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Phuket on a budget

Jody Houton

 

 

As one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations with all manner of attractions for young and old alike, Phuket is also one of its most expensive islands.

 

This doesn’t mean however that your perfect Phuket vacation can’t be done inexpensively. You just need to know where to look.

 

 

Some of the hippest hotels in Phuket are also some of the most reasonably priced. Whether hostel or small-scale B&Bs, sometimes it’s worth straying off the well-beaten path to see what you can find. Large global branded hotels can only offer you so much, for experiences and true holiday memories you should seek out the trendy chic hostels. Every area in Phuket has a few, they just need to be sought out.

 

 

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A great site to help you in your search is www.german.hostelworld.com. Find all manner of great hostels and the lowest price in Phuket accommodation here. From backpacker dorms in Phuket Town, to a rock and roll cafe in Kata, german.hostelworld.com is a great source for Phuket hotels.

 

Many travellers to Thailand think that the only cheap way of travelling is via the huge overnight buses Sure that is the cheapest way, but there are also a whole heap of airlines that fly to Phuket and around the kingdom. Great rates via Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Air and Bangkok Airways are all available to get where you need to be going, cheaply and in comfort.

 

Anybody who has ever been to Phuket knows that there is a distinct lack of public transport on the island. There are plenty of tuk tuk taxis and motorcycle taxis but these are extremely costly. A fun and cheap way of getting around is by motorcycle.

 

 

There are many places to rent from on the island. A reputable one that offers great rates is in Chalong, nearby Chalong Circle – Phuketmotorbikes4u.com If you’re planning on staying long term, they also offer long term rentals and option to buy. Motorcycle rental ranges from B250-300 per day as opposed to, for example a 15 km round trip by taxi for B1,000.

 

Just like with hotels on the island, one doesn’t need to attend the most expensive 5-star restaurants to get a good flavour of Thai cuisine. In fact, to a certain extent, one is advised not to. The best, most tasty and most authentic Thai food can be found on street corners at the vendors who ply their trade night and day, selling sausage, som tam and sweet treats. The local restaurants where ‘locals’ eat are also a guarantee of good quality, delicious food. Solo diners should rarely have to pay more than B100 a head for some great fare.

 

 

 

As well as top-class shopping destinations including Jungceylon and Central Festival, Phuket also offers a wide range of package tours, Muay Thai fight nights and Cabaret Shows to titillate tourists. However, there are also lots of activities to do and lots to see for free on the island. A trip to see the fabulous Big Buddha structure perched high upon the top of a Phuket hill is well worth any visitor’s time. Exploring the wonderful architecture of Wat Chalong (temple) is another favoured activity for visitors and residents alike.

 

And on any given evening, the viewpoint of Laem Promthep is likely to be full of canoodling couples and with those who wish to experience the beauty of the island with a serene sunset as its backdrop. There are of course also plenty of beautiful beaches in Phuket to enjoy, many of which are on the West Coast. Patong is the centre for the younger crowd who would also like to enjoy the odd watersport activity, while Nai Harn for example appeals more to those in search of the quieter Phuket beach experience.