Patong Beach: this is the island’s central most famous beach – we say beach but it is also a little town full of resorts, restaurants, shops, and vibrant nightlife. Patong beach is long and is basically a good beach however, it is very crowded, not really pleasant and not very clean. The north end of this beach is relatively quieter in addition, most of the resorts are not located on the beach.
Patong’s main thing is it’s vibrant nightlife: there are plenty of clubs, discotheques, prostitutes and drag queens located mainly on Bangla Soi.
Summary: Patong beach is best suited for tourists looking out for vibrant nightlife, prostitutes and drag queens, etc., however, families or tourists looking for a relaxing holiday will not find it suitable.
Phuket island summary: Phuket is Thailand’s biggest island and one of its most popular tourist attractions. Most tourists are only familiar with the famous Patong Beach however, the island offers many good Phuket beaches and special quiet places which provide a completely different experience from spending a holiday on Patong Beach.
Phuket beaches main disadvantage is that most of its resorts are not located right on the beach (as opposed to those in the nearby town – Ko Lhak). There is a road separating between the beach and most of the resorts, although there are some resorts on the water edge too.
Phuket island is certainly a good place for a holiday and it is recommended to allow time to choose the right resort and beach for you. Phuket island is not a good choice as a base camp for travelling in the south so I recommend you enjoy other attractions in the south before coming to Phuket and staying in places which offer better and easier ways to get to the tourist attractions and come to Phuket after that to enjoy a beach holiday.
If you decided to spend your holiday in Phuket, I have prepared a video about all the Phuket beaches reviewed here for you, in order to give you the feeling of each one of them so you can choose the best place for you….enjoy!
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