Being the largest island in Thailand, there are lots of places to stay in Phuket. Most people head to the beach but don’t overlook Phuket’s atmospheric Old Town. Here’s where to stay in Phuket.
Patong is the primary tourist spot in Phuket, and the streets of Patong are packed with color. You’ll find pubs, lady boys, tailors, ping pong shows and heaps of shops.
Patong beach is the place for action both day and night. The market has an array of fake “designer” clothing, purses, handbags, and shoes. There are watches, wallets, clothes, sneakers, and hats. Most of the market vendors seem to sell the same items so you need to bargain.
I’d describe Patong as frenzied or organized chaos, even in low season. But in high season, you’ll definitely find action here.
Karon isn’t as frantic as Patong and some call it “Patong’s Little Sister”. Being only 20 minutes away from Patong, Karon is far enough away to get a peaceful vacation but close enough to the action you won’t be bored.
In Karon you’ll discover a selection of little shops and markets, a pub or two and lovely little restaurants.
There aren’t too many ladyboys or ping pong bars. The majority of bars are around Patak Road so if you stay away from that area, it’s reasonably quiet.
For shopping, check out Karon Bazaar, as it’s always interesting to roam around looking for gifts to take home.
Phuket city is situated in central Phuket and is a bit away from the tropical beaches. However, it has its own atmosphere of new and old.
The center of Phuket city is its Old Town or Thalang Road, which is lined with 19th-century shophouses and Sino-Portuguese buildings, which constructed in 1903.
Phuket city is quite busy from dawn to dusk with markets across the principal streets and an adequate quantity of restaurants and pubs for people who like a little nightlife (although less mad a Patong).
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