Travel Guide to Patong

Indian Embassy in Patong

Embassy of India,

Ocean Tower 2, 75/120-121,

42nd Floor, Soi Sukhumvit 19,

Bangkok-10110

Visa Process for Indian Visitors in Patong

  • Original passport valid for a minimum period of 6 months after the expiry date of the visa and 1 old passport if any
  • Copy of the first and last page of the passport. Also, the passport should have 2 blank pages
  • Visa application form
  • 2 recent passport sized photographs not older than six months
  • Hotel reservation with showing the name of the passenger
  • Occupation proof
  • Confirmed return air tickets
  • Original last 3 months saving bank statement
  • Bank Statements of last 6 months with the current balance of at least Rs. 4,00,000/- for multiple entry visas

About Patong

Patong is an Asian town adorned with beaches, resorts and a life full of action. The town is located on the Phuket island, stretching along the west coast and fronting the Andaman Sea in the southwest of Thailand. The beach town springs into life during the daytime with tourists flocking the destination all-year round.

Throughout the day, people flock the sandy beaches, the cafes, bars and other restaurants, among other prime Patong points of interest. The beach town is also famous for its nightlife since the destination houses famous beer bars, nightclubs, street cabarets and massage parlours, which are some of the best things to do in Patong. Most of them are located on the Bangla Road and the OTOP shopping complex.

Places to Visit in Patong

Below are some of the best tourist places in Patong:

  • Bangla Road:It is one of the famous places in Patong and is popularly addressed as ‘lively’ party zone. It has the most happening nightlife and is full of options for entertainment with best drinks and music. Tourists can cherish the experience by taking a walk around the overflowing beer bars while listening to live music and enjoying the street performances. Bangla Road is a place that suits people with different tastes, thus, considered as one of the best places to visit in Patong.
  • Freedom Beach :This 300m-long stretch of white sand is a pleasant place for a leisurely walk. The beach has nature in abundance where tourists can take solace in the sound of the water, the granite rocks and the hills under the thick jungle. The activities to do here include sunbathing, beach soccer and volleyball and snorkelling.
  • Paradise Beach: As the name suggests, this beach is mesmerisingly beautiful making you fall in love with it even at first sight. The length of the entire beach is 150 metres long and right next to the Paradise Beach, through the rocks, is a small beach which is like a hidden abode of nature. You can also go on small treks and enjoy the special experience.
  • Surf House Patong Beach: People come here to learn surfing in a safe and controlled environment. Named among the best tourist places to visit in Patong, Surf House also offers a lively on-site bar where you can have tantalizing cocktails and soft drinks. Here, people can surf even if they have no experience of it.
  • Flying Hanuman:Flying Hanuman is a thrilling place for adventure enthusiasts. It is a well-executed aerial tour where tourists can enjoy the splendid beauty of Phuket’s rainforest. The activity has 28 different platforms spread across 80,000 square meters of lush jungle forest. If you are going with family, this is one of the best things to do in Patong.
  • Patong Boxing Stadium:To witness the live action of Muay Thai, a combat sport of Thailand, one may visit Patong Boxing Stadium. Located in the heart of Patong Beach, this stadium is known for its extreme fights. Not only this but tourists can also learn Muay Thai and make their trip a memorable one.
  • Patong Go-Kart Speedway:Located at the foot of Patong Hill’s Kathu side, this is an adventurous place one must visit in Patong. Here one can indulge in activities like buggy racing. People can also participate in a Mini Grand Prix that is organised within the premises.
  • Kathu Waterfall:A worth-visiting place in Patong, Kathu waterfall gives refreshing vibes and joyful tranquillity to the tourists. The place is great for a nice family picnic where kids can even take a cool dip in the pristine pool just below the waterfall.

How to Reach Patong

Patong is close to the Phuket International Airport at a distance of about 35 km. There is Limousine available for rent from the airport, though these taxis can cost you around 800 baht for a short ride too. There are shared minibuses available from the airport. If you are familiar with the route, board a local bus and reach Patong by road. There are regular buses connecting Phuket to Patong every half an hour. The route is through the Pattaya beach via Bangla Road and then heading straight to the hills.

The bus signs are in English and Thai both. There is also an Airbus available at Airport Bus Terminal to reach Patong.

People who arrive at Phuket airport early morning have an option to hire a taxi. It will take about 40-45 minutes to reach Patong. If you wish to self-drive, you can hire a car which is cheaper than renting a chauffeur driven car.

Then, there is an additional travel option called Phuket Travel Box Transfers, a drive with a local driver who is well-versed in English. The vehicle uses a minivan Toyota Commuter.

Travelling in Patong

Patong is an enormous walking destination with scenic pleasures and clean roads to walk. However, there are multiple-vehicle options available like taxis and motorbikes to go around in Patong. They are mostly unregulated; therefore, it can cost you high.

There are two types of taxi: songthaew-style minivans and sedan style taxis. There are motorbikes available for rent or taxi use too. TukTuks are in plenty.

Best Time to Visit Patong

Patong has a tropical climate and is, therefore, a year-round destination. Still, the best time to enjoy the Patong beach is the winter season, which begins in November and stays up to March. During this time, the Patong climate is cool and comfortable, with the average temperature hovering between 24°C to 32°C. The two hottest months are April and May, so you can avoid travelling during these months

What to Pack?

  • Always carry a camera to the beauty and memories you make in Patong
  • Thailand is never minus shopping, so carry extra luggage or under-pack to leave some space later
  • A beach destination is normally hot and humid so carry a mosquito repellent with you
  • Pack a lot of light wear like comfy t-shirts, tank tops and bathing suit
  • If travelling in winters, carry soft woollens
  • Make sure to pack your sunblocks like high SPF sunscreen, sun umbrella, etc
  • Carry flip-flops or sandals to explore the beachside on foot
  • Always carry a water bottle as tap water is not to be used here

Top Delicacies

Here are some of the top delicacies tourists must try in Patong:

  • Tom Yum Goong is a famous Thai food prepared by using lemongrass, fresh Thai chillies, galangal and other ingredients
  • Mee Hokkien Noodle is a stir-fried noodle dish decorated with prawns
  • Massaman Curry has the sweet taste of coconut milk and the sourness of lime juice. Other ingredients like fresh lime
  • leaves, peanuts paste, basil, and tomatoes add flavour
  • Dim Sum is the signature Thai dish consisting of fluffy dim sums with shrimps, prawn, pork or green beans fillet
  • Green Curry Chicken is a dish prepared using chicken and in proportion, two types of eggplants

Top Indian Restaurants in Patong

Tandoori Flames

  • Location: 114/3, Soi Patong Resort, Thaweewong Road | Patong Beach, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
  • Contact: +66 89 649 3430

ICC Indian Curry Club

  • Location: 169/9 Soi Sansabai | Rat -u-thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
  • Contact: +66 85 120 0050

Indian Delight Restaurant

  • Location: 222/7-8 Rat-u-Thit 200 Pi Road | Opposite Deevana Plaza Patong, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
  • Contact: +66 76 626 900

Shopping List Essentials

  • The Jungceylon Shopping Complex has two stores - Robinson and Big C Supermarket where you can buy anything from clothes, sunglasses and cosmetics perfumes to DVDs, hardware and many more
  • Banzaan Market in Patong is a modern-looking local market which offers goods at affordable prices
  • Malin Plaza in Patong is best for buying souvenirs, t-shirts, beachwear, spa products, bags, luggage and mobile phone accessories
  • OTOP Plaza is for local shopping where you can buy traditional handicrafts, cotton and silk garments, accessories in fashion, household items and pottery
  • SB Plaza is best if you want to shop for budget souvenirs in Patong
  • Ocean Plaza Patong sells everything under the sun, and this includes guitar strings at low prices
  • Paradise Night Market is for cheap and widely-available mobile phone covers, sun hats, cushion and bedcovers, lamps, and beachwear

Healthcare Centers

Here is the list of healthcare centres you can contact during a health emergency:

  • Patong Hospital
  • Bangla Clinic
  • Patong Inter Medical Clinic
  • Mission Hospital Phuket
  • The Tourist Clinic

Tourists can buy a travel insurance policy to ensure good medical facility at a foreign hospital without worrying about medical expenses.

Currency

Thai Baht is the local currency. Coins are available in the denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht, as well as 25 and 50 satangs. Banknotes are in the denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht. 10 baht is the most common coin, and 100 baht is the common note in use.

There are many ATMs and currency exchange bureaus in tourist areas. In a way, you have access to cash throughout the day. Carry local currency beforehand, and you can use the Exchange Bureaux which are associated with banks. They too charge a three percent commission on international rates. So, switch to private exchange merchants who might offer lesser rates. Another option is to depend on your credit card.

Basics of Local Communication

Thai is the local language, and since Patong is a major tourist hub, you will find many people conversing in English with you. Thais are friendly people, and hence you will not have an issue travelling around the city. It is good to be familiar with the local language to reciprocate the welcoming gesture.

Good morning = S̄wạs̄dī txn chêā

My name is …= Chụ̄̀x k̄hxng c̄hạn khụ̄x

Where is...? = Xyū̀ h̄ịn

Yes = Chı̀

No = Mị̀

Please = Kruṇā

Sorry = K̄hxthos̄ʹ

How much is this? = Nī̀ rākhā thèā h̄ịr̀

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