Patong Beach is the main tourist resort in Phuket, just south of where I am staying at Paresa.Â It’s the center of cheap shopping on the island and probably more famous for its nightlife than the mile-long crescent beach that stretches the length of town. (ThinkÂ CancunÂ by way ofÂ SoutheastÂ Asia.) The shape of the bay being a natural funnel, PatongÂ was also one of the worst affected areas of Phuket when the Boxing Day tsunami struck in 2004. TheÂ giant waveÂ caused a great deal of destruction to the waterfront and immediately inland.Â But you wouldn’t know that today: the town is built-up and teeming with European tourists – plus enough Russians toÂ call for streetÂ signs posted near the six-deep beach to be written in Cyrillic. Thanks but no thanks, Patong Beach; I’m not spending my last day in Thailand struggling to discover your dubiously hidden charms. I’m tuk-tukking it back to my villa.