Patong Beach Attractions
What to See in Patong Beach
As the prime destination in Phuket, Patong Beach hosts a great choice of attractions and must-see places. Famous for hosting the best nightlife on Phuket Island, Patong also offers a wide variety of entertaining activities as well as natural and man-made attractions, including Simon Cabaret (the biggest transvestite cabaret show in Asia), Patong Boxing Stadium, Kathu Waterfall, Wat Patong (Patong Temple), Kathu Mining Museum, and a lot more.
This beachside town has a lot to offer when it comes to interesting and fun attractions. Besides the three-kilometre-long beach, some tiny picturesque hidden tropical strip of sands such as Paradise Beach or Freedom Beach can be found around Patong by exploration-minded visitors.
Other Attractions in Patong
Bangla Boxing Stadium features regular Thai boxing (or Muay Thai) fights three nights a week; on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It is run by a team of professional Muay Thai promoters who are said to present only the real deal in the ring. Many of the fighters here are foreign boxers who train hard before getting in the ring. If you are lucky, you might have the chance to witness some women’s matches which also take place here – but not as often as men’s events. From the outside the whole scene looks like something out of ‘The Flintstones’ cartoon as it looks more like a big cave than a modern sports stadium. But don’t let this fool you; once you step inside, it’s a serious boxing stadium alright.
Bangla Boxing Stadium was originally located in Soi Bangla (hence the name) moved once or twice before settling here a few years back. Ticket prices are divided into a few categories with the VIP seat being the most expensive one. Children get 50% off any quoted price. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 21:00 – 23:00
- Location: Opposite Banzaan Fresh Market behind the mega Jungceylon in Patong (look for the large building with big Muay Thai boxer figures on top)
- Tel: +66 (0) 76-366 129
Boon Kaw Kong Shrine
When cresting Patong Hill, most drivers honk their horns to show respect to the Pun Tuao Kong Chinese Shrine that straddles the hill. Built in 1980, it is not a big shrine but it is well respected. When devotees' wishes are granted they usually come back to pay respect by setting off fire crackers. Some people show open-air movies across the road from the shrine or donate money for the shrine's maintenance. Photography is not allowed inside.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: In Patong at the junction of Phrabarami and Phisit Karani Road (at the bottom of Patong Hill by the Phuket-Patong Road)
Along the beach at the north end of Patong is Loma Park, a refreshingly quiet spot to relax in the shade. Many festival events are held here during the year, and it's a popular park for local families to enjoy a nice afternoon.
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. Read More...
Phuket’s long been a popular destination for those seeking sun, sand, sea and… companionship but not all men coming here seek female company. Many male visitors look for male companionship, sometimes for the duration of their holidays, sometimes for much longer.
At the Royal Paradise Complex in Patong an estimated half of the businesses there are run by, or are catering to gay people. Many are small bars with a selection of young men who sit, talk and share drinks with their guests. There is no obligation to spend more than the price of a drink. Read More...
Basically, there are two types of Thai boxing in Patong: the staged stuff and the real McCoy. For the real article look no further than Patong Boxing Stadium on Sai Namyen Road. Talk about an atmosphere. The stadium is frequented by macho-looking tattooed western types with their Thai girlfriends, middle-aged, broad-shouldered Thai guys and a large contingent of Muslims from neighbouring province Phang Nga, to cheer on their relatives. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every Monday and Thursday – Show time 21:00 to 23:30
- Location: Boxing Stadium located on Sai Namyen Road, Patong
- How to get there: Look for a very small soi (street) opposite of well known Nanai Road on Sai Namyen Road
Shell World Museum
Shell World Museum at Jungceylon is a labour of love for Somwang Patamakanthin known to most people as Jom, an amateur malacologist and one of Thailand’s leading seashell collectors. The museum houses countless colourful and unique sea shells, a total of 1,382 families from 135 countries around the world. Some of them are rare and valuable shells and fossils. Among the most impressive ones is a giant clam weighing more than 200kg.
Jom is no stranger to shell-collecting circles. His father, Somuek and his family own the famous Phuket Seashell Museum in Rawai, and the huge venue has been considered by many shell enthusiasts to be one of the most interesting private museums in the world. Jom grew up with the same interest as many people in his family and like his father he has met and exchanged knowledge and seashells with other marine scientists over the years.
Free admission for children under 100cm tall. Jom is also involved with the Bangkok Seashell Museum, located on Silom Road next to Soi Silom 23, just across the road from Lerdsin Hospital. Stop by if you are in the area.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Near the Shooting Café at the Sino Phuket Zone, Jungceylon
- Tel: +66 (0) 81 -892 0947
Walking into the Simon Cabaret show theatre in Patong is just like entering a movie house. There's the same Kenny G saxophone music, the same plush seats and the same dimmed lights. It's only when a basso profundo voice announces the show and the curtain rises on live performers glistening with sequins and shimmering with feathers that things are different. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Three shows daily at 18:00, 19:45 and 21:30 hours.
Like all night owls, Soi Bangla awakens when the sun sets. That's when Patong's liveliest party zone becomes closed to traffic and ready for action! Famous for its raunchy nightlife, Bangla goes all out to entertain with girls, beers and music that increases in volume as the moon rises. Jammed most nights year round, it's actually totally unthreatening and lively place to walk around as bars compete for customers.
The girls aim to please - dancing around poles, engaging in banter, or coaxing customers to play simple bar games like "Connect" or "Hammer the nail" to break the ice. The objective is to entice customers to buy drinks and hopefully, take them away for the evening. Read More...
Wat Suwan Khiri Wong
In a middle of Patong’s busy development and the infamous nightlife lies a peaceful and holy place called Wat Suwan Khiri Wong or Wat Patong for short. It is the centre of local Thai Buddhism. This Theravada temple features beautiful structures including the main ubosot (chapel), pagoda, monastery hall and statues of Lord Buddha. There are monks living in the temple and every morning they go through the nearby community to collect food from the villagers who line their route. It is a sight that takes Patong right back to its original roots when the place was just a fisherman’s village years ago.
- Opening Hours: Daily from early morning till late afternoon
- Location: In Patong at the junction of Phrabarami and Phisit Karani Road (at the bottom of Patong Hill by the Phuket-Patong Road).
Near Patong (Kathu)
Phuket Mining Museum, located in Kathu on the road between Loch Palm Golf Club and British International School, is one of the island’s most interesting museums. It features displays ranging from tin mine models to a recreated scene in an opium den.
A visit with a guide (or someone who has some knowledge about Phuket's history) is recommended as, for now, most of the signs and descriptions are only in Thai. There’s a minimal entrance fee. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon to Sat from 08:00 – 16:00, closed on Sundays
- Location: On the road between Loch Palm Golf Club and British International School. You can't miss the entrance: a Sino-Portuguese style double archway
- Tel: +66 (0) 88 766 0962
Kathu Shrine has shared a long history with Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival and is known as the original home of the festival. The original Kathu shrine was very small and not at all grand. Over the years, a lot of work and effort was expanded to renovate its condition and nowadays this shrine is considered by many islanders as the most holy of all in Phuket. Traditional materials and techniques were used and the restoration was done following traditional Chinese architecture as visitors can see, starting from its main entrance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: In Kathu Village, it’s about two km from the Kathu- Patong junction on Samkong-Kathu Road once you turn right