Backpacker guesthouses in Phuket

Backpacking in Phuket isn’t dead — it’s just not quite as popular as it once was. There are still more than enough guesthouses, hostels and cheap hotels to keep backpackers happy. If you want some cheap, budget accommodation for your trip to Phuket, check these establishments out.

Phuket Town

The Phuket Backpacker Hostel on Ranong Road (076-256680, www.phuketbackpacker.com) is basic and cheerful with rooms going for up to 1,000 baht a night, which may be a little out of range of true Phuket backpackers.

The Crystal Inn Hotel (076-22 2775-6. www.phuketcrystalinn.com) on Montri Road near Surin Circle is a cheap Phuket hotel for backpackers with a little more cash to splash.

Forty-three on Thailand Road (076-258127) is very cheap and really encapsulates the backpacker buzz in Phuket. Definitely a guesthouse worth checking out if you’re on the island. Call in advance as there may be no rooms available.

OT Guesthouse on Krabi Road (076-258272, 081-5692519) has basic rooms, some with bathrooms en suite. You get breakfast as well.

Thalang Guesthouse on Thalang Road (076-214225) is a charming little place with 13 rooms spread over three floors. Some of the rooms have balconies.

Phuket 346 (076-256128, www.phuket346.com) on Phuket Road is kind of like an upmarket guesthouse. It only has three rooms and they go for about 1,200 baht a night, but everything is very clean and well done. An artsy place if ever there was one.

Crystal Guest House ( 076-222774-5) on Montri Road is nothing to write home about but will do if you need it.

On On on Phang-nga Road (076-211154) is something of a legend among Phuket backpackers. This guesthouse has been around forever. It was actually Phuket’s first hotel, opened in 1929. It’s not the most modern of guesthouses and it has cold showers, but it’s a decent hangout and it also has a noisy bar.

Sino House Hotel on Montri Road in Phuket Town (076-232494, www.sinohousephuket.com) is a decent hotel, although rates start at 1,600 baht a night. One for affluent backpackers.

Naga House, 97/425 Moo 4 Wichit Viratchhongyok Road, Phuket Town.

The Twin Inn Hotel is on Phoonpol Road in Phuket Town (076-246-541, www.twininn.com). There’s a swimming pool and a rather good buffet breakfast. In the midst of an entertainment complex. Rooms are a little pricey for backpackers at 750 baht a night.

Patong

Kaya House on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road in Patong (081-538-7077 , www.kaya.webng.com) is a pleasant enough hostel with a good crew of staff who are always on hand to offers travel advice and ideas. Located about five minutes from the beach. Rooms from 350 baht a night.

Dive Den on Soi Baan Zaan in Patong (www.dive-den.com) is a divers’ hangout, so if you plan on diving in Phuket, this would be a good place to stay. Has fan and aircon rooms, as well as shared accommodation.

Crown Hostel on Soi Sansabai in Patong (076-342297, www.crownhostelphuket.com) is located next to Soi Bangla about five minutes’ walk from the beach. Tours can be booked at the hostel.

Little Buddha Guesthouse on Nanai Road in Patong (www.littlebuddhaphuket.com) is near the beach and has rooms with fan or aircon. Wireless Internet is available and aircon rooms go from 400 baht a night.

Thai Oriental Inn Phuket on Rat-U-Thit 200 Road in Patong (www.phuket-orientalinn.com) has backpacker dorm rooms from 200 baht a night and single rooms from 800 baht. Nothing exceptional, but not a bad little place.

P.S2 Bungalow on Rat-Uthit Rd in Patong (076-342-207-8, www.ps2bungalow.com) is a popular stopping point for many backpackers. Fan rooms start at 400 baht, with aircon rooms from 650 baht.

Siam House on Soi Sansabai in Patong is another backpacker hostel.

Rest of Phuket

Tanamas House Nai Yang Beach Bungalow, Moo1, Nai Yang Beach (076-205218, www.tanamashouse.com). Decent place to stay in Nai Yang. Bungalows from about 1,000 baht a night. Breakfast not included.

Baan Karon Hill Phuket, 8/3 Moo 1, Patak Road, Karon Beach (www.baankaronhillphuket.com). A little upmarket for the backpacker crowd, although rooms are relatively cheap (from 800 baht) and pleasant.

Shanti Phuket in Chalong Bay (www. shantilodge.com) is located about 1.5 kilometers south of Wat Chalong. Rooms go from 650 baht. This is a very funky accommodation with modern, clean rooms.

Phuket Baan Chang Bed and Breakfast, 23/6 Moo 6, Soi Koktanod 8, Baan-Don, Cherngtalay, Thalang (087-8934-636, www.phuketbedandbreakfast.com). We’ve found this one listed on a few backpacker websites, but with prices from 1,800 baht, we aren’t really sure why.

Kamala Cocohut is opposite Phuket Fantasea in Kamala (076-385900, www.kamala-cocohut.com). Located a couple of minutes from the beach. Has a swimming pool.

Pineapple Guesthouse on Patak Road in Karon (www.pineapplephuket.com) is a hostel with 19 rooms and apartments. During low season, aircon rooms go from 450 baht a night, with fan rooms from 360.

Youth Hostel Phuket on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong (www.phukethostel.com) is kind of like a YMCA. These guys can organize trips and outings. They have 95 beds and prices are advertised at between $4-10, which works out roughly 140 to 350 baht – ideal for backpackers.