First Time in Patong - What To Do

Patong Survival Guide

If you are preparing for your first time in Patong, it can be tough to decide where to start in this bustling beach town. This page is meant to make your decisions easier as you can see, at a glance, all of the finest things to see and do when you first step foot in Patong.

This 2.5 km beach destination is famed for its vibrant shopping and nightlife as much as its soft-sanded cove, which is popular throughout the year. Nowhere else in Phuket has so many attractions or restaurants. Although exploring for yourself is part of the fun of visiting a new place, sometimes you want a few recommendations to help you get started.

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Patong Beach at a Glance

Patong Beach is probably Phuket's busiest 2.5 km of coastline. Easily the most popular part of the island, it is the home of seemingly endless hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs and attractions. There's never a reason to be bored in Patong! The city is especially famous for its nightlife, which is centred around the famous Soi Bangla. It can be a little overwhelming to first time visitors, so we recommend reading up on it before you take your first walk on the wild side of Phuket.

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT PATONG:
  • Phuket's most exciting nightlife
  • Great shopping opportunities
  • Lots of interesting things to see and do
  • Massive choice of restaurants
  • Beautiful nearby beaches
WHAT IS LESS GOOD:
  • Always busy
  • Nightlife can be a little extreme and overwhelming
  • Not many traditional Thai touches

Things You Can Do in Patong

The star attraction of Patong is, undoubtedly, the beach. The lovely sandy shore is easily accessed and is home to a great selection of activities and a number of sun loungers and beach umbrellas. It's a busy and popular place, but there are smaller, quieter beaches to either side of it where you can find a bit more peace. There are loads of other attractions to enjoy in the area, making Patong a fun and exciting place to stay. If you check out nothing else during your visit to Patong, be sure to see these great spots.

  • The Beach of Patong

    The Beach of Patong (+ Photo Gallery)

    Patong is one of the widest beaches of Phuket, with a row of coconut, half-flower, palm and tropical almond trees Read More»

  • Freedom Beach

    Freedom Beach

    Freedom Beach is an exclusive gem on Phuket’s west coast. The 300m-long strip of white sand is set in a superb bay, Read More»

  • Surf House Patong Beach

    Surf House Patong Beach which is a vibrant surf centre on Patong’s Beach Road, just over the road from the Immigration Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Patong

There's a great variety of shopping in Patong, from bustling fresh markets and interesting night markets to Phuket's largest shopping mall - Jungceylon. You can find a range of prices for souvenirs, fashion, electronics and much more, mostly right in the middle of town. Being a popular tourist destination, the prices in Patong are a little higher than you might find in Phuket Town or other areas, but with some skillful haggling some bargains can be found. If you need a shopping fix during your first time in Patong, be sure to check out these highly recommended places.

  • Jungceylon Shopping Mall Phuket

    Jungceylon Shopping Mall

    Located downtown, diagonally opposite Bangla Road, the Jungceylon Shopping Complex has radically changed the face of Read More»

  • Banzaan Fresh Market

    Banzaan Fresh Market

    Many visitors will enjoy exploring Banzaan Fresh Market, a modern-looking Thai fresh market on Nanai Road, right behind Read More»

  • Malin Plaza Patong

    Malin Plaza Patong

    Highly-rated for its great range of low-price street food, Malin Plaza Patong is a cool, comfortable place to find high Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Patong

Patong is one of the top destinations in all of Thailand for nightlife, with only Pattaya and Bangkok having more to offer. Bangla Road is the beating heart of that nightlife, with quite a wide range of choices available along the 600-metre soi and its off-shoots. This includes first-class nightclubs, live music, go-gos and beer bars. Simon Cabaret - the best of the big shows on Phuket - is also found on the outskirts of Patong. Be sure to check out these great nightlife attractions during your first time in Patong.

  • Bangla Road

    Bangla Road (updated)

    Soi Bangla awakens when the sun sets. That's when Patong's liveliest party zone becomes closed to traffic and ready for Read More»

  • Simon Cabaret Show

    Simon Cabaret

    Simon Cabaret is a world-class Las Vegas-style ladyboy extravaganza, with over 90 minutes of dance and show tunes in a Read More»

  • Illuzion Show & Discotheque in Phuket

    Illuzion Discotheque

    Illuzion Discotheque is one of the most impressive night spots in Patong Beach. Equipped with the latest first-rate Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Patong

As with everything else in Patong, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to dining. The main concentration is in Jungceylon, though there is also a lot of choice along Beach Road, ranging from fast food to budget beachfront dining and food courts. Among the finest choices are found on the road heading out of Patong towards Kamala, where you will find amazing (and surprisingly affordable) dishes in beautiful restaurants on the rocks overlooking the sea. The following are the restaurants we personally recommend, including on with a fantastic view, one offering first-class fine dining and one specialising in great local dishes.

  • Pan Yaah Restaurant in Kalim Beach, Phuket

    Pan Yaah Restaurant

    For one of the best restaurant views of Patong Bay and the town itself a good choice would be Pan Yaah, in Kalim about Read More»

  • La Gritta Italian Restaurant

    La Gritta

    La Gritta is without doubt one of the most romantic restaurants in Phuket. Located in the compound of Amari Phuket at Read More»

  • Kaab Gluay Restaurant

    Kaab Gluay Restaurant

    Kaab Gluay is a long-established restaurant located on Phrabarami Road in the northern part of Patong Beach. Entirely Read More»

Hotels in Patong We Recommend to Our Friends

As the most popular beach destination in Phuket and one of the top destinations in all of Thailand, there is naturally a huge choice of hotels available in Patong. While the town's road map means that there are relatively few that are right on the beach, there are plenty which are less than a few dozen metres away from it. Choices range from simple guesthouses to supreme luxury, with a lot in between, ensuring that there's somewhere for every kind of traveller. Here we have a selection of our personal favourites, with something for those on a budget, something for those who want to splash out and something in between.

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort straddles beautiful Relax Bay - an exclusive beach just north of Karon Beach and minutes away from Read More...

Amari Phuket

Amari Phuket, a 4.5 star hotel located just to the south of Patong, is a 345-room and suite hotel where each accommodation choice Read More...

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket

Holiday Inn Resort Phukets approach to hospitality is simple yet devastatingly effective, with the best quality and service Read More...

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