A lot of the backpacker crowd are none too keen on Phuket either. Thats fair enough, I used to be a backpacker and can see where they are coming from. If you want to experience the ‘real’ Thailand, then Phuket is probably not the place to do it. However, you can find beautiful beaches, places to party, western food alongside Thai food and a wide range of places to stay. I have been offered rooms for as little as 2000b a month so, there is a budget place here for everybody.
The places I have stayed in Phuket are as follows.
1) Rawai 18,000 – 2 bed, internet 1000b a month (sllllooowwww internet – rip off as ever)
I stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment here, it was really nice actually. It had a nice but small shared swimming pool with a bar which never opened at one end. Sea views from the roof but not my room cable TV and shitty internet which is common in a lot of these types of apartments. The furniture was pretty nice, big L-shaped sofa in the lounge, flat screen tv, all the pots and pans you would need. It was opposite 3 girlie bars which was ok for me, but could get a bit annoying late at night when they would not turn the music down – so I can imagine would piss you off if you owned a place here and wanted to rent it out.
The problem with Rawai in my eyes is the Muay Thai camps. There are a few dick heads who walk around pumped up after a long day trying out new moves that they have learnt in the gym. I almost got in a fight a couple of time – ok, I was pissed and maybe I was being a bit offensive but I don’t normally almost get into fights if I am a bit drunk so I am putting it down to the people staying in the area.
Living across the road from 3 girlie bars was pretty funny, I met a few nice girls in the bars near by and they are quite good fun – used to love it when they were all dancing on the bar with the music pumping.
2) Chalong – short term stay 500b a night free coffee and crackers!?
Yeah, free crackers! Think the place was called the welcome in or something. It was a bit of a hole, but had a small swimming pool – I am pretty sure you could rent rooms by the hour at this place! That was the kind of place it was! I like Chalong as its not near the Muy Thai camps, but near the Chalong circle is pretty mental with all the traffic. Also be very careful for the po po as they got me for not wearing a helmet once = 500b fine