Where To Stay In Phuket

Where To Stay In Phuket

A Little help With Choosing Where To Stay In Phuket For Your Scuba Diving Holiday

Choosing a beach resort for your stay in Phuket has got more and more difficult over the last few years. Great restaurants, bars and hotels have started springing up all over the island, taking away the necessity to stay in the traditional party town of Patong. As Patong gets more crowded and remains fairly one dimensional, tourists have begun to look at alternatives.

Patong

Still the busiest place in Phuket and the number one choice for the party crowd. It’s trying to lose it’s sleazy reputation and to a certain extent it has, top class DJ’s play in some of the very good clubs and live bands are always playing somewhere on the Bangla Rd strip. The gogo bars that gave Patong it’s kick start in life are not as prominent as they used to be and a younger crowd with more empthasis on having a fun night out in a relaxed party atmosphere are taking over.

Patong Remains The Most Popular Beach Resort

Patong Remains The Most Popular Beach Resort

The long line of Phuket governors have tried turning Patong into a more family orientated resort and they’ve enjoyed little success. Bangla Rd is full every night with tourists just wandering up and down taking in the sight and sounds, the bars aren’t quite as full as they used to be but this is more of a change to the tourist demographic rather than a toning down of the party scene. It still remains the go to place in Phuket but maybe you should try some other parts of the island that have far better beaches.

We do have a small sales office on the beach road – you can find directions and more information here.

*Transfer to boat pier for diving: 30 – 40min (free of charge)

Karon

Just over the hill from Patong but feels like a million miles away if you judge distance by taxi fares… Karon has a very long and quite beautiful beach, you can always find a more private spot easier than you can on most of the other beaches in the area – a combination of a big beach and not quite so busy resort. It’s certainly not a party town but still has plenty of choices when it comes to restaurant, bars and hotels.

Karon Beach Stretches Off To The Distance

Karon Beach Stretches Off To The Distance

Fitness fans will enjoy Karon, it’s one of the few places on the island that you can go for a jog without the risk of being mowed down by the maniacs on the road. There’s actually a long and pothole free sidewalk that stretches along the beach – a rare commodity in Phuket, a small lake at the North end of the resort also has a nice path to jog around. An annual international beach volleyball festival is held every March and the courts are left in place throughout the year.

*Transfer to boat pier for diving: 25 – 30min (free of charge)

Kata

The South end of Karon slowly metamorphoses into Kata, you won’t see the transition but somehow you will just know..The South end of Kata is the most popular and where the majority of the entertainment is. The beach is really nice, although it is popular and will definitely be more crowded than Karon. A roped of area at the North end offers some decent snorkelling and you’ll even see a steady stream of scuba divers coming in and out of the water.

Kata Beach Phuket

Kata Beach Phuket

Surfing is popular all year around, if there’s no surf on the ocean then you can walk across the beach to the very popular Surf House that has an artificial surfy thing (hard to describe), very popular with the kids and for people who are scared of fish.

Plenty of good restaurants can be found throughout Kata, the back streets hide some very cheap but excellent eateries. Bars are dotted around without there really being a main area but you won’t have to walk far to quench your thirst. Kata is a very convenient place to stay for your Phuket scuba diving tours

*Transfer to boat pier for diving: 15 – 20min (free of charge)

Rawai & Nai Harn

We’re getting a little but not too far off piste now. Rawai and Nai Harn are two more resorts that have a mysterious undefined border (would probably explain why my post seldom arrives), they both definitely have more of a village feel than any of the other aforementioned resorts. Rawai beach is not somewhere you’re going to lay out all day catching rays, it’s more of a working beach. The combination of a close main road and longtail boats coming and going all day doesn’t make it the ideal place for a relaxing afternoon, at low tide the ocean can just about be made out on the distant horizon and at high tide it leaves a strip of sand about a belt width across.

Rawai Beach In South Phuket

Rawai Beach In South Phuket

At night it’s a different affair, the seafood restaurants that are strung along the sea front are very popular with both locals and expats. Locals from Phuket Town travel down at the weekends to enjoy the great food and fresh sea breeze. A number of small boutique restaurants have recently opened up giving you plenty of culinary options, there’s great Japanese, European and burger restaurants to choose from as well as a decent splattering of drinking holes.

Nai Harn and it’s two satellite beaches (Ao Sane and Yanui) are among the best on the island and worth a visit no matter where you’re staying. There’s not many accommodation choices within walking distance of the beaches but the relatively low traffic density on the roads make it an ideal area to hire a scooter. Again the restaurant choices are wide and varied, there’s excellent Italian, French, Mexican and of course Thai. The Green Tamarind is worthy of a mention on it’s own, if you need a comfort food fix and fancy a burger then this is the best place on the island to satisfy that craving.

Beautiful Beach At Nai Harn

Beautiful Beach At Nai Harn

Small But Stunning Yanui Beach

Small But Stunning Yanui Beach

Ao Sane Beach Near Nai Harn

Ao Sane Beach Near Nai Harn

*Transfer to boat pier for diving: 15 – 20min (free of charge)

Kamala

Kamala is the furthest North of the resorts that we pick up from free of charge. This laid back beach resort is probably better suited to tourists who’re after a completely relaxing holiday away from the boisterous crowds. It’s close to one of the most popular but in my opinion most bizarre attractions on the island – Phuket Fantasea. In pretty much closes down in low season (June – October) so not the place for philanthropists at that time of year, of course if other people annoy you then this is the spot for you.

Kamala Beach You Just Wanna Be That Guy In The Hammock

Kamala Beach You Just Wanna Be That Guy In The Hammock


*Transfer to boat pier for diving: 45 – 50min (free of charge)

Phuket Town

For food lovers this is definitely the best place on the island to get cheap, traditional Thai food. Lots of quirky little coffee shops and themed restaurants are springing up and the walking street market is a great place to hang out in the evening. There’s plenty of boutique guest houses to choose from but there is no beach to speak of. Central festival shopping mall and the lively Naka weekend market are both close at hand

Phuket Town has got more and more popular over the last few years, the islands governors have made efforts to make it more user friendly but until they change the completely confusing and irrational one way traffic system you really don’t want to be self driving around Phuket Town, it could take you days to decipher your route and get out. However it’s just about the only location on the island that cheap readily available public transport is at hand.

*Transfer to boat pier for diving: 25 – 30min (THB 300)

Mai Thon & Nai Yang

If you’ve booked into a hotel at these resorts and then plan some day trip diving you’re probably going to regret it, you couldn’t of got further away from the boat departure point if you tried. It’s at least an hours journey in a taxi and will set you back THB 1,800 – almost half the cost of the day trip itself. On the other hand if you’re going on a Similan Island liveaboard then it’s a pretty decent choice, you’ll be the last to be picked up and first to be dropped off. It’s just over an hour journey from where most of the liveaboards depart.

The area itself does have some nice beaches but not much else, if you can afford to stay and eat in the higher end hotels then maybe think about staying up there. One attraction of note in the area is the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and if you’re so inclined there’s the splash water jungle, lots of fun but lots of other peoples pee…

*Transfer to boat pier for diving: Forever (an arm and a leg)

Chalong

Where our main office is based, we’ve wrote a separate blog post just for Chalong which you can find here

Well that covers many of the main tourist resorts on the island, there are others and if you would like advice on these or any of the above then please don’t hesitate to contact our team at

Posted in Phuket Sights & Fun on .

Popular Services

Thailand Liveaboard SY Diva Andaman

SY Diva Andaman

This oppulent sailing yacht offers a very different experience from the other liveaboards cruising Myanmar and the Mergui Archipelago. Champagne, bathrobes, table service and great cabins give the feel of floating boutique hotel. You half expect a butler offering refreshments to appear during the dives... Two onboard wine cellars, an excellent chef (not to be confused with a cook) serving gourmet food and even bathrobes set the tone for th [...]

Find Out More
Luxury Thailand Liveaboard Dive Race Class E

Luxury Liveaboards

Looking for something special to rememeber? These Similan Island Liveaboards promise not only great diving but a pampered and memorable above water experience. Fantastic food, personal service and a high level of comfort to make your trip just that little bit more special. [...]

Find Out More

Daily Schedules

M/V Kepsub Schedule

Jobs @ Local Dive Thailand

Local Dive Thailand is one of Phuket's fatest growing & most vibrant scuba diving operations, we are always looking for quality staff to join us, so feel free to have a look at our jobs listing page.

Job Listings

Contact LDT

Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

Learn More About Us

Scuba Diving Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving in Phuket, you should believe the hype, many seasons we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular and easy to reach dive sites and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive and so much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of beautiful wreck and the most amazing reef nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving Phuket, get in touch with us and book an 'awesome' day of diving.

Book Your Day Trip

Related News From Local Dive Thailand

See why we are Thailand's leading scuba diving Phuket tour provider, stay up to date & watch out for news & special liveaboard offers!

Octopus Are a Common Sighting In Phuket Diving Rare & Peculiar Critters

How Does An Octopus Change Colour?

Dazzling colour changes and perfect camouflage make octopus a favourite with everybody diving in Phuket but how do they perform this magic trick, well it's not mirrors, sorcery or witchcraft it's a complex combination of muscle, nerves, brain and skin pigments. By far the most common octopus we see when diving in Phuket is the day octopus (octopus cyanea) so we'll base our facts around this very convenient creature (we don't do night dives). [...]

Read Full Story
phuket dive boat mv kepsub News & Updates

Shipyard Complete!

At least once every year our trusty Phuket dive boat MV Kepsub will be unceremoniously hauled out of the water and into the dry dock in Phuket Town for a 3 week overhaul. It's a nice break for our hard working boat crew and office staff but a bit of a nightmare for the owners. Well just about everything, the entire boat will be inspected for any problems and new features added. There's generally quite a few bodies clambering around bot [...]

Read Full Story
Take A Break From Diving and Go to Wat Chalong Temple Phuket Phuket Sights & Fun

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong is the most important and the most beautiful Buddhist temple of the 29 or so located in Phuket. Just a stones throw from our office this stunning landmark is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. The temple is dedicated to an eminent monk who is believed to have assisted the citizens of Phuket overcome a Chinese tin workers rebellion in 1876. Of course being a monk he didn't fight himself but Luang Pho Cham [...]

Read Full Story

Local Dive Thailand Office In Phuket


Find Us On Google Maps