The Top Things to Do in Patong (Phuket) Thailand

Thank God for technology. When a friend suggested going to Phuket, Thailand for our birthday I was ecstatic. After tickets were booked I immediately began to research the area using the methods I suggested in my previous post, #Travel: How To Use Social Media To Plan Your Next Trip

Through all those websites I was able to put together a loose itinerary for the group. I wanted to help as most of the people traveling are flight attendants and have a hectic schedule. If you are traveling from the U.S. travel time can be about 2 days each way so here is how you maximize your time in Patong/ Phuket:

Sample Itinerary for the day after you arrive

Day 1

7:30am-Get accustomed to the Island through a Landmark Tour, Duration 9 hrs

Read my Review of the tour company

Work with Jo to customize a tour or pick a tour from her website. If customized reach out to Jo, she is very responsive.Our customized tour included:

-Pick up from Indochine Hotel

-Karon viewpoint

-Elephant trekking

-Promthep cap

-A visit to Big Buddha

-Wat Chalong

-A stop for local lunch after sightseeing in Phuket old town

-Visit to Tiger kingdom.

Everything was included in our per person cost except tiger fees which at the time were:

-Big and Medium Tigers 800 Baht

-Small Tiger 900 Baht

-Smallest 1000 Baht

Day 2

Shopping and Beach Day in Patong

Shopping in Patong can be an adventure and there are a lot of shops, you can visit the beach and then shop. Sharpen your negotiation skills to get a good deal, and don’t look to eager to buy.

Also if interested you could try to fit in a short ziplining tour at 3pm. Best one to go to is the Hanunman Rainforest.

Ziplining at Hanunman Rainforest,

Day 3

Phi Phi Island or Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Tour Options. (Most tours are 9/10-3pm, there are some early morning tours available. Suggested vendors are:


Hotel transfers 7.30-8.30am
Departure 9am
Arrive at Phi Phi 10am
Snorkeling, swimming, relaxing 10-11am
Sightseeing around Pileh Cove, Monkey beach,
Viking cave 11-12.30pm
Gourmet picnic lunch on quiet beach 12.30-2pm
Snorkeling, swimming, relaxing 2-3pm
Sightseeing around Maya Bay 3-3.30pm
Cruise back to Phuket arriving approximately 4.30pm
Transfer back to hotel

Day 4

-Massages are super cheap in Thailand. We went with Let’s Relax on 3rd street as a suggestion from Jo and it was awesome. You receive a discount if you book online. We paid in person and did the Heavenly Relax package which is about 2 and a half hours.

-Fish Pedicures-located throughout Patong

-Thai Cooking Class- Can have one for either lunch or dinner. Example


1)Cosmo Vibe/Rooftop Restaurant

2 )Restaurants in Patong (Ranked)


There are a ton of options on Bangla Walking Street in Patong from live music bands, hip hop clubs, karaoke bars and top 40 clubs. It reminded it of a Thai Vegas Strip.

1)Seduction Nightclub is a complex of over 5 venues including Higher restaurant mentioned earlier. Open every night.

2)Gossip Boutique Supperclub

3)Bangla Boxing Stadium Muay Thai Boxing

4)Tiger Bar

5)Simon Cabaret-If that’s your kind of thing 😉

FULL ITINERARY-Click the Dropdown for a daily break down.

I will have separate posts on the different venues and tours that I used. Have you been to Patong/Phuket and have any places to add to the list? Comment below!

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Kim H.

Kim H. is the creator and chief editor for Work Hard Travel Well. Born and raised in College Park, Ga. She is a true "FILA" :) and UGA Alumna. Go Dawgs!