Escape from Patong

Arriving in Patong at midnight, it was clear that the town had no plans to go to sleep. There were people everywhere, all shops and restaurants were open and roads were packed with cars. Here I felt the change, I was enjoying the sunny beach at an isolated island in the morning, compared to the busy streets filled with all the modern conveniences at night.

Trying to find a place to eat (halal is everywhere here), the rates were fully priced towards tourists – about 5 to 10 times more than what I’ve been paying in most places. We thought we’d find something at the famous Bengal road. However, it was filled with bars and clubs. Here was the first time I saw an Australian outside a bar (and Muay Thai fight club) asking tourists where they’re from, engaging in small talk and inviting them in for drink.

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A Halal meat counter i saw in Jungceylon shopping mall.

People here seem to have multiple jobs. Tuk tuk drivers sell tours in the morning and girls at night (especially at some junctions – these are unavoidable, but if they recognize you as a Muslim, they’ll stay away which worked well for us). I suspect they might even be able to arrange for weed if asked for. I saw a masseuse working at a taxi stand in the morning. Everyone is working hard.

Jungceylon had a fountain show (don’t compare it to Dubai fountains), and we did a short XD (4-D) experience ride.

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There were a lot of stalls selling Naraya bags at double the prices we saw at their official store in Bangkok. I wonder if people in Bangkok were filling their baskets with same style bags in bulks were not buying gifts in Bangkok but instead stocking up for their shops.

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This is just one of the baskets with relatively any bags in comparison to what i saw others stock up on in Bangkok.

Some of the different fruits/food I saw in Thailand which i’ve never seen in UK or maybe not paid attention to? Can anyone guess the names?

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Winnie the Pooh family tower!!

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We entered Patong beach for a minute. It had endless multiple lines of beach chairs filled with sun-bathers. There was hardly any place to walk. It wasn’t the calm and peaceful “brochure” beach I had in mind.¬† At the edge of a beach there was a policeman continuously fining motorcyclists for not wearing a helmet. It seemed like a hot spot and a good place to make easy money from careless tourists.

 

Patong was good, but Phuket might have had more to offer. I wouldn’t recommend going out of the way to visit unless you’re riding to the airport or just passing through. I’m off to my next adventure in Malaysia.

We negotiated  our ride to the Airport Рstandard fare is 700 Baht but got 600 Baht for a 3am ride from our hotel.

 

2 Responses to “Escape from Patong

  • Assalamualaikum.. Greeting from Malaysia… Well, i just started reading your blog and thanks because its full of information, and shall be useful for me.

    btw, i could help with the pictures. ahaha the first two are called dragonfruit and yeah it comes in two color, the white and purplish one.. the bottom right is starfruit .. and the other one,hurmmm Im giving a quick look on it, I guess it an egg right?? If it is so, it then must be the Century Egg (a chinese-style preserved egg) I hope i guess it right! Salam.

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