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Patong Beach refers to the beach and town on Phuket‘s west coast. It is the main tourist resort in Phuket, and contains an important centre of Phuket’s nightlife and shopping. The beach became popular with Western tourists, especially Europeans, in the late 1980s.
Patong’s pulsating nightlife never fails to attract curious visitors every evening. Like a magnet, it’s hard to resist a wander down Soi Bangla – the heart of bar scene where girls, neon lights and deafening music compete for your attention. Over a hundred bars ranging from beer bars (girlie bars), Go-Go bars, nightclubs, pubs are condensed into the small action packed area fondly known as « Bangla » where the only priority is to have a good time.
The girls aim to please – dancing around poles, engaging in banter, or coaxing customers to play simple bar games like « Connect » or « Hammer the nail » to break the ice. The objective is to entice customers to buy drinks and hopefully, take them away for the evening.
Soi Crocodile: Also known as ‘Soi Katoey’ for the prominent stage where ladyboys shake everything they’ve got (and some things that were just recently added). This is the most consistently busy of the bar sois and
even on a weeknight in low season there are plenty of punters around.
Soi Easy: Best known for the upstairs Aussie Bar, which attracts a faithful crowd of… Australians, Soi Easy is the bar soi closest to the beach on Bangla Road.
Soi Eric: Run by a professional and well-organized management team from Europe, Soi Eric has done a good job of bringing order from chaos. The first thing you notice is that Soi Eric doesn’t sound like battle of the bands. There is one DJ who plays the records for the entire street, which cuts down on some of the noise and confusion of the other sois.
Soi Gonzo: Next to Soi Easy you’ll find Soi Gonzo, a cool little place that often gets overlooked between the neon of Easy and the ladboys of Soi Crocodile. Soi Gonzo is the place to go to enjoy all the enticements of Bangla Road without having to deal with the crowds. There are maybe ten bars on Soi Gonzo, such as the interesting-looking Black Cat, but the perennial favourite is The Wet Spot, the friendliest bar on the soi.
Soi Lion: Located between Soi Tiger and Soi Seadragon, Soi Lion is
currently under renovation or about to be replaced. Some of the popular bars from Soi Lion, such as the Stockholm Bar, have moved to Soi Sansabai, the street opposite of Soi Bangla, across Rat U This Road.
Soi Seadragon: has entirely been redesigned and rebuilt, featuring now two levels of beer bars in the central lane. A unique sound system cover the whole area and light effects are playing on the giant roof that now protect the full street. Lined on both sides with a lot of new go-go bars, and some others more known, Soi Seadragon is the place to go to watch scantily clad maidens shake what they’ve got for all they’re worth.
Banana Bar is an open-air pub & restaurant and a part of Patong Beach Hotel. On the Beach Road, towards Soi Bangla and just outside Banana Disco, (a tremendously popular venue), Banana Bar offers live music nightly by the popular Sandman Band as well as an Elvis Show every Friday night from 20:30 – 21:30. Booking in advance in high season is recommended.
Hard Rock cafe, is the latest addition to the Patong live music scene and is located on the Rat-U-Thit/Ruamjai Road corner adjacent to Courtyard Marriott Resort at the southern end of Patong. Situated on a 1,330sqm site, Hard Rock offers a 300-seater restaurant and bar area, patio seating and their signature retail Rock Shop which houses some impressive memorabilia from famous stars such as Madonna, Elvis Presley and Guns N’ Roses.
Molly Malone’s is still going strong after more than a decade of delivering Guinness, Kilkenny pub food and good, semi-acoustic music. Expect jigs and reels and plenty of good-natured humour from talented musicians.
Margarita’s is a step above the usual Bangla brashness and is a perfect place to people-watch and listen to live bands playing every evening from 19:30 onwards. With food, TV and a pool table.
There are a few massage parlours in Phuket town which offer similar services to the Patong Christin massage parlour however few tourists ever visit these Phuket oil massage parlors which have mostly Thai clients. Most travelers staying at a hotel at one of the Phuket beaches along the west coast of the island prefer visiting Cristine massage Phuket parlour as its a bit of pain to visit Phuket town for a Phuket massage as it is on the other side of the island.
It contains 300 local and international stores, being anchored by Singapore’s Robinson Department Store and the Carefour Hypermarket.
Within Jungceylon, one can find both luxury brand and discount outlets selling clothes, electronic items, home items, jewellery and so forth.
Jungceylon also has two large hotels, 20 restaurants, 10 health and massage centers, branches of most Thai banks and a SF Cinema.
Patong’s hundreds of hotels come in all shapes and sizes. From budget favourites to five-star luxury, our hotels section has got them covered with many deals exclusive to Phuket.
Patong is one of the widest beaches of Phuket with rows of beach chairs… lots of water activities and access to numerous bars and restaurants
Patong establishments run from hand-wheeled carts selling kebabs and sticky rice all the way to world-class fine dining, with celebrity chefs and award-winning wine lists.
Discover how to go to Patong Beach: TheBestof Thailand TTN Thailand Travel News
BANGKOK, 4 April 2012: Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Tourism set up a 24-hour call centre, 3 April, to serve tourists.
One of the key objectives is to give tourists a place to register complaints and allegations regarding cheating. The main offenders are tour companies and tour guides.
In Phuket, the scope of complaints also includes jet ski operators who threaten tourists if they object to paying for damage incurred during the rental period, despite the island’s insurance scheme.
The department general director, Supol Sripan, said the call centre will allow tourists to register complaints around the clock rather than just during the ministry’s office hours.
“The call centre number is 02 401 1111.”
The tourism department director believes opening the call centre will add value and assist visitors during the upcoming Songkran holidays that starts late next week.
The call centre is a joint project by the Department of Tourism and CAT Telecom Public Company Limited.
Besides the call centre, tourists can file a complaint via email to DOTcallcenter@tourism.go.th .