Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach, Phuket

Phuket's Patong Beach has it's fans, but its rather seedy nightlife scene put off many.

Taken on: 12th May, 2004. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

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Like a siren, stunning Patong Beach beckons beach bums, clubbers, foodies, shoppers, and all-around hedonists to Phuket.

Tucked away in a wide bay on the island's western side, Patong has a powder-fine white sand beach, crystal clear water for snorkelling, and it's semi-sheltered location make it one of Phuket's best spots for year-round swimming and water sports.

Patong Beach was once the most perfect stretch of sand to be found on Phuket, if not the whole Andaman coast. The Patong of the past was remote and largely untouched, and the expat old-timers love to reminisce when a visit to this beach meant chartering a long-tail boat and packing a picnic lunch. Obviously, much has changed.

The Patong of today is a seething mass of tourism, squalor and unrestricted development, a mess of hotels, bars, restaurants, travel agents, massage parlours, tailor shops and touts. Call us killjoys, but Patong is everything that tourism in Thailand should ... Read our complete Patong Beach travel guide

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