Thailand: Phuket Island – Patong Beach

I remember an ad displayed in the New York subway wagon in the middle of cold January many years ago “Don’t you just wanna say Phuket and go!”. So I thought of finally checking out the venerable vacation destination for myself. The Patong Beach is the main draw here – a very wide and nice sandy beach with good surf and sunset views, but not particularly clean, and the town is full of packaged tourists who come here to lie on this beach and take some boat tours to nearby islands. It is a tourist trap, like many places in Thailand.