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Patong Travel Information Guide

Phuket's busiest resort area, Patong has the greatest concentration of bars, restaurant and shops on the island.

Patong has suffered from a lot of negative publicity in recent years for being over-developed and its hedonistic party scene. However, the majority of visitors to Phuket still choose to spend their time in Patong.

The 3km long beach still possesses beautiful white sand and clear water.

There are numerous shops and stalls, 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.

Patong is the busiest beach on the island and you will never be short of something to do here. If you like water sports, then this is the place. There's jet-skiing, water-skiing, windsurfing, 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.

Further inland you can try bungee jumping, go bowling or cross over the hill into Kathu for a spot of go-karting.

The sea is generally calm all year round and the seabed shelves gently making it quite safe to swim in. 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. There are also plenty of hawker stalls, where if you are brave, you can sample authentic Thai cuisine and eat like the locals do.

For a pampering experience, Patong offers evertyhing from inexpensive massages in of the many Thai massage places, or you can indulge yourself by visiting on of the word-class day or resort spas in and around Patong.

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.

There are stalls all the way along the beach road (Thaweewong road). Stalls operate during the day but it is in the evening that it really gets going. You can buy all kinds of clothes, souvenirs, sunglasses, CDs and much more. Always haggle at the roadside stalls.

Situated on Rat-U-Thit road nearly opposite Bangla road is the newly opened Jungceylon. This large complex houses a hotel, Robinsons department store, Carrefour, a SFX cinema, bowling alley and a wide variety of shops and restaurants.


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