5 Days 4 Nights Phuket Itinerary and Budget | A Practical Guide for Spontaneous Backpackers

Phuket was something I never dreamed of to travel to. Who would have thought we could travel to Phuket with 5 days itinerary on a limited budget?

Phuket Itinerary 5 days 4 nights

After spending a few weeks in Bangkok in our hostel, the Thai girl named Peach told us about Phuket. She told us about the dates that were cheap. So Marichen booked the tickets in the last few weeks of October 2018. The tickets cost less than PHP 3,000 round trip.

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How to Get to Phuket?

You can fly to Phuket from Bangkok. Also, you can fly from Phuket to Manila. A bus ride from Bangkok to Phuket will also do but I never tried it.

Phuket Airport to Phuket City | Patong | Karon | Kata

From Phuket airport, the affordable way to go to Patong and other areas is riding a mini-van for 200 Baht. You can also opt for a taxi if you want a faster ride. Have a negotiation with a taxi driver for at least 500 Baht. You can book a shared van transport, book here via Klook.

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Where to Stay in Phuket? | 5 Days 4 Nights Phuket Itinerary

There are four major areas where you can stay in Phuket. These are Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Beach, and Phuket Town.

We booked the cheapest accommodation in a hostel through Agoda for US$4 for 2 people, in a shared bed. It was in Patong area. It’s a shared room with other 5-6 people. We met some Filipinos in the studio apartment with their own stories.

During our stay in Patong area, we found out that Patong Beach doesn’t have the best beach as it was dirty. My friend and I never experienced swimming in Patong. Patong has several resorts, guesthouses, inns, bars, restaurants, and other establishments. It is filled with crazy nightlife and other water sports activities. We actually spent most of our days in Patong.

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Karon Beach is the area where it is not as crazy as Patong. There are resorts across the road but for sure, the beach area is also way better than Patong.

Kata Beach is quieter than Patong and Karon Beaches. There are some big resorts but several guesthouses.

Phuket Town is the economic center of the island where the accommodations are cheaper because it is far from the beach. You can stay here if you like the culture and heritage of Phuket.

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Here are some hostels where you can meet other travelers from other parts of the world:

phi phi and khai islands tour - phuket itinerary 5 days
Phi Phi and Khai Islands Tour

5 Days 4 Nights Phuket Itinerary and Budget

Day 1 Arrival in Patong Area

12:00 Getting ready from Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi International Airport

15:25 Depart from Bangkok

16:55 Arrival in Phuket

17:00 Took a mini-van worth 200 Baht from Phuket airport to Patong area, for hassle-free transportation, book it via Klook

19:00 Arrival to accommodation

20:00 Check some tours around and book for the next day for 800 Baht

20:30 Having dinner for at least 50 Baht

21:00 Rest, getting ready for tomorrow’s tour

Day 2 Phi Phi and Khai Islands Tour 

7:00 Breakfast

7:30 Phi Phi Islands tour the whole day, book via Klook

17:30 Back to hostel, time to freshen up

18:00 Nap

18:30 Dinner for at least 50 Baht

20:00 Sleep

Day 3 Phuket City Introduction Half Day Tour – Optional

7:00 Breakfast

8:00 Phuket City Tour, book it through Klook

12:00 Lunch

17:30 Back to hostel

18:00 Nap

18:30 Dinner

21:00 Patong Nightlife until 4 AM meeting our Thai friend, Peach

Day 4 James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay Tour

7:00 Breakfast

8:00 James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay Tour, book it via Klook

18:00 Back at hostel, time to freshen up

19:00 Dinner

20:00 Sleep

Day 5 Going to the Beach

8:00 Relax time, breakfast

9:00 Beach time choose going to Patong Beach or Kata Beach

15:00 Back to hostel

16:00 Dinner, Patong to Phuket airport by mini-van for 200 Baht

20:30 Departure from Phuket to Bangkok

22:00 Arrival in Bangkok, going to hostel

James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay Tour

My friend and I had different agenda during Day 3 and Day 5. On Day 3, my friend was sick so she had to sleep the whole day. So I met someone in Phuket and went to Karon Beach. In the evening, my friends and I met in the club for a nightlife.

On Day 5, this was the time my life has changed as a solo traveler. Instead of flying back to Bangkok, I stayed longer that ended up to 11 days. We haven’t spent much money on Day 3 and Day 5. Let’s say, I went on a date. ūüėČ

If you’ve read my other blog post, I actually stayed in Thailand for 3 months.

Expenses Each Person – 5 Days 4 Nights Phuket Itinerary

PHP 3,000 – round trip ticket from Bangkok to Phuket, paid via PHP debit card

150 Baht – Skytrain from Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi Airport

400 Baht – Van from Phuket airport to Patong accommodation and vice versa

USD 8 – $2 per night x 4 nights per person, paid via Agoda

600 Baht – food budget good for 5 days

800 Baht – Phi Phi tour with lunch, got discount through negotiation

1100 Baht – James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay Tour with lunch

30 Baht – Bus from DMK to Bangkok (choice of hostel)

Baht Total – Baht 3,080 x 1.60 = PHP 4,928

PHP Total – PHP 3,000

US$ – $8 x 52 = PHP 416

Overall Expenses in Philippine Peso = PHP 8,344 per person

Find out more how much it really cost in Phuket.

Activities to Enjoy in Phuket, Thailand with Klook


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