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Tuesday, 23 March 2010 18:24
of hotels and bungalows to choose from
Before booking a room check to see if you will
enjoy what this beach offers – it is very different to the rest of the island
Patong, and its rollicking nightlife scene, is one of those places that
people either love, or want to get far away from.
It is important that one
understands Patong well before booking a room here. Patong itself is a
classically beautiful Andaman beach, with soft coral sands and clear, warm
waters – the very thing that virtually every visitor has come for.
But Patong is also the vibrant centre of tourism in Phuket, the beach where the
greatest number of visitors do choose to stay, even if it is not for everyone.
The area behind the beach is a colourful and riotous bazaar, jam-packed with
restaurants, shops, hotels, street markets, food vendors and nightlife. In
Patong the visitor does not find solitude on a secluded beach, but he does find
the colour and flavour of Asia here.
The nightlife in Patong, often bawdy, is famous, or infamous, depending on your
view. Open-air beer bars line most side streets, tended by hostesses who
attract the male set. But there are also all manner of bars, a-go-go places,
discos and cabaret shows. The ‘kratoeys’, transvestites, who prance and dance
in the middle of the main bar street, Soi Bangla, are perhaps the single most
famous night-time attraction. Tourists of all ages and nationalities stop to
watch, click photos with them and enjoy the outrageous costumes and antics right
on the sidewalks.
Patong’s nightlife is such a draw that virtually all tourists staying at other,
quieter beaches come to Patong for at least one night out during their visit.
And, indeed, it certainly adds spice to the regular diet of sand, salt and suntans
that remote beaches offer.
If Patong appeals, you will find a huge choice of hotels and bungalows spanning
all budgets here. A main road runs along most of the beach, and right across
from this is a long line of hotels facing the ocean, most of 3 or 4 star
standard. Moving away from the beach the hotels get cheaper, and there are
scores of smaller guesthouses back here. Some are several hundred meters back
from the beach, so check our map for locations.
At the northern end of the beach the road moves away from the beach, and some
small hotels, and one resort, Phuket Cabana, have lucky positions directly on
the beach. Other resorts have chosen hillside locations at both North and South
ends of the beach, allowing them close access to the action of Patong with
enough distance for tranquillity; the Novotel at the Northern end, and Amari
Coral Beach at the Southern end.