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Patong Promenade

August 6, 2014

Things are forever changing along Bangla Road in Patong. What was your favourite Irish pub last year could well be a kebab house this year and could well be a pub next year. A good example of this is the new Patong Promenade, a slick three-storey shopping mall with a smorgasbord of boutiques, stalls, eateries, and Patong’s largest food court.

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A couple of years ago this was the site of a tragically run-down hotel literally on its last legs, but it’s a wonder what a 700 million baht investment and a good architect can do. Patong Promenade is roughly cross-shaped and at 40,000sqm it’s a roomy and pleasant place to stroll around in. In some ways it’s completely the opposite of Bangla Road in that it is organized, clean, air-conditioned and peaceful, whereas Bangla is most certainly none of the above. Patong Promenade, like its neighbour Jungceylon, is a one-stop destination and has a recently opened Kids Club that takes up the whole of the second floor where you can drop the little ones off to have the time of their lives.

On the ground floor there’s a collection of chic boutiques and shops – and even a quality and well-thought-out secondhand book store for bookworms along with several beauty salons and massage parlours while, as mentioned, the second floor houses the colourful and fun Kids Club. Head up to the top floor and you’ll find the excellent and recommended Hog’s Breath Café along with a large and naturally lit food court that specializes in Asian cuisine. Delicious and fresh Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese dishes are the order of the day here. It’s also a great place to people watch as of course all the action of Bangla Road is directly below.

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Adjacent to the south side of Patong Promenade is the colourful and retro The Sixth Phuket – an L-shaped collection of boutiques, banks, and restaurants – with the emphasis on the latter. This is a lovely place to sit outside in the cool of the evening to enjoy a cold one while the world passes by. The many coloured Sino-Colonial architecture is a nod to Phuket’s past of two hundred years ago when thousands of Chinese workers arrived to capitalize on the island’s tin boom.

Patong Promenade is a short stroll from Absolute Bangla Suites and you can jump aboard Absolute’s shuttle bus, alighting at Jungceylon if you’re staying at Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa, or Absolute Sea Pearl Beach Resort. Underground parking available.

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