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    Patong Beach

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    Patong beach - Thailand

    I think that Patong beach and Ban Patong must be the same thing. Or not? Anyway, I'll post my Patong beach comments in Ban Patong page. And Patong was precious for us.

    With the monsoon, Kata beach was unsafe, so we came often to Patong, where only the dark green colour of the water and the many algae denounced the rough sea. No problem to the swim and nautical sports.

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    Swimming at Patong Beach

    by machomikemd Written Oct 28, 2012

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    being the main destination when going on a phuket jaunt, Patong Beach is the center of activity of Phuket and swimming in Patong Beach is a must do activity. A word of caution, during the monsoon season of may to october, the waves and the currents here are strong and rip tides are present, so that you must be careful when swimming at Patong Beach. When you see red flags being put at the beach by the life guards, be sure to stay near the shoreline if you are not a good swimmer and also you must have a waterproofed camera so that you can take pictures and videos when swimming. during the summer season of november to april, this will be less of a problem.

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    Sunset at Patong Beach

    by machomikemd Written Oct 27, 2012

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    if you just plain hanging around on a vacation to a beach paradise with no worries and no time pressure to do anything then try hanging around Patong Beach during the sunset as you would see wonderful views of the sun setting down slowly and the color of the beach sand turning from white to gray and what better thing to do it while lying down in one of the beach beds lining the beach and having a cocktail or beer or two either with your friends or your loved one. the views here are priceless and the experience is wonderful. while seeing the sun set, you will see and can take many pictures of the many activities that are going at the patong beach front.

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    Having Drinks and Chow At Patong Beach

    by machomikemd Written Oct 27, 2012

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    Being the center of activity in Phuket Province, Patong Beach is just a small 4 kilometer stretch of white sand beach among the many beaches in phuket province but it is here where most of the activities of phuket lies and what more fun to do at the beach side of world famous patong beach than hanging around and having brewskies (beers) with your wolf pack hehehe. There are many assorted beer bars, sports bars, go go bars restaurants, etc lining the taweewong road facing the patong beach front and you can order your favorite beers, drinks, cocktails, bar chow, snacks at these establishments as they have waiters/busboys cum runners along the beach that get your order and bring it you your spot at the beach (if you rent the assorted monobloc beach beds lining at patong beach). prices of these drinks are 100 baht for local beers like singha or chang, 120 baht for tiger beer and 150 baht for assorted cocktails. 300 baht for pizza, 150 baht for pad thai and more.

    you can lounge around the beach front up to 7:00 pm after that, they would not serve you drinks anymore.

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    Boracay Beaches compared to Phuket Beaches (2)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 11, 2012

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    part two of my tips with pictures of the boracay white beach in the philippines

    Phuket beaches are both good and panoramic and the best beach in Phuket is the Kata Beach which is less congested and is powdery white sands but the boracay beach in Aklan philippines definitely better in beach quality and the type of powdery white sands and there are no large waves pounding the shore and definitely no rip tides that are prevalent in the phuket beaches. The only downside in the boracay beaches is that the airport nearby is so small that only turbo prop planes are available for take offs and landings and the nearest international airport in Kalibo is about 2 hours away by road plus a 20 minute boat ride to boracay.

    Boracay Beach is voted number best beach island around the world in 2011 and number 6 in 2012 by the sister company of virtual tourist, Trip Advisor.

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    Boracay Beaches compared to Phuket Beaches (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 11, 2012

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    part one of my tips with pictures in kata and karon beaches.

    Phuket beaches are both good and panoramic and the best beach in Phuket is the Kata Beach which is less congested and is powdery white sands but the boracay beach in Aklan philippines definitely better in beach quality and the type of powdery white sands and there are no large waves pounding the shore and definitely no rip tides that are prevalent in the phuket beaches. The only downside in the boracay beaches is that the airport nearby is so small that only turbo prop planes are available for take offs and landings and the nearest international airport in Kalibo is about 2 hours away by road plus a 20 minute boat ride to boracay.

    Boracay Beach is voted number best beach island around the world in 2011 and number 6 in 2012 by the sister company of virtual tourist, Trip Advisor.

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    Sit and people watch

    by lindyz Updated Oct 4, 2010

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    I always thoroughly enjoy just sitting and watching the world go by .... and what a fantastic place to do that is down at Patong Beach, just on sunset if you are lucky! The best times to view a magical sunset are between 6.15pm and 7.00pm.

    And there is always soooo much happening on Patong Beach, never a dull moment thats for sure!

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    Patong Beach

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 13, 2010

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    Tucked away in a wide bay on the island's western side, Patong has a powder-fine white sand beach, crystal clear water for snorkelling, and it's semi-sheltered location make it one of Phuket's best spots for year-round swimming and water sports. The 3km long Patong Beach was once the most perfect stretch of sand to be found on Phuket, if not the whole Andaman coast. Today, is a seething mass of tourism, squalor and unrestricted development, a mess of hotels, bars, restaurants, travel agents, massage parlours, go-go bars, tailor shops and touts.

    Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of people seem to enjoy it each year, making Patong the most popular beach on Phuket by a mile. This is where I stayed during my stay on Phuket but I can't say I enjoyed it all that much. Sure, there's lots to do here at night, thanks to the infamous Bangla Road, but during the day all there's to do is lie on the beach or wander around the shopping malls and such like. It's fine if you're a bit of a beach bum with lots of sun loungers, which you have to pay for, and plenty of water sports such as jet-skiing, para-sailing or wake boarding. But for those with a little adventure in their veins, you can either hire a bike and venture to other places on the island or take a songthaew into Phuket Town which has tons more character.

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    Patong Beach and shopping

    by FilipDemuinck Written Jan 9, 2010

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    Patong Beach is the busiest place on the island of Phuket. Everyone can find something they like in this city. At first you have the beach. It's big, all kinds of water sports are available and people are friendly.

    Patong becomes alive during the afternoon, people stroll alongside the many shops that offer souvenirs, clothing, watches and all kind of other stuff. Bargaining if you want to buy something is a necessity. Besides this, tailors and massage girls are widely present in the street and continiously try to offer you their services. If you are interested you can find a good deal, otherwise ignore them. Besides all of this you also have the big modern shopping centres like Jungceylon.

    At evenings it becomes busier in the restaurants and bars where customers, go go girls and katoi's (thai men that are now female) dance. Everywhere you see bright coloured lights. I would recommend the "White Box" restaurant for dinner on the north side of Patong where you have a nice view of the beach and the city.

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    Patong beach

    by georeiser Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    Patong is the most famous beach in Phuket. But the beach has unfortunately become more polluted lately. The watersport activities are great if you like bananaboat, parachutes, jet-skis or speedboats. There are also many eating stalls, bars, beach sellers and massage on the beach. This noisy beach is not the place for a family holiday.
    Patong is place to party and play. The nightlife is bustling with hundreds of restaurants, bars, go-go bars. Most of them located around around Bangla Road.
    The 2004 tsunami hit this beach very hard.

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    Explore Patong Beach

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Jul 9, 2008

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    Patong is rebuilt and re'branded' itself.
    Post tsunami finds Patong rebuilt and turned into something nicer and better than what it was before. While some may argue that Patong has lost its charm, it can't be denied that in some ways this beach town is more stylish and international than ever before.

    More upmarket outlets abound along Thaweewong (sometimes spelt as Thawiwong) Road and also known on some maps as Patong Beach Road - basically it is a one way street that runs along Patong beach - with traffic heading north.

    The 25 year old Savoey seafood restaurant has expanded (prices are higher too!) & features a singer crooning at diners, the famous Banana Disco has had a facelift, and the town boasts many large international style watering holes (many with the signs that proudly announce "Aussie Owned"- Come on In Mate!).

    Casual, yet chic el fresco outlets sit side by side alongside the older tailor shops, narrow trinket stalls, shoe shops, t-shirt shops, ubiquitous foot and Thai massage outlets, hair-dressing shops and mini-marts.

    Even the beach is cleaner

    This year (July 2008), even the beach is cleaner as compared to 1 year ago. I was able to go swimming in the sea and it felt marvelous. :-)

    Streets & pavements The streets have been paved and widened, while pavements have become more pedestrian friendly after they've been tiled up nicely. This makes walking so much more of a pleasure that before and certainly safer too.

    Child's play or child at play?
    A large children's playground has been set up along the main Patong Beach, just in front of Club Andaman and Phuket Graceland Hotel. It's main theme seems to be dolphins and these man-made cement dolphins may be seen in large numbers doing their graceful jumps and frolicking on the stretch of grass along the beach, just next to the children's see-saws and rope climbing structures.

    In the late evenings, in the area between the open-air food stalls and dolphin park you will find locals & tourists milling around, watching the waves, keeping an eye out on their young ones.

    At night, at dolphin park you may find some working girls and katoeys hanging around in groups - basically just chatting and killing time.

    What about the stalls?
    Some effects of tsunami-the tiny stalls which used to sell t-shirts, belts, carved soaps, knives and flip-flops have been moved slightly further in, away from the possibility of huge pounding waves.

    Besides the stalls on the street, a number of large shopping malls have come up. Besides the old Ocean supermarket towards South Patong (towards the Holiday Inn part of Patong), there is a new supermarket & pharmacy along Soi Bangla - right next to Tiger Entertainment. It seems to me like they must have torn down or moved some of the go-go bars that used to be on the little side soi there. For those who like to shop-please check out my shopping tip.

    Not to be missed is the sparkling and still new Jung Ceylon shopping mall. Year 2000 road (Rat U-Thit Song Roi Pi Road) which is parallel to Thaweewong/Patong Beach road has sprouted to life and there is a never-ending row of cafes, mini-marts, outlets offering laundry services or tour services-or a combination of both-, tailor shops (tailored suits ready in 24 hours!), and motorbike rental stalls, and ubiquitous massage centers offering foot reflexology, traditional Thai massage and other services to tourists & locals. There are also art-shops where amazingly good reproductions are done by local artists.

    What does the future hold?
    More and more buildings & shops are coming up on every vacant piece of land and I predict that very soon, Patong town and Phuket town will somehow merge and meld into one-with the separator being only the hilly road between the two.

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    The busiest beach!

    by simcard Written Apr 15, 2008

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    Before we came to Patong, we heard more cons than pros about this beach. Well, the first night I was kind of freaking out seeing the bangla rd scene, but honestly, if you know how to avoid that and just enjoy the beach, the water, the romantic restaurants.. your trip can be still as beautiful at Patong! There is so much to do there and I think we like the busy scene!

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    Famous beach in Phuket

    by muratkorman Written Feb 18, 2008

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    Patong is the longest beach in Phuket streching approximately 3 km from one end to the other. It is surrounded by hotels, resorts, nightlife, restaurants and shopping possibilities. You will see 3 or 4 rows of sunbathing chairs totally occupied afternoon. There are water sport activities you can get involved in. If you don't enjoy too crowded beaches, you either need to come early in the morning just like I did or you choose a less crowded beach like Kata or Karon.

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    Beach chairs and Umbrellas

    by touraco Written Oct 24, 2007

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    Beach chairs along Patong Beach

    There are so many umbrellas with beach chairs along the patong beach that i believe its quite impossible to put your own mat down for sun bathing.

    2 beach chairs with umbrella(s) cost about 160baht for the whole day.

    This is the price during the time when I was there so I am not certain if the price will differ during the peak season

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    Patong Beach

    by nlv_13 Written Sep 21, 2007

    Patong beach is a very nice place ,if you want to go to Phuket choose you Hotel alongside this beach ,where there are a lot of shops alongside the beach ,and many tourists ,so choosing an hotel alongside Patong ,will make your life easier where you can swim and shop at the same time

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