Patong is the heartbeat of Phuket, a dynamic coastal town in Thailand, The Land of Smiles. There’s no shortage of things to do in Patong at night — eat local delicacies at the Royal Paradise Night Market, taste all-natural handcrafted beers at Full Moon microbrewery, and dance the night away to the latest hits at the Illuzion nightclub on the notorious Bangla Road. But there’s plenty of Patong to experience before the party starts.
Start the day with a Muay Thai training lesson.
Whether you do Muay Thai training for a day or a month, you’ll learn helpful self-defense techniques. Work up a sweat as you trim your physique and immerse yourself in Thai culture by joining the two-hour morning session at the locally owned Muay Thai Patong Boxing Stadium. Classes are at 8:00 am from Monday to Saturday, and all levels are welcome. You’ll learn how to use your feet, knees, elbows, fists and head as weapons. Later, you can see your new moves in action at Patong Boxing Stadium, which has professional Muay Thai fights every Monday, Thursday and Saturday evening.
Cool off at the picture-perfect beach.
Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong is a short walk from the most lively stretch of Phuket’s silky sand and the Andaman sea’s crystalline waters. Cool off after that epic Muay Thai workout with a dip in the sea and a fresh Thai young coconut from a beach vendor. Treat yourself to a Thai massage on the beach to soothe your sore muscles. Once you’ve relaxed, take a walk up the shore to the more tranquil northern section of Patong Beach. Grab a snorkel set and swim out to witness incredible aquatic life.
Visit the Suwankeereewong Buddhist temple.
The main Buddist Wat in Patong is the delightful Suwankeereewong temple. Observe Thai customs at the intricate ordination hall, which dazzles visitors with its gilded artifacts and adornments. The temple is just inland from northern Patong Beach, so if you’ve just come from the sand, be sure to bring something to wear that covers your knees and shoulders. When you enter the temple complexes, leave your shoes outside and never point your feet towards Buddha statues.
Lunch at the traditional fishing village.
Get a glimpse of authentic local life that’s hard to come across these days in Patong by heading south along the coast until you cross the Coral bridge. Here, the heritage of fishing thrives as colourful longtail boats float peacefully in a coastal enclave while local fishermen sell the catch of the day to nearby restaurants that serve the fresh seafood, prepared to your liking.
Go chasing waterfalls.
Less than a 30-minute drive from Patong Beach is the small yet beautiful Kathu Waterfall. During the green season, the cascade pours over massive stones and is a sight to behold. Within the park is a nature trail that leads to the highest point of Phuket. At 540 metres above sea level, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the beach town. It’s safe to swim in the natural pool of Kathu Waterfall, so take a dip in the freshwater before heading back to Patong.
A pit stop for the daredevils.
On the way back to Patong from Kathu Waterfall, adrenaline-seekers won’t want to miss the chance to bungee jump in paradise. Leap off a 50 metre-tall ledge surrounded by lush greenery and a serene lagoon at Phuket Jungle Bungy Jump. If free falling isn’t your thing catch some air at Froggy’s Trampoline Park.
Get out on the water for sunset.
Experience the beauty of Patong from the sea by heading out on a boat around sunset to see vibrant colours reflecting on the ocean. There are an abundance of catamaran tours and snorkelling trips that end at dusk to choose from. If you’re more of a pool person, make your way up to Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong‘s rooftop pool to witness amazing views of Patong City during the golden hour.
That busy agenda will take you all the way to nightfall in Patong. Still have energy? You’ll sure want to — this tropical destination only gets more exciting after the sun goes down.
To enjoy the vibrant colours and cultures of Patong for yourself, book your stay at Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong.