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Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bangkok

Seeking hotels in Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Best value for the $$

I am going to Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok this summer. ( End of June to beginning of July). I am traveling with two other friends. We are 25-27 and on a bit of a budget (Note: not planning on roughing it!). I have heard that there are some great hotels and I was hoping for some tips on how much to expect paying and/or some hotel recommendations. We definitely want to stay close to the action! Any tips or tricks would be much appreciated. Thanks!! 

6 Answers

top answer by
Michael from San Francisco

In Phuket I stayed in Kata Beach, which was pretty centrally located.  I had a great experience at the Sugar Palm Grand Hillside which I booked through  Their rooms are relatively new, its a 5 minute walk to the beach, and they have a really cool multi level infinity pool. I think I paid around $50 a night!  Their sister hotel down the street has a wonderful restaurant that I ate at almost every night that has indoor / outdoor dining.

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  1. Phuket (city)
  2. Sugar Palm Grand Hillside (hotel)
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answered by
Tony from Seattle

We just spent a month in Thailand and found booking hotels to be an absolute breeze (last minute).  I think we were on a similar budget to what you're describing-- we didn't want to rough it (read: wanted air-conditioning and wifi!), but we didn't want to spend big bucks on a place to sleep.

I found and to be the best bets for this (they have great international inventory).  My process was:

  • Search for place/dates
  • Sort by review score (note: these are reviews of people who actually stayed there!)
  • Filter by price range (remove the mega-expensive places and super cheap places). 
  • Scroll down the list until I find one in our price range (ignoring the places that only have 5 or less reviews).

I'll generally pay a lot of attention to WHERE the place is (walkable to cool stuff?).  Using this methodology, we never failed to stay in solid places and often found some real gems.

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answered first by
Courtney from Los Angeles

Hey, Sarah,

Hotels in Bangkok are actually not that expensive and if you're sharing a room with friends you can actually stay somewhere really great!

I would suggest the Bliston Hotel Bangkok which is a great, reasonable hotel with apartment-like rooms. It's a little low key, but it's in a pretty good location and the serenity is kind of nice as Bangkok is such a noisy, crowded city. They also have a beautiful spa on the premises if you want a day of pampering. 

The Grande Centre Point Hotel & Residence is another good one although a lot blingier than the Bliston. The rooms are big and clean and it's in a very good location. 

Believe it or not, you can find rooms at the W Bangkok for not that much money (I paid about $120/night) and it's a fabulous hotel in a great location that's very close to the subway. 

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answered by
shaista from India

There are plenty of hostels in Phuket town. If you want to stay near the party then opt for a place near Patong Beach. However you can stay at a cheaper place in Phuket and get a bike for 200 bht a day. We stayed at Sino Inn Phuket. Nice hotel and easy on the pocket.

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  1. Phuket (city)
  2. Patong Beach (attraction)
  3. Sino Inn Phuket (hotel)
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answered by
Christopher from Haundorf

In Phuket there are lots of opportunities for hotels. Use to find the best hotels and best prices. If you stay for a longer time, prices are great in september. A tip for your booking via agoda:

Book the hotel in the morning of the day or even at evening you want to go there. -70 to -80% off!

At Patong Beach you must book Chic Boutique Hotel for one night minimum, it is great. Have a view via agoda.

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  1. Phuket (city)
  2. Patong Beach (attraction)
  3. Chic Boutique Hotel (hotel)
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answered by
Edward from Newton, Massachusetts

when we went to phuket we found great hotels with ocean view start around 100$ per night.. you can easily find hotel in the 50$ per night range a few blocks back and of lower quality.  try its got a ton of asian hotels, also

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