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Patong in 1993

1993 sounds pretty recent, right? Phuket tourism was already fairly well developed, but I think there must have been a lot of changes in the 1990s. I came to Phuket in 1999 and lived the first year in Patong. It was already pretty busy, but some areas that are full of hotels and businesses now were pretty quiet in 1999. And now I see this video from 1993, wow, 6 years before I came and there were fields with buffalo and still little shack style restaurants on the beach road. The Paradise hotel stands out like a sore thumb and there are big GOGO bar signs along Bangla road. A rather different Patong. Back in 1999 I though Patong was OK. Now I just don't go there unless it's absolutely necessary! Lots of little points of interest in this video.


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Patong in 1993

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Patong Beach Phuket Nightlife

I'm really not a nightlife kind of person. A few beers with friends is fine with me. I'm not a young clubber and I'm married with kids, so the nightlife in Patong Beach is something I have little interest in. Phuket nightlife is one of the reasons some people come here and I'm not going into detail here or passing any kind of comment. Whatever floats your boat. I just want to show you a great little video that I found on Youtube which gives a very good idea of what you can expect on Phuket's party street, Soi Bangla, in Phuket's party town, Patong.


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Patong Beach Phuket Nightlife

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Patong to Karon Beach in 1988

A great little video that shows the road still under construction between Patong and Karon beaches in Phuket, back in 1988 (11 years before I came here!) Before that I guess you had to reach Karon by boat only? Nonetheless, you can see quite a few beach chairs and people on Karon Beach. The lake which has been contained in a man-made lagoon is still 100% natural in this video. Just imagine how it might have been a few years before this ... I mean, Karon doesn't look too bad now, it's much tidier than Patong and the beach looks nice, but back then ...



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Patong to Karon Beach in 1988

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Rihanna - What Now - Video Made in Phuket



So, Rihanna and Phuket were in the news recently .. she was here (I did not see her), and caused a stir by posting a photo of herself with a slow loris, which is an endangered animal, on Bangla road in Patong where touts always hang around with engangered animals and nobody cares. Well, some people cared once the Rihanna photo hit the news and a few touts were rounded up. They are probably back again now. I don't know, I have been to Soi Bangla once in the last 2 years. Oh and she Tweeted about a s3x show too. Really? They exist? Well I never! I am sure that was news to the local police! Anyways, while she was here, Rihanna shot a video, though it was all indoors and you can't see any of Phuket. The song is OK actually, and it was made in Phuket. So, what now, Phuket?


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Rihanna - What Now - Video Made in Phuket

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A very nice little promotional video made for the Kata and Karon hotels association to promote Kata and Karon beaches, which are much nicer than Patong, far less busy, and much prettier. The video was made by the team at Helicam. It's a nice little taster of what you can expect in Phuket. The Kata and Karon area has some great hotels for couples or families. More information is on my Phuket Blog, see links below.

Suggested Karon Beach Hotels
Suggested Kata Beach Hotels


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