Some holiday budgets are big and some are small. Want to get the most out of your holiday budget? Travel to Phuket, Thailand in Southeast Asia and you get to enjoy a wonderful island stay without it breaking your bank. Book yourself a villa with beautiful swimming pool that matches your budget (yes, there are plenty of villas suitable for travellers on all budgets) and see what this beautiful island in the South of Thailand has to offer. Here are 5 tips to enjoy Phuket on a budget:
- Learn to bargain
If you tweak up your bargaining skills, you’ll be saving a whole lot of money during your holiday. Transport and souvenir shopping are the things where bargaining is needed. The better you master this local skills, the more you save! Generally speaking, the actual price is usually 25% to 50% cheaper than the first quoted price so you can play around.
- Eat local food
Eating the best food at the lowest prices seems impossible but in Thailand, you can. The best and most authentic Thai food is usually not found in restaurants, but at street stalls and local night markets. For USD $1 you can munch on a delicious plate of Pad Thai noodles, and for USD $2 you can score a tasty and spicy traditional green or red curry with rice. There are much more authentic Thai dishes that you must try. The best place to taste a little bit of everything are the night markets and weekend markets.
- Go snorkelling
Spend more time exploring the underwater world with your snorkelling gear. It’s easy, free and fantastic! Phuket is one paradise-like island, and beneath the surface, it only expands. Beautiful coral gardens, colourful fish and strange sea creatures, you can spend hours exploring the underwater world. The sea around Phuket Island is mostly calm, and the water is warm and clear. If you are planning to be out in the water for snorkelling, be sure to wear a T-shirt to prevent your back from getting sunburnt.
- See waterfalls, temples and relax on the beach
Some things come for free, and on the island of Phuket, these things are plentiful. First of all, there are the beaches – endless beaches with soft white sands, swaying palm trees and emerald, azure waters. What more could you possibly need than a beach towel or sarong, your bathers, sunglasses, suncream and a coconut? This is what you came for, right? Apart from the beach, there are dramatic waterfalls to discover, sacred temples to visit and amazing viewpoints to see. You don’t need money to see these natural and cultural attractions of Phuket Island. Head out for the entire day in Phuket, soak up the tropical ambience and the rich Thailand culture.
- Ride a motorbike
If you want to get around fast and cheap, renting a motorbike is a good idea. With a motorbike and the wind in your back, you are free to go anywhere. You can go around the island to discover isolated beaches, more waterfalls and temples. So if you dare to ride a motorbike, do it – you won’t get enough of it!
Written by Stephanie from Villa-Finder.com