Patong beach is a very popular beach located west of Phuket city and north of Karon, southern Thailand. This is a paradise of beach tourism with full facilities and sports in the sea. Every year, Patong beach welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world. Patong beach is also famous for its nightlife and ethnic diversity. In addition to the Thai people, there are also Chinese, Malaysian, and especially the Vietnamese community on the island. Furthermore, the name Patong is associated with a nickname of the sex tourism paradise.
Patong in English means Banana beach. This is because that in the early 1970s, Patong had a huge number of the great banana plantations, poking between the mountains and arc-shaped sandy beaches. However, today, Patong completely changes that the banana plantations are being replaced by hotels, supermarkets, commercial and entertainment centers, making it the tourist haven.
Unlike the beaches of Phuket, Patong has a wide range of facilities including water sports such as scuba diving, windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, etc. There are many shops specializing in diving tools that often bring the athletes to the bay or the west of the Similan islands where the Marine National is protected. The fans appreciate the beach as one of the most outstanding diving areas in Asia with the crystal clear sea water and a lot of marine species.