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Cost of eating out

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Cost of eating out

Could anyone give me an idea of what meals cost in Phuket. Is there much difference in prices between local restaurants and those at hotels? I've heard and read that eating out is very cheap in Thailand but wondered if this becomes more expensive in more touristy area such as Phuket.

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1. Re: Cost of eating out

HI.Local resturaunts are plentiful and cheap too.

Generally just about every choice you could wish for.

Prices in hotels are generally more expensive,and they charge service charge of 10% plus goverment tax of 7% which adds to your bill.

Where are you staying on phuket?

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Hi i am staying at Patong Beach (patong beach hotel) and would love if you could give some prices etc on eating out.. ?

Leaving in less than 3 weeks now.. SO EXCITED!

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3. Re: Cost of eating out

Those of us who live here would consider an expensive meal for two to be about 6UKPs! That would be at a semi-pricey very nice Thai restaurant with a couple beers.

But - you can eat for much less - as little as 1UKP if you want - or even less. And, you can spend much more.

Generally, the more authentic Thai food is - the less expensive it is - more like Mom's home cooking.

Yes, hotels generally will be much more expensive - more like double, triple or more.

Even in the heart of Patong - you can find good inexpensive Thai food - but yes, out of town - or in Phuket Town, or down south - it gets even cheaper.

Kind of like heaven . . .

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When you get used to the Baht you will know how cheap everything is compared to home prices.CJ

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5. Re: Cost of eating out

Cost of meals does vary drastically, depending on where you get your food.

A lot of local Thais set up stalls with a few pots of food. You just go up, open the lid to see what's inside and then pick what you want to go with your rice. You'll find these places all throughout Phuket and all of Thailand for as little as 25 baht. Most of the time including water/coffee. Some fry up your pad thai/pad see ew right there for you, even with meat! Best $0.50 cents we ever did taste.

Hotel prices for meals can be quite a bit more expensive - similar to the price you wold pay at home. We did enjoy some of the larger hotel breakfast buffets (Hilton Phuket and Marriott Bangkok) for between $12-20pp. including the VAT/service charge.

Local markets also cook up fresh grilled meats skewered with sticky rice for less than 12 cents per skewer.

Only thing we would warn about is when fish/shrimp is sold by the weight. You could be surprised at how much you end up paying for something.

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Thanks for the info. I'm currently looking at staying in a couple of different areas of Phuket and a few days in the Krabi area. Probably going to go for the Marina in Karon and possbly Cape Panwa.

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7. Re: Cost of eating out

Hi,

We have been to Phuket four times and off again also in less than 3 weeks (can't wait) we average about £10 to £15 for us both to have a two course meal and a couple of drinks, and that would be in a nice resturant, yes you can eat cheaper but you can also eat in much dearer resturants.

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8. Re: Cost of eating out

Just back from Phuket - never ever paid anything like £10 - £15 for dinner for two!!

£5 buys a very good 2 course meal for 2 people in most restaurants - hotels a couple of pounds dearer.

A word of warning - wine is VERY expensive £2+ per glass as it's all imported.

Stick to the local beer - even the spirits are cheap - gin and tonic (large) approx £1.50. And don't order foreign mineral water - also very dear - always choose local mineral water - tastes exactly the same and is 50p for a large bottle.

Enjoy!

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the food stalls that you see at the side of the roads down bangla road and that would you consider this food safe to eat? would it be cooked properly?

Thanks

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10. Re: Cost of eating out

Most are good - and safe, but take a good look at what you are getting and the general health and cleanliness of the stand and the worker(s).

Food stalls are very cheap - and yes, do get more expensive in tourist areas. Sometimes 2-3-4 times more expensive and not really any better quality or taste. Still cheaper than most restaurants though.