I didn't know that Patong Beach was badly affected by the Asian Tsunami 2004. You won't even think that this place was once devastated by a calamity. Beach was great. Sand, sea and sun. perfect get away. Friendly local selling food, clothes and fruit. You wont get hungry and restaurants are plenty thou a bit expensive. There's a lot of place that you could stay. From budget hostel to top end. As for me, I stayed in Square One. Very affordable place and great hostel. I don't need to stay in a top end place since I'm out in the sun most of the day and just cool myself down in the hostel pool after. This place is great. I really had a great time. I got a perfect tan too! Don't miss to visit Phuket. It's really worth it.