Arguably, no one goes to Patong Beach in Phuket for a quiet time. Phuket may have its calm and secluded spots but Patong is not one of them – Patong Beach is the vibrant, super-fun heart of Phuket and the place to go to party. The popular resort town is wedged between quieter Karon beach and Kamala Beach, and it is the center of attention for anyone looking to have a great time. And depending on where you stay, you can enjoy an even wilder vacation.
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The best place to go in Patong for nightlife is Bangla Road, a walking street that links Patong Beach with the interior of the town, and is packed with all manner of night spots from cocktail bars to go-go bars, classy nightclubs to all-you-can-drink establishments. You can enjoy rock music or house music, exclusive clubs or down-to-earth traveller hang-outs. And you can also stay as close to the action as possible so it doesn’t take you long to get home at the end of the night – and so you enjoy the best amenities a Patong hotel has to offer. Here are some of our Patong Resort recommendations:
1) Absolute Bangla Suites Patong
The Absolute Bangla Suites is the pinnacle of luxury in Patong Beach. Located off the Bangla Road, the Absolute Bangla Suites is a five-star place with a small collection of rooms that offer all the glitz and glamour you could want from Patong. The rooftop terrace has an excellent bar and restaurant and there’s a lovely swimming pool where you can take a dip and enjoy cocktails in style. And when you’re ready, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the best nightlife Patong has to offer.
2) The Kee Resort & Spa Patong
If you want to stay close to all the action but you’re looking for something a little more salubrious and more exclusive, the Kee Resort & Spa is one great option. Set just off the famous Bangla Road, the Kee is close to all of the liveliest bars in the town but inside it’s a different matter – a haven of tranquility and style. This four-star hotel has all you need for an excellent stay in Patong, with excellent rooms, a range of amenities, and a great rooftop bar where you can start the night with class. This bar offers excellent cocktails and also a great range of food. The Kee Resort is a good choice if you want to be able to easily visit the bars and clubs of Patong but you care about your surroundings.
3) Millennium Resort Patong
When you stay in the Millennium Resort Patong you are certainly close to the action – the Millennium Resort Patong is actually located within the second-biggest mall in Phuket, and it offers direct access to all the mall provides including shops, leisure, cafes, restaurants, and bars. You’ve also got easy access to the movie theaters, bowling, gaming and a fitness center, which makes this a good place for young families to stay. Plus, the Millennium Resort Patong is located bang in the heart of Patong Beach so you also have easy access to the late-night fun, in the form of nightclubs and bars. The Millennium Resort is a good choice for those that like their luxuries, and also want to take a walk on the wild side.
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4) Safari Beach Hotel Patong
What makes the Safari Beach Hotel special? It is located on both sides of the beach road and is only 50 meters from Bangla Road itself. So you are close to both the beach and the nightlife – it takes care of all times of the day. The Safari Beach Hotel is a small place but it offers a good level of services and care. You can choose from beach suites which are pricier, or garden rooms that suit a lower budget. The Savoey Seafood restaurant is also a good place to start off a night of partying.
5) Tropica Bungalow Resort Patong
Tropica Bungalow is a slightly different accommodation choice, set close to Bangla Road but retaining a country-style charm with its Thai bungalows and elegant garden setting. It’s hard to believe that just a few steps away from this quiet hotel you’ll find all you need for a loud and crazy night.