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where to stay in phuket for new year?

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1. Posted by jedmonds (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y


there will be 4 of us from the 26th December looking for the best place to stay in southern thailand, do you recommend Phuket? We are lookign for a mixture, partying and culture, can anyone help with some cheap/nice beach huts???

Thanks guys! xx

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Jedmonds:)

I recommend Koh Pha Ngan and Phukett.

On Koh Pha Ngan, u can stay in a beach hut, on Ao Chalok Lam beach, on the north of the island.
When u get off the boat there will be mini buses going to various places. U can get to this beach, for around 5 Euros, in one of these.
Walk onto the beach, from the village. Turn right and walk for 5 minutes, until u get to Sarisa place. U can stay in one of Sarisas huts for 4 Euros per night. There is also a place to the left of Sarisas place, which has huts for 4 Euros per night. The huts usually have double beds.

Yes, I recommend Phukett. I went there in June. I did not think I would like it, but it is nothing like the tourist trap I expected.
In Phukett, I recommend that u stay in Phukett town. U can get a bus for 60 cents each, to most of the beaches from the day market in Phukett town. I stayed in Pengman, on Th Phang-Nga Street, for 3 Euros per night, for a double room. It is very basic, but spotlessly clean and central, and just a 10 minute walk to the day market, where u can get the buses to the beaches. If u dont fancy a place which is too basic(no windows in most of the rooms and squat toilets), there is also a backpackers hostel near the day market. I will post a link for it here later.
I dont think there is much chance of getting a beach hut, on Phukett.


3. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 9y

Phuket has two sides to it.

Option One: Patong beach etc

The big, fancy beaches, with huge 5* hotels surrounding them, lots of families there on package holidays, all the shops/restaurants/bars you need, good nightlife (if you like cheesey bars and clubs!) and lots of go-go bars.
However, if you want to experience some proper Thailand, don't go here, I hated it. Patong is just horrible, you might aswell be in Benidorm. There are just lots of families there, the beaches are packed, if you go out at night all you see are bars with young Thai girls go go dancing, and old Western men paying them to do so!
Personally it was my worst part of Thailand, I couldn't wait to get out of there. As a backpacker we couldn't find any accomodation under £15 a night.
If you are going there to stay in a fancy hotel and live it up, it would be ok, but for anyone on a budget it's the wrong place to go.

Option Two: Phuket Town

This is a lovely little town which has still managed to maintain it's true identity. We stayed in a Backpacker's Hostel here, which opened out onto the street market every day. We loved seeing all the traders coming in and loading up their stalls. There are quite a few things to see and do around there but its not a palce to spend your holiday really. It's worth spending a few days there to experience a Thai town, but there are no beaches within walking distances, and the tuk-tuk's on Phuket are dearer than anywhere else!

If you want a chilled out island with lots of beach huts, amazing beaches, parties, and great atmosphere, head to Ko Phangan

4. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 9y

We're staying in phuketbackpacker on 25th&26th December! , looks pretty good and cheap enough. 10 mins from markets and beach.

5. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 9y

The Phuket Backpacker Hostel is in the middle of Phuket Town. It's the other side of Phuket to where all the nice beaches are. Probably about 20mins in a tuk tuk to the beach, and they'll probably charge you a fortune aswell because it's such a busy time of the year.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you're a backpacker on a budget looking for a chilled out beach environment, Phuket is not the place to go.

That's my opinion...

6. Posted by jedmonds (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y

Hey beckiboo, from research we have now found that Ko Phangan is the place to be at new year! So we are not phuketing it anymore! However, Its completly sold out though from beach huts to hotels, luckily we found this nice resort with beach huts, £20 a night pretty steep but going rate for that time and just booked it up. Should be good, its on the west of the island so away from Haad Rin, although we will definately venture there for new year!

Thanks for your advice all!