Patong beach is the best place to be for sun seekers who love the sea the sand and pure surfing fun. Since it is the most famous beach in Phuket it is the central for all kinds of activities and nightlife making it the ideal place for those who want to party and play. The best time to be here is between November and February when the rainfall is the lowest and it is cooler.
The beach has a 3000m pearly coastline with waters that are a lovely blue shade. Once a fishing village is now a haven that welcomes all. The heat may be a little overwhelming so pace yourself, drink lots of water and just relax. During the day the beach is usually busy with all kinds of sea sports.
Speedboats can be rented for snorkeling in the small caves and beaches. Parasailing that is a five minutes parachute ride pulled by a speed boat would be quite exhilarating. The jet ski can be rented anywhere along the beach but be sure to agree on the price and check the vehicle. Small catamarans and wind surfers can also be rented for sailing and windsurfing.
Scuba diving lessons can be obtained easily as there are many dive shops giving lessons in all languages. Present divers can arrange for dives in much more remote place. The beaches are safe for swimming during November to March as it is calm and flat.
If you are bored of being a beach bum, you can hire a jeep and explore the island or take a local tour of Phang Nga and Phi Phi Island. There are also eco tours such as elephant trekking, canoeing and snorkeling.
There are a wide variety of attractions nearby Patong beach such as the Phuket Butterfly Farm and Insectarium Phuket Town. This consists of a large collection of insects, beetles and even includes a scorpion pit. Sea shell collectors can drop by the Phuket Sea Shell Museum which exhibits valuable collection of seashells that are rare and unusual. The world’s largest golden pearl can also be found here.
Thai Village is located by a tranquil lakeside setting which used to be an old tin mine. It offers entertainment during the day as the shows held display a sample of Thailand’s cultural life. There are sword fighting, bamboo fighting and Thai boxing also featured followed by Thai dances.
After the show the elephants than demonstrate the ways to handle a huge teak log, followed by the locals explaining on the methods of tin mining and rubber tapping. The village also consists of a restaurant, children’s playground and a handicraft shop.
For some action head to the Snake Farm where you can feel your adrenaline pumping as the snake handler kisses the cobra on the head. Vital information on snake bites are also explained during the show and finally don’t miss out the chance to squeeze a python.
Golfers can head to the Dino Park –Kata Village which is a miniature golf with a Jurassic Park theme. It is a 18 hole golf course and is well designed with dinosaurs, waterfall and an erupting volcano. There is a lot of sound lights and special effect. The best time to visit would be in the evening as the effects can be seen more clearly.
Kalim beach is a continuation of Patong beach with a rocky headland at the north. It is much quieter and more private suitable for those who want to get away from the busy Patong beach. During the low tide, a wide part of beach subdues revealing the coral reefs.
After all these activities a nice Thai massage or a trip to the spa would be soothing to the mind and body. Thai spas use natural ingredients in all their treatment and is something totally different compared tot he Western culture.
Patong becomes alive in the night as the shops and restaurant are usually open late through the night. There is a never-ending choices of bars, clubs, karaoke, lounges and cabarets. Shopping can be done in the street stalls, night markets where the price can be bargained for local handicrafts, clothes and jeweler.
Accommodations need to be selected wisely to ensure it is suitable. If visiting with family than ensure the hotel has a kids club or there is activities for the younger visitors like Absolute Sea Pearl and if visiting as a couple than the Aloha Villa will be more appropriate as it is only a 10 minutes walk to the sea.
Although Patong beach is a fun place to be, it is clear that planning the trip is vital to ensure the best experience can be achieved.
By Amelia Alfred