Things to do in Patong Beach

Jungceylon Shopping Center

Shopping areas

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.

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Bangla Road

Popular areas

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.

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  • Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Patong Boxing Stadium

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.

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Phuket Simon Cabaret

Theatres

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.

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Kalim Beach

Popular areas

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.

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  • Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Tri Trang Beach

Popular areas

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.

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  • Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Freedom Beach

Popular areas

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.

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  • Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Paradise Beach

Popular areas

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.

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  • Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Flying Hanuman

Attractions

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.

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Phuket FantaSea

Attractions

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!

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Accommodation and hotels in Patong Beach

The Kee Resort & Spa

8.5 Very good

Score from 1452 reviews

£66

Average price per night
  • 152/1 Thaveewong road, Kathu, Phuket, The real heart of Patong Beach, Patong Beach
Patong Merlin Hotel

8 Very good

Score from 680 reviews

£72

Average price per night
  • 44 Thaveewong Rd., Patong Beach, The real heart of Patong Beach, Patong Beach
Impiana Resort Patong, Phuket

8.1 Very good

Score from 339 reviews

£98

Average price per night
  • 41 Taweevongs Road, Patong Beach, Phuket, The real heart of Patong Beach, Patong Beach
Burasari Phuket

8.5 Very good

Score from 1367 reviews

£80

Average price per night
  • 18/110 Ruamjai Road, Tambon Patong, Amphur Kathu, The real heart of Patong Beach, Patong Beach
Amari Phuket

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 1171 reviews

£89

Average price per night
  • 2 Meun-Ngern Road, Kathu, Phuket, Patong Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 1811 reviews

£81

Average price per night
  • 52 Thaweewong Road, The real heart of Patong Beach, Patong Beach
The Charm Resort Phuket

8.2 Very good

Score from 1823 reviews

£59

Average price per night
  • 212 Thaweewong Road, Kathu, Phuket, The real heart of Patong Beach, Patong Beach
Ramaburin Resort

8.2 Very good

Score from 712 reviews

£39

Average price per night
  • 5/11 Prachanukrao rd., Kathu, Phuket, The real heart of Patong Beach, Patong Beach
Phuket Graceland Resort and Spa

7.8 Good

Score from 974 reviews

£73

Average price per night
  • 190 Thaweewong Road, Patong District, Amphur Kathu, Phuket, The real heart of Patong Beach, Patong Beach
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Local tips for Patong Beach

Seduction Nightclub
Thidarat by Thidarat

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!

  • 70/3 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • seductiondisco.com
  • Open Monday-Sunday 22:00-04:00
Promthep Cape
Philip by Philip

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!

  • Phromthep Cape, Rawai, Mueang Phuket, Phuket 83130
Zorbing at Rollerball
Ploypaitoon by Ploypaitoon

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!

  • Kalim Bay View Soi 7, Phrabaramee Road, Kalim, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-20:00
Kalim Street Food
Phakin by Phakin

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.

  • Phrabaramee Road (across from Baan Kalim School), Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 17:00-23:00
Banzaan Market
Sitthiporn by Sitthiporn

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.

  • Sai Kor Road (behind Jungceylon Shopping Centre), Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 06:00-21:00
OTOP Market
Atittha by Atittha

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!

  • Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-23:00
Camp Chang Kalim
Piyawadee by Piyawadee

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.

  • Phrabaramee Road Soi 9, Phrabaramee Road Road, Kalim, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • campchang.com
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-18:30
Aroonsom, Patong Food Park
Pattaraporn by Pattaraporn

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.

  • Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road (across from Siam Commercial Bank), Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 16:30-00:00
Rock City
Phornchinan by Phornchinan

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.

  • 169 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 20:00-02:00
See what past visitors said

Best of Patong Beach

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.

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.

although there's many touts it's nice to also have a beach close by which gets pretty quiet once it gets late

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Why would you recommend Patong Beach for food?

many restaurants along the beachfront giving lots of choices.. fine dining, casual, take away..

Wind, sun, stars, moon, beach.. everything was there at the right moment

Jung Sailon Shopping mall

t'shirts, leather shoes

Seduction Club

Street bars

Transport

Patong Beach transport

Air - Phuket International Airport

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.

Tuk Tuks & Taxi

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 Taxi

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.

Car

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.

Motorbike Rental

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.

Walking

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.

Food in Patong Beach

Top restaurants in Patong Beach

Good value
Indian
Indian Curry Club (ICC)
Good value
International
Higher Restaurant & Bar
High-end dining
International
Climax Restaurant
Good value
Indian
Navrang Mahal
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Food Haven
Cheap 'n' tasty
International
Caffè Nero by Black Canyon
  • Jungceylon Shopping Centre, 181 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-22:00
High-end dining
Local
The Crab House
Good value
Seafood
Savoey Restaurant
Good value
European
Karlsson's Restaurant & Steak House
Good value
International
Harry’s Steakhouse
Cheap 'n' tasty
Thai
Banzaan Fresh Market's Food Court
  • Sai Kor Road (behind Jungceylon Shopping Centre), Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-18:30
Cheap 'n' tasty
Thai
Sweet Restaurant
Good value
Mexican
Coyote Phuket
Good value
Irish
Molly Malone's Irish Pub
  • 94/1 Thaweewong Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-02:00
  • 0066 76292771
Good value
Italian
Leo & Mas Ristorante Italiano e Pizzeria
Cheap 'n' tasty
Thai
S&G Family Restaurant
  • 104/2 Soi Post Office, Thaweewong Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-23:00
  • 0066 76340151
High-end dining
Grill
Sam's Steaks & Grill
  • Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 18:00-22:30
  • 0066 76370200
Good value
International
Euro-Thai Restaurant
Good value
International
Sea Hag Restaurant
Good value
Thai
Laimai Courtyard Restaurant
Cheap 'n' tasty
European
The Orchids Restaurant
Cheap 'n' tasty
Thai
Patong Beachfront Food Court
  • Next to Loma Park, Thaweewong Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-22:30
Cheap 'n' tasty
International
Joy’s Cafe
  • 5 Aroonsom Plaza, Sawatdirak Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 07:00-02:00
  • 0066 76344770
High-end dining
Mediterranean
The 9th Floor Restaurant & Bar
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Chicken Rice Briley
  • Aroonsom Patong Food Park, Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-15:00
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