Phuket, Thailand

Western Phuket


Patong Beach

Patong is located 35 km south of Phuket International Airport and is the largest beach resort on the island of Phuket. The area is very touristy and a party town, known for its nightlife including countless bars and nightclubs centered around Bangla Road and Beach Road. Patong has every type of accommodation imaginable, ranging from the cheap home stays to 5-star hotels. Beach Road and the immediate surrounding areas were hit hard by the December 2004 tsunami, however the only signs now remaining are the "tsunami" titles on sale by the VCD/DVD vendors. 
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Phuket offers plenty of options for beaches. If you are searching for an unspoiled and natural beach on the island, then Patong is not your kind of place - there are many unspoiled beaches away from Patong in the north and south of the island. Patong is for those who prefer a developed resort with an entertaining night life. If you prefer a quiet beach while in Patong, then head just north of Patong Bay to Kalim Beach (situated between Novotel Phuket Resort Patong and Thavorn Beach Village). For snorkelling and scuba diving, there are several shops in Patong offering day trips off the coast of Phuket including the Similan National Marine Park.

Patong Beach by jbremer57

One of Patong's main attractions, besides its night life, is shopping. Patong Beach transforms into a large night bazaar every evening, when all the main roads become clogged with stalls selling handicrafts, silk scarves, sarongs and a variety of beach clothes, leisure wear, leather goods and luggage, CDs, etc. Bargain hard for anything you buy from these stalls. Fake goods from the many stalls are all over the place, and normally of poor quality. It is a criminal offence under Thai law to buy or sell pirated goods. Although no cases involving tourists have been reported, the risk does exist.

Bangla Road in Patong by jpatokal

Because of the large number of tourists coming from various countries around the world, Patong offers an amazingly cosmopolitan array of eating options including Arabic, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Scandinavian and many others. There is also the option for local Thai dishes and the specialty here is seafood. By Thai standards, prices in Patong are high at about 150 baht for a basic Thai meal such as fried rice. Seafood is priced by the weight and is not cheap either. 

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