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Patong Beach Phuket

Patong Beach is the one place you just CANNOT MISS when you travel to Phuket Southern Thailand?

This is the main tourist area of Phuket Island, and is located in the southern region of the west side of the island between Kalim and Tri Trang beaches, and almost due west of Phuket Town. This small 4 km2 (1.5 mi2) town is the main area for beach, nightlife, shopping, and just about everything you could want to do on the island of Phuket.

If you’re coming to Phuket, don’t skip visiting Patong Beach!


Patong Beach is a wide and sandy northwest facing beach about 2.8 kilometers long (just under 2 miles) with over 110,000 m2 (1.2 million ft2). Patong isn’t just for people watching, window shopping, and getting dizzy on alcohol – it is also scenic! There is a lovely view from the beach – especially from either end. No, this isn’t the most scenic part of Phuket, but you won’t be disappointed when you arrive. The beach faces northwest and is large enough that sunsets can be experienced all along the soft sandy stretch of beach.

Patong Beach became popular in the late 1980’s when travelers, mostly from Europe, came to spend weeks at a time in a state of total relaxation. Things were much slower then!

In 2017, Phuket International Airport received over 8,000,000 visitors. Many of them made it down to Patong Beach. The Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) is expecting to beat that number in 2018 and beyond. Most visitors to Phuket are from China, then Russia, Australia, Korea, and then the United Kingdom comes in fifth place.

What’s Patong Beach Like?

The beach itself is highly commercialized, as you might expect. There are restaurants along some sections of the beach where you can eat or drink to your heart’s content. There are women offering massage (legit), hair braiding, and other personal services. You can rent just about anything on the beach to stay afloat, or to help you relax. Beach chairs and umbrellas, floats, or blow up chairs are common.

Beach Features

Set in a deep cove with hills at each end, the north and south ends of Patong Beach are protected from some wind. The sand is deep, fine, and soft at Patong Beach, and very light – almost white in some areas.

The beach is very wide and long, and there is a lot of space for the thousands of visitors that spend some time here daily. Patong Beach is definitely the most popular beach on the Island of Phuket because it’s so convenient to reach from all the hotels where most people choose to stay to be close to nightlife, shopping, and good restaurants.

The ocean is calm and good for swimming and wading. When waves are bigger, it’s OK for surfing or bodyboarding. The main feature is that it’s convenient and everything you need to enjoy an easy day is right here within easy reach.


Is the Beach Good for Swimming and Wading?

Yes, Patong Beach is mostly clear of underwater rocks and coral reef. It’s a great place for wading, swimming, and even snorkeling at either end near the rocks is fine. During high season the waves are smaller, sometimes no more than a couple inch high waves! Really, the water is smooth like glass during many days from November through March.


Is Patong Beach Clean?

Because there are so many people visiting the beach, rubbish is something of a problem. The sand isn’t so clean, with beer bottle caps and broken glass occasionally found. It’s just what you might expect at a beach where millions visit each year. The government has added many more garbage bins in recent years, so it is getting better. Still not perfect! You’ll find this is the case with all beaches in Thailand, there are probably none without trash of some sort laying around. Don’t let it detract from your enjoyment of the place. They’re working on it, slowly.



You can eat at your mat or lounge chair on the beach if you want. Bring your own food for a picnic or buy something you’ve never before eaten while you’re there. Vendors selling fresh cut fruit, fruit smoothies, beverages, grilled chicken or pork, and seafood are always close-by and only a short walk away. The variety of food available is a bit overwhelming. There are restaurants on Beach Road and within one-block walking distance inland are dozens of places to eat – Thai food, or just about anything you crave is available.


Is Vegetarian Food Available?

Vegetarian dishes are available at the beach, but you may have to search around a bit. The only time you won’t have to look hard for vegetarian food is during the Jeh Festival in October – also known as the Vegetarian Festival. Many locals pledge to eat only vegetarian during this time, and restaurants cater to them.


Restroom / Shower Facilities?

Yes, there are a couple of restrooms along the beach, but not nearly enough. Most people try to use restaurants or hotel restrooms along the beach instead of walking a great distance to the public restroom. Most of the time you’ll be able to do the same.


Patong Beach Attractions

The beach is nice enough that most people who just want to spend some time in the water or gawking will enjoy Patong Beach. Nightlife is the main reason people are staying in Patong Beach instead of elsewhere on the island where the geography, the scenery, is so much more stunning.

Patong Beach at night around Soi Bangla – the nightlife hotspot – is going strong from 9 pm. and later, every night unless there is a Buddhist holiday or other national holiday. Bars and clubs close between 1 am. and 4 am. each night, and it’s generally a lot quieter after 2-3 am. Still, there are always some clubs who pay officials extra to remain open later (at least there have been in the past.)


Things to Do at Patong Beach (Activities)

There is a lot to do at the beach, it’s not just all about falling asleep on your beach chair or mat. There is also jogging; swimming; wading; snorkeling; massage; lunch or dinner on the beach; a small children’s area; photography; people watching; bars on the beach (all hours); banana boats; jet skis; kayaks; snorkeling (not so good here); parasailing; longtail boat rides to other beaches or to islands.


Is there Surfing in Patong?

Yes! During the months of April to October, there can be ridable waves for surfers and bodyboarders. Sometimes the waves can even reach two meters high (almost 7 feet). Waves are very small during most of the high-season months (November to May), though big storms can increase wave size at any time.

For those of you interested in surfing in Patong Beach there are some small waves, some ridable on longboards, at various times throughout the year, usually associated with a storm front. Kids with bodyboards can enjoy the smaller waves too – there are rentals on the beach when the waves are around 1 meter. Even if the waves are small, kids still have a blast with bodyboards – so consider renting them.

Longboards are usually your best bet at Patong Beach when waves are a meter or so in height. If the swell gets bigger than a meter, short board riding is possible when the waves are coming in fast. You may be surprised that, even with all the people who are are at the beach, you’ll find very few surfers on the water. This is great news for surfers who are here on a day when the waves happen to grow to 1+ meters.

Almost always, the best Patong Beach waves are found at the north end of the beach, close to the piles of rocks. For decades, this has been the best spot to be when the waves start cranking in Patong. Go early morning to get the good waves to yourself while everyone else is sleeping off their hangovers. This spot does get somewhat crowded on epic surf days.

For more information where to surf in Phuket check out the following blog post: 17 Best Phuket Surfing Beaches


Surf Lessons and Rentals?

A local guy named Day who operates out of the Baan Andaman Sea & Surf Guesthouse can often hook you up with a surfboard rental. He’ll actually deliver it to you at the beach or your hotel in Patong Beach.

Contact info: surftrips@baanandamanseasurf.com; Phone: +66 (local 089.973.2161) or +66 (local 083.522.8523). If at all possible, call him because email is hit or miss.


Is Patong Beach Public or Private? Are there Entrance Fees?

You can feel free to come to Patong Beach anytime, from anywhere, it is publicly accessible from many directions. Beach Road runs the length of the beach, and visitors can enter anywhere along the beach, even walking through hotel lobbies in most cases without a problem. No fees to use the beach.


Is Boat Anchorage Available?

Yes, offshore is possible. Patong Beach is a deep cove that provides some protection from the wind and waves from certain directions.


Is there a Boat Dock and Marina?

There is a small boat pier at the southern end of Patong Beach, but there are longtail boats all along the beach.


Cautions to be Aware of…

  • Accidents? A number of accidents occur each year at Patong Beach because of the high number of people all in one place. Boats and jet skis running over people and jet ski crashes are somewhat common and extreme caution is advised while in the water near any boats or other motorized watercraft.
  • Undertow? When the waves are waist high or more, caution is advised because like every west-facing beach on the island, there are strong rip currents which can pull swimmers out to deep water. Sometimes the lifeguard sees this occurring, and sometimes not. Please ensure your family’s safety.
  • Smoking? Smoking on Patong Beach was banned starting in November 2017. Fines are ridiculously high at 100,000 THB or 1 year in jail as maximum. Thai lawmakers plan to make all beaches non-smoking in 2018. (https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/oct/11/thailand-bans-smoking-on-20-popular-tourist-beaches)
  • Traffic? The traffic in Patong Beach, especially on Beach Road, is horrendous during most hours of the day and evening. Do be very cautious about driving, and if you’re not confident you can drive safely, just pay a tuk-tuk or songthaew (truck with seats in back) to take you where you need to go.
  • Crime? Yes, there are a number of scams that go on at Patong Beach. Two of the most common are the jet ski damage scam, and the motorbike damage scam. When you return the equipment, the rental agency may accuse you of causing damage to their vehicle. If you don’t have good photos to back yourself up, you may end up paying tens of thousands of Thai Baht for repairs or replacement. These scams have been ongoing for many years, and probably are not going away. Document your rental with photos, and if you notice something wrong with your jet ski or motorbike, turn around immediately and have them give you a different one.Petty theft is a problem too. Recently, a video made the rounds of a foreigner stealing a bag from Chinese tourists as their backs were turned. The guy waited patiently for the perfect opportunity to grab the bag, then did so unnoticed. Leaving your bags on the beach as you swim is probably not a good idea. Leaving expensive items in your hotel room is not a good idea, use an in-room safe, or ask at the front desk for them to hold the item for you.Assault happens rarely, but you should know that walking home from the bars, or walking anywhere after midnight or later, can put you in a vulnerable position.Of course, most visitors to Patong Beach never have any serious issues and that’s why there are so many millions of people coming each year. You’ll have a fantastic time too if you pay attention to your surroundings, and be respectful to others – even after drinking alcohol!


What Are Some Fun Patong Beach Clubs?

There is only one club actually on the sand of the beach at Patong. That’s OK because there are dozens of other clubs close to the beach in Patong. Try the clubs we list below, but don’t stop there! There are so many good clubs in Patong – try as many as you can during your stay.

  1. KUDO Beach Club – Just 100 meters north of Soi Bangla, this is the only ‘beach club’ in Patong that is actually on the sandy beach. There are many tables with umbrellas to block the sun if you come during daylight hours. Complete with swimming pool, bars, and wet bar. The weekend party starts with a live band. Happy hour begins at Noon for lunch with draft beer at just 100 THB a mug. Drinks can be expensive, but the atmosphere is fun, plenty of people, and hopefully cool breezes off the water make this a personal favorite.
  2. Patong Beach Club – Tapas, Cocktails, Wine. Just off Beach Road about 200 meters from Soi Bangla – where nightlife is centered in Patong Beach. Mixed reviews on social media review sites, but generally positive. The prices are higher than some were ready for. Modern interior set above the street with view of sunset. Open lunch and dinner, with 4-course dinner from 399 THB.
  3. Terrazzo Ristorante & Bar – At the south end of Patong Beach, 650 meters south of Soi Bangla on Beach Road (Thawewong Rd.) and Ruamchai Rd. is this bar and restaurant which is part of the massive Holiday Inn property behind it. This is a nice spot with a calmer atmosphere than most clubs and is ideal for people who want to take it easy for a night, eat good food, and watch the sunset from your street side table. Italian pasta, pizza, salads, seafood, and Thai food is the focus here. The restaurant gets great reviews and many repeat visitors. A better option for families than most clubs in Patong Beach.


Some Great Patong Beach Restaurants / Bars?

  1. La Gritta Phuket – at the far south end of Patong Beach, just where the beach ends, is this fantastic restaurant with perfect views and excellent cuisine. Ultra-modern style with multiple floors (and a sun-deck) for dining while overlooking the Andaman Sea of Patong Beach. Authentic Italian cuisine at its finest. Exceptional reviews. Prices are similar to what other beachside restaurants charge.
  2. Yo Green Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurant – with even higher ratings than La Gritta above (slightly higher), this vegetarian restaurant, very close to the middle of Patong and just off the main drag – Soi Bangla – is crushing it on all the social media restaurant review sites. Nice interior with hardwood tables, chairs and benches. Fans – no air inside. Outside seating as well. Vegetarian pizzas, salads, flavorful drinks, and tofu in every variety is waiting for you at Yo Green – give it a try!
  3. Sam’s Steaks and Grill – also part of the Holiday in complex at the south end of Patong Beach, this has been a great place to get a variety of steaks and other meats for years. Located near Terrazzo Ristorante. The dining room environment is nothing special, but even so, the food and service get high ratings. Wellington steaks, beef cuts, and of course seafood – you’re at the beach, you know?!


Patong Beach Accommodations

  1. Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa – located right on the north end of the beach, Graceland was built after the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. The grass courtyard is ideal for kids, and not something you’ll see at very many resorts in Patong Beach. The rooms face north and south, affording most guests good views of the beach. The poolside rooms are extra nice and convenient. Oh, and kids are going to love the indoor bowling alley! Ideal for large groups – can accommodate large meetings of 800 people. Rates start at a very reasonable 5,000 THB (found online) for this modern beachfront resort.
  2. Grand Mercure Phuket Patong – extremely high ratings for this modern Thai style modern resort in Patong Beach. Just a short walk from City Center where Robinson, Big C Express and other stores and fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s are waiting. Rates starting around 5,000 THB.
  3. Patong Bay Hill Resort – high on the hill behind Patong Beach at the south end is this private modern resort with high ratings. For people looking to stay out of the busy streets in Patong, this resort is on the mountain and offers a secluded oasis, away from most of the noise of the city. With easy access to the beach and heart of Patong’s shopping and restaurants, Patong Bay Hill Resort offers a nice option for travelers not excited about non-stop action. Some rooms have sea-views, but only partial ocean views from all the photos we looked at. Room rates begin at 4,000 THB.


10 Amazing Phuket Beaches near Patong Beach

With our thorough list of awesome beaches within a short 30-40 minutes drive (depending traffic) of your accommodations in Patong, you won’t waste time driving around and looking for your preferred beach! You will have 10 great beaches to choose from, with directions from Patong Beach for each one. Don’t waste any time – grab a towel and swimsuit and get going, the beach is waiting! Click the following link to read the full blog: 10 Amazing Phuket Beaches near Patong Beach.

More about Patong Beach

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Patong Beach Phuket – Reasons to Go?

  • Super Convenient. Walking distance from all hotels in Patong.
  • Nightlife Awaits! After your day at the beach, shower up and hit one of the restaurants, bars, or discos on Beach Road or Soi Bangla for what might amount to – the ‘Time of Your Life!’
  • Restaurants, Shopping, and Bars. Right on Beach Road, running the length of the beach, is just about anything you’d require.
  • Run 2.5 Kilometers! Patong Beach is just the right length for a short run up and back.
  • People Watching. There is no better place to watch all the different kinds of people who vacation in Patong than at this beach.
  • Shade Trees. Many shade trees to get some relief from the sun.


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This Phuket Beaches Blog and most of the published articles have been researched, written and compiled by Sepp Hatzl. Sepp started visiting Phuket in 1975, felt in love with the island, and in 1997 decided to spend most of his time in Nai Thon Beach Phuket. Sepp is happy to provide you with more specific information about all kind of Phuket topics, just drop him an email (email see in the footer).

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