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What to do in Patong Beach?

There are many 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 yet.

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 that on this page, we also include things to do in the nearby Kathu. It’s not that far, and they have a couple of places worth considering.

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1. Obviously, the beach!

Patong beach

Mentioning the beach is a bit obvious, but despite the occasional bad press, Patong’s beach attracted the first tourists. And indeed, Patong has a beautiful beach with white sand and blue water during the high season. There are a few restaurants on the beach as well. Of course, the central area 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 lovely. If you come during the low season, you might be surprised by how quiet it can be. So if you picked Patong for your holidays because you want everything accessible, you would enjoy the beach.

2. Walk up and down Bangla Walking Street

Bangla Walking Street in Patong Beach, Phuket

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 everyone. Here you will find great nightclubs, many bars, great live music bars, shopping malls and Go Go bars. While nightlife may not be to everyone’s taste, it is pretty easygoing and has become so iconic; that you should see it for yourself at least once.


5. Go snorkelling on Merlin Beach

Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket

Patong may not be great for snorkelling, but Merlin Beach is just around the corner. This spot might not be great for swimming, but it’s known to be good for snorkelling and admiring colourful sea life in shallow waters. Bring or buy your snorkelling gear, as you won’t find any for rent on those beaches.


7. 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 to surf on a steady artificial wave flowing on an inflatable slope. If you fall, you will safely bounce and start again. It’s safe and easy, but you will get a real adrenaline rush. Patong Surfhouse is 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.


8. Jungceylon shopping mall

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 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. 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.


9. Explore Malin Plaza night market

Malin Plaza Night Market Patong

Patong has more night markets and bazaars than most people imagine. They might not be as fun as the Phuket Town Weekend Market, but they offer a fun ‘local’ experience. If you haven’t been to one yet, night markets are more about food than 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.


10. Kee Sky Lounge

Phuket rooftop bars and restaurants

The KEE Sky Lounge rooftop bar has been popular for years, but it got a significant facelift and looks good. The rooftop bar invites you to the sun deck of a luxury cruiser, one of the best places in Patong, to enjoy a sunset with a cocktail and great music.


11. Banzaan Fresh Market and Night Market

Banzaan Night Market

Banzaan Market is an excellent experience during your holiday. It’s a fresh market where you can get your first glimpse of fun-looking Thai fruits, amazing fish, strange veggies and colourful sweets, but a lot easier to access than most local markets.


12. Otop Market

Otop Market Patong

Otop Market is just behind the Holiday Inn Resort, opposite Hooters and Hard Rock Cafe. This long-running night market boosted popularity in recent years with the addition of the street food section.


13. Admire a sunset from Andaman Sky Lounge

Andaman Sky Lounge in Phuket

Rooftops in Patong are modest in size because a couple of decades ago, a law was passed stating that no building could be higher than a coconut tree! (that law passed after somebody had already built the three existing towers, you will see). So far, we have counted 5 or 6 rooftops around Patong, but only a few are worth it.


14. The Surface at la Flora Resort

Surface Rooftop Bar

The Surface is both a bar and a restaurant. It’s not very high but has a unique location just above the beach of Patong. The view is a little obscured by palm trees, but we can’t be too picky, and they add a nice little touch to your pictures.


15. Phuket Simon Cabaret Show

Phuket Simon Cabaret

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


16. Visit Doi Thepnimit

Doi Thepnimit Patong Phuket

There are three Thai temples in Patong and one Chinese Shrine just outside on the hill. The one at the bottom of the hill is the most visually attractive but often missed. 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 much more impressive. Technically it’s not a temple, but a Chedi and a monastery, but with such a panoramic view of the bay, it is impressive. You can’t miss the small Chinese temple on the main road.


17. Wat Suwan Kiriwong (Patong Temple)

Wat Suwan Kiriwong (Patong Temple)

18. 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; surprisingly, a beach boy will climb on 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.

19. 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 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 two-person jet ski.

20. Bangla Boxing Stadium

Bangla Boxing Stadium Fights

Muay Thai is a well-known martial art, viral 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.


21. Patong Fishermen Village

Fishermen village in Patong

Under the bridge at the end of Patong is a surprisingly old-fashioned fishing village where locals park their longtail boats when not in use. Since it is easy to access, it may be worth a photo.


Just Outside Patong

22. 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 is not cheap, but it is fun and unforgettable.


23. 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.


24. Race a go-kart

Go Kart Phuket

Do you need a bit of adrenaline 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.


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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.