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Whether you’re seeking five-star luxury hotels or travelling on a backpacker budget, Phuket offers a great choice of accommodation across the full price spectrum.
The cheapest option is hostels, of which there are many dotted around the island. Often prices start at about 400 Baht (£9) per night; very economical indeed.
There’s also a good mid-range selection of accommodation if you’re looking for something less basic. Be prepared, however, to pay top international prices for five-star resorts if pure luxury is what you’re after.
The majority of Phuket’s best beaches are on the Andaman Sea side of the island, clustered around areas like Patong (the main resort centre with a lively nightlife), Kata, Karon and Bang Tao.
If you’re based along the southern half of the coastline, it’s very easy to get to the attractions of Phuket Town and the interior of the island for day visits – despite being on Thailand’s largest island, it is, after all, only 48km (29 miles) long and 21km (13 miles) across.
In the south, as elsewhere on the island, there’s a great choice at every level of accommodation. The upper-range resorts offer private beaches with all the trimmings of top-notch dining, a broad range of activities, and of course the ubiquitous Thai spa treatments.
It’s also easy to find somewhat less expensive mid-range hotels too, along with many budget options. If you’re travelling with kids, you’ll find no shortage of ‘family friendly’ establishments featuring activities such as kids’ clubs (giving the adults a welcome chance to relax) and even in some cases, dedicated children’s restaurants.
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