The Beach of Patong

Phuket Beach Guide

Patong's 2 km strip of golden sand is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket, it's a place to watch the world go by.

By day, Patong Beach is a hive of activity with parasail and jet-ski operators, boat drivers, beach vendors and masseuses all vying for the attention of the many visitors relaxing on the beach chairs. During November to April (NE monsoon) the water is very flat and calm.


From May to October (during the southwest monsoon) there are larger waves and dangerous swells. Although it is possible to go in the water on some days, you should pay strict attention to the red flags when they're out.

The northern part of Patong Beach, where the Novotel Phuket Resort is located, hides a beautiful small sandy creek where water is very shallow and clear during high season. Several beach chairs are available.

The southern part, near the bridge leading to Amari Coral Beach Resort is the mouth of a river where several fishing boats anchor. The other side of the bridge leads to a small fisherman village.

Patong Beach:
What's Good

Large beach and shallow water
Lots of activities and facilities
Restaurants on the beach
Beach snacks sold by vendors
Exciting nightlife and good shopping
Toilet facilities

What's not

Water quality sometimes impaired
Occasional noise from jet-skis
Crowded in high season

 

Patong Beach Facilities

Everything you could possible need is available on Patong Beach, except someone to rub suncream on your back.

Sunbeds are aplenty on Patong Beach, a set (two sunbeds, a table and an umbrella) costs around 200 baht for one day.

There are three sets of public toilets spaced out along the beach that are reasonably clean, you usually have to pay a few baht to use them. 

Patong Beach Restaurants & Food

The sunbed vendors also sell a wide variety of food, drinks, snacks and of course ice cream. Even better is that you don't have don't have to leave your sunbed, you're every need will be taken care of.

The whole length of the Beach Road is lined with restaurants and cafes (there's even a MacDonald's and KFC) so lunch won't be a problem, nor any other meal for that matter. 

Patong Beach Watersports

Patong beach is jet-ski and parasailing heaven, operators can be found every few hundred meters.

Exercise caution and wear a lifejacket when participating in motorised watersports - most jet-skis are not insured and jet-ski scams exist here so be warned... Also popular is the banana boat, waterskiing and wakeboarding. Hobie cats are available, as are kayaks and windsurfers.

The best place to surf at Patong Beach is at the north end, where the waves can be quite good, fast and open to the wind.

Slight winds with waves up to a metre and a half with a beach break. (Read more about surfing)

Patong Beach Activities

 

Some good snorkeling can be found by the rocks at the north end of the beach, equipment can be rented on the beach easily.

There are a couple of volleyball nets for those who enjoy beach volleyball, everyone's welcome to play - it's a great way to meet people. Games usually start around 16:30 as it starts to get cooler.

What better location could there be for Thai massage other than the beach? Readily available and excellent value for money, the masseuses are set up in the shaded areas. Other types of massage and reflexology are also available. 

 

Beach Vendors

Throughout the day beach vendors walk the beach selling all manner of things, silks, clothing, henna tattoos, costume jewellery, fruit, ice creams, nuts, ornaments and games to name a few. Sometimes you'll see the oddest of items that will have you laughing out loud.

A polite 'no thank you' is all that's required to ensure they pass you by, however the ice cream sellers are usually most welcome. Should you wish to look at something on offer you're not obliged to make a purchase. When actually buying something you'll need good bartering skills to get a good price. Bartering should always be conducted in a warm friendly manner with a smile on your face (the smile is the most important part).

Northern part of Patong, also accross the beachroad (toward kalim)

 
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