Kata Beach is one of the most popular beaches for living in Phuket. Condos and villas with views of Karon, Kata Noi, and Surin beaches are also expensive and in high demand.
Where should you buy property in Phuket?
We’ve broken down Phuket into three main regions, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, which we’ll cover below.
It should be mentioned that if you were to go from the northern tip to the southern tip of the island, it would be 58.6 km drive, and it would take you about an hour by car.
As such, when talking about prime locations or the proximity to certain places in Phuket, it is best to remember that this is understood in relative terms. Not in absolute terms.
Therefore, the best place to buy real estate in Phuket depends mainly on what you are looking for personally. The north has nature reserves and the airport, while the south is closer to popular beaches and the provincial capital of Phuket Town.
South West Phuket
This area contains the beaches of Patong, Karon and Kata, which are the most popular tourist areas. As you would expect from this, it is quite busy and there is a wide variety of restaurants and entertainment venues nearby.
Prices are generally more expensive in the Kathu district than anywhere else in Phuket. So it can be a blessing or a curse. If you are looking to rent a condo, this area is probably the most likely to be in demand.
On the other hand, if you are looking to become a long-term resident, things could be too chaotic in places like Patong Beach.
Then there are the beaches of Karon and Kamala, which are most prone to tsunami damage as they are not protected by a bay. We generally do not suggest buying a condo in these areas if you are a long term investor due to their risk of natural disaster and flooding.
Finally, there are the beaches of Kata and Kata Noi (“Little Kata”), which are the quietest of the group, although they still have a lot of demand from expats and tourists.
The beaches of Rawai and Chalong are more low-key than their touristy counterparts, but the area is well known for its quality cafes and restaurants and has everything you need. It’s a microcosm of Phuket without the added hustle and bustle.
Rather than paying extra for this peace and quiet, this area is cheaper than elsewhere on the island.
That said, although you are further away from Phuket Airport and the main tourist areas of the island, you are closer to Phuket Town than you might be otherwise, which is a hub of its own. whole.
Eastern Phuket is also protected from tsunamis, as the eastern part of Phuket is only about 100 km from the mainland. In contrast, much of western Phuket is directly exposed to the ocean.
The north of the island is closer to the airport and you are also within a half hour drive of the two largest towns on the island – Patong and Phuket Town.
It is halfway between what east and south Phuket has to offer. This becomes evident when we take a look at Laguna Phuket’s main development on Bang Tao Beach.
Laguna Phuket includes tourist infrastructure in the form of hotels and restaurants. But it also hosts branded residential condo and villa projects like the Banyan Tree Grand Residences.
That said, since tourists don’t tend to congregate in this area as much, prices are cheaper than in southeastern Phuket. The exceptions are hotel brand projects located in the Laguna Phuket development.
In other words, you have to be careful and choose the right place or you can easily overpay it by deciding to be in the action right away.