We arrived to Phuket around 2:30 in the afternoon, and had to wait a little bit for our Airbnb to be ready. We paid $849 dollars for a whole apartment located in Serenity Residences in Rawai, Phuket. Which turned out to be around $172 dollars per person (the 5 of us) for the 4 nights there. We chose this location because it was close to all the activities we had planned in our itinerary and also due to it being located right on the beach.
With this particular place, you can pay half of the money once you reserve and the rest a week before traveling. We decided to stay longer in Phuket due to all the beautiful islands to visit.
Thankfully we were able to arrange a day trip (very last minute- booked the night before) to the Phi Phi Islands, through our host Jenny from the Airbnb. It cost us $1,600 baht per person (approximately $50 dollars) – which included pick up and drop off from hotel, light breakfast of fruits, pastries and beverages, and then boat ride throughout Monkey island, Phi Phi don, Kai Nai island and Viking caves. This trip also included a delicious Thai lunch and swimming on some of the islands. Beautiful Maya Bay has been closed for roughly 6 months. Not available to visit due to all the damage tourism has caused to the ecosystem. They are hoping that by not having visitors or boats, that it could possibly go back to how it used to be.