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Top Choice International in Hat Patong

Home Kitchen

White leather, faded tables, floaty fabrics, burning lanterns and neon lighting make this crazily beautiful, quirky-chic dining room/cocktail bar shaped like a ship's hull the coolest eatery in Patong. And the creat…
Top Choice International in Hat Patong

Ella

This moulded-concrete, industrial-feel bistro-cafe is a lovely surprise. Inventive all-day breakfasts feature spicy Rajasthani scrambled eggs, massaman (curry) chicken tacos, omelettes stuffed with chicken and veg, …
Top Choice Asian in Hat Patong

No.9 2nd Restaurant

Deceptively simple, with wooden tables and photo-strewn walls, this is one of the best, busiest restaurants in Patong, thanks to the inventive and delicious mix of Thai, Japanese and Western dishes. It's a rare feat…
Top Choice Georgian in Hat Patong

Georgia Restaurant

The influx of Russian visitors to Patong has seen a corresponding rise in eateries catering to them. Georgia is the pick of the bunch, offering Russian salads and dumplings alongside delicious khachapuri, a cheese-f…
LGBT in Hat Patong

Phuket Gay Pride Festival

Although Bangkok and Pattaya have big gay-pride celebrations, the Phuket Gay Pride Festival is widely considered to be the best in Thailand, possibly even in Southeast Asia. The date has changed several times since …
Italian in Hat Patong

La Gritta

A spectacularly positioned, posh Italian restaurant serving up huge portions of deliciously creamy pastas and gourmet pizzas, as well as more expensive mains. With comfy booths, gorgeous beach views and a deck just …
Thai in Hat Patong

Kaab Gluay

Remodelled since our last visit, this busy, semi-open-air roadside eatery is a hit for its authentic, affordable Thai food, with switched-on staff and well-spelt (!) menus to match. Unpretentious dining under a huge…
Antiques in Hat Patong

Baanboonpitak

Hidden in this dusty antiques repository at the southern end of Patong is a vast array of teak sculpture, Buddha images, delicate paintings, some excellent bronze work, massive buffalo-skin drums, bejewelled royal d…
Thai in Hat Patong

Chicken Rice Briley

One of few places in Patong Food Park to offer sustenance while the sun shines. Steamed chicken breast is served on rice with a bowl of chicken broth with crumbled bits of meat; the chili sauce is fantastic for dipp…
Bar in Hat Patong

Nicky's Handlebar

This fun biker bar welcomes all, wheels or no wheels. Once a bit of a dive, Nicky's has never looked better. There's a good selection of beers and the menu encompasses Western and Thai, including what the bar claims…