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Patong
Travel Guide

Phuket’s most vibrant town is famous as much for its wild nightlife as for its long stretch of pristine sand and sparkling water.

Patong Beach is Phuket's main tourist resort. There’s no shortage of daytime activities to entertain families, and a host of restaurants, bars and clubs keep revelers going well into the night.

During the day, the beach’s two miles (three kilometers) of golden sand, surrounded by green headlands and clear water, are lined with rows of sun loungers and umbrellas. Take your pick (for a small daily fee) and be waited on hand-and-foot by vendors selling all sorts of delicacies. Enjoy everything from ice cream and cocktails to Pad Thai and burgers. For a true indulgence, book a beachside massage.

If you are not content to merely sit and watch the world go by, rent a jet ski, windsurfer or kayak. Adrenalin junkies can sign up for a banana boat ride, or go waterskiing, wakeboarding or parasailing. Vendors renting out equipment are dotted every 300 feet (90 meters) along the beach and no level of experience is necessary. There’s excellent snorkeling amongst the rocks at the north end of Patong. In the afternoon, there are usually games of beach volleyball for anyone who’s interested.

Literally hundreds of locals walk the beach selling goods such as jewelry, silks, clothing and carved wooden ornaments. It’s a good chance to pick up a souvenir. Try your hand at bartering for a decent price, or politely refuse and they’ll move on. Away from the water, Patong’s bustling streets are filled with shops and restaurants. After sunset, market stalls line the pavements selling beachwear, leather goods and electronics. Sign up for Thai cooking classes or take an elephant ride to soak up the local culture.

The two main clubbing strips – thoroughfares characterized by neon lights and go-go dancers – are Bangla Road and the Paradise Complex. These are best avoided if you’re not into the party scene. The Paradise Complex area is home to many of the gay clubs in the area.

Patong Beach is on the west coast of Phuket Island. It is around 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Phuket Town or 22 miles (36 kilometers) from the International Airport on the north of the island.

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Where to stay in Patong

Patong Resort
Patong Resort
4 out of 5
208 Rai-Uthit 200 Pee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,272 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

This family-friendly Patong hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Jungceylon Shopping Center, Bangla Road, and Patong Beach. Freedom ...

4/5Very Good! (990 reviews)

"Property was so clean and everyone was so friendly . Will definitely stay here again"…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Patong Resort
Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central
Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central
3.5 out of 5
8 Hatpatong Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
The price is ¥2,681 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19

Situated on the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center and Karon Beach are also within 6 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
Excellent choice!

"Nice hotel, wonderful staff & great location short walk to the beach!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central
Kalima Resort & Spa, Phuket
Kalima Resort & Spa, Phuket
5 out of 5
338/1 Prabaramee Rd., Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
The price is ¥4,737 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3

Situated by the ocean, this luxury resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kalim Beach, Patong Beach, and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center and Kamala Beach are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"This was the second time we have stayed here in the space of a fortnight . We booked 3 nights , but after our stay we booked another two nights for when we returned from our other trip to Cambodia. Excellent staff and a very nice hotel for the price , good pool area , and on our second visit we tried ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Kalima Resort & Spa, Phuket
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Emerald Terrace by Lofty
Emerald Terrace by Lofty
3 out of 5
122/84 Phrabarami Road, Patong, Patong, Phuket

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Paradise Night Market, Patong Beach, and Kalim Beach. Bangla Road and Jungceylon ...

3.5/5Good! (8 reviews)

"The property is beautiful! It is exactly as advertised in pictures. We really enjoyed our stay here, we walked to patong beach and the markets most days. The pool and gym are clean and in good condition. The room itself is very clean and well maintained. There is security badges to get into the building ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Emerald Terrace by Lofty
The Senses Pool Villas
The Senses Pool Villas
4.5 out of 5
111/7 Nanai Road, Patong, Phuket
The price is ¥17,785 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in Nanai Road, this luxury villa is within a 15-minute walk of Banzaan Fresh Market, Jungceylon Shopping Center, and Bangla Road. Patong Beach and Freedom ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (32 reviews)

"I love this resort, booked pool villa for our stay, friendly staff. My only suggestion is to add a makeup mirror in the room. That would be perfect!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

The Senses Pool Villas
LetsPhuket Twin Sands Resort & Spa
LetsPhuket Twin Sands Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
97 Muen Ngoen Road, Kathu, Patong, Phuket
The price is ¥5,500 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

This family-friendly Patong aparthotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Tri Trang Beach and Patong Beach. Bangla Road and Karon Beach are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (200 reviews)

"Fantastic facilities. Well appointed but for me just a little to far from Patong. Courtesy shuttle however was great. Great breakfasts , quiet location. Rooms, spotless, modern & house keeping first class. Highly recommend this property"…"

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

LetsPhuket Twin Sands Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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