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How Much Money Should I Take on Holiday to Phuket?

How Much Money Should I Take on Holiday to Phuket?

Phuket is one of the world’s finest beach destinations.

This infamous party island in Thailand is easy to reach from Bangkok, and once you get there it’s easy to navigate it as there are roads to take you everywhere you need to go, whether you want to do some diving, hiking, or sail to other nearby islands. One thing’s for sure—you won’t get bored here!

So all that’s left now to wonder is ”How much money should I take on holiday to Phuket?’’

A solo traveler backpacking through Thailand would probably make due with only £30 per day, but if you really want to experience everything the island has to offer and enjoy a comfortable stay at a decent hotel, you’ll probably spend an average £70 per day.

Of course, travelers looking to pamper themselves can easily spend as much as £100 per day on high-end resorts and fine cuisine.

We’ll be going over the average prices of hostels, hotels, food, transportation, and entertainment so you can create a realistic travel budget for your Asia trip.


Thailand is the dream place for backpackers. The cost of a bed in a dorm at a hotel in Phuket starts from as little as £3. If you’re traveling alone, the people you’ll be sharing the room with will surely take you in as their own and you’ll be part of the traveling group in no time!

Those looking for a private room are in luck because you can find excellent double rooms for just £11. Most of these mid-range hotels offer breakfast for as cheap as £2.

Those of you who want to splash out can also book a suite at a 5-star resort for about £170 or a room at a 5-star hotel for £60 to £120 with breakfast included.

While Phuket is not really a family destination, as it’s renowned as being a party island and a honeymoon destination, you can still bring your kids to enjoy a holiday in the sun. There’s plenty of options to choose from, with 3-star hotels offering family rooms for as little as £25 per night.

Food and Drinks

Eating out in Phuket can be as inexpensive as you want it to be. You can try the delicious and jaw-droppingly cheap street food for less than £1, but you can also enjoy a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for about £2.5. If you’re going as a couple, you can expect to pay about £15 for a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant for both of you. The local beer costs about £1 for 500ml, while non-alcoholic drinks are cheaper.

If you plan on staying more than just a week or two and want to save money by cooking at your hostel, you should know that 1kg of chicken breasts cost about £1.88, 1kg of rice is around £0.7 while a loaf of fresh bread is about £1. Basically, everything you’d need is around £1, which makes saving up a breeze.


A one-way ticket for the local transport costs about £0.7 while taxi fares for 1km are priced at about £0.8. However, with somewhat long distances between the major points of interest within the island, if you want to travel to a different location you may be better off renting a motorbike. You can rent a motorbike for as low as £5 per day, and the gas is very cheap, so no need to worry. Be extremely careful when driving, though, as you may not be used to how locals drive in these parts of the world.

Diving in Phuket

Phuket is a great place to dive and even obtain your PADI certificate. It’s among the best 10 diving destinations in the world and there are diving centers everywhere, so finding an affordable one should be easy. Dive sites around Phuket include the King Cruiser Wreck, Racha Yai Dive Site, Koh Dok Mai Dive Site, Phi Phi Island Dive Sites, and many others. A diving trip costs an average £80.

Shopping for Souvenirs

Whether you want to buy something for yourself or your loved ones back homes, shopping at markets is cheap but you can make it even cheaper by haggling. You can lower the initial price by 30 or even 40 percent. This is a common practice here, and the vendors won’t be offended if you try to get a discount as long as you’re polite about it.

Making Withdraws from ATMs

You’ll be doing quite a lot of withdraws in Thailand, as you’ll be pretty limited when it comes to what you can pay with a credit or debit card. You should know that every withdrawal is subjected to a £4 transaction fee. But you can work your way around this by making larger but fewer withdrawals and locking the excess money in your room to keep it safe.

Wrapping Up

Planning a budget for a trip anywhere can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re traveling to a whole different continent. Hopefully, the numbers we’ve provided for the various travel necessities you’ll need to purchase have helped you figure out how much money to take with you on the scenic island of Phuket.

Consider taking around £600 per person for each week of travel just to be sure you can enjoy all the comfort you need, as well as cultural activities and parties you plan to attend.

Holiday ClassEstimated Amount Needed Per Day (Per Person)
Budget£80 Per Day
Mid-range£190 Per Day
High-end£300 Per Day
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