Basically Patong Beach is structured quite simple. If it wasn’t for the one-way streets. However, if you have traveled the most important connecting roads several times, you can quickly find your way around. Choose a good opportunity to travel the roads to get to know the place itself better.
Transportation: Tuc Tuc, motorbike or taxi
Size and scope of Patongs
The size of the place can be distinguished. There is the central area of Patong, along the beach and the four parallel streets. Then there is the much larger area, which describes the actual size of the place. Good to see on the map at the right edge of this page.
The streets of Patong
In the following, all the parallel roads to the beach will be briefly described. The graphical representation shows how easy the roads can be navigated. Then the characteristics and conditions, such as the type of the Restaurants and bars of the respective streets are described more closely.
The First Rd. – Thawewong Rd.
The place stretches along the coast, from south to north, and directly adjoins the so-called First Rd. (Thawewong Road) along the beach, Patong Beach.
This road is at the same time the most important, as it is a simple orientation point for most locals. Thawewong Road is also a one-way street. It can therefore only be driven from the south to the north.
There are numerous fancier restaurants. Here you can pay for a dinner already far more than you would pay on average in Germany. There are many fish restaurants in this street. The fish is presented directly on the street, ice-cooled or still living in aquariums. If you want to choose the chilled fish, because you would lose your appetite with still living fish you need to know the criteria for fresh fish. In addition to these restaurants, there are other restaurants that specialize in different cuisines. However mostly in the upper price segment. You can also eat Indian, Italian or German dishes next to Thai food. Food stalls are rather rare here.
Thawewong Road is about 3.5 km. The beach itself is the same distance. The name First Road has a simple explanation. It is the first road that runs parallel to the coast, the sandstone of Patong Beach. The First Rd. forms the route of the central village of Patong.
The Second Road – Thanon-Ratuthit Songroipi-Road
This road, of course, runs parallel to the above described Thawewong Road. And here it is understandable how the place is built with its streets. A major difference to First Road, it is also a one-way street, but in the opposite direction.
On this street are many different restaurants. Here you can get everything from Thai dishes to European to exotic dishes. However, unlike the restaurants in the First Road, the prices are much lower. The food is by no means worse.
In addition to numerous restaurants there are clothing shops, 7/11 or Family Mart markets where you can get almost everything, similar to German drugstores. If you want, you can make a stop at a fortune-teller. Many do not think much of it, others like to believe in it. But whoever wants to do a good deed can consider his payment as a small donation, in the sense of a good cause. Then, above all, countless massage parlors shape the image of the Thanon-Ratuthit Songroipi Road. Sometimes up to 3 massage salons are adjacent. Anyone who has walked many kilometers during hot temperatures in the brooding sun, will find out how beneficial a foot massage in an air-conditioned room can be. The prices for a 60-minute treatment are about 7, – Euro.
One of the most famous, if not the most famous, streets of the town, which forms a cross-link to First and Second Rd., Is Bangla Road. The sinful mile of the city. There are bars, clubs and several restaurants where live music is played. The Bangla Rd. (If only in the remotest) can be compared to the Reeperbahn in Hamburg. But on this topic, the Bangla Road, there will be an extra contribution on these pages. It has earned it because it is the main center of the nightlife of Patong Beach.
Third Road – 4055
Again, as with both of the previous roads, the Third Road runs parallel to the two previous roads, the Thawewong Road and the Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Road and thus the beach of Patong. This street is also characterized by various rental apartments, also condos or apartments, which are rented mainly by long-term tourists. Among other things, there are some hotels of the middle class and the most popular market among locals and tourists.
The Banzaan market is open almost all day. Early in the morning fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and fish are sold in the hall of the market. In the evening the sale moves outside the market hall. Here, small sales stands offer various Thai specialties at extremely low prices. It is quite possible that you can eat here for 3,- Euro.
Across from the Banzaan Market is the largest shopping mile in the city, the Jungceylon. Here you will find boutiques, electronics stores, restaurants, food stalls or cafés. Yes even wine drinkers will find the right wine for every occasion. In addition to various PC retail stores, there is even an Apple store. Jungceylon is also home to a supermarket. If you want to be away from the heat, air-conditioned shopping or just want to see something else, there is plenty of variety here. Below the ground floor is an underground car park and numerous massage parlors.
Nanai Road is located right on the adjacent Mountains of Patong Beach. Thus, this road forms the backdrop of parallel roads running from north to south. At the same time, the central part of Patong Beach ends with Nanai Road.
Even though Nanai Road is the last one running parallel to each other, this road is one of the most interesting. This may also be a personal impression, as I have lived in this street for about eight years. So I know the people, the shops and bars particularly well.