Patong is a very busy resort, but there are areas to go to if you wish to get away from it all; check out all neighbouring beaches such as Hat Nai Han and Ao Sane Beach. Further south, Hat Ya Noi is good for snorkeling

Also worth a visit is the Big Buddha, you get some great shots of the surrounding islands etc from on high. It's free - just the cost of a tuk tuk.

Do go on some of the organised boat tours, there are a few to choose from: Phang Nga Bay with the bat caves, canoeing and James Bond Island or Raya Island, with snorkeling. Yes it is busy with loads of tourists, but that's how it is.  

Plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, varying prices. A couple of good ones: The Orchids, at 78/3-4 Th Thawiwong cheap food and good too, also check out No6 on Bangla Road if that's busy they provide a bus to take you up to their second one.It hasn't been open long, but   it's lovely, and the food is good too. Tip: if the restaurant is busy usually means the food is OK and cheap.

Muay Thai - thai boxing, worth a visit to Bangla Stadium. Pay on the door - no need to go on organised tour if you are staying nearby, you can walk or take a tuk tuk (remember to agree a fare before you get in).

Also available is the show called Fantasea. Good for young children. Show times are 7pm and 9pm

You can get a foot massage and pedicure at one of the local shops near the Orchid Restaurant. They are thorough, professional and for 500 Baht (about a tenner), you'll be really pleased with the results.

Patong has plenty for everyone, with loads of markets for shopping as well as the very upmarket Jung Ceylon Shopping Mall.

There are plenty of water-sports available, too: jet skies, para-sailing etc. 

You also might want to visit the snake farm, go carting...the list is endless.

If you get really busy, don't forget to also leave yourself some time poolside, to relax!