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

Patong, Phuket, Thailand By day this energetic city is a shoppers heaven with tons of little markets and storefronts selling everything from bathing suits, replica handbags, and souvenirs to the higher end stores found in the Jungceylon shopping center. Happy families going about their days always fill the streets, while the infamous Tuk-Tuk drivers cart around looking for newcomers.

By night, however, Patong comes to a life of its own making and identity! 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. No wonder about Bangla notoriety world over, with the variety of beer bars, go-go bars, and discotheques lining its sidewalks!

While the shopping and nightlife are certainly the main selling points, there is something to be said for Patong Beach. With its 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 correctly reminds you why Phuket is Asia's number one tourist destination.