How is Patong Beach?
- How is Patong Beach?
- What to Do in Patong Beach
- The Beach of Patong
- Freedom Beach
- Tri Trang Beach
- Patong Surf House
- Doi Thepnimit
- Patong Nightlife
- Bangla Walking Street
- Rooftop Bars
- Go Go Bars
- Paradise Complex
- Shopping in Patong
- Banzaan Fresh Market
- Malin Plaza
- Where to Eat in Patong Beach
- Where to Stay in Patong
- Amari Phuket
- Burasari Phuket
- Holiday Inn Phuket
- Graceland Resort Phuket
- Is Patong Beach Safe?
- More Patong Photos
- Patong Beach Map
- FAQs about Patong Beach
Patong Beach is the true heart of Phuket, and what makes it so attractive to many, is often what other people hate most about it. Patong is big, bold, crowded, bright and loud. And yet millions of people flock here every year, like flies on honey. If Bangkok is the Big Mango, then Patong is the Big Durian: you’ll love Patong, or you’ll hate it!
The original success and popularity of Patong mostly rotate around two things: a fantastic beach and a legendary wild nightlife. The rest? Don’t blind yourself: shopping, dining, and foot massage are just the cherry on the cake.
Just walk up and down Bangla Walking Street at night, and you will understand instantly why it is so popular. Everyone is there: guys, girls, couples and even families with kids. And why not? Patong has rooftop bars, beach clubs and world-class nightclubs. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime party experience (once a year for some). For others, it’s mostly a curiosity to tick-off their ‘must-do’ list, and talk about once back home. Just look at the crowd staring at sexy and very feminine ladyboys dancing on a street stage in a very tiny outfit and you’ll get the picture, literally. And don’t forget to close your mouth.
The main reason why people come here is obviously: the beach! If you decide to spend the day on the beach, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas, get a beach massage, try some parasailing, or get yourself killed by renting a jet ski (we warned you). Beyond the beach and the nightlife, Patong has a surprisingly wide array of things to do for everyone. There are rooftops bars, night markets, ziplines, cable ski, cinemas, bowling and huge shopping malls that are a lot more fun than you may think.
The Beach of Patong
The beach is 3 kilometres long and often crowded in the middle part during high season. Forget about parking your car anywhere around there, and even parking your motorbike can be a problem.
The northern part of the beach, not far from Novotel Phuket and Graceland resort is more beautiful and a lot less busy. In this part of Patong, there are fewer people and more parking, plenty of local food and fruit vendors to enjoy. Water is also bluer during high season, and there are plenty of palm trees to sit under.
The water at the southern end is not always as clear as in the north, because below a large bridge, a river flows into the sea. On this part of the beach, you can rent umbrellas and beach chairs which are now available on 10% of the beach (probably more now!). A long floating pontoon is installed during high season for tourists to ride those longtail boats that will take them to the beautiful and secluded Freedom Beach.
Freedom beach is one of the most beautiful public beaches in Phuket, and despite being just next to Patong it has remained relatively untouched because it’s not easy to access it.
Tri Trang is a beautiful beach situated just a couple of kilometres south of Patong, known to be surprisingly quiet as well as one of the few beaches in Phuket where you can swim safely in low season. There are a few restaurants with superb views on the roadside, plus a couple of hotels to stay at, including the luxury Rosewood Resort.
Patong Surf House is a great place to practice your surfing skills safely as the shallow stream of water runs on an inflated rubber surface. The place is also well-known to hold parties.
There are three Thai temples in Patong and one Chinese Shrine just outside on the hill. The most visually attractive, but often missed is the one at the bottom of the hill. It’s not easy to park if you drive a car, but if you are on a bike, it’s worth taking a photo on your way out. Built at the top of the hill overlooking Patong, Doi Thepnimit is a lot more impressive. Technically it’s not a temple, but a Chedi and a monastery, but with such panoramic view of the bay, it is impressive. You can’t miss the small Chinese temple on the main road.
There is a lot more to do in Patong Beach. Of course, the beach and the crazy nightlife is what comes to mind first, but there are other things to do in between.
Patong has evolved a lot since the old days when all there was in Patong was beer bars, go-go bars and a couple of discotheques. There are now great live music bars, enormous international nightclubs, beach clubs and even rooftop bars. Of course, Go-Go Bars are still here.
Patong nightlife essentially rotates around Bangla Walking Street, all the way to Rat-U-Thit Road (the second road parallel to the beach). Every evening from 6 pm, this road closes to the traffic and turns into an incredibly busy walking street. On each side, a vast amount of entertainment battles to grab your attention, senses, and money!
There are more and more rooftop bars in Patong and while they can never compete with rooftop bars in Bangkok, they are a great way to enjoy a sunset from a high point. So far we found 4 rooftop bars in Patong.
Whether it’s with bright light, loud music or ladies wanting you to have a seat at one of the many open beer bars or even touts inviting you to have a look at the naughty shows (you should never follow touts by the way!)
Further is the Paradise Complex, known to be the gay street, easy to spot as it’s right at the feet of the Royal Paradise Hotel tower. It can be worth a visit, it’s friendly and you can watch a small ladyboy cabaret show for the price of a drink.
There is a lot more to enjoy and discovery when it comes to the notorious nightlife in Patong and we extended this section with more detailed information!
Shopping in Patong
You could say “there is something for everyone in Patong Beach” but in fact, it’s clearly tourist-oriented. As you walk the street, expect to see souvenirs shops, tailors, Thai massage-foot massage-soapy massage, tailors, suitcases shops, tailors, art galleries, and more tailors.
Night markets have become incredibly popular in Patong and there are no less than four to explore, Otop Market, Malin Plaza being the most popular. There are also two shopping malls here to enjoy. Jungceylon and Central Patong both offer a more sophisticated shopping experience as well as an excellent way to escape the heat with plenty of restaurants, shopping and activities. If you want to know more, read about the Jungceylon Shopping Center, but don’t miss the Banzaan Fresh Market just behind it, it is a chance to see real fresh local fruits, spices and products!
Malin Plaza is a very attractive and successful night market in Patong. A good place to spend some time after the beach to eat, drink and buy some inexpensive souvenirs and clothing.
Restaurants are everywhere in Patong, serving anything from Japanese to Russian, but real Thai food is difficult to find around here. You’ll get some Thai restaurants serving decent Thai food, but you would hardly see a Thai person eating there, and this should give you a clue. In Soi Post Office for instance, roughly around the middle of the beach, is Sabai Sabai, a Thai restaurant very popular among tourists. Around these small streets, you can easily find little places to eat, but it is Thai food for tourists.
Further north, on the way to Novotel Phuket Resort, few restaurants were lucky enough to get their share of sand. Walk on the beach around ‘Impiana Resort‘, and you’ll be able to pick one of the few restaurants having tables right on the beach.
Not far from there you can also try the ‘Food Court’, a popular concept in Asia, where you order your food at one of the many booths built around a central area where tables are. Usually good enough and cheap. Then you can’t avoid the three or four ‘seafood centres’ with its army of waiters trying to lure you into their designated areas using every catch lines they know. It is not bad, but not cheap as most people believe at first.
Few restaurants we recommend in Patong Beach:
- La Gritta (Italian)
- Rustic Eatery
- Seasalt (beachfront )
- Pan Yaah (Thai)
- Kaab Gluay (Thai)
- Karlsson’s (Steakhouse)
- Sizzle (rooftop)
- Number 9
- Number 6 Up the Hill
If you want to go real Thai food (with a view), you will have to drive outside Patong, direction Kamala Beach, and right before the Thavorn Hotel is Romsai Restaurant on the cliff. Hard to spot, but that’s the real (good) thing.
There are hundreds of hotels in Patong, and you will find yours with no problem. We tried some because they are close to everything, close to the beach or stand out from the rest. Below are some favourites, but there are many more. Read more
Amari Phuket has always been one most loved hotels in Patong. The hotel has its own small beach, amazing views on the bay, plus a very popular Italian restaurant by the ocean.
- Novotel Phuket
- BYD Loft Boutique Hotel
- Millennium Resort
- The Kee Resort
- Holiday Inn Express
- Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong
Is Patong Beach Safe?
Patong Beach is very safe considering the huge amount of tourists visiting it every year. Of course, just like in any city, there are a few incidents and occasional tourist scams, but if you use your common sense you will never feel threatened or worried, even very late at night. Patong beach is very much alive until 4 am in the morning, and finding a tuk-tuk to go back to your hotel is always easy, and it’s a lot safer than driving your motorbike if you have a couple of drinks!
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Patong Beach Map
FAQs about Patong Beach
a. Patong has a lot of activities to offer beyond the beach:
a. Nightlife is of course what makes Patong so special:
a. Shopping is everywhere in Patong:
a. There are restaurants for all tastes and all budgets here:
a. There are hundreds of hotels to choose from, here are some favourites:
a. Patong Beach is 35 km from Phuket International Airport and 14.5 km from Phuket Town.