It was great to see a beach with people! Many of the beaches around Thailand right now are pretty empty, with many of the businesses around them closed. I understand most of the west side of Phuket to be exactly this way because their primary economy revolves around tourism, which has all but dried up completely for the time being.
Surin Beach though had a fair amount of vendors there every day, and though the beach was never packed it had a nice relaxing vibe, and then in the evening, quite a few people would come out to enjoy the incredible sunsets. It’ll be high on my list of places to return to. I’d love to see this place thriving and full of energy, plus the sunsets alone would be worth the trip.
This was a 14-night stay…
- Accommodation: see the breakdown below – $234.68*
- Getting around locally – $0
- Living expenses; food and groceries – $203.40
- Activities – $0
- Mobile phone/data – $56.06
- Medical insurance = $57.80**
Total $551.94 / 14 nights = $39.42 per
Transportation to and from varies too much, so I’ve left it out along with most incidental/one-time personal costs; in this case I took… I don’t even know what to call it; a tuk-tuk, scooter sidecar… one of those, for about US$4.45. All other standard day to day expenses are included to give an idea of how much things cost in the area. So groceries will sometimes include basic personal care items (i.e. toothpaste, deodorant, contact solution/drops, etc.).
Breakdown of separate hotel reservations:
- 7 nights at 6th Avenue Surin Beach Phuket– $110.52
- 7 nights at Aristo Beach Condo by Holy Cow Phuket– $124.16
**A change to this breakdown is the medical insurance. I paid one price to cover my entire time in Thailand, so I included it as a whole in the quarantine post, but breaking it out per day here.
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