Other options – they are noted in the official AusWaThai Travel Thailand website under each region.The 30 minute or so taxi ride is a chance to re read or practice your thai language words from our Travel Pak ….If you forgot you can access on the net and download to your Iphone otherwise the best website to bookmark is Thai-Language.com Our Destination PATONG BEACHI tagged along with a brunch of young guys to see what they thought about Phuket...
Tips if Driving in Phuket For drivers You should have International licence however they will accept your Aussie driver licence (it will just complicate (cost you more) an accident), remember as a “Farang” the accident is going to be your fault! Smile a lot apologise and be prepared to pay – it’s the culture! (don’t do a Beer Matt (insult people and run away).
Recommended places - in Patong Beach - 1st arrivals
I’m sure you can google “Patong” see many items, likewise “Nightlife” (just add that word to the google search), in fact that’s what we did in our Travel website–Phuket-Feed
The Beach Road (Thaweewong Road)As you would expect – this street is the face of Patong beach! A selection of restaurants, bars and souvenir bargains – all at inflated prices, but you should expect that in lieu of location, so indulge and enjoy the convenience otherwise for the bargain hunter, walk down a Soi (side lane) and the price drops accordingly but so too does the presentation and up goes the temperature (it can be quite humid in the small market lanes) along with the language difference and there goes your relaxing holiday.. – up to you… mind you some people love a bargain.. Remember – it’s the custom to haggle (always smile).
Annoying:Indian touters, they can be quite assertive. They are quite skilled at spotting an OZI and snag you with “G’day mate” and an outstretched hand to say hello.. haa haa if you accept the handshake well … good for you .. but if you don’t be polite . I reckon they take advantage of the “ying yang” factor, that is Thai are so polite you feel compelled to be nice to anyone and these guys get you, Bugga !
If the walk along the main road get’s to you cross the street on the beach side it’s so much easier to walk without all the people and hawking – up to you.LITTLE AUSSIE LAND – Patong Otop “Shopping Paradise”I happened to stumble across this “village” in 2nd road, it’s opposite a collection of 5 star hotels (I suggest it was created to cater for all the Aussie families that are pushed into these Hotels). That aside the village is a cool concept. You walk into the gates and it has it all for the tourist. Beach The Beach is a sprawl of umbrellas, recliner chairs, freelance massage and drink stalls and then there are jet skies abuzz and soooooooooooo many Parasailing rides… ever noticed the safety system (not) to ensure you have a safe landing….. .. quite simple … when you go up (buckled in) a local transforms into a gibbon monkey and races up your back nestles in the ropes above. Cool, but how about the decent… that’s amazing … The boat screams into shore, makes a sharp turn to back to sea forcing the parasail to swing toward shore, they cut the engine causing you to plummet to earth, giving most onlookers the belief you’ll be smashed to pieces, but with unparalleled precision, just a few feet from earth the Boat powers up to ease the land and the jolly gibbon converts back to a Thai and slips down your back, drops to the ground while cradling your legs ever so softly onto the beach. For some people just watching this activity is an addiction, waiting for something to go wrong, not that you want to see anyone hurt it’s just that it defies all our western thinking of safety induction… it drives me crazy …PatongTreasuresYou could not ignore the Megga Aussie Bar in Bangla Road. It’s an Icon, don’t make it your home, just a launch pad. Collage of the Aussie Bar
TOURISTY STUFF - Phuket FantaSea Location: Kamala, about 20 mins from Patong beach. 2009 is the 10th Anniversary. Regardless of what anyone tells you it’s worth as visit. It’s extremely well presented and a very fair price. Unfortunately the actually indoor Performance is very close to a repeat of their sister venues 1 in Bangkok called “Siam Niramit” and 2. The other in Pattaya (sorry don’t know the name yet). But if you have not seen the show you should it’s a very classy act, dynamic and memorable. Collage of Phuket Fantacy(not really, just google it) Blog article
A SPECIAL PLACE – PHUKET SUNSHINE VILLAGE (Children’s Orphanage)
I was very grateful for the introduction to this inspiration, thanks Khun Franco. The place is an amazing success story.
PHUKET ROUND UP OF PATONGBeach – brilliant (early morning and evenings are special). Tours: many good. Hospitality: Amazing. Nightlife: haa haa that’s funny because it’s so dynamic from gentle to bizarre depends where you go.
It reminds me of the definition of Hedonism (at the bottom of the article) link to the article. Collage of our Experience (well it was a bunch of young blokes).
Remember: everywhere Thailand ..... Smile!