This beach reminds me of beaches in California: it faces West, it is surrounded by mountains, and the trees lining the beach road for the most part aren't palms, but some kind of fir trees. In fact, head North on the road out of Patong Beach and you could be on California's Highway 101. We found Patong beach much less inhabited by farang than is Pattaya . . . bummer that Thai Oil's refinery isn't here . . .