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Patong is a fascinating place. Like it loud? The nightlife will keep you up until dawn. Like it peaceful? Endless sun and miles of unspoiled white-sand beaches beckon. That's not to mention its mod-cons, intriguing culture, delicious seafood and a giant shopping mall. Go on, treat yourself!
Why shop at Jungceylon? The real question is why not – international and local brand clothing, restaurants, supermarkets, bowling alleys and cinemas that all vie for your attention here. This mall is a local favourite that covers almost quarter-of-a-million square-metres. Its centrepiece is a musical fountain with synchronised lights and sound that’s great for a quick snapshot.Accommodation near Jungceylon Shopping Center
There’s risqué nightlife, and then there’s Bangla Road. This central strip leads from the beach to Jungceylon Shopping Centre. During the day, its shops and bars are geared towards a family-friendly expat clientele. But from 20:00 onwards, the entire vibe changes. Pink-lit bars fill with dancers and entertainers who specialise in adults-only entertainment.Accommodation near Bangla Road
Stadiums and arenas
“Fight night” is a bit like Patong’s version of the American “Superbowl”. This stadium is where the top Muay Thai boxers battle it out to jab, hook and roundhouse their way to a win. See the big event on Monday, Thursday and Saturday night. Visit any other time to train at the Muay Thai gym, or get an adrenaline rush from bungee jumping and riding on the mountain buggies.Accommodation near Patong Boxing Stadium
Looks can be deceiving. Just ask the performers at this hugely popular local cabaret. Not quite ladies, not quite gentlemen, they’ve been wowing crowds since 1991 with their light, sound and costume extravaganzas. The performers lip-sync to sold-out crowds three-times a day, interpreting a range of pop songs with feline grace. Simon Cabaret is truly a Phuket institution.Accommodation near Phuket Simon Cabaret
Kalim Beach is wonderfully quiet. It’s a great escape from the bustle of Patong Beach, tucked away at the end of the main road as you head north out of the city. Although the beach itself is quite rocky, there are plenty of places to sunbathe with a good book (bring a towel or a beach chair) or to wade in the water at high tide. There are a few roadside food stalls too.Accommodation near Kalim Beach
Sun, sand and a massage – does life get any better than that? With the nickname “Emerald Beach”, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s great for wading rather than diving, given the area’s craggy rocks. Most people visit for both the privacy and the shade – its lined with deciduous trees that shelter from the unforgiving Thai sun. Rent sun loungers, snorkels or jet skis on-site.Accommodation near Tri Trang Beach
Up for an adventure? This beach is hard to find, but worth the effort. A mere 10-minute long boat ride from Patong Beach, it’s a place to go for splendid isolation. Although the land is privately owned, the owners don’t charge for entry – just a small fee to rent a sun-lounger or to lie down on your towel! The beach is flanked by thick jungle that spreads back into the hinterland.Accommodation near Freedom Beach
A beach that really lives up to its name. This petite strip with swaying palm trees is just 15-minute taxi ride southwest of Patong Beach. The prime reason to visit is for its seclusion. You'll need to pay a small fee to rent a stretcher or to splay your towel. To make the most of your trip, rent some snorkelling equipment and check out the colourful coral below the surface.Accommodation near Paradise Beach
It’s easy to get roped into some jungle high jinks here. Named after the famed flying monkey of Hindu mythology, this zipline offers a unique treetop experience. Built with eco-friendliness in mind, the attraction’s network of platforms, sky bridges and spiral staircases lets you witness the beauty of Patong Beach’s thick rainforest first hand, without spoiling the landscape.Accommodation near Flying Hanuman
Get tied up in Thai history. The country’s only “Cultural Theme Park” gives you a glimpse into Thailand’s rich culture. The live “elephant show” is a theatrical extravaganza. Watch as Thai dancers tell folk stories and legends through interpretive dance, moving with fluid grace. And yes, the dancing elephants make an appearance about halfway through!Accommodation near Phuket FantaSea
When she’s not sketching cartoons of her buddies, Thidarat enjoys running and pulling yoga poses.
Seduction is a bit of a nightlife institution and attracts loads of big-name DJs. Made up of 5 venues, it’s the largest club on Phuket and promises a big night out!Accommodation nearby
Philip practically grew up on the beach and still plans holidays around being close to the water.
The sunset captured from Promthep Cape - the island’s southernmost point - is one of Phuket’s most recognisable scenes. Nearby Nai Harn Beach is also a scenic spot, and you can follow the path that leads to the rocks at the craggy end of the cape to avoid the crowds!Accommodation nearby
Ploypaitoon loves to stay active and gets her blood pumping with a spot of basketball, or a boogie.
Make like a hamster and zoom down this hillside in a giant transparent ball. It can get a little hot making your way down this 190-metre-long slope, so you can opt to have 40 litres of water splashed around inside while you tumble downwards!Accommodation nearby
Cat fan and fun-loving Phakin is known for his witty comebacks and killer moves.
This is probably the locals’ best-kept secret. The stalls at Kalim Street start to trundle out around 17.00 and you’ll be able to source a range of Thai food like stir-fry noodles and spicy salad. Grab some grub and walk over to Kalim Beach to watch the sunset as you dig in to your meal.Accommodation nearby
A kitsch guru, Sitthiporn loves Fuchiko figurines and Instagramming photos of cute cafés she finds.
Located behind Jungceylon Mall, Banzaan Market is set over 2 floors of stalls with a food court. You can track down great deals on fresh, locally sourced produce like meat, spices and exotic fruit such as durian, rambutan and mangosteen.Accommodation nearby
Always well turned out, Atittah is one stylish mum who loves watching movies with her daughter.
One Tambon One Product is a government-run project which supports the manufacture of local products. This market sells wares made from materials sourced from the region and the sellers aren’t afraid of a bit haggling ... so get bartering!Accommodation nearby
Animal-crazy Piyawadee loves all things nature, filling her free time with outdoor adventures.
When you get bored of sunning yourself on the beach, why not get out into the jungle and enjoy a spot of elephant trekking? You can capture spectacular views of Patong and Tri Trang’s beaches while riding on the back of these gentle giants.Accommodation nearby
Pattaraporn spends her downtime hanging out with her kids and relaxing with a spot of gardening.
This local favourite is great for grabbing some affordable, fresh seafood. Make sure you try the curry crab and steamed mussels in this unassuming, roadside joint.Accommodation nearby
Phornchinan loves blasting the tunes as she takes a long drive round her beautiful island.
Calling all rockers! Good times are guaranteed at this spot where live music is provided by tribute bands crooning out anthems by AC/DC, KISS and many more.Accommodation nearby
Booking.com asked travellers...How could the beaches in Patong Beach be more accommodating to walking?
Its better now without all the deck chairs and umbrellas but next step is to clear the rubbish and regulate the noisy jet skis. We don't understand why they let the rubbish build up. A small crew to clean up in the morning would make a difference.....and put more bins around. Maybe issue fines if people cant obey littering signs (that would help fund the clean up crew). Disappointing to see endangered wildlife (reptiles and primates) being paraded along the beach for mindless photo shoots with tourists. Otherwise its nice.See all 8 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Patong Beach?
Stay away from people ask you for massage in the street, go to well known massage centers. Don't carry big cash or credit card, few thousands baht will be enough. Be careful from "Ladyboy" to touch your pockets. Don't drink and get hammered if you are alone.See all 41 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Patong Beach mean to you?
although there's many touts it's nice to also have a beach close by which gets pretty quiet once it gets lateSee all 26 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Patong Beach.
Wind, sun, stars, moon, beach.. everything was there at the right momentSee all 11 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...Is there more to shopping in Patong Beach than main street stores?
Jung Sailon Shopping mallSee all 13 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Patong Beach.
t'shirts, leather shoesSee all 12 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...Where's the best place to bust a move in Patong Beach?
Seduction ClubSee all 9 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...What did you enjoy the most about Patong Beach pub crawls?
Street barsSee all 8 answers
The island’s only airport, Phuket International Airport is most easily accessed by pre-booked taxi, either by your hotel or by reserving at the terminal counter. More reliable than picking up a taxi outside, you will pay between THB 550 and 700 here and receive a ticket. Drivers would expect a tip and the journey will take around one hour. Minivans and saloon cars for larger parties can also be booked, and there are plenty of car rental options in the terminal.
Tourists should have their wits about them when taking taxis and only use official cabs with a logo, the driver’s name and a registration number on the door. Air-conditioned taxis can be found outside hotels and are best for airport journeys. For getting about the city, Tuk Tuks are more commonly used. These colourful 4-wheeled vans sit 4 people on open-air benches. You’re best agreeing on a fare before you set off and city-centre journeys start at THB 100.
Motorbike taxis are generally scooters, rather than a larger style of bike, and can be found towards the end of the street and around shopping areas. Bikers wear brightly coloured vests showing the location of their home base. It’s a legal requirement to wear a helmet, so it’s best to make sure your driver offers you one, and that you agree on the price before you set off. City-centre journeys start at around THB 20-30.
Daily car rental prices start at around THB 800 and rental companies can be found at the airport and along the beach. You’ll need to show your driving licence and passport, as well as pay a deposit. Don’t leave your passport with the company and instead provide them with a photocopy. Driving can be tricky and you’ll need to watch out for those on scooters, and be aware that parking is difficult.
Most rental options are for scooters, costing around THB 200 per day with weekly and monthly hire also available. This is a popular way of getting about but recommended if you have previous experience of riding bikes. You’ll need to have a valid driver’s licence on you, in case you’re asked by police. Be aware that a lot of companies don’t have insurance, so make sure you have your own cover and that you only leave a copy of your passport with the rental company.
Patong Beach is an easy place to navigate by foot and its 2 main roads are connected by side streets. Walking from one end of the beach to the other will take between 30 and 45 minutes, using the promenade. The streets can get crowded but there are plenty of shops along the way. The city's nightlife and shopping areas are easily reached and covered by foot.
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