Well I definitely won't be staying there, no matter how far from sleazy Patong. It's fair to say that Phuket has definitely recovered from the Tsunami and most hotels I've tried to book are full up, despite their rates for the holiday season. Will keep trying but definitely can't be too picky, even with a budget of US$100.
Just did a 3D2N short break in phuket 3 weeks ago. I stayed in Centara Karon beach resort. Karon beach is nice and empty especially at low tide, u can walk very far out. But the waves can be strong, so be careful.
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Agree, Centara karon beach resort
Beach is quiet though...
bundarika. new resort in layan. private beach. got private island some more.