Thailand is a relatively inexpensive country for a vacation. Even if you stay at a 4 star hotel in Phuket, you won’t spend a fortune. You do not need to spend a lot of money to enjoy the island; a few tours here and there with most of the time spent on the beautiful beaches and you will enjoy a very memorable holiday.
In order to get the most value from your dollars in Thailand, live like a local. Taking the local bus is cheaper than taking a taxi or tuktuk. Experience the best of Thai cuisine in the streets instead of standard restaurants. Try the local beer at bars and not the expensive alcoholic drinks. Avoid the less touristy destinations on the island and save more money.
You can book your accommodations through hotel websites. Some offer discounts for early booking. However, refrain yourself from booking Thai cooking classes, zip lining, scuba diving or jungle trekking. Wait until you arrive in Thailand; travel agencies are everywhere and will help you book for tours with discounted rates.
When it comes to booking tours and activities, the general rule is the more you buy, the higher will be the discounts. Sign up together with friends or family so that you will enjoy bigger discounts. If you fail to negotiate with the first travel agent, move elsewhere until you find someone who will offer a cheaper price.
Most tourists who have experienced Thailand will tell you that the tastiest food can be found on the streets. A bowl of noodles is ridiculously cheap. Western food venues are generally more expensive than their local counterparts. Expect their prices to be higher because they have to import most of the ingredients. If you are looking for food adventure, try street food that is cooked by the locals; it is more delicious and definitely cheaper.
From the windows of the 4 star hotel in Phuket, you will get an amazing view of Patong Beach and the Andaman Sea. The hotel is 10 minutes walk away to nightlife and shopping adventures. The spacious rooms have traditional Thai-inspired and contemporary designs with air conditioning, private balcony and 24-hour room service.