Patong is the most popular beach resort on Phuket. It’s where the adventurous and the fun-seekers melt under the sun and more so in Patong’s party ambiance. The beach town also offers a variety of activities other than its nightlife, but if it’s your first time here, here are a few things you need to learn other than booking your Patong beach hotel.
Choose the right Patong resort hotel
Patong beach is host to a wide range of hotels, making it difficult for tourists to choose the right one. Whether you’re looking for accommodation away from the barely-controlled nightlife or at the center of it, there’s a hotel for everyone. For those seeking a more tranquil stay in Patong, you can find a few hotels at Beach Road South. On the other hand, for those looking to be at the epicenter of the nightlife, Bangla Road is the place to be.
Travel during non-rainy season
Although Phuket is an all-year-round destination, the best time to visit is between November and April during the dry season. The fine weather is consistent during this time; however, expect a large number of tourists, higher airfares, and higher accommodation rates
Avoid being overcharged for transportation
Since the Thai military took over in 2014, they have taken strong action against Phuket’s “taxi mafia”, who had a monopoly on the transport industry using overpriced chartered cars. Some drivers have been arrested for extortion and intimidation. Meters have been introduced, but they are quite difficult to find. So, to avoid being overcharged, take note of the phone number of a metered taxi and ask them if you can use their services throughout your stay. You can find metered taxis at the airport as you exit the airport arrivals.
Patong has a nightlife scene whose reputation precedes it, so consider being cautious when offered a different kind of menu with the words “ping pong” in it. If you’re adventurous and curious enough to try and see, expect to pay a hefty price for the entertainment. Often, they would offer free entrance and you’d only have to buy a drink, but what they won’t tell you is how much a drink costs in their…establishment.
Best attractions in Patong
If you’re visiting Patong for the first time, there’s no shortage of what to do, but it can be tricky to choose which activities to do first in this vibrant town. Here are a few highlights in Patong:
OTOP Shopping Paradise – Get your holiday shopping done at OTOP Shopping Paradise. This market features locally made and traditional handicrafts, silk garments, cotton products, and fashion accessories. Unlike in Soi Bangla and Beach Road, you won’t be bothered by hard sellers at OTOP.
Simon Cabaret – A Las Vegas-style spectacle, Simon Cabaret offers a unique kind of entertainment. Prepare to be welcomed with clever choreography and fabulous costumes by remarkable transgender and transvestite entertainers.
Bangla Road – Anyone looking for a bit of an action is bound to end up in Bangla Road where a 400 meter stretch of neon lights and loud music come alive. Beer bars, go-go bars, restaurants, and discos occupy most of the street. If you’re looking for a fun night, Bangla Road is where you should be.
Freedom Beach – What would a trip to Phuket be if you didn’t go to the beach? On Phuket’s west coast is a gem covered by a thick and lush jungle.
Patong is as full of character in the day as it is at night. The key to having a good time in Patong is preparing well and pacing yourself when you get a little bit overwhelmed especially when you’re out at night. You can always sit at a bar and enjoy everything from a distance.