Central: $$ Central and located in the centre of Phuket is Thalang, Cherng Talay, Phuket Town and Kathu. Homes here are moderately priced and this part of the island naturally offers easy access to all key destinations. Phuket Town is the business and economic hub but also offers a lot to do and see including historic attractions and plenty of festivals. Visitors come every year to enjoy its sights and sounds and get a taste of Phuket’s rich culture.
Thalang: $ Thalang is the former capital of Phuket. It is in the center of the island and home values here are still reasonable. Thalang has rich history and some of the oldest temples on the island. It takes only 15 minutes to get to Layan beach from Thalang and the airport is only 20 minutes.
Cherng Talay: $$ Cherng Talay is a inland community that borders the Laguna Phuket resort complex at Bang Tao Beach. The area is popular with expats and has many convienences for this group. This area is ripe with restaurants, shops, local markets and small businesses catering to tourists. Home prices can vary here depending on your surroundings.
Phuket Town: $$ Homes for Sale in Phuket Town can very dramatically. Phuket’s capital is most commonly referred to as Phuket Town. A maze of one-way streets lined with Sino-Portuguese buildings, the town still retains a lot of historical charm. Many of Phuket’s annual festivals are held here. Phuket town is diverse and interesting.
Kathu: $$ Kathu is located between Phuket Town and Patong Beach in the center of the island. Each are 10 minutes away. Kathu is know for Golf with 3 courses in this area. Kathu is also very lush with rolling green hills and plenty of bodies of water and one of the islands best waterfalls. Home prices here are reasonable.
North: $$ The North of Phuket is underdeveloped and offers the best home prices on the island. With local villages and fresh markets this part of the island still remains Thai. The North has beautiful uncrowded white sandy beaches and golf. The Phuket International Airport is located here. The areas of the North include Bang Tao Beach, Layan Beach, Nai Thon Beach, Nai Yang Beach and Mai Khao Beach.
Bang Tao Beach: $$$$ Bang Tao Beach is Phuket’s second longest beach and one of the biggest expat populations. Homes are expensive and many luxury villas are located here. Most of the Northern beachfront is occupied by the Laguna Phuket complex, a huge development comprising luxury hotels, condominiums, villas and an 18-hole golf course. Southern Bang Tao you can find a strip of small resorts lining the beach and a small village set further inland.
Layan Beach: $$$$ Layan Beach is a small shallow bay with a coconut-covered island that blocks the entrance to the bay. Layan has a nice shady beachfront park and a short walk takes you to Bang Tao Beach. The area is very quiet and peaceful. The hills above Layan Beach offer great sea views of the Andaman and property is expensive in this area. Layan borders the Laguna Phuket complex.
Nai Thon Beach: $$$$ Nai Thon is a quiet and idyllic beach along Phuket’s Northwest coast. Part of the reason the area has managed to remain so peaceful is due to the isolation and zoning of the National Park. The roads leading into Nai Thon wind through jungle and along some spectacular stretches of coastline. Sirinat National Park is 90 square kilometres of hills and jungle and in the middle is Nai Thon beach which is a quite and small and full of charm.
Nai Yang Beach: $$ Nai Yang beach is windy and great for kite surfing fringed with casuarina trees just behind the airport. Some of the beach lies within Srinat National Park and therefore development along the beachfront is restricted.
Mai Khao Beach: $$ At Mai Khao Beach fishing and farming are more important than tourism and most of the land remains in its less developed state. Homes here are still inexpensive compared to the West. Mai Khao beach is a beautiful 11 kilometre stretch of sand that is mostly deserted.
South: $$$ The South of the island includes Chalong, Rawai Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Popular with tourists and expats, this part of the island offers plenty of activities and a wide range of restaurants and nightlife. Southern Phuket is mostly flat and easy for developers to build. Villa prices are 20% to 30% less than the West coast. Nai Harn is rated one of the best beaches on Phuket year after year with fresh fish restaurants and great snokeling. Kata and Karon beaches are just a 10 minute drive over the hill.
Chalong: $$ Chalong is mostly flat with a large bay good for anchorage and the main departure point for diving and fishing trips from Phuket. Home prices here are moderately priced. The area is popular among expats living in Phuket and there are many dive shops, restaurants and bars here. Phuket Town is 10 minutes North, Rawai is 10 minutes South and Kata is 10 minutes West.
Rawai Beach: $$$ Rawai beach is at the Southern most tip of Phuket. Land is mostly flat and buildable. Prices are moderate. Rawai has a village feel and is fairly relaxed and laid back compared to the West coast. Although the beach itself has a shallow reef and not ideal for swimming, Rawai is a great place to charter a longtail boat to nearby islands.
Nai Harn Beach: $$$$ Nai Harn beach is one of the island’s most picturesque beaches with clear water, white sand and a easy pace. Land is limited and prices here are expensive. The beachfront is quite peaceful with shade trees and many local restaurants with fresh sea food.
East: $$ The East coast of Phuket and the North are the least developed parts of the island and the least expensive. Most of the beaches on the East side are tidal and not comparable to the white sand beaches of the West. However, along the water of the East side you can find some of Phuket’s most exclusive properties with dramatic sea views of the surrounding islands. All of the marinas are located on the East side. With calm waters and easy access to world famous sailing, the East side is a yaching paradise. The East includes Cape Panwa, Koh Sirey, Cape Yamu, Ao Po.
Cape Panwa: $$$ Cape Panwa is home to one of the most exclusive resorts on the island, Sri Panwa. The area boast some outstanding sea views looking Phang Nga Bay. On a clear day you can see Koh Pipi and there are 3o plus islands in this cluster off Phuket. Cape Panwa is not overly developed but its proximity to Phuket Town means that shops and amenities are only a short drive away. Home prices here are moderate to expensive.
Koh Sirey: $$ Phuket’s Koh Sirey has been one of those areas touted as being just on the verge of a property boom but never quite getting there. It’s located on the East side of Phuket Town and overlooks Phang Nga Bay. You can still get oceanfront Villa here for a lot less than the West coast.
Cape Yamu: $$$ Cape Yamu is located on the East coast and overlooks Sapam Bay and towards the spectacular islands of Phang Nga. Ten years ago there was very little here except a few fishing villages. Now Cape Yamu has become one of the most sought after areas for property on the East coast. Sea view homes are expensive and non sea view homes are reasonable.
Ao Po: $$ Ao Po is home to a 300 berth marina that can accommadate superyachts of 100+ metres. Ao Por is a popular launching point for trips to the nearby islands. Despite this, the area is largely undeveloped and property prices here are comparibly low. This is and ideal area for those looking for a quiet place in Phuket with breathtaking island views.
West: $$$$ The West is the most sought after real estate on the island. Property prices here are expensive. The West is the most developed part of the island popular with tourist. Here you will find Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Patong Beach, Kamala Beach and Surin Beach. All have a beach and plenty of options for shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife. Patong is the place that most people visit their first time to Phuket. Kamala and Surin boast some of the most luxurious sea view properties on the island.
Kata Beach: $$$$ Kata beach might just be the most popular beach for tourists on the island and is situated on the Southwest coast. Land here is dominated by resorts and property prices are obscene. Karon beach is 10 minutes to the North and Kata Noi Beach is 5 minutes to the South. This is a very dense area but friendly, Club Med occupies a large portion of the land. Kata has very little flat buildable land and is immediately bordered by mountains.
Karon Beach: $$$$ Karon beach is a stretch of powdery white sand and crystal clear waters just 10 minute South of Patong. Land is scarse and expensive here as it’s bordered by mountains and hotels dominate this area. Although the area is quite developed and is home to some of Phuket’s biggest resorts, the 4km long beach never feels overcrowded.
Patong Beach: $$$$ Patong beach is by far the busiest and most developed beach town on Phuket. Land here is now the most expensive land on the island. It is the centre of the island’s shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife. It is usaully the first stop for travelers new to Phuket. If you like plenty going on around you, Patong is the place to be. Land in Patong is now too expensive for Villas.
Kamala Beach: $$$ Kamala beach is locked between Patong and Surin. Kamala is mostly flat and buildable and bordered by mountains. Prices in this flat area are reasonable for the West coast. However, this part of the island is rapidly moving upmarket with some of the region’s most desirable properties. The stretch along the southern headlands is dubbed “millionaire’s mile” with many homes exceeding 10M USD. This being said, Kamala beach still retains a village feel with a laid-back atmosphere.
Surin Beach: $$$$ Surin beach is my personal favorite and I am not alone on this one. It is home to some of Phuket’s most exclusive resorts and is regarded as one of the island’s prime locations with multi-million dollar villas on the hillside overlooking the sea. Villa prices are expensive. The beach is one of the best on the West coast with soft white sand and clear blue waters.
Off the Island: $ Homes for sale off the island in Phang Nga however isolated is extremely inexpensive. If you are looking for peace and quiet and a bigger plot of land then Phang Nga is your winner. This is the perfect place for anyone looking for a tropical paradise on the cheap.
$$$ Homes for sale on an Island off Phuket needs careful consideration. Some islands are extremely remote and without electric. However, they can be extremely private and blissfully peaceful.