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Where To Stay in Thailand

12/14/2018 Whitney Watt 0 Comments


I'm still reminiscing on my trip to Thailand, and have so much more to share with you. My goal is to help anyone who is planning on visiting Thailand or maybe never even thought of visiting. Thailand is a beautiful country, and although I only saw part of it, I want to share the places I stayed while visiting Phuket and Phi Phi Island!


While there I split my trip into 3 portions - Karon Beach, Phi Phi Island, and Patong Beach. With my group, we stayed at 2 resorts and an Airbnb. Below is more info on each location:

Karon Beach: Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa


After arriving in Phuket and a short stay at an overnight airport hotel (that was around $20 and very clean with everything we needed), we made our way to the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. We had the Hilton shuttle pick us up from the airport and took about a 45 minute ride through Phuket to the beach town of Karon. Upon entering the resort grounds, we instantly noticed how clean and large the resort was. The grounds were beautiful and spread out between several buildings and multiple pools.


We were greeted by a welcoming and informative staff and given water and a cold towel for our shuttle ride. Once being greeting in the main lobby to check in, we were given some delicious lychee juice.


Hilton was nice enough to hook us up with a free buffet dinner and brought a bottle of wine and snacks to my room.


Our rooms were amazing! Beautiful and spacious, with a sea view. I had a corner room on the top floor with a view of the beach and the Big Buddha statue. The bed was comfy and the room was clean with a beautiful bathroom. I expect nothing less than the best from Hilton, which is why they are always my top choice when choosing a hotel. Loved our stay here and wish we stayed longer! You can get a king bed room for under $150 a night. Add the breakfast buffet to your package - it is worth it!

Room Tour



The Food

Dinner the first night was their Asian bbq night buffet. We had our choice of bbq chicken, pork, beef, squid, fruits, pork belly, hoisin chicken, sweet n sour pork, fried rice, steamed rice, pork wontons, spicy green beans and more. It was delicious!



For breakfast during our 2 day stay there, we had the buffet downstairs at Sails restaurant. Breakfast options included cooked to order eggs, various fruits, bbq chicken steamed buns (amazing), chicken noodle soup with egg noodle, breakfast potatoes, fried chicken, and the freshest juices every morning. I loved it and the fact that they had something different every day.

The Pool and Beach


No trip is complete without a trip to the beach and pools. We enjoyed their larger pool closest to the beach that featured a DJ around sunset with chill vibes. The beach was a short walk across the street with nice calm water and great views. You can purchase various water activities if interested, right on the beach.

Overall our stay at the Hilton was amazing and we didn't want to leave! It was definitely our favorite place that we stayed and would come back and stay longer! Special thanks to the staff for the free treats and for being extra accommodating and helpful when we had to reschedule a planned activity. You made our stay even better!

Phi Phi Island: PP Princess Resort


Phi Phi island is amazing. Definitely a busy island full of shops, bars, food and fun. It is known as a party island, with music going every night into the morning. We managed to find an affordable room at the PP Princess Resort, right near the beach and in the center of the island.

We booked with a great deal using Agoda. You can get a Deluxe 2 bed room for under $150 a night, and that includes free breakfast every morning.


It can be costly staying on the island - many people just take day trips to Phi Phi and return to other parts of Thailand, but if you want to experience Phi Phi a little longer, find a hotel to stay in for a night or two (that should be all you need). Be careful to read reviews and pay attention to notes that others leave. Some are cleaner than others and some may try to scam you into paying for missing or mysteriously appearing dirty items. We only ran into one small bump with that at PP Princess, but were able to fix the situation. The room was clean and the AC works. One note for this location is that it is very close to the clubs/bars on the beach, so you will hear the music every night depending on your room location. It didn't bother us much, but it's something to be aware of. The pool is lovely - we spent a lot of time here.

The Food


The breakfast buffet at the hotel came free with our reservation and is great, offering different items each day. Definitely get up early for this. Luckily, even if you miss breakfast, you can find tons of cheap food nearby.

Patong


For our final few days, and to celebrate the Songkran Festival, we chose an Airbnb near all the action. It was in a nice apartment building a few blocks from Bangla Road, the main strip where everyone goes that is known for bars, food and Ping Pong shows (google that if you want, haha).


Our host was great and met us at the entrance and showed us around the unit we were staying in. We had plenty of space with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, and had a great view of the pool. Our stay was comfortable and perfect location. You can stay at this Patong apartment for about $75 a night.

The Food


Plenty of options in the city of Patong. The famous Bangla Road was right down the street from us!

Overall I loved Thailand and will remember the experience forever. If visiting for at least a week, I suggest getting a taste of these 3 towns and experiencing a mix of hotels and Airbnbs to fit your needs. Prices are very affordable there, so you can have more money for fun experiences and shopping!

Special note: Thank you to Tianna for taking the amazing pics of me! We had several photo shoots while there, and in such a beautiful location, I'm sure you will too! :)

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