If you're bright lights, music and fun, head for Patong Beach. Twenty years ago, Patong was a small fishing village on one of the loveliest beaches in the world. Now its a rollicking holiday resort, catering to all types and tastes.
Apart from the large range of restaurants you have a choice of beer-bars, go-go bars, discotheques, transvestite cabarets and pubs.
For alternative entertainment you can night time catapult bungy, go for a massage, listen to music in a piano bar, or even tenpin bowling under florescent lights! Patong's entertainment goes from the sublime to the absurd, but if you simply want to hang out and watch the world go by, there's no better place.
Karon Beach and Kata Beach
Nightlife here is not quite as extensive as Patong. Heading south, Kata Beach has some excellent restaurants offering Asian and International food, with one of the best wine cellars on Phuket at The Boathouse Wine and Grill.
Many hotels offer dinner with classical Thai performances - these include: Marina Cottage, Kata, and the Old Siam at the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort on Karon beach.
If you just want to hang out with a drink and some good music, Charlie Chaplins is a good place. Kata with its village atmosphere is mainly a place to drink, eat and relax.
Relax at Dino Park in the Kata area, where good food is served in a wonderful atmosphere. Adults and children can also golf at the park's mini-golf, which is beautifully designed for fun and entertainment.
For an incredible Las Vegas type show, a must visit is Phuket Fantasea at Kamala Beach, where Thai legends mix with pyrotechnics, acrobatics and dozens of elephants for an amazing spectacle and theatrical experience. The front of the theatre is styled after Angkor Wat and their is a comprehensive shopping area selling good value local goods.
Moving further down the coast is Nai Harn and Rawai. It's not rocking' but there are some good restaurants with great style and ambiance.
Phuket Town offers a more local scene with music pubs like Timber Hut, Jamming and The Candy Pub with live rock 'n' roll and Thai food. An alternative are the Thai-style karaoke coffee shops. Nightclubs where ladies in fancy dresses get up to sing Thai songs while customers eat and drink and entice singers to join them at their tables. Late night there are sometimes farcical skits on stage and other types of entertainment.
Bang Tao Bay
Many of the upmarket and luxury hotels are located around the Bang Tao creating a more low key nightlife. The Laguna - a complex of five luxury hotels linked by a shuttle service, is fully self contained with restaurants, bars, entertainment and leisure activities.