In general, Phuket is one of Thailand’s most expensive places, and it is not easy to travel on a tight budget. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible as there is a way to have a great time in Phuket without breaking the bank. You might even find the experience much more enlightening and enjoyable than traveling on a solid budget.
Find Cheap Local Transport
The first rule to low budget traveling is to find a cheap local transport. To that end, you may consider renting a bike which will cost you around 150 baht per day. Also, using local buses is quite cheap, and you easily get to any place in Phuket.
Eat like a local
Eating is another area where you can save plenty of money as street food in Phuket is exceptionally tasty. There are also some local restaurants where the locals eat. Typically, they are much cheaper than the seaside restaurants where all the tourists like to eat. Most of those restaurants are not in the main streets, but some back alleys. The locals regularly visit these restaurants.
Where to go and what to visit?
Luckily, most of Phuket best sites can be enjoyed without spending a small fortune. For starters, the massive 50 feet Buddha statue is one of the most famous landmarks in Phuket and one that can be visited for free. Then numerous beaches are free and open to anyone. All you need is a towel and some sunscreen to enjoy yourself on beaches such as Patong, Karon & Kata, Kamala, Surin Beach, and so on. Also, there are regular tours to the nearby islands that will cost you less than $10.
Old Town Phuket is part of the city that you want to visit and explore the Sino-Portuguese streets, the various shops, bakeries, coffee shops, and amazing mansions. If you’re going to experience the essence of Phuket and understand the local culture, then the old Town Phuket should be high on your things to visit list. You can even find a place to stay there as there are few affordable hostels and hotels.
Visiting Bangla Road and Phuket’s night market should also be high on your to-do list. Bangla Road is not just about the Go-Go bars, but there are plenty of other things to see as well. There are quite a few local bars, night clubs where the locals hang out, and various shops. It is a vivid street that needs to be seen to be believed.
The night market has a bit different vibe than Bangla Road but is evenly colorful and interesting. There are no Go-go bars, but there is pretty much everything else. At times the night market can be feel bit intense, sometimes puzzling, smelly, or even confusing. But that’s just part of its charm and what makes it so appealing.
Phuket Airport Transfer
The cheapest airport transfers Phuket option includes buses. However, buses are available only throughout the day. If you arrive at night, there aren’t any buses. The next best thing is a service by a company called welcome pickups. They offer a flat rate, English speaking driver, and you get picked up from your airport exit gateway. Plus, you can share the expenses with your friends or someone you’ve met on your flight. You can also rent-a-car or take one from the airport taxis. None of them is cheaper than the first two.