Phuket Location Guide

In Phuket, you will find a large selection of rentals spread out all over the island. Phuket is a large and diverse island, and you may want to put some effort into finding a good location for your rental home. Holiday renters often look for those rentals that are close to the beaches on the island, while those looking for a long-term residence will probably want to take proximity to their work-place, schools and shopping centers. You will often find the best value rentals away from the main beaches, and in these locations you will also be able to avoid the main tourist areas.


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  • Bang Tao

    The Laguna Phuket complex, containing five luxury hotels and an 18-hole golf course, dominates a large area of Bang Tao. However, it is not difficult to find a quiet spot to enjoy the crystal clear water and stunning white sand. There are a number of shops, restaurants and bars near the entrance to Laguna Phuket, as well as those within the resort complex. The nearby town of Cherng Talay has a few shops as well as a fresh market.

    A popular area, Bang Tao includes the Laguna Phuket and the many facilities it has to offer. Shops, restaurants and bars are plentiful in the Bang Tao area as are the property options. This is definitely an area worth checking out regardless of whether you're looking for a luxury villa, house or apartment.

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  • Cape Yamu

    This area is all about luxury, privacy and sophistication. For those who seek the very best will be drawn to this escape from the busy city lifestyle. With fantastic views looking across Phang Nga Bay you will experience a tranquility like no other that will have you never wanting to leave this place.

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  • Chalong

    Being close to Phuket Town makes Chalong a favourite for locals as well as expats, with an abundance of housing options available. Chalong Bay does not have a great beach for swimming due to the muddy bottom and large number of boats moored here.

    The Chalong area continues to grow and develop with a handful of large shopping malls springing up recently making it even more attractive for those looking for a property to buy. You will find a wide selection of villa, house and apartments available in Chalong.

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  • Cherng Talay

    Cherng Talay is rapidly changing as expatriates from around the world find this area one of the most desirable on the island for their multi-million dollar villas, and vicinity to beaches and clubs. Most of the town area retains its village roots however, and if you walk the main road in town, you will find many small restaurants with excellent Thai food at local prices.

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  • East

    With a great view of the Phang-Nga bay, this area is relatively tranquil, and includes a lot of high-end property. You will also find most of the boat marina locations on this part of the island.

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  • Kamala

    With its quieter pace, over the last few years, Kamala has become a favoured spot for retirees and other longer-term visitors staying in small hotels, villas and apartment nestled around the village. On the headland to the south, are a number of luxury villa developments, with great views of Kamala Bay and beyond along its winding road.

    A less busy option to the hustle-and-bustle of nearby Patong, the number of Kamala properties coming on the market recently has witnessed a steady growth which coincides with the number of new properties available for sale in Kamala.

    The region from Kamala to Surin has known as the 'millionaires mile' because of the amount of luxury properties overlooking the bay in this area. However, budget and mid-range properties can also be found in abundance - Kamala is good for properties due to its location between the Laguna area to the north and Patong to south making it conveniently close to some of the island's main entertainment and commercial areas. In Kamala, you will find a selection of both houses and villas.

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  • Karon

    Karon has a lot of entertainment areas, including restaurants and bars for those that enjoy the nightlife, and being close to Patong expands the choices even more. While it's a fast-growing area, Karon is nicely spread out and rarely feels crowded.

    The beach in Karon is suitable for swimming and has clean white sand, but devoid of the crowds one would find at nearby Kata and Patong. You will find a selection of villas, houses, and apartments in Karon, and there are a lot of luxury properties available.

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  • Kata

    The pleasant bay of Kata entices and charms many visitors with its white sands and clear waters. Very popular with families, Kata is an all round favourite due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife and varied accommodation options - all close to the beach.There are quite a few shops, restaurants and bars around Kata Centre and between Kata Yai and Kata Noi. Kata is perhaps the best compromise between the hectic pace of Patong and some of the quieter beaches on Phuket.

    Options are plentiful in the area and Kata continues to grow and develop with more and more shops, restaurants, bars, luxury properties and leisure facilities springing up all the time. You will find a selection of villa, house and apartment in Kata.

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  • Kathu

    Kathu has a convenient location, near shopping malls, schools, business and beaches, makes it an ideal location for many long-term residents. Kathu is a relatively large area, where you can find private homes away from hustle of the main beach locations.

    In Kathu, you will find two golf courses, Lock Palm and Phuket Country Club. Kathu is close to both Patong to the west, Phuket Town to the east and within a few minutes drive is Central Festival, Big C, Tesco Lotus and a few other shopping centers. In Kathu, you will find a good-value selection of house and villa properties.

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  • Koh Kaew

    It is withing an easy reach from Phuket Maria, it takes only 10 minutes to get on the island by boat. Almost every property there will provide you with a sea view.

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  • Koh Sirey

    Koh Sirey is an island on the east side of Phuket Town, and sometimes it feels more like a small cape than an island. Covering only about 20 sq km, most of Koh Sirey is undeveloped with lots of rubber plantations, coconut trees, a sea gyspy village, a fair number of locals and a temple on the hill. It is really like Phuket 20 years ago.

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  • Layan

    It is located at the north end of Bang Tao Beach, separated by the mouth of a small river. Just offshore is turtle-shell shaped Kata Island, which gives the beach shelter from the worst of the rainy season waves. There are no sun loungers or refreshments at this beach so you need to bring your own picnic supplies.

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  • Mai Khao

    The area is relatively quiet, and even undeveloped in some places as it is part of the Sirinat National Park.

    You won't find a lot of nightlife or shopping in these locations, but they make good alternatives to the hustle and bustle of the beaches further south. The place is close to Phuket International Airport, and also close to Sarasin bridge which connects Phuket to mainland Thailand.

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  • Nai Harn

    Nai Harn is not Phuket's longest beach, but it borders the most gorgeous lagoon on the island. The middle of the beach is dominated by the Nai Harn monastery, which has prevented excessive development and is the reason that the beach is generally less crowded than other spots on the southern part of the island. Peaceful and quiet place near Rawai

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  • Nai Thon

    Of the most beautiful and queit beaches in Phuket despite the size. Many developers turn to this place to build luxury property for those who want to hide from busy life. There are just a few restaurants and bars and if you enjoy peace and quiet this is the place to stay.

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  • Nai Yang

    Mobile food and fruit venders gather around the perimeter of the park and do a brisk business especially on weekends. The northern end of the beach is a protected National Park land - Quiet, clean, no food stalls or restaurants except a few tiny stalls selling eggs and drinks. There are lots of longtail boats in the water, and local kids splashing around, and it's a popular area with locals.

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  • Panwa

    Panwa is some 10 kilometres from Phuket Town. The southernmost tip of this cape is home to a Marine Biological Research Centre and Phuket's Aquarium where visitors may inspect several hundred exotic, grotesques, and flamboyantly colourful marine species found in the teeming waters of Phuket and elsewhere.

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  • Patong

    Patong is an ideal place to party and play. By night the town has a bustling nightlife which includes literally hundreds of restaurants, chic lounge bars, beer bars and of course discos. The nightlife is centered around Soi Bangla (Bangla Road) however there are also quiet parts of town.

    There is an abundance of property options throughout Patong, including luxury villas with spectacular sea views upon the heights surrounding the town as well as budget and mid-range houses, apartments and condos for available right in the middle of the town. With the large amount of tourists coming to Patong during all seasons, the beach is often crowded, yet probably offers the most in the way of activities of any of Phuket's many beaches. Patong is definitely a place to consider if you enjoy the nightlife!

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  • Phang Nga

    Phang Nga has a beautiful landscape with many waterfalls, mountains, islands, rivers and hot springs. It is still a quiet place with beaches that strech for miles with no people in sight. It is within a bridge cross from Phuket.

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  • Phuket City

    The bustling, administrative centre of Phuket is often overlooked in favor of the beaches, but there's a lot to see and do in Phuket City. As a living, breathing Thai city, it is not specifically tailored to tourists as other areas of the island. However, having been recently upgraded to city status, Phuket City features an exciting mix of old and new, simple and sophisticated, peaceful and pulsating.

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  • Rawai

    Residential housing options are numerous in Rawai and there are plenty of great restaurants and nightlife to keep residents entertained.

    A long time ago, Rawai used to be the beach of choice for residents of Phuket. However, that was a long time ago when access to the west coast of the island was limited. House and villa property options are numerous in Rawai and there are plenty of great restaurants and nightlife to keep residents entertained.

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  • Surin

    The beach itself has clear water and beautiful white sand, and is lined with tall casuarina trees and small Thai style restaurants. While one of the quieter beaches in Phuket, hawkers can still be a minor nuisance, although most are just content to walk about without actively getting in your face.

    Surin is sometimes called 'millionaire's row' because of the high end villas on hills overlooking the bay, and film stars or VIPs like to stay there, as they can get away from the crowds. There are just a few restaurants and shops nearby.

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  • Talang

    Talang is located in the northern interior of the island, a less touristified area. At the heroines monument in the south of the district a branch museum of the National Museum was opened in 1989. The monument itself commemorates the local heroines Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Sunthon, who forced the Burmese army sieging the town of Thaland to retreat.

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