Phuket is the largest Thai island; world-renowned for its crystalline waters, epic party scene, phenomenal archipelago seascapes and stunning beaches.

There’s a huge variety of places to stay in Phuket, but private holiday rentals are the best option by far. Look no farther than our Phuket Airbnb guide for property recommendations!

I’ve rallied together the best Airbnbs I found while searching for villas on the island for a week-long Chang-cation back in October. I’ve included tips I learned while searching accommodation on the island plus some lessons from getting ripped off by our host – it happened to me so that it wouldn’t happen to you.

Ready to find your dreamy Phuket Airbnb in paradise (and not get scammed)? Here’s the list…

Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Phuket

Immaculate Room Near Patong Beach

Immaculate Room Near Patong Beach

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Pool & Gym Access
Happy Homestay in Rawai Phuket

Happy Homestay in Rawai

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Washing Machine
  • > Access to small kitchen & living room
Premiere Oceanfront Suite Phuket

Premiere Oceanfront Suite

  • > $$$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Jacuzzi Bathtub
  • > Surrounded by Tropical Garden
Comfortable Apt in Quiet Area Phuket

Comfortable Apt in Quiet Area

  • > $$$
  • > 5 Guests
  • > Crib & High Chair
  • > Pool & Gym Access
Contemporary Cliffside Villa Phuket

Contemporary Cliffside Villa

  • > $$$$
  • > 20 Guests
  • > Personal Chef Included
  • > Saltwater Infinity Pool

If you’re looking for other types of accommodation, then check out our epic Where to Stay in Phuket Guide for a full breakdown!

What to Expect from Airbnbs in Phuket

Let’s get this out of the way: there’s a “ban” on daily rentals in Thailand. Is it enforced? No. Can a guest get in trouble with the law? Nope. You can read more on that here.

So is there an Airbnb scene in Phuket? You bet there is! Plus, because so many of these properties are owned and operated by locals, you’ll get a unique flavor in these Phuket accommodations you won’t find anywhere else.

Here are the types of Airbnbs you can expect in Phuket.

Private Villas – Party Central

A 2019 study found that Phuket has the most visiting tourists per year per square mile (a weird metric, granted). The island gets crowded in parts so villa rentals are the stand-out way to carve out some extra space for yourself. Plus, who doesn’t love a glistening pool? That incredible entertainment center! Mood lighting on a dimmer switch!

But hold on a sec! Yes, your villa will be the dream you expect, but do some fine-print reading to make sure you’re not getting ripped off…. like we were. We booked a beautiful place in the west-central part of the island in October of 2019 and really lived it up for 5 days. No, we didn’t pick the cheapest place but we had it budgeted just right so we could splurge on Singha (sorry Chang-lovers) and still get a private villa with 2 massive bedrooms and a pool.

This property is not on this list because at the end of our stay they slapped us over the head with a 4.500 baht electricity bill! That’s like 150 USD – on top of the cleaning fee and other fees that were listed on Airbnb. Another friend reported the same happening in Phuket.

If you’re new to Airbnb, know this isn’t the norm. This is a Phuket-specific (illegal) scam but you can cover yourself by reading the entire listing on Airbnb to see if there are any special charges.

But to end the story on a good note. My friends and I agree it was the right choice to rent a villa anyway, and are going to do the same again this year!

Mangroves on Phuket Island
Here’s your daily dose of tropical beach vibes.

Homestays – Local Knowledge, Experience and (sometimes) Prices

Homestays are what most Americans think of when Airbnb comes to mind – at least, it was near the beginning. When I first used the app, I would get the cheapest accommodation possible, which inevitably meant staying in another person’s spare room or, if lucky, an efficiency attached to their house.

Now, homestays are still usually the cheapest option on Airbnb, but that’s not the only reason to stay in a local’s house. You’ll learn loads more about the area from the locals who live there and can get insider tips to the island that’ll probably save you more money too – remember tourist menus are a thing.

There’s a takeaway with homestays though. You’ve gotta respect the host. We wouldn’t have had our Singha parties in a local Thai home. If you’re going to do your partying away from your Airbnb or are just going to have a chill vacay, homestays are still a pretty good option for you.

Apartments – Yes, they’re in Phuket too!

Apartments are something of the “default option” for Airbnbs – a step up from a room in a shared house but a step down from a private villa. And yes, even the resort-slash-party island of Phuket has a lot of pretty standard apartment options.

If you’re staying in Phuket mid- to long-term, an apartment near Patong is your best bet. It’s where the expats live and it has all the necessary amenities plus the best party scene.

Phuket swing and ocean view
Ain’t Phuket the prettiest?

Why Stay in an Airbnb?

  • Local Experience: Having a local as a host means you can find out all the best places to visit and things to do that are off the beaten tourist track. That doesn’t just go for Phuket, but for all travel destinations in the Thailand.
  • Unique Properties: A vacation is a break from the norm, so why not stay in a property that reflects that? Airbnb is where to find the coolest and most unusual places to stay!
  • Affordability: You can spend less than $100 a night on an Airbnb and get all the facilities you’d expect in a five-star hotel and more. Airbnb makes it easier to spend your holiday money wisely!
  • Safety: It might seem a little weird staying in someone’s house; however, both hosts and guests are vetted by Airbnb reviews to ensure the safety of both. Thailand is overall safe, and the Airbnb booking security just adds a little extra to it.
  • Airbnb Experiences: Choosing Airbnb isn’t just about where to stay – it’s about enjoying the area like a local with curated tours, too!
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The 15 Top Airbnbs in Phuket

Overall Best Value Airbnb in Phuket | Immaculate Room Near Patong Beach

Yep, we could totally spend a day in this pool.
  • $$
  • Pool & Gym Access
  • 2 Guests

Just a quick couple minutes walk to Patong Beach, this Phuket Airbnb brings you incredible value for your money. Enjoy air-conditioning, WiFi, and a beautiful one bedroom and bathroom short term rental. It’s at the end of the main road, which affords guests some well-earned peace and quiet, while not being too far away from the action.

The apartment complex has two swimming pools and a fitness center that guests are welcome to use. For the location, the lovely and spacious room, the incredibly modern bathroom complete with a bathtub, and a nicely equipped kitchen, this Phuket Airbnb gives you a lot of bang for your buck!

Best Budget Airbnb in Phuket | Spectacular Airbnb w/ Beautiful Views

Spectacular Airbnb w Beautiful Views Phuket
Check out the full listing to see this Airbnb’s beautiful views!
  • $
  • Swimming Pool Access
  • 2 Guests
  • Great Views & Natural Surroundings

It’s mind blowing what you can find at budget prices on the Phuket Airbnb scene. This beyond budget one bedroom and bathroom Phuket apartment is incredible for those looking to tighten the purse strings a little. There’s free parking, WiFi, and free coffee and cookies at this short term rental! Also, there is a beautiful swimming pool to relax by with a good book.

We love that this apartment building is nestled in nature, which gives beautiful views from all the rooms. It’s just a quick walk to Nai Harn Beach, too. In fact, it’s a little bit farther out of Central Rawai Beach, which is likely why the price is nearly half the price than other accommodations around Rawai Beach.

Budget Tip: Dorms in Phuket start from $7USD per bed. They’re the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!

Perfect Short-Term Rental for Digital Nomads | Stylish Apt w/ Amazing Amenities

Stylish Apt w Amazing Amenities Phuket
Not a bad place to take a break from your work day!
  • $
  • Panoramic Sundeck & Pool
  • 2 Guests
  • Balcony & Bathtub

This one bedroom and one bathroom Phuket apartment is the perfect Phuket Airbnb for the digital nomads out there! With high speed WiFi and a workspace, you’ll be working in comfort and style.

There is also a king sized bed, modern bathroom with a bathtub, and a fully-equipped kitchen with high-quality appliances. The views from the balcony are perfect for taking a nice break from work.

This beautiful apartment is the best Airbnb in Phuket for you to get good work done at a short term rental (and check out Phuket on your downtime!)

Perfect Airbnb for Solo Travellers | Sunny & Spacious Apartment

Sunny and Spacious Apartment Phuket
Check out that pool!
  • $$
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • 2 Guests
  • Rooftop Swimming Pool & Gym

Calling all solo travellers out there! You don’t have to cram into a bunk-bed hostel room or stay in a sketchy hotel. This sparkling clean, well-equipped short term rental in Phuket is close to Patong Beach.

With a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room area, and huge bedroom with a nice couch, you’re sure to be as happy as a clam. The balcony is also spacious with a nice reclining sunbathing chair on it making this short term rental a dream for solo travellers.

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Best Airbnb in Phuket for Nightlife | Elegant & Modern Condo

What better place to start your night than here?
  • $$
  • Access to Pool & Gym
  • 2 Guests
  • 24-hour security on site

Patong Beach is definitely where the party is at! While the party scene is definitely happening on nearly all the Phuket beaches, the party never stops at Patong! From the lively Kangaroo Bar, to the great cocktails at Heroes Bar, to the incredible live music at Monsoon Bar, you’re sure to find your favorite local watering hole here in Patong.

This Phuket Airbnb is extra-walkable in the heart of all the nightlife action. You’ll be just a ten-minute walk to bar street and a five-minute walk to the beach! You can’t beat this location.

We love the infinity rooftop saltwater pool, free parking, stocked kitchen and the state-of-the-art fitness center.

Best Short Term Rental for Couples | Premiere Oceanfront Suite

Premiere Oceanfront Suite Phuket
All this and steps to the ocean? We’re in!
  • $$$
  • Jacuzzi Bathtub
  • 2 Guests
  • Surrounded by Tropical Garden

This premier oceanfront suite is a spectacular two-bedroom and two bathroom Phuket apartment located close to Rawai Beach. It is situated at the center of the Rawai Beach Seafront and faces the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. This Phuket Airbnb rental is for the top floor of a small four-story building (with an elevator!). It’s surrounded by a tropical garden which gives a romantic, private vibe.

Enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony, or a cup of tea as the sunrises over the water. Of course, as one of the best Airbnbs in Phuket, there is air-conditioning, WiFi, a gourmet kitchen, and a Jacuzzi bathtub!

Best Homestay in Phuket | M house @ Phuket (Rooftop)

The free laundry on-premise really sets this homestay apart!
  • $
  • Washing Machine
  • 2 Guests
  • Access to small kitchen & living room

This Phuket homestay is for a comfortable private room and bathroom in a local Thai house. The room and bathroom are up to Western standards, with a gloriously fluffy queen size bed, A/C and WiFi, plus a washing machine on-site.

From the doorstep, Rawai Beach is just a 10-minute walk away. Additionally, there is a 7-11 and Tesco just around the corner from this Phuket homestay.

Runner-Up Homestay in Phuket | Bright Tangerine Room in Patong

Bright Tangerine Room in Patong Phuket
Orange you glad you found this homestay?
  • $
  • Air-Conditioning & Mini-Fridge
  • 2 Guests
  • Balcony with beautiful views

This Patong Beach Airbnb is for a private bedroom and  bathroom in a townhouse. The room is bright, spacious and is filled with warm tangerine vibes. There is a small balcony where you can look at the verdant greenery and the mountainside.

The room also comes with a comfy couch, mini-fridge, TV, table and chairs, as well as a strong air-conditioning unit makes this Phuket Airbnb a great find.

Amazing Luxury Airbnb in Phuket | Oceanfront Cliffside Villa

Oceanfront Cliffside Villa Phuket
Admit it, you want an Instagram in this pool.
  • $$$$
  • Yoga Room & Infinity Pool
  • 8 Guests
  • Personal Chef Included

This four-bedroom, four-bathroom villa is drool-worthy. It is situated on Millionaire’s Mile near Kambala Beach, just a quick drive away from Patong beach. The layout of this villa is incredible, with a games room, a glass-walled yoga pavilion, library, and floating fire pits in a stunning infinity pool.

Relax at the water’s edge and gaze out at the sea below. There are also lounge chairs by the pool if you want to relax and nap in the Thai sunshine. Truly, this Phuket Airbnb is straight out of a magazine. This is the best Airbnb in Phuket if you’re willing to splurge!

Over-the-Top Luxury Airbnb | Contemporary Cliffside Villa

Contemporary Cliffside Villa Phuket
All this and a personal chef? Doesn’t get fancier.
  • $$$$
  • Personal Chef Included
  • 20 Guests
  • Saltwater Infinity Pool

This contemporary cliffside villa sits on the cliffs near Kamala Beach and offers unparalleled seaside views. There are nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms which makes hosting a huge party of twenty possible. This luxury villa surely is where Hollywood starlets vacation in Phuket!

There is a saltwater infinity pool, a pool room, and a retreat area under the canopy with a terrace and couches. Plus, a personal chef is included in this rental, so you can focus on nothing but relaxing and enjoying the view.

Airport transfer and daily housekeeping are also included. Hands down, this is the best Airbnb in Phuket if you are hosting a huge group and looking to break open the pocketbook to live in luxury while in Phuket!

Best Airbnb in Phuket for Families | Comfortable Apt in Quiet Area

Comfortable Apt in Quiet Area Phuket
This colorful apartment comes fully equipped for your kiddos.
  • $$$
  • Crib & High Chair
  • 5 Guests
  • Pool & Gym Access

Situated in a nice, quiet neighborhood and just a two-minute drive from Nai Yang Beach, night markets and a few minutes to Sirinat National Park, your family will love staying at this Phuket short term rental. There are plenty of jungle and forest attractions within a ten to twenty-minute drive.

This Phuket Airbnb comes with a crib and high chair, and there are also three beds which makes sleeping five people possible, especially if you have a young one in the crib! Guests are welcome to use the whole apartment as well as the pool and the gym. There is a 24/7 security guard on staff, too!

Best Airbnb in Phuket for a Group of Friends | Luxury Penthouse w/ Dream View

A group trip to Phuket deserves a view like this!
  • $$$
  • Multi-floor terrace
  • 8 Guests
  • Private Pool

This four-bedroom luxury penthouse apartment is yours for the taking! Located at Patong Beach, this enormous four-floor penthouse is the perfect place to stay with a group of friends – especially because housekeeping will show up to keep things spic and span every other day.

Throw your own private pool party (or recuperate from the night before!) on the stunning, multi-floor terrace, indoor lounge areas, and game room. Don’t forget to take in the incredible view!

Best Airbnb in Patong | Pristine Mountain View Apt

A pool big enough for you, and all your new travel buddies!
  • $$$
  • Access to Two Pools & Gym & Sauna
  • 2 Guests
  • Gorgeous Mountain Views

This Phuket apartment is located in Patong. It’s a brand new studio apartment that is in a modern high rise building that looks like it could be a part of the Hong Kong skyline! This Phuket Airbnb sits on the seventh floor of the building and gives guests mountain views from the balcony and access to two huge pools in the complex.

This property also features a fully-stocked kitchen, fitness centre, sauna, and 24h security guard. Situated just a five-minute walk to Patong Beach and a ten-minute walk to the Jungceylon Mall, you are sure to love this location.

Another Great Apartment in Patong | Modern Condo w/ Rooftop Pool

Modern Condo w Rooftop Pool Phuket
10/10 view!
  • $$
  • Rooftop Swimming Pool
  • 3 Guests
  • Sparkling Clean Glass Shower

You’ll have the entire apartment to yourself in this Airbnb, including a stunning bathroom with a tall glass shower. Of course, there is also air-conditioning, a fitness centre and a rooftop pool.

Speaking of, the pool offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains and ocean.

Top Value Airbnb in Rawai | Spacious Apt Near Beach

The perfect place to rest up for a busy day in Phuket!
  • $
  • Access to pool, gym & sauna
  • 3 Guests
  • Beautiful Terrace

Very near to Rawai Beach, this one bedroom and one bathroom Phuket apartment is a total steal! With access to the apartment complex’s three swimming pools, two saunas, and the fitness center the amenities are to die for.

There also is a wide, open terrace that has a little table and chairs and overlooks the greenery and gardens below. With a fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioning, and WiFi, you’re sure to be sitting pretty in this Phuket Airbnb.

What to Pack for your Phuket Airbnb

Pack these things for a nicer stay in your Airbnb.

Active Roots Water Bottle

1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Most Airbnbs provide potable (drinkable) water. Have a bottle to fill up so you can take that water on your rambles instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. The Active Roots Water Bottle is great for travellers who are aware of plastic pollution and want to reduce their single-use plastic consumption – no need to buy drinks from the supermarket anymore. The stainless-steel material will keep your drinks cold or hot for up to 24 hours. Stay hydrated throughout your entire holiday with this cool bottle!

Bluetooth Speaker

2. Bluetooth Speaker: Music always brightens up the mood, which is why a Bluetooth speaker has to be one of the essentials in your suitcase or backpack. Whether you’re at the beach, alone at your Airbnb or with friends, having something playing in the background makes the whole experience more comfortable. This waterproof speaker is perfect for any kind of holiday, with a battery that can last up to 15 hours and a sound quality that is more than amazing.

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3. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: To prevent the loss of your toothpaste in the depths of your bag, you should get a hold of the Active Roots Toiletry Bag. With large compartments, see-through and enclosed sections, you can have all of your stuff in the right spot, easy to find and accessible at all times.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

4. Carbon Monoxide Detector: If you’re from the U.S. or the E.U., you probably have a CM detector in your home. A lot of accommodations elsewhere don’t have any protection installed, since there are no fixed regulations for CM monitors. Pack one of these guys for some extra peace of mind.

Universal Adapter

5. Universal Travel Adapter: If you’re headed abroad, figure out the electricity situation beforehand. A universal travel adapter alleviates the headache of trying to remember what type of plug you will need. This one is good for 150 countries. The adapter has 5 USB ports, meaning that you can charge lots of devices at the same time – definitely a must-have.

Travel Pillow

6. TRTL Travel Pillow: I don’t have anything to make long-haul flights or bus rides any shorter. But…. The TRTL Travel Pillow will give your neck and head so much support that you’ll actually be able to get some proper rest. The ergonomic design, with its adjustable interior support, is absolutely unique and was scientifically engineered to keep you comfy and safe. Including a step-by-step guide and a waterproof bag, you’ll never travel without this pillow again.

Top 5 Airbnb Experiences in Phuket

Have you booked an Airbnb experience yet? Lots of travellers still aren’t taking advantage of all the high-quality, easy-to-book and fun local tours, classes and activities available on the very same platform where they book accommodations.

Even better, lots of Airbnb experiences aren’t run by huge tour companies, but by locals – that means smaller and more intimate groups, passionate guides, and out-of-the-box experiences that are rooted in local knowledge.

Plus, you can manage everything right from the Airbnb app – no annoying text chains, emails, and saving tickets to your camera roll. Sweet!

Sound too good to be true? Not even! Keep scrolling for 5 can’t-miss Airbnb Experiences in Phuket, Thailand, or check out all the experiences on offer right this way.

Secret Phuket Food and City Tour

Secret Phuket Food and City Tour
Cooking, eating, shopping, sights – this tour is really a one-stop shop!
  • $69/person
  • 8 hours
  • Up to 6 guests

Did you know Phuket is a Unesco-designated City of Gastronomy? There are so many delicious things to eat here, and this comprehensive walking tour will give you a taste of the highlights and help you get a lay of the land.

Hosted by an experienced, local guide, you’ll start the day at a 100-year-old Michelin-starred restaurant for the best breakfast of your life, then stroll the Phuket old town, stop at an award-winning roti shop for lunch, hit some museums and other sights, and round out your day with a Thai cooking lesson, group dinner…and a little more shopping. Is there a better way to spend a day?

Bonus: want to skip right to the cooking? Check out this lesson that’ll also teach you how to shop a Thai market on Airbnb Cooking!

Eat, Hop Rave, Repeat Phuket Town Ed.

If we were to design a Phuket night tour, this would be it!
  • $40/person
  • 4 hours
  • Up to 4 guests, 18+

Phuket’s old town is legendary at night, but there are lots of sub-par bars and food stalls waiting to take tourists’ money – that’s why we love this nighttime experience hosted by a Phuket local!

Your first stop will be dinner at the Phuket night market for some world-class street food (and an explainer on the complicated world of Thai cuisine!). Then, onto Phuket’s lively bar scene – guide Mun will show you all the must-stop bars (including a stop for glow-in-the-dark cocktails!) and live music spots.

Bonus: If you’re not up for boozy shenanigans, check out this night tour sans bars instead.

Discovery Scuba Diving

Beep beep, coming through!
  • $126/person
  • 9.5 hours

Scuba diving in Thailand is unreal – if you haven’t gone, this beginner-friendly tour is the place to start! With breakfast and lunch included, you’ll have time to scuba, snorkel, bake on the beach and soak up all the sun you can.

Ride a wave on your first lesson!

Phuket offers the perfect atmosphere to learn to surf!
  • $50/person
  • 1.5 hours
  • Up to 4 guests

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to surf, Phuket’s waters are a great place to do it.

This highly-rated tour takes place in the morning, before the weather really starts to heat up. The experienced guides will help you catch a wave in your first session – and they’ll send you home with photos of your lesson, too!

Hong Krabi and James Bond Island Tour

Hong Krabi and James Bond Island Tour
The islands are a must-see for a reason!
  • $110/person
  • 8.5 hours
  • Up to 10 guests

No trip to Phuket is complete without exploring the islands, including the famous James Bond island featured in The Man With The Golden Gun.

This highly-rated tour will take you there, as well as lunch on the famous floating village, canoeing through mangrove forests and the stunning caves at Panak Island, and lots of time to swim and relax.

Final Thoughts on Phuket Airbnbs

Are you ready to head off to Phuket? Now all you have to do is hop over to Airbnb and book your accommodation and activities – there are so many awesome options in Phuket! Whether you’re a solo travellers or a big bachelorette group, our property finds will help you find the perfect home base to explore this stunning region of Thailand.

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