Patong Beach, Phuket
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
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
Patong beach is the most popular beach in Phuket because most of the big Phuket hotels are situated here as well as most of the shops.
Patong beach is a hive of activity everyday and you can go there just for a dip or to try the abundance of watersports available, or as some do,just for the deckchair service of food and drinks and to watch the world go by in front of you.
You can do all kinds of shopping from your deckchair as well as have a massage or parasail, or rent a jetski and the ladies can even have their hair and nails done, as my friend Jody did.
Patong beach is well worth a visit and to me the afternoons are best as the mornings can be too hot.
Located on the west side of the island with more than 3 kilometres of white sandy beach Patong is the most crowed beach in Phuket especially in high season with many water sport events and restaurants near the beach
Patong Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Phuket. It has a stretch of white sandy beach. You may choose to simply have a walk along the beach or do some adventurous water sports like parasailing, jet skiing, taking a ride on the banana boat or just laze around the beach and build a sand castle, jogging, suntan and wait for the sun to set.
Beach umbrellas and deck chairs are for rental and there are many café and restaurant just across the street.
It is the most developed and commercialised beach in Phuket. It offers numerous leisure, sporting, shopping, recreational things to do along its 3km crescent bay. You will never get bored here.
There is a must-visit newly opened shopping mall called JungCeylon. Check out my shopping tip.
The beach was rather deserted during rainy season. There was nobody on the deck chairs and no water sports activities were seen during my visit. I guess the rain spoiled everything.
Patong is also known for its vibrant nightlife, hot or rainy seasons.
What sets Patong from other beaches is the roads that run parallel to it.
Tawiwong Road runs along the beach front. Rat-U-Thit Songroi Pi Road runs parallel but further inland. Both in walking distance. Littered along these two roads are the hotels, resorts and eateries. There is a stark contrast between day and night. In the day, this place looks like some backwater town that looks like anywhere with lots of people. At night, the place comes alive with neon lights, vendors and music.
The famed Bangla Road joins both roads together somewhere in the middle. No cars are allowed in Bangla Road after 6pm.
As usual, my warnings of shopping here. Don't! You can even find better deals at Jungceylon or Central Festival. The pushcarts at Central Festival do sell the same stuff as Patong like T-shirts and nice headscarf bands for girls for less than Patong's opening bargain. For example the headscarf band which you see Edwina wearing in some of the photos here sells for THB59 in Central Festival. Suffice to say, don't pay more than THB59 for it. I got it for THB50 elsewhere. I was quoted THB100 for this same item as an opening quote on Patong.
The deck chairs and parasols are not free. You got to pay THB100 for rental of a deck chair should you use one. In short, use your own beach towel or blanket if you did pack one. Better still, if a beach is what you need get accomodations with their own beach, maybe get to Khao Lak instead (hint ;) )
The parasol will cost you another THB100.
Bangla Road connects Tawiwong Road and Rat-U-Thit Songroi Pi Road somewhere in the centre of Patong Beach.
This road is closed off to traffic at 6pm onwards. On it are the kind of nightlife one would expect. Bars, discos and crossdressers plying their trade. Jasmine didn't believe me when I said the most perfect woman in the world is a man (quoted from House from one of the episodes).
Didn't take any pictures with them. They demand a fee if you do. No, they don't harrass you for a photo with them. I got two kids with me. They seem more excited about the remote controlled toy robots zipping around the street than anything else.
I suggest you visit Bangla Road late in the afternoon, hang around at Jungceylon and then return to it when night falls.
Jasmine summed it up well. The place looks dead in the day. People just walking around, shops closed and lifeless. At night, it is alive. Like some kind of vampire. See the rest of the photos for the difference between night and day.
Now, for those with children. It is still safe to be in Bangla Road at night but don't stay too late into the night. The hot action starts around 8:30pm onwards with the pole dancers dancing in full view topless (actually ladyboys showing off their surgically installed breasts). So just snap a few pictures and then get out of there quick if you don't want to expose your kids to that kind of debauchery.
I wouldn’t travel to Phuket just for its beaches, at least not Patong Beach, but if you happen to be in Phuket it would be a shame not to spend at least some time chilling out on the beach with a cold beer (or other adult beverage of your choice). The water is warm and appears clean, and the beach is better than average.
If you do not dive or snorkel, dislike excursions, shopping and etc, just relax on the beach with your book and enjoy the sun and sound of waves.
There are many beach chairs and umbrellas but you need to pay a small amount and you can enjoy the whole day under the sun.
Alternatively, you can bring your own beach mats or towels. Cheers!
The beach in Patong is huge (4 miles i think) and its a beautiful alternative to the sleaze of patong at night. sometimes i went running on the sand at night. it seemed to be a safe beach with no undesirables hanging out there after dark. there were also plenty of tiny sand crabs emerging from the sand and scuttling about the place which was interesting! never swim at night though.
when the red flag shows on this beach, do take notice of it. i went swimming in this water and it was very very rough, for the experienced swimmer only.
I always scare of deep water, and never wanted to go far than the shore, therefore i never wanted to do any water sports, just afraid if something happen and i will be missing somewhere inside the water. one of the reason why i dont like deep water is because i dont do swimming. hehee then its my fault.
everytime i am at the beach, the beach boy will offering a lots of water sports, and they willing to negociate with the price. when i was there, they are offering THB1500 for jetskiing, but i refuse because i always say to myself what happen IF? better not tell more what IF. But this people they just never give up of asking and they giivng me very good price, which is at THB700. So i try to kill the scare feelings i had, then i make myself brave and lets do the jetskiing.
As i am alone, so one of the beach guy company me for the ride, but he only take the ride from the shore so i did not fight myself with the wave, then when we reach to the calm part, he let me ride it myself, then i did.. it was fun, and i just enjoy the ride, that would be my second time after 4 years. the beach boy quite supprise coz i did not scared & drives as fast as i can & turn as sharp as i can.that make him have fun too.then he ask me to go to the other side of the beach, that place, really empty, no one was there for sunbeth at all, and the water, is awesome, you can see underwater and the coral extreamly beautiful. but then again my mistake, i dont have camera with me, so i dont have picture to show.but it is really beautiful.
After 30 mins we were jetkiing, it time for me to let him ride again and bring to the shore, but it not just that, the was playing with the wave, which means, he ride the jetski and fight the big wave, which made us flying about 10 meters high and it freak me out and i scream woooohhoooo!!.. that means im scared but with laugh on my face. but then again, i had fun.. he did it a few times for about 15 mins..try it out.. expacially when you on a low season, go and fight the wave.. you'll be the king.
The second time i went there was in Last 30 August 06, it is a wet seasons on that time, so on the first day i was there, it is a little cloudy, and it get wet when it come to everning.
Basically the weather is not that bad, but when it come to the wave at the beach, it a little rough, its different when my first visit which is in April, almost to it wet seasons. i was there for 5 days and for the 1st and 2nd day it is wet and windy, not really cool for being at the beach and i did not see anyone at the beach on that time, not many visitors as high seasons which always busy and pack with people at any part of phuket you go, and on the 3rd day until my last day there, it was so sunny, and the weather is beautiful, it make me miss the place when i am passing by the beach on my way to the airport.
by the way, i dont have a picture during wet seasons on phuket, just kind of lazy to carry my camera along, because the weather is being lazy, so it made me lazy too. i guess the next trip to phuket, i will be coming on a high seasons.
Low season or not, the beach is always filled with people.
Lots of water activities to participate in and course you need to pay for it.
Girls or guys with long hair, can always braid their hair on the beach.
Fancy a good massage by the sea?
A nice dip, a good book and occasional sunbath.
My Personal Page on Patong Beach
and My Braids
At night, you can walk along the Beach Road and you would've already seen 70% of what you can shop for in Phuket, maybe not for as cheap as you might get it in the inner night markets in Patong but for really dirt cheap nonetheless! Aside from shopping, it's just such an experience to walk along a road with the sea in sight & with the sea wind blowing at you & experiencing the locals & tourists intermingling on the Beach Road. It's pretty exciting to watch local vendors chase after customers just to make them buy their wares.There's also the constant roaming truck with Muay Thai fighters parading on it that goes around the Patong about 100 times a night. "Tonight!... Biggest Match... Muay Thai Boxing!!! You go to Thailand... You go watch Muay Thai!" cues the Muay Thai music afterwards. It is pretty entertaining! There is just an air of such laid-back fun while walking along the Beach Road at night. During the day, there's also a myriad of things to see. Again, locals trying to sell tourists all kinds of things and following poor foreigners around bugging them to book a tour or have a suit made. But more than that, there's the endless floor of blue "Patong Beach" tiles that line the road and a still a list of more little discoveries that you don't really see at home. Fresh fruit vendors, people in Karon tribe costume selling their wares, tsunami evacuation route signs, fabulous art in small shops, all the colorful tuktuks, the locals, the Western commercial establishments like Starbucks or McDonalds that look just a little bit out of place.. or just something as simple as phone booths with things written on it that you don't understand. Go for it and you'll be surprised at how much you can discover! :D Plus it's the best way to get to see Patong and kind of have an idea of where you'll be getting that Thai massage tomorrow, or where you'll be eating your next dinner as you see all of the places you can visit and how much everybody offers their services: canvassing on Patong Beach. :)