Trip in Thailand: Patong, inbetween fun and craziness

DIARY OF A JOURNEY: STOP IN PATONG

Goodmorning peeps! I told you that this week I would have issued a new article for you about my trip in Thailand, you can’t say I didn’t warn you!

Last week I told you something about my stop in Koh Lanta, and about how this island did not enter my heart as expected, so today, as anticipated, we go to Paton Beach, so near Phuket!

I will start off by saying that Phuket, Patong and all nearby sites are IMO comparable to Riccione for certain aspects, not that Riccione is bad in any way! But it’s been proved that they have nothing in common (besides some rare beaches) with the idea of an unaltered Thailand which many people have.

Patong is the craziest and noisiest city in the Phuket district, but at least once in your life you have got to see it in order to realize it for yourself!

FROM KOH LANTA TO PATONG

From Koh Lanta it’s been quite simple to reach Patong, we took a ferry from Phuket Ferry which, in 3 hours of navigation with a boat swap in Phi Phi Island in the middle, brought us to the port of Phuket. There we took a  taxi and in 40/50 minutes we arrived in Patong.

Let’s say that Patong is not really suitable for families, in the hotels near the center (so to the beach) it is full to the brim of bars and lounges where music and heck go on until the earliest hours in the morning, and it is not fun if you are in your room and desire some rest after an intense day!

PATONG BEACH

To say that Patong is hectic is really an understatement, but it’s still worth it to spend a few days there (I’ve been there 4 nights) especially if you desire to see a side of Thailand which is made of fun and excesses.

Almost all night life here unravels in the main street which is called Bangla Road, and is accessible to cars in the morning and Tuc Tuc which becomes pedestrian-only in the evening. Bangla Road is filled with locals, discotheques, bars and, funny “ladies”, it is perennially bombed with very loud music, and mostly young people coming from all over the world.

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN PATONG

The days I have spent in Patong coincided with the Western New Year’s Eve, the Thai counterpart of this festivity is in reality in April but it’s been some time now that they have been celebrating ours too thanks to tourism. Celebrating New Year’s Eve in this part of Thailand is something extraordinarily crazy!! But it’s been wonderful, nonetheless.

It all started from a super dinner of fish in one of the restaurants on the promenade, only to relocate all together to the beach, where thousands of people gathered for celebrations, lighting up lanterns which almost entirely covered the sky above us. To say it was a spectacle would be an understatement, I have never seen something so romantic and emotional, you really had the impression to see something which is not for everybody, something which happens only once in a  lifetime.

Besides, let’s forget the fact that in order to go through Bangla Road it took us one hour, and that me and my friend Catty were attacked with streamer cans by whoever passed by in there. Better to not remember! 🙂

All in all, it’s been a unique experience anyway <3

THE BEACH

As with all of Thailand, there are many off-limits sites for bathers, due to sea scooters and various water sports, but all in all there’s plenty of room. Furthermore, there are locals located directly on the beach, where you can eat something while enjoying the panorama offered by Patong Beach.

I’ve been lucky enough to get in touch with a photographer from Rome, which was in Phuket for working reasons, when sunset time was approaching and there were fewer people.

So this leg of the tour is gone too, from here we will head over to Koh Tao, but we shall discuss this lost island in the Gulf of Thailand next time!

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