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Patong beach has changed and this year's carnival is reduced to three days

Patong Carnival Budget Slashed: Shorter Festival Launches Phuket High Season

Friday, September 19, 2014
PHUKET: The Patong Carnival is being curtailed from five days to three days this year, with the budget cut from seven million baht to four million baht, council officials revealed today.

Mayor Chalermlak Kebsub requested seven million baht from the council but the council - which consists mostly of her political opponents - voted that the amount should be substantially reduced.

At least 30 floats are expected to take part in this year's parade along beach road.

The tent city of stalls selling food and souvenirs along the Patong shorefront is no longer permitted because of a ban on commercial activities on the beach and beachfront.

Sunbeds and umbrellas have been cleared from the sand and vendors are not allowed to store any equipment under the trees.

The number of tourists visiting Patong's walking street, Soi Bangla, is well down on previous low seasons. Some operators are wondering whether the island's holiday hub has priced itself out of the market.

Back on the agenda in Patong is the changing of the direction of the one-way system, an idea that would deliver tourists to the beachfront instead of having to loop the city first.

The new dolphins water feature and the large shorefront 'Patong City' sign would then be seen as tourists arrive rather than as they depart.

The 29th Patong carnival, which officially launches high season, runs from November 1-3.

The Patong one-way loop is not expected to reverse direction before then.


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Sounds like some people want to cut there nose off to spite there face

Posted by arthur on September 19, 2014 13:24


I think u hit the nail on the head there with your comment "Some operators are wondering whether the island's holiday hub has priced itself out of the market."
When u pay more for a beer in a crappy pub/club than u do back in your own country then you have to ask yourself " just who do they think they are" ??
I pay less for a beer in a club in Toronto, Vancouver, NY and even Miami than I do in Patong. The cost of food is on par with the west ( I guess the UK can be excluded as that's outrageous) but generally the cost of living here in Phuket is getting nuts. They are trying to attract "high class" tourists and charging high class prices but offering shite services, infrastructure and a corrupt and incompetent government administration. The military has done a great job trying to preserve the natural beauty of Phuket but they cannot forget to address Phuket's crumbling infrastructure and the rising prices fuelled by greed.
Lets hope they get it right.

Posted by Tom on September 19, 2014 13:27


Compared to another of Thailands famous party destinations,Pattaya, Phuket is heavily overpriced.

A drink in many of Pattaya Walking Streets most famous night clubs: around 100 baht

A drink in any of Patong Soi Bangla most famous night clubs: 250-300 baht

A short ride with songthaew in Pattaya: 20-40 baht.

A short ride with tuk tuk in Patong: 200 baht.

Entrance fees to night clubs in Pattaya: Free

Entrance fees to night clubs in Patong: 300-400 baht

If looking for party, there is no reason for chosing Patong since the entertainment in Pattaya is the same but at half or even only a third of the price compared to Patong.

Its a fact that a lots of people use to come/bring money to Phuket or Pattaya every year because of its famous party life.

Posted by Dont be to greedy on September 19, 2014 17:46


The patong one-way loop reverse is already many years just bla-bla, now first see, than believe.
Some operators are wondering? Hey operators, wake up, where have you been the last few years?! Get realistic! Of course no doubt! Patong already works very hard many years to price itselves out of the market! Flooding roads ( see rats swimming), many non alcohol days for tourists. Unsafe disco's ( costing human lives.), Everything overpriced! Many western holiday destinations are cheaper than patong with better and more polite service. Operators, study more about market mechanism. I wish you success.

Posted by Kurt on September 19, 2014 17:59


"..the large shorefront 'Patong City' sign would then be seen as tourists arrive rather than as they depart."

If you are referring to the one near the Bangla Rd. police box, it says "Patong Beach" not "Patong City."

Posted by Nomadjoe on September 21, 2014 15:31

Editor Comment:

Indeed. Patong Beach is what the sign says. Patong City is another mistake. But it's the 'Patong Beach' at the end of beach road that arriving tourists will see first.

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