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Nightlife is the claim to fame of this city on Phuket’s west coast, but its spectacular beach makes it a destination for all ages.

As the main resort town on Phuket, Patong is known for its nightlife and scenic beachfront. Clubs, restaurants and outdoor bars lit by hundreds of neon signs fill up nightly with tourists looking to party. Families will love exploring the wide beaches, blue-green waters and town markets.

Patong Beach stretches along 3 kilometres (2 miles) of coastline. Hills extend out into the water on both sides of the beach, forming a gorgeous protected bay. Hire a powerboat and go wakeboarding, waterskiing or parasailing around the bay. Otherwise, navigate the water at a slower pace on a sailboard or in a kayak. Hire snorkelling equipment and head to the rocks on the north side of the beach and discover exotic marine life. If you get hungry, order something from a beach vendor. Enjoy a burger and sip a cocktail, all without leaving the sand.

On the beach you will find many Patong locals selling handmade items like carved wooden trinkets, jewellery and clothing. Barter with one of these vendors or browse the downtown shops for souvenirs. In the evenings, the pavements fill up with markets.

Patong’s nightclubs are spread around two main areas: Bangla Road and the Paradise Complex. These lively districts are worth a visit but only if you enjoy the nightlife.

For a change of pace, visit some of the area’s other attractions and beaches. Kamala Beach, 8 kilometres (5 miles) north of Patong, is great for families. Spend a day enjoying the tranquility and scenery of Kata Noi Beach, just over 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of Patong. Keep travelling south to sleepy Nai Harn Beach and watch the sunset at Promthep Cape, the southernmost tip of the island. Organise a longer adventure to visit Ao Phang Nga National Park where you can take a canoe trip around spectacular limestone rock formations.

Patong is located 36 kilometres (22 miles) from the island’s international airport and 16 kilometres (10 miles) west of Phuket Town. Relax on the beach by day and party the night away in this irresistible beachfront destination.

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Top hotels in Patong

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
4.5 out of 5
12 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
NZ$99
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

This family-friendly Patong resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Patong Boxing Stadium, Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (736 reviews)

"The room was beautiful and was very comfortable. The staff were extremely helpful and kind and we enjoyed our stay. I will be back shortly."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan. 2020

Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
Grand Mercure Phuket Patong
Grand Mercure Phuket Patong
5 out of 5
1 Soi Ratuthit 200 Pi 2 Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
NZ$156
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

This family-friendly Patong resort is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Patong Beach and Jungceylon Shopping Center. Bangla Road and Karon Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,678 reviews)

"Expensive overall okay good location good food and clean"…"

Reviewed on 30 Jan. 2020

Grand Mercure Phuket Patong
Millennium Resort Patong Phuket
Millennium Resort Patong Phuket
5 out of 5
199 Rat U Thid 200 Pee Road, Patong, Phuket
NZ$114
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in the heart of Patong, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jungceylon Shopping Center and Bangla Road. Patong Beach and Karon Beach are also ...

4/5Very Good! (2,063 reviews)

"Received an upgrade to an executive suite, great room, pools are terrific, next door to all the major attractions including Bangla rd, Jungceylon shopping centre and Patong beach is a 3 minute walk."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Millennium Resort Patong Phuket

Popular activities in Patong

Bangla Road
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Bangla Road

3.5/5(536 reviews)

Head to this street when the sun goes down to experience the buzzing atmosphere created by busy bars, nightclubs with music pumping and crowds of people looking to party. 

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5(235 reviews)

A family-friendly beach that turns down the volume and turns up the relaxation – with yoga, massages, warm calm seas and uncluttered friendly beaches.

Top activities in Patong

Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

78% of travellers recommend
NZ$20
Per adult
Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island & Sea Caves Kayaking Tour
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Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island & Sea Caves Kayaking Tour

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$144
Per adult
Full-Day Tour of 6 Islands to Phi Phi with Lunch & Barbecue
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Full-Day Tour of 6 Islands to Phi Phi with Lunch & Barbecue

82% of travellers recommend
NZ$196
Per adult
Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch
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Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$124
Per adult
Simon Cabaret Show Admission
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Simon Cabaret Show Admission

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$45
Per adult
Phuket ATV Bike Tour
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Phuket ATV Bike Tour

NZ$128
Per adult

Reviews of Patong

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 31.101190476190474%
4 - Good
353
4 - Good 52.529761904761905%
3 - Okay
88
3 - Okay 13.095238095238095%
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2 - Disappointing 2.5297619047619047%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7440476190476191%

2/5 - Disappointing

Tom

Feb 15, 2020

It's a mixed bag, some parts are nice, others not, snd Russians absolutely everywhere!

3/5 - Okay

Michelle

Feb 14, 2020

I was last in Patong 11 yrs ago, it is even seedier than it was back then. If I ever go back to Thailand it will be somewhere different

4/5 - Good

Joanne

Jan 23, 2020

Despite all the negative perceptions that Patong has been given, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves while we were there. Found a tour agent who made sure everything went well with the tours that we booked and her rates were one of the best!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 9, 2020

Many amazing places to eat out, massages on tap. Beach was nice

3/5 - Okay

MattyP

Jan 9, 2020

A bit dirty in general, with many drunken tourist in the evenings

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 6, 2020

It should be emphasised that Paton would suit young singles much more than a family. Also, the accommodation must tell visitors that there is an incredibly loud, noisy market and entertainment event across the road. This goes on until 1am.

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