A Brief Guide to Living in Phuket

Let’s say you are a software engineer or web developer who is looking to live in a trendy, seaside resort which has plenty of things to do during the day and at night. Or maybe you are just about to retire, and you’d like to invest in a luxury property by the beach. Phuket has plenty to offer everyone, from low budget rental apartments to lavish integrated resorts next to the sea.


It all depends on what you want from your property. If you’d like to be close to the nightlife there are several great properties around Patong. If partying late into the night isn’t really your thing, there are some outstanding developments right beside Bang Tao Beach. If you want to buy luxury waterfront residences in Phuket, you’ll find some incredible projects dotted around the island. Here are the three main areas in Phuket:

Patong – This is the most heavily touristed part of the island, if you don’t fancy being around a tourist hotspot, you can go for somewhere a little quieter. Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, so you’ll have no problem finding a place a little more to your liking.

Karon & Kata – These two beaches are just south of Patong on the west coast of the island. They are a lot quieter than Patong and they’ve a lot of nice restaurants for couples and families. Kata beach is also great for lovers of wind surfing.

Phuket Town – If you want a more authentic Thai experience, Phuket town is the place for you. The cost of living tends to be a little lower as you are away from the tourist hotspots.

There are also many properties for sale in Kathu and Chalong. If you’d like somewhere a bit more exclusive, you’ll find plenty of incredible developments in other parts of the island. Most have their own private beaches and top-quality amenities.

Cost of Living

This all depends on your own personal lifestyle, if you wish to dine in the finest restaurants on the island that’s your prerogative. Phuket really has something for every budget, from world renowned hotels and integrated resorts to budget accommodation. Although Phuket can be a little pricey in comparison to other parts of the country, it still doesn’t come close to places such as London, Sydney or New York.


One of the best things about living in Phuket is the international airport on the island. You can fly direct to a wide range of places, some of which include Bangkok, Koh Samui, Sydney and Beijing. Getting around the island is easy with tuk-tuks, private cars & bike rentals or even Grab taxis. You could also purchase your own motorbike or vehicle.

Phuket has some of the best beaches and dive spots in the whole of Asia. If you are a keen golfer, you’ll find many first-class courses dotted around the island. There is a wide range of shopping areas, from local markets to modern shopping centres. The locals are very friendly and there is a large expat community on the island.