Prices in Phuket
Visitors to our island are often concerned about prices in Phuket. The cost of visiting Phuket is difficult to lay out because how much one person spends will be radically different to how much another person spends. Another factor to take into account is that different areas carry different prices tags. On a very basic level, the areas most densely populated by tourists are the most overpriced places. Patong in particular is renowned for being overpriced and low quality.
Addressing this issue on a very basic level, what’s most important is the minimum that you can spend and get by on in Phuket. Anything above this is up to the tourist. Food prices in Phuket start at next to nothing. You could eat three decent meals a day and not spend more than about 200 to 300 baht. Of course, you’d be eating from street vendors most of the time, but we all know how great Thai street food is. The more lavish the restaurants you choose to eat at, the higher the prices in Phuket become, up to restaurants in the luxury resorts, such as Rivet Grill at Indigo Pearl.
Accommodation prices in Phuket start from about 150 to 200 baht a night in some of the more basic guesthouses, mostly located in Phuket Town and Patong Beach. The more mod cons you add, the higher the prices. You can get a decent hotel room for about 500 to 1,000 baht. Nights in some of the luxury resorts, such as Villa Zolitude, go for 20,000 baht a night and up.
As for getting around the island, the prices in Phuket vary. You can hire a motorbike for about 200 to 300 baht a day and you can hire a car in Phuket for about 1,000 baht a day. Motorcycle taxis will take you short trips around Phuket Town for about 50 baht. A tuk-tuk from Phuket Town to Patong Beach or Karon Beach will cost at least 400 baht. There are buses and songthaew from Phuket Town to the beaches and in between that cost about 20 baht a ride.
Perhaps most important to some tourists are the alcohol prices in Phuket. Booze is cheap. Bottled beers and alcopops usually go for 50 to 100 baht and spirits from 100 baht a shot. Even in the more upmarket places, regular alcoholic drinks shouldn’t cost more than 200 baht each. Buying from supermarkets and 7-Eleven will, of course, be even cheaper.
You can buy cheap clothes for next to nothing from street sellers and markets. Knockoff DVDs go for about 100 baht each. The prices for brand names aren’t all that cheap, but fakes are everywhere.
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