Some holiday budgets are big, and some are small. Want to get the most out of your holiday budget? Travel to Thailand’s Phuket in Southeast Asia, and you get to enjoy a wonderful island stay without it breaking your wallet. Book yourself a Phuket villa 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 on your holiday budget. Transport and souvenir shopping are the things where bargaining is most needed. The better you master this local skills, the better! Generally speaking, the actual price is 25% to 50% cheaper than the first asking price so you can play around.
- Eat local food
Eating the best food at the lowest prices seems impossible but in Thailand, you really can. The best, most authentic Thai food is not found in restaurants but at street stalls and on local, lively night markets. For USD 1 you can munch on a plate of Pad Thai noodles and for USD 2 you can score a good and spicy traditional green or red curry with rice. But there are many 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 snorkeling
Spend more time exploring the underwater world with your snorkelling gear. It’s easy, free and wonderful! 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 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, and you’ll be out whole days under the Thai sun, soaking up the tropical ambience and the rich Thai culture.
- Drive 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 completely free to go anywhere. You can circle the island to discover desolate beaches, more waterfalls and temples. If you dare to drive, do it – you won’t get enough of it!
Written by Stephanie from Villa-Finder.com.