With almost 10 million visitors in 2019 alone, Phuket’s undoubtedly a haven for travelers from around the world. However, a lesser-known fact is the island’s ability to compellingly lure singles, couples, and families to move to the Land of Smiles for good.
Of the many things that attract foreign residents to Phuket like bees to honey, the island’s extremely reasonable cost of living has got to be the icing on the cake. Although Phuket is Thailand’s most expensive region, living expenses are still significantly cheaper than those of New York, London, and Sydney, for example. In fact, according to Numbeo, the cost of living in Phuket is estimated to be 48.7% less than in New York. So it’s no surprise, given the figures, that foreigners leave their homes and flock to the island to lead a life of luxury for the same, if not a cheaper price, in their very own Phuket property.
At the same time, Phuket’s tropical weather, mesmerizing natural beauty, beautiful local culture, scrumptious food, and friendly locals cannot be discounted. These attributes of the island make foreigners question why they had waited this long to move to Phuket.
While the fact that Phuket is one of the best places in the world to live in is well-established, different people have different opinions on which area in Phuket makes the best neighborhood. While it’s a little difficult to not pick favorites and remain unbiased, we have analyzed 3 of the best neighborhoods in Phuket as objectively as possible so you have a thorough understanding of each of them before making the important decision of “Which of Phuket’s many neighborhoods should I move into?”
Nestled between lush rainforests and the Andaman Sea, Kamala is a tranquil area on Phuket’s west coast. The area, which was once a small fishing village, is situated at the south of Patong Beach and the north of Surin Beach and is home to two gorgeous beaches—Kamala Beach and Laem Singh Beach.
Pros of living in Kamala
- Due to its close proximity to beaches like Surin Beach and Bang Tao Beach, which are about 5-10 minutes away, Kamala has many beachfront and oceanview properties, which appreciate in capital value and bring back great returns.
- There are many world-class beach clubs to explore.
- The Patong Shopping Mall, a place where you can buy souvenirs as well as few types of fashion and household items, is 10 minutes away.
- Merely 10 minutes away from Bangla, you can easily access the party scene from Kamala.
- Kamala has a Big C branch and a Tesco Lotus Express branch to meet all your grocery needs.
- You can also purchase fresh local products as well as meat and seafood from the popular Kamala Village Market and Kamala Friday Market at very reasonable prices.
- The Kamala Beach Plaza is a thrift shopper’s paradise. You can grab trendy clothes, beachwear, accessories, and more, at bargain prices!
- From snorkeling and kayaking to surfing and scuba diving, there are many great water sports you can indulge in whenever you want.
- Kamala has many great restaurants and cafes that serve a wide range of cuisines, from Indian to German and Mediterranean.
- If you need medical assistance, there’s a hospital called Ban Kammala Health Center in the area that you can go to. To consult a doctor, you can either book an appointment or just walk in.
Cons of living in Kamala
- Lined with fancy hotels and resorts, Kamala may get a lot more visitors than usual during peak times.
Where to live in Kamala?
Himalai Oceanfront Condominiums and Grand Himalai Oceanfront Residences are located on Millionaire’s Mile in Kamala Beach, which is inarguably Phuket’s most exclusive coast that is also home to numerous 5-star resorts, luxurious villas, and even an impressive palace owned by the King of Thailand.
These dazzling projects have taken advantage of their close proximity to the azure Andaman Sea and offer sweeping ocean views in 85% of their units. With 5-star facilities that include glass-edged swimming pools overlooking the ocean, 5-star restaurants, a clubhouse, a fitness club, a sauna, a kids’ club, and a breathtaking viewpoint from a hilltop, Himalai Oceanfront Condominiums, and Grand Himalai Oceanfront Residences epitomize luxury living.
Rawai is a village situated on the southeast coast of Phuket. It has one of the closest beaches to Phuket Town and is an especially popular place for family outings. You’ll see many locals enjoying picnics on weekends, exuding a strong sense of community.
Pros of Living in Rawai
- Nai Harn Beach, one of the best beaches in the whole of Asia, is a short 10-minute drive from Rawai.
- You can access a few remote gorgeous islands, such as Racha Island, Coral Island, Ko Aeo, Ko He, and Banana Beach from Kamala via a speedboat.
- There are plenty of convenience stores in Rawai, more so than in other areas of Phuket. If you need to quickly grab a missing ingredient right before preparing a meal or find yourself craving a snack in the wee hours or a night, you can always count on 7-11 or FamilyMart.
- Rawai Seafood Market has fresh catches of the day, including fish, prawns, lobsters, and crabs. You can either bring your seafood back to your condominium or villa and prepare a nice home-cooked meal or have it prepared for you at one of the many restaurants in the market.
- If you are a pet owner, you need not travel long and far to find a vet. The Ao Chalong Animal Hospital will make sure your furry, scaled, and winged friends are well taken care of.
Cons of Living in Rawai
- Rawai Beach is not suitable for swimming or water activities due to the many boats moored there.
- Rawai is home to many hotels and resorts. During peak times, the neighborhood may be a lot more crowded than usual.
Where to live in Rawai
A tropical setting of 8,000 square meters of pure luxury with 45 meters of absolute waterfront lawns and gardens, the Beachfront Prime is a collection of apartments and villas in a resort-like environment on Phuket’s east coast, commanding stunning views over Chalong Bay, the Marina, and surrounding tropical islands. The Beachfront Prime presents an amazing property investment opportunity, combining a unique and beautiful beachfront location with a no-risk investment.
Another great place to live in is Skylight Villas, which are set in a secluded spot with breathtaking mountain views, yet just three minutes from Kamala Beach. The villas have been designed to complement the natural environment. They come with their very own private infinity swimming pools and waterfall features. Outdoor showers and garden areas have been carefully designed to complement outdoor living to the fullest. You can nature from your private rooftop terrace or watch the stars, sky, and sunlight from your very own living room via the glass roof skylight features.
Patong is a neighborhood on Phuket’s west coast. It’s the epicenter of Phuket’s tourism as well as the island’s nightlife and shopping. Patong constantly buzzes with dizzying energy, thanks to the neon-lit signs on the bars and clubs lining the streets. It’s a great neighborhood to live in if you’re looking for an upbeat environment with infectious vibes.
Pros of living in Patong
- There are many night markets in the Patong area from which you can buy reasonably-priced food, clothes, accessories, and more.
- If you live in Patong, Patong beach will always be just a few steps away.
- The neighborhood is close to one of the most popular shopping malls in Phuket—Jungceylong Shopping Center.
- You can easily find yourself in Bangla’s party area, which is in Patong.
Cons of Living in Patong
- Since Patong is a tourist attraction, the neighborhood is always busy and packed.
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