Kamala was once just a sleepy fishing beach and, despite getting caught up in the tourism boom of Phuket, it managed to retain its laid-back and calm vibes. There are no big high-rise hotels to ruin your view of the rolling hills and forests and many of the restaurants are right on the beach where you can enjoy your dinner with your feet in the sand. Better yet, because Kamala's still a little off the main tourist radar, it offers some of the best budget accommodation on the island and thrifty travellers can get some amazing deals if they choose the right place.
This no-frills hostel has a lot to offer to budget travelers: it has five perfectly clean dorm rooms, all with free WIFI, and a courtyard garden restaurant. The central location is a little further from the beach than some of the more pricey hotels but this puts you right in the action of downtown Kamala. There are two types of dorm rooms available: with fan and with AC, and all have a shared bathroom with hot showers.
Prices: USD $11 for a 6-bed dorm with fans, $14 for a 6-bed dorm with AC
Address: 74/43 Moo 3, Kamala Beach, Kamala, Phuket, Thailand 83150
Located in a quiet neighborhood on the northern side of the bay, Nicha Residence is ideal for budget travelers who are looking for a little more privacy but want access to the town's nightlife and attractions like the Fantasea show. Try and get a room on the 2nd floor with a balcony so you can enjoy watching the sun set across the hills to the west. Amenities include outdoor pool and poolside bar, laundry service, WIFI, and shuttle service.
Prices: US $25-35 for a superior room with a double bed, cable TV, and private bathroom. Seasonal discounts may apply so be sure to ask.
Address: 6/121 Moo 6 Soi Kamala 16, Kathu, Kamala, Phuket, Thailand 83150
The first thing you'll notice about this highly-rated guesthouse isn't its funky name but rather the beautiful traditional wood architecture. There are three styles of rooms available, including a large 2-bed Family Deluxe with a view of the garden. All rooms have WIFI and AC. The hotel also offers airport shuttle service, luggage storage, car rental, and laundry service.
The Beau and Blonde is located in the center of town and a 5 minute walk from the beach and Tsunami Monument.
Prices: US $30 for a double room, $35 for a deluxe room with garden views, and $45 for the family deluxe.
Address: 84/3 Moo 3,Rim-had road, Kamala Beach, Kathu District, Kamala, Phuket, Thailand 83150
This slightly more pricey option is well worth the extra expense for its beautiful natural garden environment and rustic bungalows. It's located in a quiet neighbourhood on the north side of town and is a very short 3 minute walk from the beach. Amenities include an outdoor pool, motorbike hire, and laundry service.
Prices: US $37 for a standard bungalow, $45 for a 2-bed family bungalow, and $56 for a deluxe bungalow with a double bed and garden views.
Address: 97/58 Moo 3 T.Kamala, Kathu Dustrict, Kamala, Phuket, Thailand 83120