Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand (Soi Bangla)

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which is located midway along the west coast of Phuket Island,  is the undisputed capital of island nightlife.

It contains innumerable bars and clubs, almost all of the island’s discotheques, and one of the island’s three “soapy” massage establishments.

Several multistoried entertainment complexes exist, combining bar, disco and dining.

The center of the entertainment district is Bangla Road, which is located in central Patong and runs east-west between the Beach Road (Thaweewong Road) and Rat-U-Thit Road, beginning (or ending) near the Jungceylon shopping complex.

Numerous sois, such as Soi Eric, Soi Lion,  Soi Crocodile,  Soi Gonzo, Soi Tiger, and Soi Seadragon  branch off from Soi Bangla.

Some of these sois are dominated by large discos such as Tiger Disco, D Club, Hollywood Disco, and Seduction Disco.

Others are dominated by go-go bars, such as Soi Seadragon, which is “home” to Playschool, Schoolgirls, Lolita, and The Heights (next door is Hard Rock Café).

The entertainment area continues onto Rat-U-Thit Road, where one can find other discos, such as Tai Pan Disco and Baya Beach Disco…and  Christin’s Massage Parlor (soapy massage).

It also continues along Beach Road, where one finds Club Lime Disco and Banana Disco.  

Those who tire of the heavy duty partying life can always get a traditional Thai massage, have  a bite to eat or go to a more sophisticated and calmer bar such as Patong Bay Garden Resort (on the beach) or Joe’s Downstaris,  a piano bar overlooking the beach from the north headland.

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