Patong is known throughout the world for its vibrant and colourful beach scene and for the many families and partygoers that flock here each year to enjoy the white sand shores and hedonistic nightlife, it is synonymous with Phuket itself. The busiest beach on the island is located just 15 km from Phuket Town with a regular public ‘Song Taew’ bus service that runs between the hours of 6am and 6pm. For many guests staying at the Thavorn hotels and resorts it is the must see destination on the island. The beautiful white sand beach is 3km long and with crystal clear waters to swim in, an influx of deck chairs and umbrellas to laze about on and all the essential conveniences on hand, it provides the ideal place to chill out and soak up the rays as you wait for the sun to go down and the party to begin.
If you are looking for an action packed beach holiday then you’ve come to the right place. If water sports are your thing, try your hand at jet-skiing, water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, parasailing or visit the Aqua Zone Water Park, a giant inflatable ocean playground, located just off shore close to the infamous nightspot Soi Bangla (Bangla Road). Freedom beach, just a short longtail boat ride away offers an interesting and varied array of tropical marine life, and closer to hand there is a small reef at the southern end of the beach for snorkelling.
There is plenty to do out of the water as well, with a staggering amount of activities on offer catering for every taste. Working your way around the vast Jungceylon Shopping Complex in central Patong is an activity in itself, but the complex also hosts an impressive range of leisure and entertainment activities such as ten-pin bowling, cinemas, karaoke, shooting range and of course the best in Thai and International shopping and designer brands. Located within easy reach of Patong, you can put your abilities to the test by trying out activities such as Cable Skiing over a fresh water man made lake, Bungy Jumping, Go-Karting, Shooting Ranges, Muay Thai Boxing training and Elephant Trekking. If all this sounds too much like hard work, then relax and pamper yourself in a Patong Spa and Thai massage, cleanse the mind and body in a Yoga Class or try your hand at a Batik painting or Thai cookery class.
For a large number of visitors to Patong, the main appeal undoubtedly lies in the lively and hedonistic nightlife. Soi Bangla is an assault on the senses and with literally hundreds of bars, restaurants, discos and shows to aim at, most of the action and party atmosphere is centred around here. For a truly spectacular and once in a lifetime experience, there is only one place in town to be and that is the world famous Simon Cabaret, one of Asia’s largest, glitziest transvestite and ladyboy Cabarets extravaganzas. Patong even plays host to a comedy night at the Punchine Comedy Club, featuring renowned comedians from around the globe. Despite the party vibe in Patong, it is still a popular destination for families and away from Bangla Road you can find more laid back places to enjoy a quiet drink, sample some of the best seafood the island has to offer or take in the quality sounds of live local and international cover bands. If dancing the night away is your thing then head to the famous Banana Disco on the Beach Road, the swanky Seduction Disco in Soi Bangla or the recently opened state of the art Sound nightclub in the Jungceylon centre , which pulls in a hip and funky crowd and hosts quality Bangkok and international DJ’s.
You will never tire of the huge variety of dining options in Patong and you can sample some of the finest cuisine about, including distinctive and tasty Thai dishes made from the freshest local ingredients, Italian, Scandinavian and Japanese dishes freshly prepared by some of the world’s finest chefs as well as British pub grub and your typical western fast food chains (McDonalds, Burger King, KFC). For those on a backpacker budget head straight to the street stalls and fill up on the interesting and tempting authentic thai cuisine on offer at bargain prices.
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