Want to experience the big hangover? Feel like you haven’t partied enough on your holidays? I dare say the place to fix that is Phuket. God knows I have partied in Thailand plenty of times. In fact, I was almost sold on the prospect of leaving everything behind and becoming a bar tender at one of the beach bars when I was much younger. Thankfully my inner lion aimed a little higher and I joined another bar (not one you drink at either).
Patong, about 40 minutes from the airport, has the most attractions in terms of nightlife for Phuket’s beach towns with an entire street packed with hundreds of bars and nightclubs.
Patong’s beaches, however, are second-to-none. For me, a full day can easily be spent basking in the sun, and what’s better is you don’t have to take anything with you. There’s a towel provided, water, an umbrella which gets adjusted at every turn of the sun, and even a food lady that walks around selling corn, or mais, as my partner in crime calls it.
I call the beaches of Gold Coast, Australia, home. They are supposed to be the highlight of the eastern seaboard in Australia. For the most, I have never seen at least half of the amount of people on a summer’s day on a Gold Coast beach as what I see in Thailand. This could
also be due to the fact that Thailand has some of the stillest waters in the world, so definitely not a surfing spot, but a swimming spot – most definitely.
In the evening, aside from the repeated games of connect four with local bar workers, one of the popular attractions to Phuket is the Simon Cabaret show. I’ll give you the heads up now, it is a ladyboy cabaret show, but still a fun musical to watch. The ladyboy culture is quite popularised in Thailand, whether it be for a tourism aspect, or for pride of one’s self, Thai people seem to openly embrace it.
In terms of relativity for the other towns, north of Patong is Kamala Beach which is a much more docile version of Patong and with minimal, if any, nightlife. On our visit to Kamala Beach it was evident there is a more family-friendly environment, where the resorts with poolbars, instead of hotels are more common. South of Patong is the mirrored effect, with Kata Beach providing a longer stretch of beach and more of a honeymoon feel to it. If you’re going to Thailand for the food and the beaches and not the parties, Kata beach is far more appropriate as has market stalls along the beach track and are more open and diverse. Patong, however, has the biggest mix of bunched street food
stalls, the best of which is the fresh seafood market near the Banzaan Fresh Seafood Market. It has the greatest mix of seafood which is cooked right in front of you. We forged many a cute date elbows deep in barbecued prawns and finished them off with banana and chocolate crepe.
And with all of that, the pertinent question is, how can you keep a beach body with such great food and cheap beer around?