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Budget-friendly 4-day itinerary in Phuket

In this blog post, I’m gonna talk about the perfect budget-friendly 4-day itinerary in Phuket.

Phuket is one of the most popular southern Thailand cities with lots of budget-friendly things to do. From plenty of beaches to sunbathe in (which are free of course), there’s also the accessibility of exploring nearby islands in the Andaman sea. And no Phuket visit is complete without a stroll through the colorful Old Town.

But if you plan on visiting more cities in Thailand, and only have a few days in Phuket, you might want to do the best of the best. Based on conversations I had with locals, and my own experience, I recommend spending 3 to 4 days in Phuket. This will give you enough time to do the best budget-friendly things there and explore a bit outside the city.

NOTE: If possible, try booking a flight that arrives early in the morning in Phuket. That way you still have lots of time on Day 1 to see and explore. But, of course, keep in mind that jet lag is a very real thing, especially coming from the US which is on the other side of the world. So if you need to rest on Day 1 or maybe take it slow, do what feels right for your body.

4-day itinerary in Phuket

This 4-day itinerary is a suggestion based on the most popular (and my favorite) budget-friendly things to do in Phuket, Thailand. And most things can be done any day of the week unless specified otherwise.

With that being said, if you’re in Phuket on a Sunday, you HAVE to explore the Sunday night market in Phuket Old Town. It’s such a wholesome experience and you’re gonna find super budget-friendly food and shopping.

Day 1

🔹 Go to the beach on the west side of Phuket ( I few I recommend are Patong Beach, Karon Beach, and Kata Beach, but there are plenty more)

🔹 After the beach, take a taxi and walk around/have dinner in Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town
📍Phuket Old Town

Day 2

🔹 Take a boat tour to Phi Phi Islands – These tours offer pick up and drop off, buffet lunch, and a day full of fun island hopping adventure. Here you can visit the famous Maya Bay island where the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed.

Maya Bay beach
📍Maya Bay Beach

Day 3

🔹 In the morning, visit the Big Buddha temple

🔹 Then go zip lining in the jungle OR visit an elephant sanctuary

🔹 Hang out in the Patong Beach area

Big Buddha temple
📍Big Buddha Temple

Day 4

🔹 Take another boat tour to nearby islands – I also recommend going to James Bond Island and other nearby islands in the Andaman sea

James Bond Island
📍James Bond Island

Quick tips:

🧳 Pack lose and comfy clothes since Thailand has all-year-long tropical weather (meaning it’s always hot and humid)

👚 Bring long loose pants and shirts that cover your shoulders to enter the temples

💸 Take cash out at a local ATM (they don’t take credit/debit cards in many places)

🔌 Don’t forget to bring an international charger converter for your electronics

📲 Get a SIM card at the airport or at a 7-eleven to always have phone service and not depend on WiFi. Don’t forget to unlock your phone before you leave though.

For more ideas on budget-friendly things to do in Phuket, read this blog post.

Got any questions about this itinerary or need help planning your trip to Phuket, Thailand? Let me know in the comments below!

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August 25, 2022

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