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Phuket Neighborhood Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Relax

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Welcome to Phuket, a tropical paradise located in the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand. Known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush forests, Phuket is a popular destination for travelers and expats from all over the world. In this article, we will explore some of the best places to stay, eat, and play in Phuket's most popular neighborhoods.

Where to Stay


If you're looking for luxury and comfort, there are plenty of hotels to choose from in Phuket. The Patong area is home to some of the island's most luxurious hotels including the five-star Katathani Phuket Beach Resort and the four-star Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa. For a more budget-friendly option, the Kata area is home to a number of mid-range hotels, such as the three-star Kata Sea Breeze Resort and the two-star Kata Palm Resort.


For travelers on a budget there are also a number of hostels to choose from in Phuket. The Patong area is home to a number of popular hostels, such as the Patong Backpacker Hostel and the Monkey Republic Hostel. In the Kata area, you'll find the Kata Beach Hostel and the Kata Sea View Hostel.


Another popular option for accommodation in Phuket is Airbnb. There are a number of listings available in the Patong, Karon, and Kata areas, ranging from private rooms to entire apartments.

Where to Eat

Local Cuisine

One of the best ways to experience the local culture in Phuket is through its food. The Patong area is home to a number of local restaurants, including the popular Khao Rang Hill View Restaurant and the seafood-centric Andaman Seafood. The Kata area is also home to a number of local restaurants, such as the Kata Thai Kitchen and the Kata Beach Seafood Restaurant. You must try Hokkien Mein when you are in Phuket especially in Old Town in the city of Phuket. 

Street Food

For a more budget-friendly option street food is a must-try in Phuket. The Patong area is home to a number of street food stalls including the popular Baan Suan Food Court and the Phuket Night Market. The Kata area is also home to a number of street food stalls, such as the Kata Night Market and the Kata Street Food Plaza. For proper street food you can visit Phuket various night markets. The most popular night market is in Old Town called Chillva Night Market close by to Central Phuket. 

Fine Dining

For a more upscale dining experience, the Patong area is home to a number of fine dining restaurants, such as the Thai Pothong Restaurant and the Blue Elephant Phuket which is located in Old Town Phuket. The Kata area is also home to a number of fine dining options including the Kata Rocks Restaurant and the Catch Beach Club. For exclusive fine dining you can visit the popular Cafe Del Mar at Kamala Beach.

Phuket Leisure Spots


Phuket is known for its beautiful beaches, and there are plenty to choose from in the Patong, Karon, and Kata areas. Patong Beach is the most well-known beach in the area and it is popular for its lively atmosphere and water sports. You have the beautiful area to take photos at the stairways to heaven in Patong Beach. Karon Beach is a bit more laid-back and it is known for its clear waters and white sands. Kata Beach is a bit more family-friendly, and it is popular for its shallow waters and numerous beachfront restaurants.


For those looking to experience Phuket's nightlife, the Patong area is the place to be. The Bangla Walking Street is the go to location for a nightlife. However Phuket nightlife is relaxed and quiet with lots of quirky rooftop bars to sit back and enjoy the beautiful sunsets.

In summary Phuket is a diverse and beautiful island with many great neighborhoods to choose from. Whether you are looking for a beach vacation, a nightlife scene or some shopping there is a neighborhood in Phuket that is perfect for you. So if you are planning a trip to Phuket be sure to check out some of these neighborhoods and see which one is the best fit for you.

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