Since Phuket is a popular vacation destination, there are a fair share of tourist traps where food costs more than it should while lacking quality. After shelling out a ton of money on subpar food you might find yourself saying “there must be another way!”. Well you’re in luck because in this article I will be giving away some easy, affordable, yet delicious solutions to all of you budget travelers and point you to the best cheap eats Phuket has to offer. Especially if you’re looking for a unique dining experience over the same old dull touristy food you’re used to seeing. You won’t want to miss out on what I have compiled for you here!
AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD:
It’s no secret that the best place to find cheap eats in Phuket is at local Thai restaurants and street carts. Don’t be fooled by the modest setting and extremely low prices, the food is always top notch and will leave you wanting more. One of the more popular authentic Thai restaurants you must visit during your travels to Phuket is Kota Khao Mun Kai. This local establishment has been around since 2001 offering some of the most mouthwatering traditional Thai dishes like Khao Mun Gai (chicken rice) and crispy pork. Your meal won’t cost you more than 55 Baht ($1.80 USD) so you can come back for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without worrying about breaking the bank.
Can’t decide on what to eat? Then the Lock Tien Food Court is the perfect place for you! Here you can enjoy a wide variety of dishes like Hokkien style noodles, or a popular Thai dessert called Oh Eaw, to cool off from the hot Phuket sun. It’s the perfect place to come for a quick bite or a casual dinner
.Kopitiam by Wilai is on the more expensive side when it comes to cheap eats in Phuket, however the prices are still considerably low while portions are quite big, which make for an excellent combination when travelling on a budget! Kopitiam’s specialty is Pad Thai and their own special Red Curry.
If you follow a vegan diet, sometimes you just want to go to a restaurant and be able to order anything on the menu without making any modifications. Thankfully, there is one restaurant that stands out of the crowd for tasty 100% vegan food at a super low price.
Pure Vegan Heaven Phuket is known for having a variety of delicious vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options that is raved about as being the tastiest food on the island! Dishes range from 90-160 Baht ($3-$5 USD). The portions remain generous and quality is not compromised. Which is a nice change from the usual overpriced vegan food.
O-OH Farm Taied is not 100% vegan or vegetarian, however they offer super healthy vegetarian options like zucchini spaghetti, quinoa sushi, and much more. This is a perfect place to come with a group who have different dietary needs so everyone can enjoy delicious cheap eats together!
After eating a ton of delicious Thai food, sometimes you need some western flavour to cleanse the palate and add variety to your diet. However, the question remains, will you be able to eat for cheap while eating western cuisine in Phuket? The answer is yes, as long as you know where to go!
Amore Cafe & Bar is one of the highest rated restaurants in Phuket while also being one of the cheapest western style restaurants in the area. In fact, Amore Cafe & Bar has received a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! With dishes ranging from breakfast quesadillas, cheesy nachos, tacos, and killer margaritas, this restaurant is sure to have you coming back when those Mexican food cravings hit.
Not a fan of Mexican? Not to worry, Napoli in Vespa is also a Certificate of Excellence winner, serving up authentic Italian cuisine including pizza, pastas, and seafood at a low price ranging from 70-340 Baht ($2-$11 USD). This is a perfect restaurant to bring a date and dine in style while staying right on budget!
Whether you’re a budget traveller or not, these food options should not be missed. Eating like the locals and finding gems in odd places is the best way to round out a trip while saving a few bucks. It’s nice to know that you can save money while not having to worry about losing out on quality, and still have money left over for more beer!
Visiting Phuket during the rainy season? Read our article on what do to while visiting during rainy season.