I'm gong to Patong for 8 days in September, not the first time but this time I am keen to explore the sights by day and maybe venture out a night rather than the usual night scene in Patong, any ideas are welcome, thanks.
#1 TonyM has been a member since 22/5/2012. Posts: 31
In Sept 15 to 20% of days see themonsoonal westerlies get real strong (sometimes 3 or 4 days in a row) andbecause all of Phuket ’s popular beaches face west into the wind it can beunpleasant on the beach. Howeverif you are at Patong on such days head south over the headland at the end ofthe beach to Paradise Beach which is nicely sheltered on blowy days. Nice spotbut about 3km from Patong Beach itself so you will need a tuk tuk if youhaven’t hired a bike.Oryou could head further away for CapePanwa Hotel’s sheltered beach on the east coast of Phuket.
Daytrip wise Ithink the 2 standouts are Ko Phi Phi, the place where The Beach movie was made, and Phang Nga Bay which has fabulouslandscape/seascape. Every hotel’s travel desk, small travel agent and travelstands in the street sell these. Shop around because prices tend to vary a lot.I have found these sellers to be quite efficient and reliable.
ThePhi Phi trips usually involve a visit to The Beach and to a birdsnesting caveboth on uninhabited Phi Phi Ley island, plus snorkelling at various placesaround bigger Phi Phi Don which could include some beach time on lovelyMosquito Island. The trips usually put into the main island for lunch somewhereand maybe even time to explore the town area which is called Ton Sai. Theshops, restaurants and bars are very similar to Patong and the other two mainPhuket beach areas, Karon and Kata.
Yourtime of year which is wet season sometimes gets quite rough seas so it might bea good idea to avoid trips which involve speedboats and do one which takes youon one of the bigger ferries. I have had some horrendous rough sea speedboatrides in Thailand – they can be rough, very wet and even dangerous (one trip agirl got airborne on a big wave and had to be taken to hospital from thearrival pier with suspected spinal problems. Thai speedboats look great but area bit dodgy in construction and several have broken up and sunk in big seas).
ThePhang Nga Bay trip is often called the James Bond Island trip because you spendsome time on a small island where one of the movies was made. It’s a bit of atourist trap but you will only be there for a half hour or so and the scenery,sea caves and fanging through the mangroves close to shore are well worth thewasted time. There are heaps of tours t here – some leave from Phuket piers andsome from near Phang Nga town which is on the mainland south of Phuket (you getbussed or vanned up there, often calling in at some other attractions). I’m notsure which is the best option, but a trip which involves lunch at the Sea Gypsyor fishing village on stilts (Ko Panyi) is well worthwhile.
PhangNga Bay is protected by big Phuket island from rough seas at the time of yourvisit and usually a speedboat option is okay. Most of the trips out of PhangNga town involve smaller Thai style longtail boats which are a heap of fun andcan fit through some of the sea caves that the bigger boats can’t do.