Things to do on Patong

Things to do on Patong

Surfing, snorkelling, bungy and more

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Surfers are better off heading to Patong for a drink than a wave, as the waves here tend to close out.
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If you’re desperate, try the northern cap of the beach, but you’re really better off heading elsewhere on the island -- even if just to Kalim Bay, which is just north of Patong and has a shallow reef with a right hand break. On big days Kalim can be a good option as it’s a little sheltered from the swell. Heading south from Patong takes you to Relax Bay which can get a good left hander by the southern headland. Note you’ll need to bluff your way through the Meridien to get access to the beach.

The best snorkelling on Patong is up towards Kalim Bay, but even then it’s no great shakes. If you do go snokelling on Patong, watch out for all the joyriders and boat traffic -- especially jet skis. For far better snorkelling, jump on a longtail and head south to Paradise, Tri Trang and Freedom Beaches -- you’ll find some of the best snorkelling on Phuket on these three beaches.

If you’re a keen jet skier, don’t forget to pack your Second Class Helmsman’s license in order to legally operate one but, as this is rarely checked, perhaps just ride as a passenger. Don’t forget your life jacket.

Off the beach, Phuket is famous for the Phuket Simon Cabaret -- it’s been a Phuket icon for nearly 17 years and the glamorous gals hit the stage at 19:30 and 21:30 daily. Tickets are 500B and the show is absolutely worth it.

Staying off the beach, Pum Thai Cooking School focuses on learning Thai recipes that you’ll be able to find the ingredients for once you’re back home. Classes range from one and a half to six hours and cost from 900 to 4,500B. All students receive a recipe book and, for the longer classes, a certificate.

While not in Patong proper, Jungle Bungy offers the chance to free-fall 50 metres over a lake half way between Patong and Phuket Town. Your first jump will cost 1,600B and, if you want to go again, additional jumps are half as much.

Jungle Bungy Jump T: (076) 321-351. www.phuketbungy.com
Phuket Simon Cabaret 8 Sirirach Rd, Patong. T: (076) 342 011. www.phuket-simoncabaret.com/
Pum Thai Cooking School 204/32 Ratuthit 200 Pi Rd, Patong Beach, T: (076) 346 269. www.pumthaifoodchain.com
West Coast Divers 120/1-3 Rat-u-thit 200 Pee Rd, Patong. T: (076) 341 1673 www.westcoastdivers.com

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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