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Khao Lak vs Phuket - Where is Better to Stay in Thailand?

Why Choose Phuket?

Do you love the hustle and bustle of shopping, markets and a happening nightlife? If so, Phuket is the perfect place for you. You can visit Phuket’s Big Buddha, shop til you drop at Phuket’s largest market - the Weekend Night Markets and enjoy a night out on Bangla Road or Patong Beach. There are also plenty of beautiful beaches to visit, such as Freedom Beach, Paradise Beach, Surin Beach and Kata Noi Beach. This island is made for people who enjoy a busy destination with plenty of action. However, if this doesn’t sound like you - Khao Lak is the perfect alternative.

Old Phuket Town

 Why Choose Khao Lak?

If miles of gorgeous, secluded coastline and tranquil ocean views are more your forte, Khao Lak is the destination for you. Stay in the Phang Nga Province and experience the best parts of island living. Although it is the perfect place to unwind and relax, there is also plenty to see and do nearby. Khao Lak is near some of the most sought after diving destinations like Boonsung Wreck and Pemchi Wreck, as well as the beautiful untouched Similan Islands. Choose between a day trip or liveaboard experience depending on your diving ability.

There is also plenty of shopping and nightlife in Khao Lak - although to a much smaller scale than Phuket. Check out the Happy Snapper Bar, Bang Niang Market and Khao Lak Money Bar for music and shopping. For those who like to take it easy, spend your nights wining and dining at some of Khao Lak’s incredible restaurants. We recommend Ficus Restaurant and Smile Khaolak Restaurant.

 Where to Stay

Whatever your holiday preference, both Phuket and Khao Lak are world-class locations to base yourself if you’re keen to explore further abroad (Phi Phi islands, anyone?). Once you’ve picked a city, it’s time to choose your accommodation. We’ve rounded up four of our favourites.  

 Top Phuket Resorts

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa Merlin Beach

One of our favourite stays, the 5-Star Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa Merlin Beach is conveniently located right on Tri-Trang Beach. It’s also only a short walk from the must-do tourist stop Phuket Old Town and the entertainment capital of Phuket, Patong Beach. After exploring the bars, restaurants and clubs, it’s time to put your feet up!

 Angsana Laguna Phuket

Positioned beachfront on 60 acres of parkland is the Angsana Laguna Phuket. This huge resort is awarded 5-stars for a reason. There are a range of rooms to choose from, countless restaurants and all of the facilities you could hope for.

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach

 Top Khao Lak Resorts

The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani

If you’re looking for a quiet Thailand escape - The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani is the resort for you. The Sands resort is set right on the sands of Nang Thong Beach. Choose between the Lagoon wing, Aqua Wing or Seaside Wing of the hotel depending on the type of holiday you are looking for.

 Le Meridien Khao Lak Resort and Spa

Search for luxury resorts in Khao Lak, and you will find Le Meridien Khao Lak Resort and Spa. The resort is situated on 5km of white sandy beach and is only a 15-minute drive to the centre of Khao Lak. Ideal for those looking for a luxurious escape, with all of the facilities, away from the town centre.

The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani

 Make the Right Decision

We assure you will not be disappointed in your Thailand holiday. However, our holiday specialists are here to help to make sure you find the right holiday destination for you. Callt Hoot Holidays today to speak to a travel specialist.

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