Patong is the heart of the action of Phuket island and arguably the party centre of Asia. Located on the western coast of the island, Patong attracts travellers of all ages to immerse themselves in the hectic nightlife, bustling beach retreats and endless shopping.
Once one of the most stunning stretches of powder-fine white sand, rather remote and untouched, Patong Beach has changed beyond recognition. Today, Patong Beach is the central hub of water activities such as parasailing, jet skis and water skiing scurrying back and forth along the shoreline, hundreds of improvised sand-made sun lounges, mobs of tourists and of, course, countless beach clubs, bars and restaurants.
Being a party capital of Asia, Patong attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly offering almost endless activities and entertainment. Hundreds of beer bars, go-go bars, restaurants and nightclubs lining the main street, attract madding crowds and promising an unforgettable nightlife experience.
Patong represents another side of Thailand. Frantic, crowded and congested, it has no more South Asian exotic appeal, however, it’s honest. It shows the life in the raw, enabling visitors to enjoy it or find a more tranquil area for their quiet holiday. If you are young or young at heart, and you cannot live without parties, then Patong is an excellent place for you. With the broad range of marvellous villa accommodations perched atop of the hill, you will enjoy staying in one step from the wildest nightlife, an elaborated collection of the best restaurants and bars, yet, far away from the noise.
WHAT WE LOVE
Incredible range of stunning villas
The ample choice of day entertainment
Vibrant beach clubs, bars and restaurants
Immense shopping opportunities
Endless spas and massage parlours
Situated towards the north of Phuket International Airport on the western coast of Phuket island, Patong is the ideal place to stay in the epicentre of the nightlife.
Although it is possible to get to Patong, Phuket over land or water, the best way is to fly:
It can take anywhere between 1 hour to 1,5 hours to reach Patong from Phuket International Airport depending on traffic. Ministry of Villas can arrange a chauffeur to greet you upon arrival and escort you to your villa.
Alternatively, there is a taxi desk at the arrival level which arranges one-way fares at a fixed-price. You can opt one of the transfer options – a shared mini van with other travellers or a private taxi.
Phuket Airport Express, shuttle bus service, links the airport with Patong Beach. The bus arrives directly to Patong Beach, which eliminates the need to change transport on your way. You can buy a ticket onboard for a fixed price of THB120. The shuttle service runs roughly every 45 minutes starting from 8.15 am daily.
There are several options, so we’ve ranked them according to our recommendations for first-time travellers:
Ministry of Villas can arrange a private car and chauffeur for you. Depending on which villa you are staying in, the cost for the private vehicle with a driver can vary, so it’s recommended to contact our Ministry of Villas team to get the complete information about the private transfers.
Patong’s taxis make it easy to get around. There are two types of taxis available in Patong: multitude small bright red or orange coloured minivans or sedan-style taxis with the “Taxi-Meter” sign on top. It is recommended to use metered taxis as in the long run it is a cheaper option than private minivans, not equipped with meters.
There are multiple tuk-tuks cruising along the roads of Patong. Tuk-tuk is an easy and fast way to move around the area and explore the nearby beaches. Take into account that there are no fixed prices for tuk-tuk services so you can try your hand at bargaining, and get a better deal.
Patong houses hundreds of motorbike rental shops, and it’s a preferred way to move around the area, but a certain level of experience is required due to the rather chaotic traffic. The main roads become congested in the centre of Patong at the evening so riding on a motorbike can be very rewarding as you can zig-zag through traffic and find a place to park just about anywhere. Take into account that you must have an international drivers license on your person at all times, otherwise, the local police can issue you a ticket with a summons to appear in court. And make sure you wear a helmet.
Car travel in Patong might be tricky due to the heavy traffic especially during the high season (December-January). However, if you are planning to explore the island it may be cheaper and more convenient in the long run to rent a car.
MOTORBIKE TAXI RIDE
Entrepreneurial locals may offer to give you a lift on the back of their motorcycle. This option is not usually advisable, as small-framed Thais can struggle with any heavier passengers on the back. Also, this type of transportation is not recommended if you are travelling to longer distances due to the reasons of safety and comfort.
There are over 20 Ministry Approved villas in Patong. As Patong is the most popular tourist destination, villa prices tend to be higher than other parts of Phuket. Patong villas range from USD $450 per night for two-bedroom villa resorts to over USD $1,400 per night for a five-bedroom luxury villa.
Most of our villas have dedicated staff including butlers, chefs, nannies, 24-hour security personnel, and many other services you won’t find in a hotel. This is why we say “Spend just one night in a villa and you’ll never stay in a hotel again.”
Patong serves an incredibly cosmopolitan array of dining venues including Thai, French, Mediterranean, Arabic, Italian, Japanese, Indian, Korean and many other restaurants catering to all tastes.
Unsurprisingly, Patong’s speciality is grilled seafood, which is priced by weight and is represented at the displays set in front of every third venue. While walking along the busy streets of Patong pay attention on the restaurants tucked away in the small lanes as there are many worthy establishments too.
The upscale restaurants lining the coastline or nestled atop of the hotel roofs serve an exquisite haute cuisine ranging from the Asian fusion to the international favourites. Besides the stunning views, these venues also benefit from the award-winning chefs who will amaze even choosiest of customers.
The epicentre of Patong nightlife scene is Bangla Road with hundreds of bustling bars, nightclubs and cabarets dotting the street. After the sun goes down, mobs of maddening tourists flow towards the party centre, in search of fun, beers and all kinds of the nightlife entertainment.
Patong hosts hundreds of beer bars and gogos offering not only the attractive drink list but also a comprehensive entertainment including scantily dressed girls performing seductive pole dances and various table games on choice. This frantic city is also a home to numerous cabarets and gogos where young ladies and feminine ladyboys perform vivid and exciting dance shows.
Most of the venues playing live music and nightclubs are set in Bangla road too, attracting travellers to party from dusk-till-dawn. Amidst all this nightlife diversity, you can be sure to find a dance floor playing your favourite type of music or a bar with the most appealing entertainment and drink list.
Another reason to visit Patong is its abundant shops spread around the city. Fashion stores, immense shopping malls, and tiny shops draw travellers to enjoy the retail therapy. The largest Jungceylon Shopping Mall in the centre of Patong hosts numerous local boutiques and international brand stores offering the newest collections along with the traditional beachwear and souvenir shops.
The roadside stalls sell souvenirs, T-shirts, handmade art pieces, silk scarf, leather goods and various electronics. Usually, prices there are not fixed, so never pay the announced cost as it is negotiable.
Night market at Malin Plaza in Patong is another option to hunt out some authentic item or usual collection of Thai knick-knacks and cheap wears. Known for its ample choice of traditional cuisine, Malin Plaza also offers an ample selection of spa products, jewellery, souvenirs, T-shirts and beach wares.
Patong is Phuket’s relaxation capital, providing hundreds of massage shops, day spas and wellness centres dotting the area. While walking the busy streets of the town, you will see myriads of parlours attractively illuminated and dotted with rows of comfy chairs.
Usually packed full, these massage shops draw visitors to relax and get a bit of pampering. You will be spoilt for choice of numerous treatments including foot reflexology, Thai massage, facials and various spa procedures offered in Patong’s day spas and massage shops.
Bargain-priced these spa procedures, relaxation massages and beauty treatments have become an integral part of complete Thai holiday, attracting visitors to immerse into the world of fragrances, essential oils and divine treatments, while staying in Patong.