Heading to Phuket this year and looking for the best areas to stay? Whether you want to party all night or escape the crowds and laze around at a beach,Phuket has a place for you.

This comprehensive guide on the best areas to stay in Phuket will help you make the right choice based on your tastes and preferences.

For Couples and Families: North and South Patong

Patong is the busiest and the most commercial area in Phuket. It’s a lively place with plenty of bars, shops and restaurants.

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Why should you stay here?

If you want to escape the noise and chaos of the city centre but don’t want to sacrifice on the comforts of a city life, North and South Patong are ideal.

Patong beach is just a pleasant stroll away. And it gives you easy access to more beautiful beaches like Karon and Kata in the south or Kamala and Laem Sing in the south.

Where’s the catch?

Being the most touristy part of Phuket, it can be quite crowded and overwhelming at times. The traffic at peak hours is quite intense.

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Sea Sun Sand Resort & Spa: A clean and well maintained place with an amazing breakfast spread. If possible, request for the room with a sea view balcony at the highest level.

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The Bliss Hotel:  The ideal place for couples and families. It has a beachfront location, and is quite close to shopping and entertainment venues, yet far from the noise of Bangla road.

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The Nap Patong Hotel: A nice chic place, with cozy rooms and comfortable beds. The staff at Nap is exceptionally friendly.

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Kalima Resort & Spa: A 5-star hotel, 2 kms from the city centre, with top class amenities,right from outdoor pools to fitness centres to an in-house spa.

For Singles and Nightlife: Central Patong

Undoubtedly the heart of all nightlife action in Phuket, Central Patong is the noisiest and the most crowded part of Phuket.

It’s exactly at the centre of Patong beach and the closest to Bangla road, the party hub of Phuket and one of the craziest streets in all of Thailand.

A mellow street by day, at night it becomes a carnival of neon-lit bars, deafening music and cheap alcohol. It s also the centre of the adult entertainment industry in Phuket.

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    Why should you stay here?

    If you are one of those who wants to let loose and party every night, then there cannot be a better place to stay.

    The area has loads of shopping options right from street stalls selling food and tourist merchandise to mega malls.

    Where’s the catch?

    Being the centre of all action in Phuket, central patong is the most crowded and noisiest part of Phuket.

    The seediness quotient in Bangla road is quite in your face, with signs of prostitution quite in the open.

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    Swiss Palm Beach Hotel: A place that will give you a homely feel, Swiss Palm Beach Hotel is a hit with families. It’s a spacious apartment hotel with a small, but clean pool, ideal for the kids to splash around.

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    Patong Beach Hotel: Close access to the beach, shopping and entertainment avenues, but still secluded enough. Excellent staff!!

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    Millennium Resort:  It has an excellent location, with Bangla road, Jungceylon Mall, pubs and many good restaurants nearby.

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    Holiday Inn Resort: One of the best accommodations in Patong, the hotels comes with fully furnished suites, swim up bars, amazing pools and a delicious breakfast spread.

    For Honeymooners: Karon and Kata

    Karon is the second biggest beach town after Patong. It is spread out across the beautiful golden sands of Karon beach. In Karon, you will find plush resorts, good cafes, restaurants and bars.

    Kata is a beach town near Karon, a bit smaller though. It’s bordered by Kata beach – a beautiful white sand beach with crystal clear waters and lined by tall palm trees.

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    Why should you stay here?

    If you want a serene and laidback atmosphere, but don’t want to be too far from the central hub of the city, Karon and Kata are perfect.

    Kata has a very chilled out night scene, a stark contrast to the loud bars of Patong. There are amazing beach bars where you can just chill with your favourite drink, listening to Bob Marley and gaze at spectacular sunsets.

    Both these places also have a decent number of shopping options.

    Where’s the catch?

    Unless you are staying at a beach resort, getting to the beaches can be a bit of an effort.

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    Hotel De Karon: It’s a great value for money hotel, with clean & spacious rooms, excellent location, friendly and helpful staff.

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    Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort: A nice hotel,10-15 min walk from the beach.The rooms are cozy with good sea views.They have two pools, so you can always go to the non-busy one.

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    Karon Sea Sands Resort: Sitting right on Karon beach, it’s in a good area with lots of shops and cafes. With its cozy rooms and easy beach access, it’s ideal for couples.

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    Centara Karon Resort: A classy hotel, with awesome facilities – 3 swimming pools, spacious rooms, great bars and an in-house spa. And just a 10 minute walk from the beach.

    For Culture and History Buffs: Phuket Old town

    The capital of Phuket province, old town is a place steeped in history. It is a world away from the urbanized jungles of Phuket.

    The architecture is heavily European, the streets lined with Sino-Portuguese buildings, quaint mansions, charming cafes and boutique shops.

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    Why should you stay here?

    Old town is quite famous for its night markets.  A weekly affair here is the Phuket Walking Street -It’s full of stalls which sell clothes, local artifacts, handicrafts and delicious street food. With musicians and street performers entertaining the shoppers, the market has quite a festive atmosphere.

    If Phi Phi is on your mind, then getting to the pier from Phuket town is quite easy.

    Where’s the catch?

    You will have to travel to access a beach, as the town doesn’t have any.

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    The Memory at On On Hotel: A little gem in the heart of Phuket town, this hotel was the first hotel built in Phuket during the tin mining times.  Adorned in traditional décor, the hotel is comfortable and conveniently located.

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    Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel Phuket: It makes for a good base to explore the rest of the city. The rooms are tastefully decorated, the ones on the ground floor opening out to a garden outside and walking in feels like entering some quaint county house.

    For those seeking luxury &  privacy: Bang Tao

    The area is close to Bang Tao beach, one of the lesser known beaches, but incredibly beautiful with its 6 km long white sand stretch and crystal clear waters.  It has a few sunbeds and umbrellas scattered around for the beach bums to lounge about.

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    Why should you stay here?

    The area is home to many high end villas, most of them occupying a large part of the beach. These resorts will take care of your every need, so you don’t have to step out of your cozy home for anything.

    So if you want complete isolation, only the company of nature and stay in swanky private pool villa, then Bang Tao is the place to be.

    Where’s the catch?

    Bang Tao is quite far from the centre of the city and there isn’t much to do around.

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    Banyan Tree Phuket:

    Banyan Tree Phuket is like an abode of fantasy. With its 5 star service, world famous spas, award-winning cuisine, plush restaurants and bars, it’s a paradise you would never want to leave.

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    Dusit Thani Laguna Pool Villa:  Dusit Thani Laguna Pool Villa is the epitome of luxury and elegance combined into one. The exceptional service and suite of facilities make it the ideal getaway.

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    Best area in Phuket close to the Airport: Mai Khao Beach

    Mai Khao beach is one of the lesser known beaches which has managed to escape commercialization. The beach is a part of Sirinat national park and is usually deserted, so you can have the beach all to yourself.  It’s a 11 km long beach, perfect for long walks and magical sunsets.

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    Why should you stay here?

    It’s very close to the airport and so ideal for those who want to avoid last minute hassles.

    Where’s the catch?

    There isn’t much to do around the area, with just a few self-contained luxury hotels. And it is far from the main city, so if you intend to spend multiple nights in Phuket, then it’s better to stay elsewhere.

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    Grand West Sands Resort & Villas: One of the few places you will find with a water park inside. It’s huge and comfortable rooms are ideal for families with kids. And it’s very close to the airport.

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    Holiday Inn Resort Phuket: It’s the perfect choice of stay here. It is situated in a very peaceful spot right on the beach.The rooms are spacious and clean with comfortable beds. There is plenty of open space along the lovely pool.

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    SALA Phuket Resort and Spa: The private pool villa is perfect for couples. The resort is a  quiet retreat offering ultimate relaxation and quality service.

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    JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa: On the edge of an untouched beach and set amidst lush greenery, this resort is a sanctuary for the senses – the ideal resort to get the me-time you are craving for.

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