October 19, 2011

When you enroll in a TEFL teacher training program at TEFLPlus you can opt to go with our premium package which includes airport pickup, daily shuttle to and from our school and accommodation, or find accommodation and transportation on your own. The premium package is a great choice for those who don’t want to worry about anything during the course, but what choices do you have if you choose otherwise?

There are three main types of long-term accommodation in Phuket: hotels, guest houses (sometimes called “mansions”) and renting your own house or apartment. Hotels offer the most amenities at a higher cost. Apartments can be very basic, but are the least expensive option.

Hotels in Patong range from about 700 baht per night in the low season up to 40,000+ baht per night for your own beach side pool villa. Most average about 800-1500 baht per night and you can find some great long-term discounts with a little walking. All hotel rooms in Patong have private bathrooms, with air conditioning, cable TV, and daily cleaning service.

Small, owner-managed hotels, called guest houses or mansions are everywhere in Patong. Guest houses are a popular choice for those taking our TEFL course in Phuket because of their lower per-day cost. Most rooms have all of the luxuries of a full-blown hotel, but money is saved in decorating costs and usually there’s only one receptionist on duty. You’ll have to carry your own bags up to your room, and there’s no restaurant to call if you want room service. Prices range from about 400 baht in the low season to about 1,200 baht in the high season. Monthly rates can be negotiated as well.

One of the least expensive housing options in Patong is to find your own apartment, or less common, your own home. You’ll find the highest concentration of affordable apartments on Nanai Road. Some are very centrally located next to Banzaan market, Jungceylon shopping mall and Bangla Road. Most are basic rooms with or without air conditioning, private bathroom and a bed. Some have TVs and you’ll often be able to connect to a shared wi-fi Internet connection. Many apartments range from about 8,000 – 12,000 baht per month. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find any listings on the Internet. The best way to find an apartment is to drive or walk around and call the numbers listed on each building. Owners or property managers are quick to reply and are available to show their apartments in a minute’s notice.

There are also a few hostels offering shared dormitory rooms rooms for dirt-cheap prices, but you’ll need to bring your own sheets and you can get your own private apartment for about the same price.

A good place to get started is to have a look at our accommodation page which lists some of the hotels and guest houses our TEFL trainees have recommended in the past.


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