Patong is Phuket's party central. Neon lights beckon travelers nightly to clubs, discos, go-go bars, cabarets and Irish pubs.
By day most tourists can be found tanning, sleeping off hangovers or mud wrestling in bikinis.
Culinary options in Patong include Indian, Thai, Italian, American steakhouse or fresh cheap eats at the Jung Ceylon Shopping Complex.
From Bangkok, you can easily go by bus or rail to Thailand's southern coast. Then catch a ferry to Phuket and continue on to Patong. You can also fly from Bangkok to Phuket International Airport, located in the north of the island. If you are coming from Phuket Town, there are frequent buses to Patong.
If the party scene is not for you, avoid Patong altogether and head to the less developed Nai Han beach instead. Some peace and quiet can be found rambling in Old Phuket Town if you need to get away from the flashing neon lights and seedy hawkers of Patong Beach.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.