If you are visiting Patong for the first time, it can be tough to find out what to do first 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 3 km beach destination is famed for its vibrant shopping and nightlife as much as its soft sandy cove which is popular throughout the year. Nowhere else in Phuket has so many attractions or restaurants, and 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.
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.
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.
There is a great variety of shopping in Patong, from bustling fresh markets, interesting night markets and 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.
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, including 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.
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.