As we spent 3 nights here, but only one full day on the beach resort, I’ve combined all of our Patong photos into one big post, if that’s ok with you!
Patong is the most famous beach resort on Phuket and as we previously mentioned, it’s mostly made up of hotels, restaurants, tourist information centres and nightclubs i.e. perfect for the party-loving holiday maker, but not so ideal for us.
Our first full day in Patong started with a little lie-in and lunch at the Tiger Inn Restaurant, as we were drawn in by its’ giant tiger models from the night before!
There were lots of different tiger models hanging out all over the restaurant, casually holding sharks and eating clown fish…
Spot the Ryan!
We went for a Thai-style beef salad, chicken skewers and morning glory, which were pretty good 🙂
Our order also included noodles with mixed vegetables and a tofu and pork soup (that we were hoping would be as good as the one that we had at Gustos). Unfortunately the noodles were pretty gross in the gloopy sauce and the soup was disappointing.
After lunch, we went for a walk but didn’t find anything interesting. The heat quickly became unbearable, so we popped into the Jungceylon mall to cool down. If it wasn’t for the heat, we wouldn’t have even thought about going into a shopping centre with Western restaurants and generic shops. Nevertheless we walked around and found these cuties to amplify my Asian-ness.
I also got my nails done for the first time. It wasn’t a great experience though, as the woman doing them was very abrupt and blatantly just wanted to get another customer over and done with
In typical Ry-fashion, he managed to find a Dunkin’ Donut stand while I got my nails done.
After purchasing tickets for the Simon Cabaret show in the evening, we swiftly made our way back to the hotel. Seeing this sign at the masseuse parlour across the road, we wondered how many of them did offer sex…probably a lot.
Unfortunately our hopes of a relaxing afternoon in the ‘infinity pool’ were dampened as the pool was rather dirty. Don’t stay at the Alfresco Hotel, if you’re hoping to make the most of their pool (however their rooms and customer service are really good!)
After a spot of sunbathing and cooling down in our room, we hopped back out into the early evening with hungry bellies! We had dinner at a pretty authentic looking Thai restaurant, which served the best food over our 3 days in Patong.
I went for a delicious Thai green, chicken curry…
…while Ry had beef with flat noodles and of course, a dish of fried morning glory to share. I can never get enough of those bad boys 😉
With happy tummies, we headed over to see the Simon Cabaret Show, the biggest transvestite cabaret show in Phuket!
Understandably we weren’t allowed to take any photos during the show, so here’s a cheeky selfie of us before it began.
Featuring modern and traditional acts from around the world in English and other languages, I absolutely loved the show; it was so colourful, the outfits were amazing and I wanted to learn all the dance routines! (Admittedly, I’m not very cool). Ry also thought that it was a fun and entertaining show! 😀 Although we couldn’t take photos during the show, you could make up for it afterwards, as all of the glamorous performers were available for a couple of snaps outside the theatre.
I need a pair of those wings in my life.
After taking in all of their amazing outfits and how stunning some of them were, we headed over to Bangla Road, passing shrines and a culturally-relevant Ronald McDonald on the way!
WELCOME TO BANGLA ROAD!
Patong’s nightlife is centred around Bangla Road and its four side-streets (Crocodile, Eric, Gonzo and Seadragon), packed with a chaotic mix of beer bars, clubs and go-go bars. If you fancy seeing a ping-pong show, this is the place for you. We were offered about 20 times and I’m not even exaggerating! The idea of the shows terrified me though…
Go-Go bars are all the rage here. The dancers just looked bored out of their minds, though.
As you may have already noticed, Patong has a very obvious female transgender industry…
Photo ops galore!
It was pretty awkward when they grabbed my hand and put it on their boob. After I had my photo taken, they just pull their tops for you to slot your money between their boob and top…I got quite an eyeful! (I’m not going to show you photo-evidence of that though, you cheeky monkeys!)
After all that excitement, we decided to cool down by the beach.
Lookin’ super creepy.
It was also pretty rad to see people flying lanterns and fireworks on our final night here! (sorry about the rubbish photo quality)
Check out our party tuk-tuk!
Happy Friday y’all! See you on Phi Phi Island 😉