Phuket and Patong, Thailand
Phuket is an island about the size of Singapore, lying in the Andaman Sea just off the western coast of Thailand. From small beginnings as a backpacker destination in the 1980s it has developed into a major vacation resort, providing top class facilities for families, as well as younger people and older singles seeking to experience the active and varied nightlife. Some effort has been made to check unrestrained tourist development, and the growing trend is towards more top end facilities and accommodation. There are plans to make Phuket an important medical tourism destination, based on its spa resorts and international standard private hospitals. Phuket’s international airport connects this resort island directly to major hubs in Europe and Asia, making it easy to get to.
The main attractions of Phuket are undoubtedly its long sandy beaches. Some of these beaches are situated right next to shopping centres and nightclubs, while others are in more peaceful locations. Patong Beach is the most important, but there are also beaches at Kata Noi, Kata Yai, Karon, Bang Thao, Kalim, Nai Han and Nai Thon. Phuket is also a good jumping off point to visit the many smaller islands nearby. The islands can be reached by ferry or seaplane. The main daytime activities in Phuket are snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and sailing. It is also possible to go trekking in the interior. At night the shops, restaurants, bars, discos and nightclubs beckon.
Accommodation options vary from hotels to serviced apartments to villa rentals. The last two options are particularly attractive to those wishing to stay longer. Phuket also has a thriving freehold and rental real estate market with new developments coming on stream all the time.
Getting around Phuket is no problem. Public transport is provided by Phuket’s own distinctive tuk-tuks. However, most visitors opt for their own wheels, and you can find motorcycle and car rental companies everywhere.
There are several yearly Phuket events which stand out:
- The Vegetarian Festival is held on the first day of the ninth lunar month. For nine days islanders of Chinese descent eat only vegetarian food. Apart from the vegetarian food experience the festival features parades and displays of fire-walking, ascending ladders fitted with sharp blades, and various forms of ritual impalement. Not for the faint-hearted!
- Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is held in December at Kata Beach. International yachtsmen compete for royal trophies.
- Laguna Phuket Triathlon is an international event also held in December.
- Phuket Travel Fair is held at Patong Beach every November. It features colorful parades and beauty contests.
- The Sea Gypsy Festival features the setting adrift of small boats at night, similar to the Loy Kratong festival. Takes place at various dates around the end of the year.
Patong Beach is the most developed tourist centre on Phuket, and the easiest to reach from Phuket Town. Patong Beach now attracts most of the visitors to Phuket. It has a vibrant nightlife, catering to every taste imaginable, but it has lots of attractions catering for families too.
Patong Beach is based around three main axes: Beach Road, along the seafront; Rat-U-Thit Song Roy Bii (200 Year) Road, running parallel a few hundred meters inland; and Soi Bangla, which bisects those two. Soi Bangla is the focus of Patong Beach’s famous nightlife. Half a kilometre further inland is Nanai Road, which has become a center for the resident expatriate community. Between Nanai Road and Rat-U-Thit Song Roy Bii Road is a new highway which runs just behind the huge Junc Ceylon Shopping Centre. Many new villa developments can be found in the hills behind the beach.
Getting around is easy, using Phuket’s unique minibus tuk-tuks, songthaew pick-up trucks or motorcycle taxis. Most of the central area around the three main roads can be covered on foot. Buses leave for Phuket Town every half an hour.
Patong Beach Nightlife
Patong Beach nightlife includes live music venues for just about every musical genre, discos, nightclubs, bars, kickboxing shows and ladyboy cabarets. There is a sex industry, but it is located along one section of Bangla Road and can be easily avoided.
Restaurants of every type can be found, including Arabic, Japanese, French and other types of international cuisine. The Thai seafood restaurants here are also well worth a visit.
From the beach go jet-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, swimming, or just relax with a cool drink. If you are a diver Phuket is the premier diving location in Thailand, featuring pristine coral reefs, vertical coral gardens and a number of interesting wrecks. There are over fifty dive schools and dive tour operators in Phuket.
If you want something a little quieter, arrange a day trip to another beach or neighbouring islands for snorkeling or fishing. Or try one of the various spas or massage parlours. Another interesting daytrip from Patong Beach is a trip to Phuket Town, with its museums and colonial architecture. Finally, there are opportunities to learn about Thai massage, Thai cooking, and even Thai kickboxing. There is something for everyone in Phuket.
Map Location of Villas in Phuket
View Phuket Villas 3, 4 and 5 Bedroom in a larger map
Phuket Villas – Contact Information
Patong Hill Estate
25/2 Siriraj Road
Patong, Phuket 83150
Tel. 080 699 2436 (in Thailand)
Tel. +66 80 699 2436 (international)