Photo Journal: The Other Side of Patong Beach in Phuket

If you ask anyone whose been to Phuket and ask them:  “what is there to do in Phuket,”  stories of alcohol fueled debauchery, sketchy massages and ping pong shows only add to tire fire that is Patong Beach. Having been to Patong Beach, I would say for the most part, its a pretty fair description. However, there exists a softer side to Patong Beach, away from the lady boys, go-go dancers and hordes of tourists. In fact, I would venture as far to say that Patong Beach is beautiful, just not in the traditional sense…

The beachfront of Patong Beach. Eerily quiet in the morning.

The beachfront of Patong Beach. Eerily quiet in the morning.

On the last day I was in Phuket, I made my way out of the hotel and onto the beach at around 6am. The long stretch of sand that makes up the beach in Patong Beach is eerily quiet in the morning. Gone are the hordes of tourists and touts, instead replaced by busy hotel/restaurant attendants who are setting up lawn chairs for the day. While the water is isn’t as clear or as nice as the adjacent beaches just up the road, compared to most US beaches, it’s pretty darn nice. The sand is soft, the waves are crashing and you can barely hear the bad traffic that clogs up the main stretch of road into the city during the day time. Overall, the experience can be really serene.

Patong Beach in Phuket.

Patong Beach in Phuket.

A redbull jeep on the side of the road.

A Redbull jeep on the side of the road.

While the entire experience really nice, if you are hungry, you are out of luck. Besides the chain restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King, there just aren’t many restaurants that are operating in the morning.

The entrance to Bangla Street.

The entrance to Bangla Street.

Bangla street is just as quiet, but I would hardly classify it as being nice. Instead, Bangla street is a stark contrast to the activities that were transpiring a few hours earlier. Now, it stands desolate and only a remnant of what it once was, just 2 hours earlier.

 

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3 thoughts on “Photo Journal: The Other Side of Patong Beach in Phuket

    • Yeah, that’s what I thought too. It just so happens that when I went on the morning stroll, it kind of opened up for me. I hear Bali is similar to Phuket, both in its touristy beach scene and infrastructure of services. Is that true?

      • Yes, Bali is very touristy, and as such not really truly Balinese anymore. Lombok is a better destination to experience Indo charm nowadays. But there are areas of Bali, in particular the north, where you enjoy some time without the mass crowds.

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