Phuket’s busiest resort area, Patong has the greatest of shops, restaurants and nightlife on the island.
As the island’s main resort area, Patong has suffered from some negative publicity in recent years for being over-developed and its vibrant nightlife scene. However, the majority of visitors to Phuket still choose to spend their time in Patong and for good reason. Patong has much to offer for families, couples and solo travellers. The 3km long beach still possesses beautiful white sand and clear water and you can find everything here you could need on your holiday. There are numerous shops and stalls including the largest shopping centre on the island, as well as other leisure and recreational activities. However, if you are looking for a quiet beach retreat, you probably won’t find it in Patong.
See Patong Beach map.
Patong is where you will find the most varied selection of hotels in Phuket. There is somewhere to suit every budget. From cheap and simple guesthouses to resort-style four and five-star hotels, and everything in between. There are even a few hotels right on the beach. You can choose to stay near the nightlife or stay further away. The beauty of staying in Patong is that everything is only a short walk or tuk-tuk ride away.
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Patong is the busiest beach on the island and you will never be short of something to do here. If you like watersports, then this is the place. There’s jet-skiing, water-skiing, kitesurfing, sailing, or parasailing. You can snorkel on the reef at the southern end of the bay or take a longtail boat round to Freedom Beach for better coral viewing.
If you are feeling more sedate, rent a sun lounger for the day, slap on plenty of sun screen and watch the show while you soak up the rays. The sea is generally calm all year round and the seabed shelves gently making it quite safe to swim in. For even more relaxation, there are usually plenty of masseuses nearby who give massages right on the beach.
There is a huge variety of restaurants in Patong. Cuisines you can choose from include Thai, seafood, Italian, Scandinavian, Japanese, French and British pub food to name but a few. Some restaurants offer menus with a combination of different cuisines, usually a selection of European and Thai. There are also plenty of hawker stalls, where if you are brave, you can sample authentic Thai cuisine and eat like the locals do. If you aren’t staying in Patong, it is definitely worth the effort to spend a few evenings eating out here.
For more information see Patong restaurants.
Patong’s lively nightlife scene is what draws many people to the island. All the action is centred around Bangla road. There are also many places where you can enjoy a quiet drink, listen to live bands or go dancing with friends.
For more information see Patong nightlife.
There are stalls and shops all the way along the beach road (Thaweewong Road). Most open during the day but it is in the cooler evening that things get busy. You can buy all kinds of clothes, souvenirs, sunglasses, CDs and much more. Always try to haggle at the roadside stalls as most are willing to discount.
Situated on Rat-U-Thit Road nearly opposite Bangla is Jungceylon Shopping Centre, a huge 200,000 square metre complex comprised of a hotel, Robinsons department store, supermarket, cinema, bowling alley, dining and fast food outlets and over 300 shops.
Patong also has two Ocean department stores, one towards the Rat-U-Thit road end of Bangla road, Ocean Bangla and another located along the beach road, just past the Holiday Inn. Although quite small they have a good selection of clothes and have a supermarket in the basement.
For more information see Patong shopping.
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