Patong is the most famous beach resort in Phuket. With its wide variety of activities and nightlife, Patong is an ideal place to party and play. By night the town has a bustling nightlife which includes literally hundreds of restaurants, beer bars, Go Go Bars and of course night clubs. The nightlife is centered around Soi Bangla (Bangla Road) however there are quiet parts of town.
Things You Can Do in Patong
The star attraction of Patong is, undoubtedly, the beach. The lovely sandy shore is easily accessed and is home to a great selection of activities and a number of sun loungers and beach umbrellas. It’s a busy and popular place, but there are smaller, quieter beaches to either side of it where you can find a bit more peace. There are loads of other attractions to enjoy in the area, making Patong a fun and exciting place to stay.
Best Places to Shop in Patong
There’s a great variety of shopping in Patong, from bustling fresh markets and interesting night markets to Phuket’s largest shopping mall – Jungceylon. You can find a range of prices for souvenirs, fashion, electronics and much more, mostly right in the middle of town. Being a popular tourist destination, the prices in Patong are a little higher than you might find in Phuket Town or other areas, but with some skillful haggling, some bargains can be found.
Best Places to Go at Night in Patong
Patong is one of the top destinations in all of Thailand for nightlife, with only Pattaya and Bangkok having more to offer. Bangla Road is the beating heart of that nightlife, with quite a wide range of choices available along the 600-meter soi and its off-shoots. This includes first-class nightclubs, live music, go-go, and beer bars. Simon Cabaret – the best of the big shows on Phuket – is also found on the outskirts of Patong.
Great Restaurants We Like in Patong
As with everything else in Patong, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to dining. The main concentration is in Jungceylon, though there is also a lot of choice along Beach Road, ranging from fast food to budget beachfront dining and food courts. Among the finest choices are found on the road heading out of Patong towards Kamala, where you will find amazing (and surprisingly affordable) dishes in beautiful restaurants on the rocks overlooking the sea.
Jungceylon Shopping Mall
Standing downtown, diagonally opposite Bangla Road, the Jungceylon Shopping Complex has radically changed the face of shopping in Patong. The two main stores in the complex are Robinson – a gleaming well-lit upper-end department store, and Big C supermarket. The 200-plus other stores in this shopping heaven sell brand-name clothes, spectacles, sunglasses, cosmetics and perfumes, shoes, DVDs, computer games, tons of mobile phones and accessories, electrical goods but it is also a great entertainment haven with a five-room SF Cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley, perfect for rainy days or to escape the heat of the day.