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Phuket, Thailand – Beautiful Kata Beach and crazy Patong

December 5, 2011

Phuket…Thailand’s largest island and a well known paradise with more scenic white sand beaches than one can count, crystal clear blue waters and colorful reefs rich with sea life. It was our playground for 10 days and it feels like we barely scratched the surface. On top of the gorgeous scenery and perfect weather, you find yourself surrounded by some of the nicest and happiest people around offering you fantastic food and cheap massages…really, hardly gets any better than this!

Kata Beach

We settled on Kata Beach in the southwest corner of Phuket to start, having heard it was not only gorgeous but also on the quieter side – check!

Phuket Thailand - Kata Beach

Kata is your laid-back small town with enough going on to keep you busy for the week. When not chilling on its 2km long beach, we’d wandered through town for a daily dose of Thai massage (around $7 for 50 min!) or a great meal at one of its numerous local and international restaurants. I became quite fond of the pancakes carts that lined the streets, the smell of fried batter tickling your taste buds wherever you’d go!

Phuket Thailand Banana Pancakes

Banana-Nutella was a clear favorite…

Phuket Thailand Banana pancakes

Our first nice dinner was at a beautiful Thai restaurant on the north side of Kata called Kampong Kata Hill. Nice authentic food in a unique museum-like setting filled with antiques, Buddhas and ancient ceramics. We feasted on traditional spring rolls with shrimps and pork and chicken curry.

Phuket Thailand - Dinner in Kata Beach

I got tempted by the house specialty: whole steamed fish with soy sauce, ginger, and spring onions…pure delight!

Phuket Thailand - Dinner in Kata beach

Patong

Patong is the party hot spot of Phuket and the place you won’t want to miss to have your fill of overcrowded ‘Go Go Bars’, ladyboys, loud clubs, and obviously drunk tourists.

Phuket Thailand - Night in Patong

As glad as we were to be staying in peaceful Kata, an evening stroll on Patong’s main pedestrian strip, Thanon Bangla, is a must. With the theme song from ‘The Hangover 2‘ repeatedly playing as our background, we slowly took in the sights of street level go-go pole dancers, sex tourism, and open air beer bars for the ultimate chaotic nightlife experience Patong is famous for.

Phuket Thailand - Night in Patong

Of course, the highlight of my evening was stumbling upon a local night market just off the busy main road. Street food is heaven sent for a foodie like me and Thailand acts as a sort of food Mecca for the genre. Not only is everything fresh, unique, and super tasty, but nothing cost more than 20 baht (65¢)! No need to say that I dove head first into what is my best meal to date in Thailand…

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market

Tiny little fried quail eggs…totally addictive and probably my #1 discovery of the night. The custom fryer is a marvel, and worth that shot alone!

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market - Quail Eggs

A bit of pepper sprinkled on top and some of that sweet soy sauce, these disappeared into my mouth in no time!

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market - Quail Eggs

Anything on a stick tastes good…

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market

Fried chicken and squid served with a hot sauce, and mini pork balls to nimble on while wandering around the numerous stalls.

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market

The ubiquitous noodle stall, always a must.

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market

We skipped the popcorn that night, but I’m sure it would have been delish.

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market

Lots of grilled fish stalls – look at those perfectly charred specimen…yum!

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market

The soup stand served beautiful bowls of steaming noodle soup topped off with Thai basil and fresh long beans.

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market

A sweet dessert mini pancake with a custard-like filling.

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market

Handpicking fresh sushi and glutinous rice, can’t believe I’m still eating…

Phuket Thailand - Patong night market

Next stop: The outlying islands of Phuket and the underwater world…stay tuned for the next Thai blog post!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Greg PAQ December 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Love delicious travel!

  • Reply Similan Islands, Thailand Flying Fourchette December 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

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  • Reply david March 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

    where is the location of the local market in patong night full of food vendors who have tell me?

    please answer me in my email
    thx

    • Reply Sandra March 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Hi David,

      Just emailed you but for those who’d like to know, the market is the Banzaan Market on Nanai Road, directly opposite the Bangla Boxing Stadium, across the street from the big shopping mall Jungceylon. Well worth a visit…come hungry!

  • Reply alex July 30, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Phuket is the most beautiful beach holiday destination for Uk travelers

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