Patong

For those who are looking for that animated and bustling city life while visiting Phuket than Patong is the place for you. Home to the world famous Bangla Road and BanZaan Market, this thriving tourist mecca has everything you could possibly need. With everything from five-star resorts, top notch dental clinics, restaurants, bars and back alley shopping markets it's easy to see why tourists from around the world flock here.

By day this energetic city is a shoppers haven with tons of little markets and store fronts selling everything from bathing suits, replica hand bags and souvenirs to the higher end stores found in the Jungceylon shopping centre. The streets are always filled with happy families going about their days and the infamous Tuk-Tuk's carting around the doe-eyed tourists experiencing Phuket for the first Time.

By night however, the city seems to come alive as tourists and locals alike emerge from their abodes to indulge in the vibrant nightlife that this city has to offer. Although there are many clusters of bars and restaurants to party in, such as the Malin Plaza, most come to Patong for the vivacious nightlife on Bangla Road. With every manner of beer bars, go-go bars and discotheques it's no wonder Bangla is notorious world over.

While the shopping and the nightlife are certainly the main selling points, there really is something to be said for Patong Beach. With it's crescent shaped white sandy beach, turquoise waves gently washing in from the Andaman and tall shady palms lining the border of the beach road separating stress from pleasure, Patong Beach truly reminds you why Phuket is Asia's number one tourist destination.
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