Patong, located on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand, is the prime center of Phuket’s shopping and nightlife and attracting Western tourists since 1980s. Patong travel introduces you to true vacation, with excitement and a lot of happening.
On the contrary to the fame of Patong as a place with vibrant nightlife, parties, loud music, bars and constant activities, Loma Park is a distinct spot here, on the north end, where you can spend a quiet and relaxed afternoon, with family. It is also a venue for many festivals.
Patong Hill has the Patong Hill Shooting Range, which offers variety of guns, like shotguns, Magnums and sniper rifles, to try your hands at, under expert supervision.
On the way while heading to the top of Patong Hill, there is the Pun Tuao Kong Chinese Temple, where drivers blow horn in respect. It is famous for granting wishes and devotees light fire crackers after their wishes get fulfilled.
During Patong travel, the Shell World Museum at Jungceylon is a must-visit. It is a venture of Jom, one of Thailand’s leading seashell collectors. Innumerable colorful seashells here will amaze you.
Visit Wat Suwan Khiri Wong, an extremely serene holy place, in the heart of Patong’s notorious nightlife.
Visit the nearby Kathu District, which features Kathu Mining Museum and Kathu Shrine.
Patong is especially famous for its nightlife. Two main areas here, viz. Paradise Complex and Bangla Road, have the most concentration of discotheques, bars and go-go bars. While Bangla Road is mainly straight, Paradise Complex is gay.
Both erotic and therapeutic massages are offered in Patong, in the numerous massage parlors, as well as on the beaches, over a bamboo mat.
The beach road and small lanes of Patong get converted into a night market after sunset, selling variety of goods, like handicrafts, sarongs, silk scarves, various other beach clothes, leather items, computer games, CDs, toys, and much more. Though the market is chaotic, you can enjoy it and bargaining in a cheerful way brings about best deals. Another night market is held opposite Paradise Complex, generally on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and is good for teenagers, because of stuff like funky shoes, clothes and recycled jeans, but also Thai desserts, jewelry, orchids and hair accessories.
Sports-lovers can enjoy a variety of activities on Patong beach, like parasailing, bowling, cable skiing, go-karting, shooting at ranges and many more. But the most prominent is snorkeling and scuba diving. Numerous companies are present here to take you to the colorful underwater world of Patong Beach. Some operators even offer full-day trips, which are sheer fun, while some arrange tours to Similan National Marine Park.
You can also enjoy elephant-trekking.
Also enjoy exciting Thai Boxing matches at Patong Boxing Stadium, Bangla Boxing Stadium and other venues, which are accompanied by loud cheer-ups and music played on Javanese clarinet, finger cymbals and drums.
Being the main tourist destination in Phuket, Patong features a cosmopolitan population as well as foods from different parts of the world. You can get all sorts of eateries like food carts selling sticky rice and kebabs, and award-winning high-end restaurants, with celebrity chefs and wines. Thai food courts serve delicious, yet incredibly low-priced Thai food. Mid-range and budget hotels serving European food are also abundant.
If your Patong travel is in November, you will get an excellent chance to watch and get involved into Patong Carnival, which is celebrated to start new season with prosperity. Various sports events, beauty contests, parade with enchanting floats, stage shows, food and drink stalls and much more can be enjoyed during the Carnival.
Plus, Phuket town celebrates a number of events, including Gay Pride and Big Bike Festival, in addition to Songkran and Loi Krathong, which you can enjoy, during Patong travel.