Kathu, Thailand Hotels
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When people talk about Phuket, they are usually referring to Kathu, the central region on Thailand's largest island. Here, visitors can either indulge in the nightlife scene of Patong, the culture of Thailand's south in Phuket Town, or the flawless beaches that stretch from Karon in the north to Kata in the south.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Kathu, Thailand

Baan Laimai Beach Resort
Baan Laimai Beach Resort
66 Thaveewong Road Patong Beach, Patong
from $6
The Bliss South Beach Patong
The Bliss South Beach Patong
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3.9
40 Thaveewong Rd, Patong
from $3
Novotel Phuket Resort
Novotel Phuket Resort
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4.2
282 Phrabaramee Rd Patong Beach, Patong
from $2
Kamala Beach Resort a Sunprime Resort
Kamala Beach Resort a Sunprime Resort
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4.3
96/42-3 Moo #3, Kamala
from $3
Paresa Resort Phuket
Paresa Resort Phuket
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4.5
49 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Rd., Kamala
from $15
Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa
Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa
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3.9
190 Thaweewong Road Patong Beach, Patong
from $5
Sunwing Resort - Kamala Beach
Sunwing Resort - Kamala Beach
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4.3
96/66 Moo 3, Kamala
from $3
The Kee Resort & Spa
The Kee Resort & Spa
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4.1
152/1 Taweewong Road, Patong
from $6
Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa Phuket
Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa Phuket
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3.8
290/1 Prabaramee Rd., Patong
from $2
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
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4.5
52 Thaweewong Road Patong Beach, Patong
from $3
More About Kathu, Thailand Hotels...

No matter where you establish your base, all the attractions of Kathu are easily accessible, be it at the luxurious digs of The Nap Patong, or in the budget friendly Blue Carina Inn Hotel.

When is the best time to come to Kathu?

While it is warm here year-round, the best time to visit Kathu is between the months of December and March, when it is dry season and rain is almost non-existent. Those seeking sunny days may wish to avoid September and October, as this is when the rainy season is at its peak. However, those looking for Kathu hotel deals will find some outstanding offers at this time, as tourist arrivals are at their weakest due to the weather.

Most showers during the monsoon seldom last longer than an hour. For those not bothered by a little rain, the savings realized will be well worth it, as places like the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket give you plenty to do on rainy days.

Which parts of Kathu are most affordable?

For those on a budget there are many cheap hotels in Kathu, so long as you stay several blocks back from the beach.  Fortunately, Thailand's reputation as a place that delivers a ton of value for one's money holds true here as well, with properties like FunDee Boutique Hotel boasting stylish digs in return for a paltry nightly rate.

Those who enjoy engaging with the local culture will find many options inland at Phuket Town.  Far from the beach, providers of budget accommodation such as Rattana Mansion have set up shop to offer those on a budget a comfortable place to lay their head in the midst of the most authentic Thai settlement on the island.

How to experience Kathu on the cheap 

While Kathu has some of the highest prices in Thailand for tourists, costs here are still markedly lower than comparable expenses back in the West. As a result, there are many cheap things to do here for budget travelers.

Start by getting a two-hour blind massage in Phuket Town for 200 baht ($6.70 USD), and then hop aboard the songthaew headed for Patong Beach, which will run you 35 baht ($1.15 USD) to play around in the waves for free.

After spending time in the waters of the Andaman Sea, those looking for a fix of Buddhist culture will find it at the Big Buddha.  Admission is free, but be sure to cover up before entering (no shorts, bathing suits, or sleeveless shirts).

How do I get to Kathu from Phuket Airport, and are there airport accommodations?

Buses and taxis serve transport from Phuket International Airport. Municipal buses are your cheapest option and the best for those headed to Phuket Town, costing only 100 baht ($3.30 USD). There are many stops along the way, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time.

A more direct option for those headed to Patong is the Phuket Airport Bus Express, which costs 120 baht ($4 USD) and runs once every 45 minutes starting at 8:15 am. Taxis are the priciest option, but with the average fare to Patong Beach costing around 660 baht ($22 USD), it is a good for big parties and those staying in places that are not centrally located in Patong, such as Nai Yang Beach Resort. 

As for airport accommodations, Phuket Airport Hotelis an excellent choice, as its location close to the main terminal will allow you to avoid traffic on the long drive to the airport from Patong. With an outdoor pool, proximity to the deserted beaches of the north-west coast, and a Thai massage facility, it is the perfect way to end a trip to Phuket.    

What are the hostels like in Kathu?

If you are looking to enjoy everything that the hostels in Kathu have to offer, you will find the largest selection in Phuket Town. Phuket Backpacker Hostel is one of the best in the area for party-minded travelers, as the lively bar on site allows them to keep the vibe going when they get back from an action-packed day at the beach.

Those looking to stay close to the action in Patong, the hotel-like vibe at Hi-Qc Place provides the cleanliness and serenity that hostels often lack, all at an unbeatable price.

What is the Airbnb scene like in Kathu?

If you wish to leave the entire hotel scene behind on your upcoming holiday in Thailand, the Kathu Airbnbs that are available might get you addicted to using this form of accommodation, as they provide an endless variety of incredible experiences.

This includes condos that have infinity pools up in the hills that barely cost more than $40 USD a night, as well as comfortable and cute studio apartments, which are perfect for couples that are seeking seclusion in the hills of Kathu's highland interior.

Prices seldom exceed $100 USD, but when they do, they provide choice locations (like along Patong's beachfront) along with top-flight amenities.

Resources that will make your life easier in Kathu

Whether you spend a week or a few months in the Kathu region of Phuket, you'll likely be looking for cool things to do or amazing restaurants to dine at during your stay. There is a free tourist office in the main market and the helpful locals inside can let you know about all the events, attractions and fine dining available in Kathu.

If you are traveling with a family, then finding a beach that best suits your children is likely a chief concern of yours. Just ask at the front desk of any of the family oriented resorts and they will be able to help with activities geared towards families. 

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