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Patong Tourism And Travel Guide
20° C / 68° F
December to February
2 to 4 Days
Phuket International Airport (35 kms)
The Patong beach is highly known for its long stretched coastline. The beach offers tourists with a wide variety of activities including water sports activities, snorkelling, lying on the beach and other fun. Patong is an ideal place for partying all night and roaming around the town. This place doesn’t have much of historical essence as it is mostly known for late night parties and drinks. One may get the real taste of Thailand tourism in Patong’s cuisine. People usually come in the winter season as it has the best weather. Patong offers travellers to lie around the beaches and take Thai massages and spas. So here is a glimpse of travel guide to Patong.
How To Reach
Patong is one of the common places of interest in Phuket; it is located to the west coast of Phuket. This town is popularly known as the resort town of Thailand. Tourists mostly flock around the beaches in the months of January, August and July. The fastest way to reach Patong is by flight to Phuket and from there take a bus to Patong.
Patong is near to Phuket international airport, around 35 km away. Tourists coming from India can take up a direct flight to Phuket, and from there they can board a bus to reach Patong. It takes about 40-45 minutes to reach Patong by regular buses.
There are direct buses from Phuket to Patong town. Tourists can board regular buses, or the airport has started the system of shuttle buses which take people directly to Patong from the airport. It takes about 90 minutes. There are ample buses available connecting Phuket and Patong.
People can roam around Patong town either by walking or by hiring motorbikes or taxis. Tourists can also avail the option of public transport like songthaew minivans or sedan style taxis. There are plenty of Tuktuks available too.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The weather of Patong is quite favourable as the climate remains consistent throughout the year. Patong may experience humid weather too at times. February is the least humid month whereas October is the most humid month. The best time to visit Patong is in the winters.
Spring (March to May):
Tourists will find that the temperatures in Patong are fairly warm during the spring season. While one can expect rains for 7 to 10 days of the month, the temperature hovers between 32 degree C and 34 degree C. Water activities are in full swing and the tourists can enjoy different water sports like paragliding, snorkelling and others.
Summer (June to August):
While there is not a lot of variation in the temperatures of Spring and Summer in Patong, one may expect warm temperatures with occassional showers. Tourists continue to throng the area and it is a good time to relax and unwind at the beach.
Monsoons (September to November):
With a pleasant climate and the temperature varying between 30 degree C and 31 degree C, it is an enjoyable time to be in Patong. One can expect heavy rainfall for 14 to 18 days a month, accompanied by cool winds. The flora and fauna are in full bloom during this time and the locales look charming. Water activities are avoided at this time.
Winter (December to February):
Winter months see the heaviest crowds in Patong. The rains reduce to a day or two in the month and the weather has minimum humidity. While the temperature varies between 30 degree C to 32 degree C, tourists can expect a beautiful weather.
Things to Do
One of the most loved and frequently visited areas in Thailand, Patong Beach offers the tranquility of the sea and the liveliness of shows, bars, markets and restaurants. With a lot of things available for a tourist to engage in, Patong Beach is ideal for a groovy evening. Here are a few things that one can do, while in Patong.
Simon Cabaret Show:
One of the biggest shows of Patong is the Simon cabaret show. It is a family-friendly show, and the theatre is located towards Karon, and it features some of the best performances of singing, dancing, comic shows, and others.
Patong Beach Road:
Tourists can check out the incredible surf centre situated on the Patong Beach Road. With the waves replicating that of the ocean waves, it is a joy to learn surfing here. The environment is completely safe and suitable for amateurs and experts alike.
Visitors should try Hanuman flying and get an aerial view of the tropical jungles of Patong. This adventure sport gives the thrill of a trek and is completely eco-friendly.
Phuket Wake Park:
Phuket Wake Park, located near Kathu waterfall, is an exciting plae to be at. It gives the most fun ride over the lakes, and tourists can experience wakeboarding over the large freshwater lake.
What to Eat
There are plenty of dishes available in Patong. Some of the delicious delicacies in Patong include Tom Yum Goong, which is prepared by lemongrass and Thai chillies and other coastal ingredients. The other popular dishes of Patong are Mee Hokkien noodles, Massaman Curry and Dim Sum. The Massaman Curry is prepared with coconut milk, and the sourness of lime juice gives it a tangy taste. One of the most common non-vegetarian dishes of Patong is Green Curry Chicken.
Where to Shop
Patong has no shortage of shopping places. Tourists can go for big Shopping complexes like the Jungceylon for buying branded goods. Then there is Banzaan market, which is a posh local market of Patong for buying goods at reasonable prices. The Malin Plaza is best for buying souvenirs, beachwear, luggage and bags. Paradise night market is good for those who want to buy things at a cheaper price with the good quality, especially for goods like mobile covers, cushion and bed covers, lamps and beachwear.