Patong Promenade is permanently closed.
Patong Promenade is a state-of-the-art shopping mall just a few steps off Patong’s famous nightlife hub - Bangla Road. No less than 700 million baht was invested by five separate business groups into developing the complex of about 20 retail stores and restaurants, with a total of 40,000sqm of floor space. Its collection of boutique stores and its relatively quiet and tranquil atmosphere – in spite of being positioned directly behind two of the biggest nightclubs on the island – makes it a welcome escape from the bustle of Jungceylon while still providing a high-quality shopping experience.
Directly behind Patong Promenade, you will find a further collection of shops and restaurants – The Sixth Phuket. Designed to mimic the Sino-Portuguese architecture of Phuket Town’s popular shopping streets, a number of the venues have a Middle-Eastern slant, marking the beginning of Patong’s extensive Arabic quarter as well as giving the shopping area an injection of colour and variety.
At the Rat-U-Thit entrance opposite Jungceylon shopping centre you’ll find several T-shirt and flip-flops outlets and you can have a tattoo done there if you’re that way inclined. Further inside the mall, the alleys take on a more spacious feel with high ceilings and a ‘cobblestone’ effect under foot.
At the first floor of Patong Promenade, you can browse Kanjana (selling ladies’ accessories and bags), House of Leather (no, not a sado-masochist outlet) bags and boots, Paris massage parlour (facial and body treatments), NY Casual (a fashion boutique selling T-shirts and colourful caps), J'adore (sexy lingerie), Craft India, you could get your hair and nails done at Diamond Hair Club Professional before to enjoy a drink at the brightly coloured Kaffee 2012. A second-book shop stands at the mall’s southern end.
Food wise, a Thai-style food market is held in front of the mall, serving local delicacies; go up to the third storey to find a large food court and a good steakhouse restaurant: Hog's Breath Café.
Patong Promenade is designed in a cross shape and is flanked to the east by Rat-U-Thit Road, to the north by Bangla Road and the western side is made up of the massive Tiger Club. Watch this space for future developments…
The Sixth Phuket
At the back of Patong Promenade stands an L-shaped row of 19 brightly coloured Sino-Portuguese shop-houses. This is ‘Sixth Phuket’, a 30-million baht development that houses cafés, boutiques, banks and restaurants. Lebanese Flower Restaurant, Summer Wind Restaurant, Sourana Massage parlour, Mafia fashion, and Al Basha Restaurant are among the venues located in this sympathetic street hosting a rather oriental feel.
It’s a vivid sight to behold – a sort of retro-futuristic version of Phuket shopping 100 years ago with an Andy Warhol makeover. Interesting and certainly worth a visit.