I am a college student who will be graduating in May and am traveling in SE this summer. Myself and 2 friends will be in Phuket for 4 nights in early July and I am having a hard time finding a reasonably priced hotel (under $100/night) with a pool that is on or very near the beach. We are indifferent where we stay but would prefer to avoid Patong. I have also considered looking for hotels in Khao Lak because I have heard good things about the beaches there. Any advice on Khao Lak vs. Phuket and hotels that fit the aforementioned criteria would be much appreciated!!