Top Things To Do & Places To Visit in Patong Beach

Situated on Phuket Island, Patlong Beach, one of Thailand's major tourist areas has made a great comeback following the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami that struck the area in 2004.    The area is billed as a top vacation spot for enjoying the beach and for its vibrant night life. Bangla Road is known as the party zone where no vehicular traffic happens after sundown. Visitors are often stunned by the number of open-air bars where beautiful, scantly clad girls attract customers to the bars and are known to offer special favors in a quasi-prostitute manner beneath neon lights and amid state-of-the-art sound systems. The Banana Disco features a live band in a smoke-free area that is discretely patrolled by security personnel to insure the safety and well being of guests and staff. The Flaunt Night Club is rumored to be "the heartbeat of Patong night life." For those who desire to enjoy the beach during daylight, in addition to the sea and sand, there are opportunities to explore para-sailing and to seek instruction in Thai cooking and batik art. Freedom Beach is a mecca snorkeling enthusiasts because it is a non-jet ski zone. Visitors who are of the LGT alternative lifestyle persuasion find acceptance and great entertainment activities in the Paradise Complex area. For a unique experience, dare to try out one of the world's best bungy jumping sites where you can take off from a 60 meter tall tower above a natural spring encased in swamp-like vegetation. Culture and tradition await you at Wat Chalong, a breathtaking oriental structure devoted to adherents of Buddism and Taoism.  Gaining a deeper understanding of Thailand's history can be obtained by visiting the nearby Kathu Mining Museum highlighting the tin mining industry for which the area was known prior to the dawn of tourism. Visitors who enjoy festivals must see the Vegetarian Festival that happens in late September.  This is the time of year that the Tao Lent is celebrated during which adherents forgo the consumption of meat and meat by-products. The Turtle Festival, more formally known as the Poi Tor Fest, honors the deceased and their spirits. This festival features cakes shaped like turtles believed to be symbolic of longevity. November is Patong Carnival time. This gala features parades, beauty contests and jazz musicians. One activity definitely not to be missed is being an audience member at Simon Cabaret. For the past 20 years, the stage has been graced by guys who look, dance and act like girls.  Three shows take place each night. Whether family or adult-oriented, there is always something to see and do at Patong Beach.

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