coffee cup, and a contrasting modern chair against a soothing turquoise wall.

A few minutes walk to Patong Beach, and the hostel offers both private rooms and dormitory beds, free Wi-Fi, and bike rentals

airbnb
Rooftop infinity pool offering a panoramic view of a coastal city in Thailand, with sun loungers lined up alongside the pool, under a clear blue sky.

This 1-bedroom apartment provides easy access to Patong Beach and offers its guests access to a gym and a rooftop pool

Things to do in Patong

  • Spend a day at the beautiful Paradise Beach (map)
  • Pay a visit to the Suwan Khiri Wong Temple (map)
  • Try some delicious street food at Malin Plaza Patong Market (map)
  • Go shopping for fresh food at Banzaan Fresh Market (map)

3. Kata – the coolest neighborhood in Phuket

Breathtaking aerial view of a coastal town in Thailand, showcasing a curving sandy beach, aquamarine waters, and a lush mountainous backdrop under a soft blue sky.

Kata is another amazing destination on the island’s West Coast, right next to Karon and 10 km (6 miles) from Patong Beach. It’s one of the best places to stay in Phuket on the beach, with stunning white sand beaches surrounded by palm trees, as well as the coolest neighborhood, thanks to its trendy restaurants, bars, and beautiful beachfront resorts. 

Kata is one of the best areas in Phuket if you want a combination of a chill atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and cool activities such as snorkeling, surfing, diving, and jet skiing. So, if you’re someone like me who is into a little bit of everything, Kata is a great choice for you. The area is also very family-friendly, so it’s a great spot to stay in if you’re traveling with family. 

Kata Beach (map) is a fantastic beach for swimming and sunbathing, but it also boasts a famous snorkeling spot. The Kata Beach House Reef is situated at the Northern end of the beach and enables you to see different kinds of fish, turtles, seahorses, and octopuses. 

Beach lovers will be happy to hear that they’ll find another amazing beach near Phuket Kata Beach. Of course, I’m talking about Kata Noi Beach (map), a bit further South of Kata Beach. Kata Noi Beach provides plenty of opportunities for water sports and is a bit less crowded, so I suggest you make the trip South and spend at least a day there. 

Other spots that deserve your attention are Kata Beach Community Park (map), the Kata Night Market (map), and Dino Park Mini Golf & Restaurant (map), an outdoor mini golf course with a great restaurant and a bar. 

Kata is one of the smaller areas I recommend in this post, and it’s very walkable, so I highly recommend it for people who are staying in Phuket without a car. Plus, there’s a good selection of both resorts and smaller boutique hotels so that it can accommodate different types of travelers. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: An aerial view of a kidney-shaped pool by the beach surrounded by umbrellas, a cozy outdoor seating area with a circular wicker lounge chair, and a spacious bedroom with a balcony overlooking tropical scenery.

As one of the best-rated luxury resorts in Phuket, Katathani offers many amazing amenities. During your stay, you can relax and swim in one of the 6 pools, try different cuisines at the 6 on-site restaurants, hit the tennis courts, or get a massage. You can also attend a cooking class and try some water sports.

Other accommodation options in Kata

mid-range
A modern, well-lit hotel room with a plush bed, accented with teal pillows and a matching lampshade, offering a fresh and contemporary aesthetic.

This 3-star hotel is very close to the beach, offers airport transfers and car rentals, and provides room service

budget
A serene garden area with blue bean bags on the lawn under a rustic thatched-roof pavilion, providing a casual and relaxing outdoor lounge space amidst tropical plants.

Guests at this resort benefit from the use of a pool, private parking, an on-site ATM, and a delicious breakfast

airbnb
Serene hotel pool area at dusk, featuring a calm swimming pool reflecting the twilight sky, with a modern building facade and a natural stone wall enhancing the tranquil ambiance.

A stunning Airbnb with a private pool, 2 bedrooms, and a functional kitchen, as well as free Wi-Fi and parking

Things to do in Kata

4. Bang Tao Beach – for a relaxing holiday

A picturesque view of Bang Tao Beach in Phuket, featuring golden sands with traditional long-tail boats moored in the calm sea, framed by swaying coconut palms under a vast blue sky, encapsulating the serene tropical ambiance of Thailand's coast.

Bang Tao is a high-end resort area in the Thalang district, on the West Coast of Phuket and just 5 km (3 miles) North of Kamala Beach. Bang Tao has a more laid-back vibe than many other Phuket areas, as it doesn’t attract as many tourists (yet!), and the beach is not as crowded.

Even though Bang Tao is not as popular as Patong or Karon, there are many luxury hotels, resorts, and spas that offer all-inclusive arrangements and various amenities, making this the perfect destination if you want to unwind and relax. 

Bang Tao is also the perfect spot for beach lovers; Bang Tao Beach (map) is a beautiful beach with powdery white sand and clear waters where you can try different water sports (diving, stand up paddleboarding) or simply enjoy the view from one of the beach clubs and bars. 

I would also highly recommend visiting the Bang Thao Night Market (map); it’s a local street market and provides a very authentic Thai experience. But if you want a more upscale shopping experience, I suggest the Porto de Phuket shopping mall, which, besides shopping, offers a variety of cool activities. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: A welcoming open-air hotel lobby with a thatched roof, a chic interior lounge with plush seating and large windows offering lush views, and a circular bar by an expansive pool lined with palm trees.

This 5-star resort provides direct beach access and boasts 3 swimming pools, a fitness center, and 3 restaurants. It’s also a great place for families, as it offers free baby cots and babysitting services and has a fun kids’ club, while the reception desk can arrange for luggage storage, shuttle services, and organizing day trips.

Other accommodation options in Bang Tao Beach

mid-range
A spacious and elegant hotel bedroom with a large bed adorned with decorative rose petals and a sitting bench, opening out to a pool view through sliding glass doors, epitomizing luxury accommodation.

The resort offers rooms with mountain views, a shared lounge, a terrace, a hot tub, and a pool

budget
Chic and modern hostel common area with a unique circular window looking into the pool, comfortable red bean bags, and eclectic wall art, creating a trendy and welcoming social space.

Located in Bang Tao, this hostel has both private rooms and dormitories, offers free parking, and car and bike hire 

airbnb
An intimate villa pool at night, illuminated by soft pool lights with a stylish rattan hanging chair in the foreground, offering a luxurious private retreat experience.

This 1-bedroom villa is within walking distance of the beach and features a jacuzzi pool and an outdoor dining set 

Things to do in Bang Tao Beach

5. Rawai – where to stay in Phuket on a honeymoon

Sunset view from a Thai beach with the silhouette of a traditional long-tail boat in the foreground and a dramatic sky over calm waters, capturing a serene tropical evening.

Rawai is one of the most romantic destinations in Phuket, with its peaceful atmosphere, numerous dining options, and cool activities – couples will certainly have an amazing time in Rawai. Situated on the southeast coast, 5 km (5 miles) from Nai Harn, Rawai is a real tropical paradise. 

Besides honeymooners, Rawai is also home to many expats and digital nomads, so you can be sure that you’ll experience a variety of cultures and try different cuisines. However, the very best thing to eat in Rawai is the local seafood, and one of the best places to have it is Nikita’s Beach Restaurant, where you can have a delicious meal by the sea. 

The main beach here is Rawai Beach (map), with fishing boats docked nearby, many local seafood restaurants, and plenty of picnic spots. However, there’s much more to this beautiful beach; Rawai Beach is actually a popular starting point for exploring the nearby islands. 

From Rawai, you can hop on a tour to islands such as Ko Lon, Ko Bon, Ko Kaeo Yai, and Ko Yao Yai, as well as some other islands, and explore these hidden gems. So, if you were wondering where to stay in Phuket for island hopping, Rawai is the best spot for it.

One of my favorite things about Rawai is the variety of accommodations. Here, you’ll find everything from luxury resorts and upscale boutique hotels to camping spots and budget hotels, so it’s perfect for every type of traveler.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: A minimalist living area with a sofa and circular coffee table, a cozy bedroom with large windows and decorative pillows, and a kid-friendly pool with a red waterslide and colorful play structures.

Just steps away from Rawai Beach, this 5-star hotel features a garden, a swimming pool, a fitness facility, and a kids’ club. You can also spend your free time on the terrace, in the shared lounge, or sipping a drink at the bar. The front desk is open 24/7 and can arrange transfers to/from the airport. 

Other accommodation options in Rawai

Mid-range
Resort-style hotel with a large swimming pool illuminated by green lights at dusk, featuring elegant colonial architecture and palm trees that enhance the tranquil atmosphere.

A lovely resort with an outdoor pool, free parking and Wi-Fi, and a shuttle service to other nearby beaches 

Budget
Outdoor glamping scene with a spacious canvas tent open to a cozy interior, flanked by wooden deck chairs, set within a lush garden for a rustic-chic outdoor living experience.

This upscale camping facility offers an amazing daily breakfast, yoga and fitness classes, bicycle rentals, and free parking

Airbnb
Quaint outdoor bathing area with a freestanding bathtub surrounded by tropical plants, open-air shower, and a black hanging egg chair, offering a unique blend of nature and comfort.

This unique accommodation offers direct beach access and many dining opportunities at the on-site beach bar 

Things to do in Rawai

  • Plan a visit to see the sunset at Cape Phrom Thep (map)
  • Explore Rawai Park on a family trip
  • Check out the Rawai Seafood Market (map)

6. Kamala – where to stay in Phuket with family

Traditional Thai cultural theme park with ornate red and gold structures, a large mountainous backdrop, and vibrant decorations, inviting visitors into a world of historic and mythological wonders.

Kamala is another magical spot on the western side of Phuket, situated between Patong Beach to the South and Surin Beach to the North. Kamala is one of the best areas in Phuket for families, as it has a much calmer atmosphere than tourist hotspots like Patong and boasts a peaceful beach where even the little ones can swim and enjoy many fun games. 

In the same time it is about 30 min away from Patong, so if you are craving for some nightlife, you are not too far!

As I already mentioned, Kamala Beach (map) is the main point of interest in the area, but if you’re looking for some more family-friendly activities, you have to visit Phuket FantaSea, a cultural theme park where you can see fireworks and cool shows, dine at their on-site restaurant, and even do some shopping. 

If you’re traveling with kids, I suggest checking out another fantastic theme park – Carnival Magic, known for its amazing light show. During your stay in Kamala, you might want to check out Tsunami Memorial Park (map) and hike up to Kamala Beach View Point (map) – the view is definitely worth the effort. 

Another important aspect of this area of Phuket, especially if you’re staying here with family, is that it’s quite walkable. You can easily get to the beach from most hotels in Kamala, and the top attractions are within walking distance of each other, so you don’t have to worry about the kids getting tired of too much walking. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: A contemporary room with a large window showcasing the ocean, a luxurious bath with petals overlooking the sea, and a serene poolside with unique chairs and umbrellas with a mountainous backdrop.

Situated on Kamala Beach, the Cape Sienna is one of the most stunning luxury hotels in this part of Phuket, with 2 outdoor pools, various spa treatments, and 4 restaurants that offer different cuisines. Guests at the property can rent rooms or private villas, some of which feature a private spa bath. 

Other accommodation options in Kamala

mid-range
Luxurious rooftop swimming pool at sunset, offering a stunning view of a tropical Thai town's skyline, with loungers ready for relaxation under the pastel-hued sky.

A family-friendly hotel with an outdoor infinity pool, several breakfast options, a paid airport shuttle, and friendly staff

budget
Basic yet comfortable hotel room with a large bed adorned with towel swans and green leaves, a simple fan, and minimalist decor, providing a no-frills accommodation experience.

A nice budget hotel, featuring a garden, a swimming pool that’s open year-round, and a sun terrace

airbnb
Bright and modern hotel room with a large bed, whimsical animal-themed wall art, and a cozy sitting area opening to a verdant outdoor view, creating a playful and inviting atmosphere.

This apartment has 4 beds, a kitchen, and a dining area and provides access to a pool and children’s playground

Things to do in Kamala

  • Taste traditional Thai food at Kamala Friday Market (map)
  • Spend a day at the Haad Laem Sing Beach (map)
  • Have lunch with a view at Café Del Mar Phuket

7. Surin – where to stay in Phuket for luxury

A traveler celebrating freedom and adventure on the bow of a traditional boat, arms outstretched towards the sky, with a clear blue sea and rocky island landscape ahead.

You won’t be surprised to hear that the magnificent Surin Beach is nestled along Phuket’s Western coast, where you’ll find all of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Surin is North of Kamala and Patong (20 min by car to Patong) and it boasts beautiful nature as well as many luxurious hotels and resorts and a few fine-dining restaurants. 

If you want a classic beach vacation, then I’m sure you’ll appreciate Surin Beach (map) with its turquoise water and soft sand. But if you want something more rugged and off the beaten path, head up North to Laem Son, also known as Pineapple Beach. This is a small, rocky beach and a great spot for fishing. 

In terms of attractions, Surin doesn’t have a lot to offer, but it does have plenty of resorts and spas, so it’s perfect if you want to have a quiet vacation to relax and splurge on some spa treatments. And even if your budget is not as big, you will still find some amazing boutique hotels at affordable prices that have great upscale facilities.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: A minimalist living area with a sofa and circular coffee table, a cozy bedroom with large windows and decorative pillows, and a kid-friendly pool with a red waterslide and colorful play structures.

A beachfront resort offering cottage-style accommodation surrounded by coconut trees. As soon as you arrive, you are welcomed with a complimentary drink and are invited to use the on-site pool and the spa. All cottages are spacious, with an outdoor lounge area, and provide garden or beach views. 

Other accommodation options in Surin

Mid-range
Elegant hotel room with a large bed and stylish brown headboard, soft floral wallpaper, and a comfortable seating area, reflecting a blend of modern and romantic design elements.

A 3-star boutique hotel steps away from Surin Beach, with an outdoor lap pool, spacious rooms, and a great breakfast 

Budget
Sunlit hotel pool surrounded by white lounge chairs and tropical greenery, inviting guests for a refreshing swim in a cozy and private outdoor setting.

A holiday home with air-conditioned rooms, private parking free of charge, a year-round private pool, and an outdoor fireplace

Airbnb
Spacious living room with a large brown leather sectional sofa and ample natural light from windows, offering a comfortable and relaxing indoor retreat.

This spacious townhouse boasts 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a comfortable living area, and a fully equipped kitchen 

Things to do in Surin

8. Phuket Town – where to stay in Phuket for history lovers

Majestic view of a Thai Buddhist temple with an intricate golden spire, surrounded by vibrant gardens with sunflowers under a clear blue sky, reflecting Thailand's rich cultural heritage.

Located on the East Coast, Phuket Town is the largest city on the island and also the capital of Phuket province. Even though it’s far from popular beaches like Patong Beach (15 km / 9 mi) and Karon Beach (17 km / 10 miles), but I recommend visiting Phuket Town if you want to experience the island’s authentic culture and traditional cuisine.

The main reason why people choose to stay here is Phuket Old Town, with its narrow streets lined with historical buildings. If you’re into history, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the architecture of the ancient buildings in Sino-European style and the museums like the Phuket Thai Hua Museum and Chinpracha House

The streets of Phuket Old Town are also lined with street art, so take the time to walk around and admire these wonderful murals. The best way to go about this is by starting to walk down Thanon Talang Road and explore the many side streets that lead off this main street.

There are plenty of other things to see and do in Phuket Town – you’ll see everything from parks and shrines to cool eateries and night markets, but unfortunately, there aren’t any beaches that will take your breath away. However, there are plenty of public and private transportation options in Phuket Town, so you can easily organize a trip to one of the island’s stunning beaches. Finally, I suggest visiting the Chalong area to see the Chaithararam Temple – Wat Chalong (map), an impressive Buddhist temple complex. There’s a lot to see around Phuket Town, so it’s also a good idea to rent a car and explore your surroundings.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: An aerial view of a coastal resort with blue-roofed villas, an opulent bedroom with intricate wood carvings and a sea view, and a balcony with a private infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

One of the most stunning luxury hotels in Phuket Town, Sinae Phuket features a bar, a shared lounge, a swimming pool, and a fitness center. The restaurant on-site serves local cuisine, as well as seafood and Thai specialties, while American and buffet are the 2 breakfast options. The hotel can also provide baby cots and arrange airport transfers.

Other accommodation options in Phuket Town

Mid-range
Evening ambiance at a modern hotel pool with purple LED lighting enhancing the water's reflection, flanked by stylish outdoor furniture and a well-lit building facade, offering a luxurious leisure experience.

A 4-star hotel with a garden and a lounge, offering free parking, bike rentals, and rooms with a private patio

budget
Minimalist hotel room with a clean white bed, vibrant blue accent wall, and a simple red chair, presenting a modern and sleek accommodation space.

One of the best budget hotels in Phuket Old Town, with clean and comfortable rooms, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi

airbnb
Cozy and colorful living space with a multicolored striped sofa, a vibrant coffee table cloth, and a rustic rug, creating a homely and inviting atmosphere with a touch of Thai-inspired decor.

This Airbnb is located in Phuket Old Town and features 2 bedrooms, a private bathroom, and a kitchenette

Things to do in Phuket Town

  • Enjoy the water adventures at Andamanda Phuket
  • Check out the offer at Naka Weekend Market (map)
  • Spend the day shopping at Central Phuket 
  • Taste delicious street food at the Sunday Walking Street Market (map)

9. Mai Khao & Naiyang Beach – for outdoor activities

Spectacular scene at Mai Khao Beach with a Thai Airways plane flying low over beachgoers against a backdrop of clear blue skies, providing a unique and thrilling experience.

Mai Khao Beach is situated on Phuket’s northern tip and is the island’s longest beach, stretching over 11 km (7 miles)! Naiyang is a smaller beach south of Mai Khao, but what these 2 have in common is the peaceful and serene atmosphere. I recommend staying here if you want to spend a lot of time outdoors without having to deal with the crowds of tourists. 

During your stay here, I’m sure you’ll want to make the most of Mai Khao Beach (map), so add at least 2 days to your itinerary for exploring this stunning beach. But if you’re looking for a different type of water adventure, I advise you to Splash Jungle Water Park – it’s great fun for both kids and adults. 

Besides the obvious, staying in Mai Khao has another great perk – it’s the location of Phuket International Airport, the place where you’ll probably arrive at the start of your Phuket adventure. So, if you have only a few days in Phuket, staying in Mai Khao is the most convenient choice. 

Before we move on to Naiyang Beach, there’s another amazing place I have to talk to you about – Sirinat National Park (map). This national park is situated between Mai Khao and Naiyang; it has some amazing beaches and is home to turtles and many rare kinds of birds, so it’s the ideal thing to do if you’re looking for ways to spend more time outdoors. 

Once you’re done exploring Sirinat National Park, it’s time to move on to Naiyang Beach (map), another relaxed beach spot and a great place if you want to watch the planes as they take off and land! 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: A spacious dining and living area with ocean views and artistic wall decor, a comfortable bedroom with a balcony overlooking the resort, and an evening shot of a pool villa with a striking roof design and ambient lighting.

Just 5 minutes away from Mai Khao Beach, this resort has elegantly furnished rooms with en suite bathrooms and private balconies. As a guest, you can enjoy luxurious amenities such as spa treatments and fine dining, and you can always ask the front desk to help you book sightseeing tours, rent a car, or exchange currency. 

Other accommodation options in Mai Khao & Naiyang Beach

Mid-range
Charming hotel sitting area with bright yellow chairs and a collection of cheerful signs, creating a lively and welcoming ambiance for guests.

Steps away from Naiyang Beach, this 3-star hotel has a lovely garden, air-conditioned rooms, and a 24/7 front desk 

Budget
Cozy hotel bedroom featuring a modern wooden bed with crisp white linens, soft lighting, and elegant gray wall textures, ensuring a restful night's sleep.

Situated directly on Naiyang Beach and close to many local restaurants, the hotel offers in-room dining options and shuttle services

Airbnb
Cozy outdoor seating area with wooden picnic table and benches in front of a residential building, offering a relaxed spot for dining or socializing amid lush greenery.

A private room in a guesthouse near Phuket Airport, with a comfortable bed and access to shared spaces 

Things to do in Mai Khao & Naiyang Beach

10. Nai Harn Beach – for a local experience

Golden sunset over Nai Harn Beach with visitors strolling along the shore and sailboats in the distance, framed by tropical palm leaves and rocks, embodying the peaceful beauty of Phuket's coastline.

Nai Harn is located on the southwest coast of Phuket Island, 5 km (3 miles) West of Rawai. This is often referred to as one of the last of Phuket’s hidden gems, as not many tourists know about it! So, if you choose to stay here, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere and see how Thai people live away from the hustle and bustle. 

The beach at Nai Harn (map) is quiet and offers a few spots for snorkeling – I’m sure you’ll be happy there aren’t any other people around. But even though the beach is quiet, you’ll still find beach bars and local restaurants in the area, so there’s always something to do even when you’re not swimming in the warm waters. 

Another cool activity you can do here is hiking up to the Windmill Viewpoint (map); from here, you’ll witness unbeatable views of the Andaman Sea, and if you want to do some more hiking, you can also go up to the Black Rock Viewpoint (map). 

Nai Harn doesn’t offer a lot in terms of activities, but it’s one of the best areas in Phuket if you’re planning a longer stay and want to immerse yourself in local culture. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: A luxurious lounge with circular couches at sunset by the beach, a bright and airy bedroom with minimalist design, and a stylish lobby with artistic partitions and modern seating arrangements.

Situated on a tropical hillside overlooking the beach, the 5-star hotel boasts comfortable rooms and suites, each with a sea view and an en suite bathroom stocked with designer toiletries. Guests can also use the hotel’s swimming pool, indulge in spa treatments, or enjoy a meal at one of the 2 family-friendly restaurants on site. 

Other accommodation options in Nai Harn Beach

Mid-range
Luxurious resort-style pool set against a traditional Thai villa and surrounded by sun loungers and lush tropical foliage, inviting relaxation in a tranquil garden setting.

A 3-star hotel with a garden and a pool, and facilities like luggage storage space and a tour desk

Budget
Oceanfront balcony with a picturesque view of rocky shores and azure waters, featuring high stools for guests to sit and enjoy the stunning seascape in Phuket.

The rooms at this hotel are clean and comfortable, with simple furnishing, en suite bathrooms, and air conditioning 

Airbnb
Bright and welcoming bedroom with a large comfortable bed, colorful fish artwork on the wall, and minimalist decor, creating a cheerful and relaxing environment.

A 1-bedroom apartment near the beach, with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and access to free street parking

Things to do in Nai Harn Beach 

  • Visit the Naiharn Temple (map)
  • Grab a drink or a bite to eat at AVO Kitchen & Wine (map)
  • Plan a kayaking trip at Yanui Beach (map)
👑 Luxury price:US$150
💵 Mid-range hotel:US$80
🛏️ Budget:US$30
📍 Best area:Karon
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Mandarava Resort and Spa
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Memory Karon Resort
👛 Best budget hotel:Karon Living Room

BONUS: Best beach resorts in Phuket

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Phuket: A night view of a resort pool with palm trees illuminated by fairy lights, a serene bedroom with pool access and tropical decor, and a small private plunge pool with a forest backdrop visible through large glass doors.

If you’re planning a stay on this beautiful island, you’re probably looking for the best places to stay in Phuket on the beach. That’s why I decided to compile a list of the best beach resorts in Phuket; you’ll find below, ranked by price from high to low. 

  • Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa ($$$) – This 5-star resort provides access to a private beach but also has 3 swimming pools, a premium spa, and a kids’ club. 
  • Panwaburi Beachfront Resort ($$$) – One of the top luxury resorts in Panwa Beach, Panwaburi features a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a restaurant. 
  • L’esprit De Naiyang Beach Resort ($$) – This tropical resort provides accommodation in private villas and deluxe rooms, and also offers spa services and room service. 

FAQs about where to stay in Phuket

Pristine beach scene featuring a traditional long-tail boat on the shore of a clear turquoise sea with a magnificent limestone karst in the background, exemplifying Thailand's natural coastal beauty.

🏝️ Which is the best area to stay in Phuket?

If you are visiting Phuket for the first time, Karon is the best place to stay because it offers an abundance of activities while being quieter than tourist hubs like Patong.

🏖️ Which beach is best to stay in Phuket?

If you’re looking for a beach getaway, Karon Beach and Kata Beach are the best areas in Phuket. I recommend staying at Mandarava Resort and Spa in Karon or at Katathani Beach Resort in Kata if you want to be close to the beach. 

🤔 What should I avoid in Phuket?

Phuket is a safe city to travel to. You should avoid drinking tap water and make sure to use mosquito repellent at night.

⏱️ How many days in Phuket is enough?

You should stay a minimum of 3 days to enjoy Phuket. There are plenty of things to do if you stay longer, such as discovering temples and stunning beaches, plus doing some activity tours.

🍸 How is the nightlife in Phuket?

Phuket has a very famous nightlife scene with all kinds of bars, clubs, and entertainment complexes. Patong is one of the best areas in Phuket for nightlife; this is where you’ll find the famous Bangla Road with its numerous bars and nightclubs.

☀️ What is the best month to go to Phuket?

Thanks to its tropical climate, you can visit Phuket all year round. However, most travelers prefer to go to Phuket between November and February as it is the driest and warmest season.

⭐ What is the most popular area to stay in Phuket?

Patong is the most popular area for staying in Phuket, but this also means that it’s the most crowded, and prices can be a bit higher than in other areas of Phuket. 

👩‍❤️‍👨 What is the best place to stay in Phuket for those on a honeymoon?

The ultimate place for a honeymoon in Phuket is Rawai, as it offers many romantic resorts, nice dining spots, and cool activities for couples, like visiting nearby islands. For your stay here, I recommend Wyndham La Vita or Navatara Phuket Resort.

Conclusion

Woman in a white bikini and red hat sitting on a swing at Lao Lading island, with the stunning backdrop of clear turquoise waters, limestone cliffs, and anchored boats, capturing the essence of a tropical paradise adventure in Phuket.

Phuket is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Thailand, and I am sure you will have a great time on this tropical jungle island. I hope this post helped you decide where to stay in Phuket and you’re already making reservations and adding things to your itinerary. 

But just in case you have trouble deciding, here are my top 2 hotels in Karon, Phuket:

Whether you decide to stay in Karon, in Phuket Town, or anywhere else, hurry up and book your vacation. Phuket is an extremely popular destination, so all the best hotels sell out super fast, and you don’t want to miss out on this experience. 

I would be glad to hear about your holiday experience in Phuket, so don’t forget to leave a comment below. The same goes for any questions you might have – I’ll be happy to provide an answer!

Have a nice holiday,

Yulia


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