Patong is the foremost beach resort of Phuket which can compete
with any other famous beaches of the world. But many people do not
know that, as late as a few decades ago, Patong was the remotest
district of Phuket, cut off from the main part of the island by
mountains. Even though it was located only 15 km. from the provincial
town, it sometimes happened that a Patong villager who was seriously
ill would die before reaching a hospital in town.
Thanks to His
Majesty King Bhumibol, after his visit to Patong in 1959, a modern
road called Phra Barami was built leading from Phuket Town to Patong
Beach, bringing modernization to the district.
Patong Beach is widely known among the Thais and foreigners because
of two important factors. One is its natural beauty--the white sandy
beach, plentiful sunshine, clear turquoise sea, fantastic underwater
life and soft breezes. The other factor is the availability of a
wide range of man-made facilities. Here you have a big choice of
accommodations from luxury hotels to palm cottages, a host of restaurants
and shops, all kinds of aqua-sports equipment and numerous places
of night entertainment, including enchanting transvestite cabaret
shows. Vacationers who love nature and modern comforts would find
Patong an ideal place.
A small cascade 4 km. from the Kathu Administration Office,
it is a pleasant place for picnicking.