The best things to do in Patong start from the very famous Bangla Road, but go so far beyond just that 500-metre-long street. Patong Beach is one of the most popular destinations in Phuket. The resort town is mostly renowned for its 3-km-long beach and for its tremendous and often hectic nightlife, but there are also a good number of natural and manmade attractions and sites that add to Patong’s appeal.

    Discover these top attractions in (and near) Patong Beach, listed below. These range from the beach resort area's infamous nightlife hub – Bangla Road – to its attractive and secluded beaches like Freedom and Paradise, as well as rainforests with hidden waterfalls. You can also check out museums that can help you learn about Phuket's mining history. Find these and other great things to do in and around Patong Beach, Phuket.

    Soi Bangla (Bangla Road) is Patong's liveliest party zone. No visit to Phuket is truly complete without at least taking a look. Famous for its extreme nightlife, Soi Bangla offers an incredible entertainment area filled with drinks and music that increases in volume as the moon rises. While things start kicking off from soon after nightfall, the place really hits its stride around 11pm at the earliest, but more typically at midnight.

    Jammed most nights throughout the year, it's a relatively unintimidating yet lively place to walk around, with bars that proactively compete for customers. With beer bars, go-go bars, live music, dining, market stalls, street performances and international-standard nightclubs, there's something along Bangla Road for most tastes.

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    Location: Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand


    The Jungceylon shopping complex is diagonally opposite the famous Bangla Road and is almost a city in itself. The 2 main stores in the shopping complex are Robinson – a gleaming, well-lit, upper-end department store – and the Big C supermarket.

    The 200-plus other stores in this shopping heaven sell brand-name clothes, spectacles, sunglasses, cosmetics and perfumes, shoes, DVDs and computer games. There are also tons of mobile phones and accessories and other electrical goods. It's also a great family entertainment destination with the SF Cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley on-site, perfect for rainy days or to escape the heat of the day.

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    Location: 181 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 600 111


    Of the many big shows to see around Phuket, Simon Cabaret is ranked among the very best. The plush theatre on the road leading towards Karon is home to nightly 70-minute performances of a remarkable extravaganza, which features huge song and dance routines, comedy acts, soundalikes and more, with influences from around the world.

    A unique aspect of the family-friendly cabaret shows in Thailand is that each and every one of the dozens of performers is transsexual, though you'd never be able to tell as they are all remarkably glamourous – particularly those at Simon Cabaret.

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    Location: 8 Sirirat Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm

    Phone: +66 (0)87 888 6888


    Freedom Beach is a 300-metre-long strip of white sand on Phuket’s west coast that’s dotted with granite rocks and surrounded by hills covered by thick and luxuriant jungle. Essentially, Freedom Beach’s exclusivity comes from the simple fact that it's rather difficult to access, although things are getting a bit better nowadays.

    Apart from sunbathing, popular activities that can be enjoyed at Freedom Beach are beach soccer, beach volleyball and snorkelling. There are no jet skis or other noisy marine leisure activities at Freedom Beach. The only audible engines are those of the long-tail boats sailing in and out with visitors.

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    Location: Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83100, Thailand


    Paradise Beach is one of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in Patong. It’s one of the most attractive of the many wonderful beaches Phuket has to offer. Being in a small cove on the side of Patong Bay, protected from the waves of the Indian Ocean, the beach offers safe swimming all year round. It's compact and has great views right across Patong Bay.

    The beach itself is barely 150 metres long and there's another small beach right next to it that you can reach by a path through the rocks. Paradise Beach is also the home of Phuket's only Koh Phangan-style beach party venue.

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    Location: 109 Muen-Ngern Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 7pm

    Phone: +66 (0)83 743 9009


    Spas and massages in Patong come in a wide array of styles and budget ranges. That's why picking a place to get a massage in Patong seems like an almost impossible task.

    There’s a venue for practically any spa-going budget in Patong, from low-cost local joints to 5-star spas that have claimed international awards, not to mention excellent massage rooms in most of the larger hotels and resorts. There almost seems to be the promise of rest and relaxation from every other shopfront in the city!

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    Surf House Patong Beach is a vibrant surf centre on Patong’s Beach Road, just over the road from the Immigration office and the famous sandy Patong Beach. It’s a fun ‘flow-riding’ facility where you can learn to surf in a safe and controlled environment.

    The second outlet of the famous Surf House in Kata Beach, the Patong Beach branch has a similar size of flow-rider. It can be divided up into a range of lanes that provide you with ‘sheet waves’ that you can surf on as if they were waves in the ocean. Due to the water speed around you, this is a wild ride that can be enjoyed by all different levels of experience.

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    Location: 162/6-7 Taweewong Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9.30am to 12am

    Phone: +66 (0)88 156 1555


    Eco-friendly and well-executed, Flying Hanuman offers you a chance to discover Phuket's rainforest canopy from a really special angle. It's a unique experience as you’ll never see exactly the same scenario, even if you return many times.

    According to the time of year or the time of day, the forest's colours and atmosphere changes. This fun and family-friendly adventure lets you get right up close with nature in a way that no usual forest trek could ever match.

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    Location: 89/16 Moo 6, Soi Namtok Kathu, Wichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8am to 6pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 979 2332


    Patong is a great place to see live Muay Thai matches. It has 2 stadiums – Patong Boxing Stadium Sainamyen and Bangla Boxing Stadium. Between the 2 venues, Patong Boxing Stadium is considered to be more ‘real’. Matches are usually held every Monday, Thursday and Saturday nights. It isn’t so much about the show and more about champions of their craft going head-to-head at the centre of a lively and excited crowd.

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    Location: 2/59 Sainamyen Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Monday and Thursday from 9am to 11.30pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 5pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)81 737 7193


    Phuket Wake Park near Kathu Waterfall is one of the most fun and challenging outdoor activities in Phuket. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you can enjoy many exciting wakeboarding rides on a large freshwater lake that’s equipped with 2 Sesitec Cable systems: a short one for beginners and one that goes all around the basin.

    The wakeboarding park is open year-round and is usually busiest during the monsoon season when the waves off Phuket's beaches generally become too rough for swimming. The park’s English-speaking and friendly staff members are always around to guide you along, especially if you’re totally new to the sport.

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    Location: 86/3 Moo 6, Wichitsongkram Rd, Kathu, Phuket, 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7am to 9pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 202 525


    Patong Go-Kart Speedway is a fun and rip-roaring activity that’s great for the whole family. You can find the go-karting circuit at the foot of Patong Hill, on the Kathu side. The racetrack is 750 metres long and has a series of sharp curves, smooth bends, and a long straight towards the start/finish line that calls for thrilling acceleration.

    Opened in 1991 and managed by a German national, it's handled by a professional and dedicated Thai team. Anyone with a passion for motor racing visiting Patong should definitely check out this place.

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    Location: 118/5 Wichitsongkram Rd M.7, Kathu, Phuket, 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 7pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 321 949


    Kathu Waterfall is a popular weekend spot for locals to chill out among nature at. The waterfall consists of a series of pools that are sometimes gushing with rainwater, though they can also be little more than a trickle, depending on the season. The best time to go is usually between June and November when there’s plenty of monsoon water, but it’s advisable not to go when it’s actually raining as things can get rather slippery underfoot.

    To get to the very top of Kathu Waterfall, expect a hard climb, though the beautiful scenery justifies the effort. Right at the top, there’s a pool in which you can take a dip and there are other ‘drop pools’ on the way you can cool off in. Most of the ascent is shaded, so you can stop and take rests, too.

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    Location: Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand


    Bangla Boxing Stadium features regular Thai boxing (or Muay Thai) fights 3 nights a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. It's run by a team of professional Muay Thai promoters who are said to present only the real deal in the ring. Many of the fighters here are foreign boxers who train hard before getting in the ring.

    If you're lucky, you might have the chance to witness some women’s matches that also take place here, though not as often as men’s events. From the outside, the whole scene looks like something out of The Flintstones as it looks more like a big cave than a modern sports stadium. But don’t let this fool you; once you step inside, it’s a serious boxing stadium.

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    Location: 150/55 Pangmuang Sai Kor Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9pm to 11pm

    Phone: +66 (0)64 061 5050


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    Pum Thai Restaurant & Cooking School - Patong

    Pum Thai Restaurant & Cooking School - Patong is open daily and there are 4 lengths of cookery classes to choose from: 90 minutes, 4 hours, 5 hours and 6-plus hours. You can find the cooking school in the heart of Patong on Rat-U-Thit Road, not far from the Jungceylon shopping mall.

    Do you love the exotic flavours of Thai food? Would you like to learn the secrets of authentic Thai cooking? What better place than right here in Phuket? Courses range from simple introductions giving you a taste of the basics of Thai cooking all the way to intensive classes that can turn you into a Master Chef.

    Location: 204/32 200 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11am to 9pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 240 8924


    Loma Park

    Loma Park is a refreshingly quiet spot to relax in the shade along Patong Beach, towards the north end of the beach. Many festival events are held here during the year, and it's a popular park for local families to enjoy a nice afternoon.

    The park is a great go-to for families, not least because of the small playground nearby. The soft white sand and the blue waves of Patong Beach are only a short walk away, and there’s a small market by the beach for light bites and souvenirs. Those looking for some action can choose from the many watersport options available on the sand nearby.

    Location: 186/15 Thawewong Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand


    Red Mountain Golf Club

    Red Mountain Golf Club opened in 2007 in Phuket’s Kathu district, on what used to be a tin mine. It's right next to its sister golf course – Loch Palm Golf Club – and has become one of the favourite courses in Phuket. Red Mountain Golf landed its name from the mesa-style appearance of its landscape, made up of red soil, granite rocks, hills, and vegetation.

    Located only 15 minutes by car from Phuket Town and Patong Beach, it's a great place to play – far from the busy scenes of such a busy island. The 224-hectare, 18-hole course is a par-72, with a total length of 6,781 yards (6,200 metres). The clubhouse is a modern building with a restaurant terrace overlooking the superb natural surroundings and 2 of the 18 holes.

    Location: 119 Wichitsongkram Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6am to 6pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 322 000


    Kalim Beach is just north of Patong Beach and, unlike its famous neighbour, still retains some of its local Thai touches. A concrete parking and vendor space at its southern end, in front of the local school, cuts the beach into halves and hosts a small but popular street food market most evenings, with half-a-dozen stands selling roti mataba, noodle soup, Thai ice creams and other delicacies, as well as soft drinks.

    Kalim Beach itself is pretty rocky and not very attractive for swimmers, even though some snorkelling is possible at high tide. The beach is great for surfing in the low season. Some top surfing events are held there each year. Kalim is also famous for its fine-dining venues, with its good concentration of well-respected restaurants in the area.

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    Location: Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand


    Boon Kaw Kong Shrine

    When cresting Patong Hill, most drivers honk their horns to show respect to the Boon Kaw Kong Shrine that straddles the hill. Built in 1980, it's not a big shrine but it is well respected. When devotees' wishes are granted they usually come back to pay respect by setting off firecrackers. Some people show open-air movies across the road from the shrine or donate money for the shrine's maintenance. Photography is not allowed inside.

    Location: Wichitsongkram Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm


    Loch Palm Golf Club

    Loch Palm is a golf course in Patong that’s described as 'balancing challenge and fairness'. The greens are maintained at playable speeds that are never superfast, thus encouraging visiting golfers to return.

    Nevertheless, there's plenty of testing carries across water and close encounters with impenetrable jungle. Placed neatly within a cordon of hills, the flight of most shots can be easily tracked through the air against a background of forest or jungle. Tee times are based on availability – reservations are necessary.

    Location: 38 Moo 5, Wichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)81 893 6302


    Football Crazy Golf

    Football Crazy Golf Phuket opened in December 2011 and is located next to the original Phuket Go-Kart circuit at the bottom of Patong hill on the Kathu side. This activity is extremely popular in Scandinavian countries where tournaments are organised every year but is relatively new to Thailand (the first Football Golf course opened in Koh Samui in 2005).

    This sport is obviously a mix of football and golf. Phuket Football Crazy Golf is set on an area about the size of a regular football field and offers an 18-hole, 69-par course. Fun for the whole family, this sport does not require any specific skill.

    Location: Phra Baramee Road, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)88 665 6414


    Kathu Shrine

    Kathu Shrine has shared a long history with Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival and is known as the original home of the festival. The original Kathu shrine was very small and not at all grand. Over the years, a lot of work and effort was expended to renovate its condition and nowadays this shrine is considered by many islanders as the holiest of all in Phuket.

    Traditional materials and techniques were used and the restoration was done following traditional Chinese architecture as visitors can see, starting from its main entrance. You can find the shrine in Kathu Village, about 2 km from the Kathu-Patong junction on Samkong-Kathu Road once you turn right.

    Location: Wichitsongkram Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand


    Phuket Country Club Golf

    Phuket Country Club Golf is an 18-hole course in Kathu that’s set in a valley and runs through a forest, undulating hills and flat country. Water comes into play in 7 holes and there are 54 bunkers. It could never be called daunting and offers the prospect of a relatively low score.

    On the other hand, the 9-hole course (par 38) is a true test for golfers of all skill levels. Only 1 hole is free from water hazards, and there are 27 bunkers.

    Location: 97 Wichitsongkram Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6am to 8pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 319 365


    Paradise Complex

    In the Royal Paradise Complex in Patong, about half of the businesses are run by or are catering to gay people. You can find the complex right in front of The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa on Rat-U-Thit Road. 

    While Phuket generally, and Patong specifically, is generally welcoming and accepting of any and all sexualities, gay travellers will certainly feel the most welcome and at home in the Paradise Complex. There are numerous gay clubs as well as gay-friendly spas lining the strip and you may often see street drag shows on your visit.

    Location: Rat-U-Thit Road, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand


    Yoga classes in Patong

    Yoga is a popular activity in Phuket, with many experienced instructors having relocated themselves to this beautiful island. Some of the popular yoga centres in Patong use the Hatha Yoga method (a sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises practised in a heated room). They have full, spacious studios with floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors, complimentary mats and towel rentals as well as complimentary lockers and more.

    Alternatively, many hotels and resorts in and around Patong offer yoga classes on a daily basis or can arrange a private session for you. Such places include Millennium Resort Patong and Sun Hill Hotel among others.

    Phuket Mining Museum, located in Kathu on the road between Loch Palm Golf Club and the British International School, is one of the island’s most interesting museums. You can't miss the entrance: a Sino-Portuguese-style double archway. Inside, it features displays ranging from tin mine models to a recreated scene in an opium den.

    A visit with a guide (or someone who has some knowledge about Phuket's history) is recommended as, for now, most of the signs and descriptions are only in Thai. There’s a minimal entrance fee.

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    Location: Moo 5, Khatu-Nakoh Road, Kathu, Phuket, 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 4pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 535 3187


    Breeze Spa at Amari Phuket

    Breeze Spa, located within the Amari Phuket resort, is a great pick for a massage or spa treatment to leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Open to non-guests, anyone can enjoy the range of blissful treatments within a tropical forest.

    Relax in one of the private open-air pavilions while an experienced masseuse kneads away all stresses and strains as you soak up the views of the Andaman Sea. All pavilions feature a shower and a sundeck – great for luxuriating in bliss after your treatment. If you’re visiting with your significant other or best friend, enjoy the experience together with the double pavilions. To spoil yourself even more, opt for the Deluxe Sala, featuring a Jacuzzi and a steam room.

    Location: Amari Phuket, 2 Meun Ngern Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150

    Open: Daily from 11am to 9pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 340 804


    Wat Suwan Khiri Wong

    Wat Suwan Khiri Wong, or Wat Patong for short, is a peaceful and holy place right in the middle of Patong’s busy development and infamous nightlife. This Theravada temple is a centre of local Thai Buddhism. It has many beautiful structures, including the main ubosot (chapel), pagoda, monastery hall, and statues of Lord Buddha.

    Every morning, the temple's resident monks visit the nearby community to collect food from the villagers who line their route. It's a sight that takes Patong right back to its original roots when the place was just a fisherman’s village years ago. You can find the temple at the junction of Phrabarami and Phisit Karani Road (at the bottom of Patong Hill by the Phuket-Patong Road).

    Location: Moo 1, Patong, Kathu, Phuket, 83150, Thailand


    Kidzoona Phuket

    Kidzoona Phuket is a terrific place to take younger kids for some fun and laughter in Patong. An indoor play area within the Jungceylon shopping mall, it’s an all-weather activity. The air-conditioning keeps the kids cool at the height of the hot season, while the fact that it’s indoors makes it ideal for rainy days, too.

    Although suitable for children aged 12 and under, it’s perhaps more suited for younger children up to around the age of 8. With plenty of equipment, games, and activities, plus a separate area for toddlers, this is a great place for children to enjoy themselves while the parents enjoy some retail therapy in the large shopping centre. Do note, however, that at least 1 adult must remain with the children.

    Location: Jungceylon Shopping Mall, 187/1-4, Rat-U-Thit Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 9pm


    Game Space Laser Battle Thailand

    Laser Battle Thailand is located in the centre of Bangla Game Space in Patong and is said to be the biggest laser shooting game area in all of Thailand. Don one of over 100 battle suits and enter an expansive battlefield to try to shoot your opponent’s badge with a laser.

    One of the best things about Laser Battle Thailand is that you can come here as part of a team or simply join with other players who are already enjoying a game. Admission is from around 400 baht per player.

    Location: 29/1 Bangla Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from midday to 2am

    Phone: +66 (0)76 344 193


    Let’s Relax Spa Phuket

    Let’s Relax Spa Phuket was established in 1998 and has several other branches around Thailand. It's now one of the island’s top day spas. With a solid reputation and a variety of luxurious treatments and techniques, visitors who are looking for some quality ‘me time’ and some blissful pampering have plenty of options at Let’s Relax Spa.

    There are several locations in Phuket, each close to the lively Patong Beach. Whichever one you choose, you’ll find a similar menu, reasonable prices, and a relaxing vibe. The spa recommends advance bookings and payment, especially during the peak season. Alternatively, you can take your chance and see if there are any spots available on a walk-in basis.

    Location: 184/14 Pangmuang Sai Kor Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)76 366 800


    So Thai Spa Phuket

    So Thai Spa Phuket provides competitively priced spa treatments in a tranquil and soothing setting in the heart of energetic Patong. Treatments all focus on overall wellbeing for both the body and spirit. Therapists are professional and skilled, and the spacious rooms are decorated to a high standard, with traditional Thai elements, striking red paintwork and golden touches. Enjoy some blissful pampering with a friend or your partner in one of the double rooms, or indulge in some quality ‘me time’ in a private room for one.

    Location: 34/125 Building 3, The Ashlee Plaza, Prachanukroh Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)91 568 8876


    Kathu Shooting Range

    There are 2 shooting ranges in Patong that give you the opportunity to get to grips with a range of firearms. Pistols and rifles come in various calibres and all ammunition used consists of special range bullets. The cost varies according to the gun models and quantity of bullets spent.

    Kathu Shooting Range near Loch Palm Golf Club has been operating for many years while Patong Shooting Range on the Phuket-Patong Road started later, in 2007.

    Location: 46/158 Moo 6, Phrabarami Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6pm

    Phone: +66 (0)83 509 5552

    If you need an adrenaline fix in Phuket, look no further than bungy jumping... over a lagoon. For those adventurous types who live for challenges, you can jump and bounce 50 metres over the green-blue water of the Jungle Lagoon at the Jungle Bungy Jump in Kathu.

    Set over a picturesque pond that was formerly an old tin mining site but now a safe location for experiencing big-time thrills, look for Jungle Bungy Jump on the main road leading out of Patong to Phuket Town, near the major intersection at Kathu.

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    Location: 61/3 Wichitsongkram, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 321 351

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