Where to go to Thailand - a comparison of Phuket and Chiang Mai

Basically, we compared Phuket to the northern part of Thailand (Chiang Mai), where we lived and traveled for 3 months. Phuket is our first island, and second place next to the sea. First - was Pattayain which we stayed only a couple of days, and thank God.

In Phuket, the first few days we spent in a guesthouse in Phuket Town, then took off house near Rawai beach, that is, stayed in the city itself, and in the beacharea. Of course, in order to get a complete picture, you also had to go to Patong beach, to the center of the resort and tusovoy life, but we did without it, did not pull into the crowd at all.

By the way, we have personally composed hotel review. In general, the choice of housing in Phuket presented on any budget, it remains only to open RoomGuru and choose what you like.

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Phuket Island

Phuket Island

Nai Harn Beach in Phuket

Nai Harn Beach in Phuket

View from the window to Chiang Mai

View from the window to Chiang Mai

Streets of Chiang Mai

Streets of Chiang Mai

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Everyone says that Phuket is expensive compared tonorth and true. But Phuket Town is less affected. That is, the food and housing here have risen in price, but not enough to cause significant inconvenience.

How much do we spend on living in Thailand in Chiang Mai
How much do we spend on living in Phuket in Thailand

Food

In Chiang Mai in a Thai cafe a plate of fried rice(fried rice with vegetables) costs 20-30 baht, less often 40 baht. Here everything is just starting from 40 baht. At the same time, it is Thai cafes that are unpretentious and with plastic tables, there is much less, and more often there is something more civilized, with prices of 60-80 baht per plate.

On the beaches, prices are even higher, especially if the cafe is located on the beach. Fried rice cost 60 baht on Rawai’s non-bathing beach, it’s probably golden at Patong.

Thai fried rice with vegetables

Thai fried rice with vegetables

The shops

Minimarkets 7/11 have the same prices as in the north, but the food in them is also mini.

Conveniently, Phuket is a small island, especially forthose who ride a bike. A 10-minute availability from us was a big Tesco, and next to Phuket Town (20 minutes from Rawai) is Big C, Festival and another Tesco. So, everything is all right with the shops here, as well as in Chiang Mai, to the Tops Market.

Prices in Phuket markets are higher than the Chiang Mai times1.5. On single stalls, fruits are more expensive than they are closer to the beach. Mango was bought for 30-50 baht / kg, on the beach 80-100 baht / kg (April). In Chiang Mai, the mango cost between 30-50 baht / kg (winter). Prices vary by season.

Household trifles

Coin laundry - coin-operated laundrywashing, which rushes straight into the washing machine, on Phuket are practically absent. That is, instead of 30 baht for washing the entire washing machine, now you need to give 30-50 baht per 1 kg. True, this price also includes drying and ironing, but we do not need it. And considering how much Thais pour powder, so that it remains then on clothes, and even more so. Coin Laundry were seen by us only in Phuket Town and then a couple of times, we did not find on Rawai.

Coin laundry

Coin laundry

If you are used to using water machines,here they are not too thick either, that in the city, that on the beaches. You can find it, but they are rare. As an option to buy large white 10 liter bottles, 12 baht apiece.

Water Dispensers in Thailand

Water Dispensers in Thailand

Housing

Housing prices also rose compared with the north. A simple apartment costs 5,000-6,000 baht, instead of 3,000-4,000 baht. The richer apartment prices are approaching 8,000-1,000,000 baht. For Chiang Mai for this money there will be already a two-room apartment with a kitchen. (tips on renting an apartment in Thailand)

Guesthouse situation is even worse, at leastin Phuket Town. We lived at Thalang Guesthouse for 400 baht. The room was, to put it mildly, so-so, old and with bedbugs. One plus is the city center and 10 minutes from the bus station. In the neighboring guest houses there were rooms for 1000 baht, but we decided to be patient. We also went to On On the guest house, where the prices are quite to themselves, as in the north (250bat), but inside it is difficult to convey in words - a den as in American films about gangsters.

Most often in Phuket is rented at home, becausethe apartments are mostly only in the city (Phuket Town), and there are not so many of them. The prices of the houses are 8,000-15,000 baht and it all depends very much on the season and length of stay. A one-bedroom house for an average of about 9,000 baht when renting for 1-2 months. (tips on renting a house in Phuket)

The remaining pros and cons

First of all, go to Phuket from overseas. Therefore, those to whom it is very important can calmly put up with some appreciation. But for the holidays, like Loy Krathong or thai new year songkraneveryone goes the opposite way to Chiang Mai because it is the cultural capital of Thailand.

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

Songkran - Thai New Year

Songkran - Thai New Year

Also in the north of Thailand are mountains, andtemperature is lower, especially at night. Therefore, lovers of mountain beauty, as well as poorly tolerant of heat, it makes sense to think about the north. True, summer is also well tolerated by the sea.

View from Doi Suthep Mountain to Chiang Mai

View from Doi Suthep Mountain to Chiang Mai

Pai Valley - North of Thailand

Pai Valley - North of Thailand

The most important difference that neverfinally formed into words, is that Phuket has a completely different atmosphere than in the north of Thailand. And personally, I like the north more, despite the fact that there is no sea-ocean.

This atmosphere is manifested mainly in the fact thatPeople in Phuket are completely different, that local, that visitors. Somehow more and more resort and less in Thai, everything is put on stream and money is made here. Although someone does not notice this at all. So, my opinion is subjective and best to answer the question of where to go to Thailand.

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