Information for our English-speaking visitors
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Geographical location of Phuket
I am sharing my experience gathered throughout the years for anyone planning a vacation to Patong Beach and to the island of Phuket. This includes information and tips on what kinds of payment are suitable, how to cheaply call within Thailand or what visa you need for a stay in Thailand. I will describe beaches, sights, nightlife and the islands around Patong for you on these pages.
Pack your bags and let’s go to Phuket!
It is easier said then done. Once you have decided to go to the Land of Smiles for a vacation, just follow the tips that I try to give you on these pages. Then you will surely experience an unforgettable vacation. It has happened frequently that one or the other has packed his suitcase more quickly and has strayed back to Phuket then he thought. Many even stay and do not even fly back home at all.
What is Patong Beach?
Patong Beach is located with its beach on the southwest of the island of Phuket. The island of Phuket is located in the south of Thailand. With 540 km2, Phuket is also the largest island in the country. The distance to the equator is about 800 km from here. Since the solar radiation is very high all year due to the proximity to the equator, the temperatures are relatively high and constant through the whole year. Even if the rainy season, during the off-season strongly differs from the main season. I describe the place itself detailed on a separate page with the heading Local – On the streets of Patong Beach.
The size of the island of Phuket is the main reason that the place offers so many opportunities for everyone. Whether it is a family vacation on the beach, a backpacking tour visiting sights or singing in the hubbub of nightlife. Everyone will find something for themselves.
Phuket Airport is located in the northern part of the island and Patong Beach is in the south-west. To the southeast is the Panwa Peninsula. From here you can reach many famous islands of the nearby archipelago, such as Kho Phi Phi or the island of Kho Racha.
Patong Beach Nightlife
The nightlife of Patong offers discos, bars and live music. Here you can also sit with a cool beer (about 2, – Euro) at the roadside of the Bangla Rd and watch the people, that walk Bangla Road up and down. This can be amusing and at the same time interesting as people from all over the world are staying here. Because Bangla Rd. is south of Bangkok the most famous party mile of Southeast Asia.
Beach & Nightlife
Patong is one of the few places in Thailand that can offer you almost anything. Quite against all prejudices, as a woman, you can experience as many impressions and beautiful things as everyone else. From the fantastic picturesque beach and bays, to sights and a varied nightlife is everything there. In addition, this place is suitable for almost all generations, as long as one is able to cope with the climate.
No matter if beach, sight seeing or nightlife. This is exactly what makes this place so popular with Europeans. As people come from all over the world. In addition, the tropical climate is usually very pleasant at average temperatures of 28 ° – 32 ° degrees over 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.
Only the rainy season from May to October is different. The temperatures do not change very much and during most of the time this rainy season is characterized by a few short showers. It rarely rains over several days throughout. The temperatures can still drop to 26 ° degrees.
The domestic currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht. Contrary to many other tourist areas, is also paid in this currency. 1, – Euro is about between 38 and 42 Baht. I deliberately set a somewhat larger framework, as there are daily fluctuations in the currency. If you need the current course, you can calculate the euro against the Thai Baht (THB) using a currency converter.
Explore the island of Phuket
There are different ways to explore the island. For those who like to remain independent, there is only one alternative: rent a car or a scooter. That is the only way to get the chance to visit beaches, bays or tourist attractions spontaneously. However, if you do not trust yourself, a Tuc Tuc or a taxi is generally a good alternative. Taxi drivers are willing to negotiate with you if a day trip around the island is planned. And who doesn’t want to travel around Phuket by taxi every day, pays surprisingly little for that.
The Thailand Visa
For a stay in Patong Beach as well as in all of Thailand a valid visa is needed. Except for a stay of up to 30 days. If you do not want to stay more than 30 days in Thailand, you will receive an entry form from your airline’s flight crew. With that you already have a residence permit for the duration of up to 30 days. If you wish to stay longer than 30 days in Patong on the island of Phuket and Thailand, you must apply for a visa at the Thai Consulate or the Thai Embassy in Berlin.
Prices for phone calls and surfing the internet in Thailand
If you want to take a vacation in Patong Beach or any other place in Thailand, then you may be dependent on cheap phone calls. If you bring a PC or a Smartphone on your trip, you have many opportunities to make a phone call. In the meantime, it is possible to call Germany or within Thailand completely free of charge.
German speaking hotels in Patong
Patong Beach hotels with staff or owners that can communicate with their guests in German, are particularly popular with people who are not fluent in English. In addition you will find more German speaking guests than elsewhere in these hotels. This is always a good thing to do and to get to know new and partly interesting people.
There are more than 1000 hotels in Patong Beach. However, there are very few hotels under German-speaking management. I have looked at some well-known hotels, whose owners or staff speak German. Among them are the Blue Sky Residence in the southeast of the village and the Orchid Residence in the center.