Patong Beach may not offer travelers a true taste of Southeast Asia, but the kinetic energy of this popular destination has made it a favorite among westerners looking to party. Like the rest of Phuket, Patong is home to white sandy beaches, clear blue water and plenty of sun, making it an ideal spot to catch some rays. But bustling neon streets lined with crowded open-air discos and dozens of bars serving strong island drinks have made this a destination for the younger set looking to party long into the night.
Bangla Road is the hub for Patong nightlife. While it can be difficult to avoid the nightlife scene in Patong, the Simon Cabaret—the largest transvestite cabaret in all of Asia—and Bangla Boxing Stadium’s Muay Thai match ups offer alternatives to dancing and drinking the night away.