What to Do in Patong Beach?

There are a lot of things to do in Patong Beach beyond the much talked about nightlife and the ever going party. Patong is full of activities for families, couples, singles and friends, and even a few attractions most people don’t know about.

We will not go into details about nightlife but mostly focus on the real activities, the things you can mostly do during the daytime (and in case of rain too!). Note also that in this page, we also include things to do in the nearby Kathu. It’s not that far, and they do have a couple of places worth considering.

1. Obviously, the beach!

Patong beach

Yes, mentioning the beach is a bit obvious, but despite the occasional bad press, the beach of Patong is what attracted the first tourists. And indeed, Patong has a beautiful beach with white sand and blue water during high season. There are a few restaurants on the beach as well. Of course, in the central area, it can be crowded and noisy with too many jet skis and parasailing boats, but not always. People often make a final judgement based on a single bad experience. The north part of the beach is quieter, and the water is very clear. If you come during low season, you might be surprised how quiet it can be. So if you picked Patong for your holidays because you want to have everything accessible, you would definitely enjoy the beach.

2. Walk up and down Bangla Walking Street

Bangla Walking Street

There is no doubt that Bangla Walking Street or Bangla Road is the very heart of Patong beach and unlike Pattaya or Soi Cowboy in Bangkok, the walking street is more of a party street and addresses to everyone. Here you will find great nightclubs, lot of bars, great live music bars, shopping malls and of course, Go Go bars. While nightlife may not be to everyone’s taste, it is pretty easy going and has become so iconic; you should see it for yourself at least once. Read more

3. Try safe surfing at Surf House

Surf House Patong

Surfhouse is a fun activity for adults and kids, beginners and advanced, and you can even play on a rainy day! Learn how too surf on a steady artificial wave flowing on an inflatable slope. If you fall, you just bounce and try again. It’s safe and easy, but you will get a real adrenaline rush. Patong Surfhouse is conveniently located near the beach and close to Bangla road. It also features a bar and is a favourite party place with a DJ, often until late. Read more

4. Patong shopping malls

Jungceylon Shopping Mall Phuket

Patong has become a full-scale shopping hub, and there is something for every budget and every type of shopper. Street shopping is usually where you’ll buy silly stuff; night markets are suitable for cheap clothing and knock-off brands. Shopping malls sell a mix of real brands, electronic goods, souvenirs and everything in between. There are now two large shopping malls in Patong: Jungceylon and Central Patong, so whatever you need, it is probably there. Jungceylon is a lot more than just shopping. It’s full of restaurants and fun things to do, so whenever it rains or gets too hot, it’s a great place to spend some time. Read more

5. Explore night markets

Malin Plaza Night Market Patong

There are more night markets and night bazaars in Patong than most people imagine. They might not be as fun as the Phuket Town Weekend Market, but they offer a fun ‘local’ experience. In case you haven’t been to one yet, night markets are more about food than only shopping. Walk around, browse, buy some souvenirs, tee-shirts and bags, then pick some seafood and have it grilled or cooked just for you. It’s cheaper and a lot more fun than a restaurant. The best known are Malin Plaza and Otop Market, but there is an entire area behind Jungecylon shopping mall as well. Read more

6. Go snorkelling

Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket

Patong itself may not be great for snorkelling, but Tri Trang Beach, Merlin Beach, Paradise Beach and the beautiful Freedom Beach are just around the corner. These four spots are perfect for swimming and admiring colourful sea life in shallow waters. Just remember to bring or buy your snorkelling gear as you won’t find any for rent on those beaches. Read more

7. Admire sunset on a rooftop bars

Surface Rooftop Bar

Rooftops in Patong are modest in size because a couple of decades ago, a law passed stating that no building could be higher than a coconut tree! (that law passed after the three existing towers were already built). So far we counted 5 or 6 of rooftops around Patong, but only a few of them are worth it: Kee Sky Lounge at The Kee Resort, Surface at La Flora Resort, Sizzle at Avista Resort.. read more

8. Phuket Simon Cabaret Shows

Phuket Simon Cabaret

Simon Cabaret is a ladyboy Vegas kind of show that has been successfully running every night for 20 years. The success of the show relies on an impressive decor, immense stage, decent choreography, superb costumes and most of all pretty dancers, all males! Read more

9. Parasailing

Parasailing in Phuket

Parasailing is available all year round all along the beach of Patong. Here you take off and land directly from the beach and surprisingly, a beach boy will climb in the rope above you for the duration of the (short) flight. It doesn’t look very safe, and as the setting is elementary, accidents are not unheard of, but it has been going on for decades. Parasailing in Phuket costs 1,200 baht for a child and 1,500 baht for an adult.

10. Jet Ski

Jet Skis in Phuket

Jetskis have been controversial as long as they have been on the beach. Between accidents, scams and noise pollution best it to avoid the risk. If you really can’t resist, Expect to pay 1,500 baht for 30 mn on a one-person jet ski or 2,000 baht for 30 mn on a bigger two person jetski.

11. Bangla Boxing Stadium

Bangla Boxing Stadium Fights

Muay Thai is a well known martial art, very popular around the world. If this is your kind of action, you won’t have to go very far to watch a Muay Thai match. There are two stadiums in Patong and Bangla Boxing Stadium is the easiest to find, just behind Jungceylong Shopping Mall. Read more

12. Visit a temple or two

Doi Thepnimit Patong Phuket

There are 3 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. Read more

Just Outside Patong

13. Cable ski at Phuket Wakepark

Phuket Wake Park Wakeboarding

Phuket Wakepark is an ‘O’ shaped cable ski lake in Kathu, just outside Patong. It’s enjoyable and exciting but requires a lot of energy and practice. It’s not cheap, but it is fun and unforgettable. Read more

14. Scare yourself on a Zipline

Flying Hanuman Phuket

Zipline is a great way to spend a cloudy afternoon with family or friends. Flying Hanuman is a 15 ziplines course set in the jungle just on the other side of the mountain behind Patong. Read more

15. Race a go-kart

Go Kart Phuket

Need a bit of adrenaline rush after a long lazy day on the beach? Go kart is a fun way to spend a couple of hours racing with friends and family. Read more