December 09, 2019.
Tags: Phuket, Patong, Nightlife, Activities, Tips
Patong Beach, a city well-known for its nightlife, celebrations, and festivities turns it up a notch when the holiday season rolls around. Every December, the city is awash with twinkling lights, Christmas carols are heard in restaurants, and red and white Santa hats are seen all over town on the heads of waitresses, shop-keepers, and bartenders.
While Christmas Day itself is not a holiday in the mainly Buddhist country of Thailand, the local Thais are well aware of the importance of the holiday to foreigners. Thousands of tourists descend on Patong every December to soak up the warm sunshine and bask on the beaches surrounding the town.
To make them feel welcome, the Thais in Patong have provided some of their patented, 'Thai-style' Christmas cheer that creates a special Christmas holiday for their foreign guests.
Many foreign tourists, as well as foreign residents of Patong, can't imagine doing without a traditional Christmas dinner, no matter where they are in the world. Luckily, several restaurants in Patong are more than happy to provide a traditional Christmas feast.
The Irish Times Pub, Merchant Kitchen, Two Chef’s Bar and Grill, and Catch Beach Club are all offering a Christmas Day special dinner with roast turkey and all the trimmings.
Prices vary at all these Patong restaurants, so if you want to enjoy the holiday as you would at home, you should get in touch with the restaurant of your choice, find out the cost, and make a reservation.
Everyone in the world celebrates New Year’s Eve (NYE), and Patong does it in style. The larger nightclubs in town will all be flying in international DJs to perform on New Year's Eve. And every bar and restaurant in town will be awash in colored lights and offering drink and meal specials on the big night.
NYE is probably the biggest night of the year for entertainment spots in Patong, so every place will be rolling out the red carpets to tourists and visitors (even more than usual). If you want to stay where all the action is, hang around Bangla Road.
The nightclubs and bars in the area will be jam-packed. One of the best seats in the house will be getting a stool in a bar facing the road to watch the parade of humanity stream by.
If you plan on going dancing in one of the nightclubs, be sure to get there early to be able to get in the door.
The sands of Patong Beach will be a good place to celebrate and watch the fireworks show at midnight. If you want to head further out of town, but still be in the celebration, Paradise Beach offers a full-moon-type party on NYE. They run a free shuttle bus service out to the beach from in front of Jungceylon Shopping Mall.
‘Quieter’ is a relative term on NYE in Patong, but if you want to put a little distance between you and the crowds of revellers in the streets and bars. You should head for the rooftop bars and restaurants around Patong. But, as always on NYE, reservations are a must.
These popular places to watch the sunset over Patong bay will offer a great place to watch the fireworks over the bay. Toast to a new decade in the evening breezes of Phuket far from your job and all the worries of your daily life.
The Surface Restaurant and Bar, Kee Sky Lounge, On Top Day & Night Beach Club, and Rooftop Bar, The Blue are the places to be above the streets of Patong on NYE. They all offer a great view of the bay, a full bar, great music, and plenty of fun vibes and atmosphere.
But if you want to get even more of a panoramic view of the town and the fireworks show, head up the mountain to the Patong Sunset View Restaurant or Wassa Sunset Bar. These aptly-named restaurants and bars are the perfect place to be away from it all, while still being able to view the festivities.
Wherever you plan on being in Patong during the holiday season, you'll undoubtedly enjoy one of the most memorable holidays of your life. Patong is a town that puts a smile on your face just for being there.
Rental for the Holidays offers modern, spacious apartments for rent all over the town of Patong. Instead of booking yourself into a crowded hotel for the holiday season, consider booking a private, well-appointed apartment through Rental for the Holidays.