Patong Beach Guide – Phuket


Phuket MapLit up like Las Vegas, Patong is fast and furious every night of the week. Shops and restaurants stay open late, and there’s the never-ending choice of bars, clubs, karaoke lounges, cabaret, massage parlours, go-go bars, discos and shows.

You’ll find a whole range of “informed opinion” on the nightlife in Patong, with comments from “sleazy” to ‘brilliant.” Much is made of the girly bar scene, which occupies a small part of town. There are pubs and bar beers – places to drink, play games with the girls and be merry (usually outdoors) and go-go bars, with air-conditioning, “entertainment” and often good music. Couples are welcome in most, and the style is pretty relaxed. Some of the go- go shows are not for the faint hearted, but visit with an open mind and you are sure to enjoy all that Patong has to offer as the nightlife begins.

Most of the action is centred around Bangla Road which joins Beach Road at one end and Rat-U-Thit Road at the other. In between are a number of small sois (streets) with bars, go-go bars, restaurants and cafes, literally next to each other.

Photos of Patong Beach

Patong Beach Phuket

Elevated view looking down on Patong Beach

Patong Beach Phuket

Patong Beach during high season

Patong Beach looking north

Patong Beach looking north

Powdery white sand at Patong Beach

Powdery white sand

Here’s our list of Phuket’s best beaches:

  • Bang Tao – north of Patong, Bang Tao has a soft white sand beach
  • Kamala Beach – a quieter beach to the north of Patong
  • Karon Beach – the second most developed beach after Patong
  • Kata Beach – a clean, but busy tourist beach with good surf
  • Laem Sing Beach – a small bay with stunning views, between Kamala and Surin Beach
  • Nai Harn – a quiet beach (perhaps the best) in the south, near Phromthep Cape
  • Patong Beach – the largest beach resort, known for its nightlife and shopping

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