Atlas Hotel Cafe & Bar

232/1-2 Phang Muang Road, Kor Lane, Patong, 83150, Thailand

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how about a wine?

by lizzieban

after a few trips to thailand and little if any wine with dinner(Im not a beer drinker!) is byo accepted? or are there any places in patong where you can get a wine that dosent taste like old vinegar?
thanks for you help
thirsty girl.

Re: how about a wine?

by expatbangkok

Wine is available in most restaurants in Thailand, BYO also with a corkage charge. If you want vinegar you can buy that at the supermarket.

Re: how about a wine?

by Stepwalk

Ange, when you buy wine ask that they bring you a newer bottle if they can. Unfortunately, they don't follow good practice in storing the wine and generally put it in the fridge just before meal times. If buying yourself from local stores, get them to give you one from out back rather than the one sitting in the sun out front! My wife and I have found that the quality of available wine in Asia has improved immensely in recent years and dropped in price. I'm not referring to top-notch wines here, just the everyday quaffables that you get in Aus for $8-12 a bottle. You'll be paying $15-$25 per bottle for those in stores in Phuket and maybe double that in restaurants.

Re: how about a wine?

by xymmot

Thailand is gettng better in wine selecton. I would bring my own, and usually it is accepted. If you buy wine in Thailand, go to a well known store where they rotate stock. Big shops in Lotus Tesco, or in the Big C is best, maybe foodland otherwise you might find vinegar.

Re: how about a wine?

by lizzieban

thank you for all your replys, sounds like things may have changed since I was last there ( this is my 4th trip )Im sorry if I offended anyone by my comments but as I wine lover I did find it extremely hard to find wine at most restaurants,it certainly wasnt everywhere, and I was looking hard!

Re: how about a wine?

by expatbangkok

You can bring your own wine but there is a limit at customs, 1 bottle is it?? For the price, I reckon that Chilean wine is the best in Thailand. More bang for your buck. Wine is usually improperly stored, as is beer, so it is not uncommon to come across a few sulphurous wines. Just give them back.

Re: how about a wine?

by Adaptor-Plug

The bloke / lass pair who run this place seem to be careful about their wines.

or go here...

or here...

however, since Keith Floyd died I don't know how his place at Burasiri is doing. Good thing would be that they're unlikely to have been drunk dry like the bloke did when he was alive.

Re: how about a wine?

by khunwilko

Yopu're on a hiding to nothing with wine - the duties are about 150% even on home grown wine.
It is just about universally undrinkable.
even a bottle of apparently good wine is very likely to be spoiled as it will have been kept and wildly varying temperatures etc etc.....THEN try sending a duff bottle back - they'll look at you as if you've gone mad.

Re: how about a wine?

by expatbangkok

Where are you drinking khunwilko, pizza hut?

Re: how about a wine?

by khunwilko

No sir I'm talking of 3 decades of professional of London vintners, Europe and South Americas etc etc....

Re: how about a wine?

by expatbangkok

Don't see how this relates to buying wine in Thailand.

Travel Tips for Phuket


by phil_uk_net

In Thailand everyone wants to massage you. It can be a soothing experience with aromatherapy essential oils or it can be like a wrestling match if you get a strong person giving you an authentic Thai massage.

Prices vary. Two hours of Thai massage can be had for 240 Baht. In expensive Phuket at Nai Harn beach this masseuse wanted 400 Baht for one hour of oil massage.

Fishing Day Trip for Sailfish

by rudocp

Join on Sail fishing, starting at 10am to get live bait. You will stay out between 3 and 6 pm, the best time for sail fish. Return to Chalong about 8 pm. Sail fish are the target. Transfers, food, fruit, water, soft drinks and equipment supplied .

overall shopping experience

by linggy

Overall, shopping in Phuket is pretty costly as compared to Bangkok. Shop keepers also dont want to bargain with you so that take away half the fun also. Many items for sale are women's accessories, household items (photoframes or lamps) made of seashells and other beads and stones. USD 10 onwards for most trinklets

Rural Thailand in Cosmo Phuket

by Hewer about Relax Bar

This is my favourite bar in Phuket. It's set up like many bars are in the rural areas of Thailand - mostly outdoors with several park bench-type tables, live music at night and hostesses who regulalrly come by and top up your drinks. Here, they also have a big screen where you can watch international football or cricket. This is what initially got me to go in there. It's pretty quiet during the week but they can get a fair crowd on the weekends.

I got to know the staff really well and this became my regular haunt for the five weeks I was based in Phuket. If you want a genuine Thai experience away from the bright lights and high prices of Patong, head out to Relax Bar one night and introduce yourself.

They open from 5pm until 1am, 7 days a week. Sometimes you might be able to get a drink or two after closing time :-)

Regular Driver

by Hewer

Getting around by taxi in Phuket is expensive when compared to Bangkok. Prices are fixed and meters are non-existent. I made contact with a good driver in Phuket and stuck with him for the five weeks I was studying there. This was great because he gave discounted fares and personalised service. The "official" fare from Phuket Town to Kata or Karon Beach is higher than what he was charging me and by the end of my stay, many of my classmates were using him too.

I got some good local knowledge from Mai and he made my stay in Phuket easier.


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