What to Do in Panwa Beach
Panwa Beach, also known as Khao Kat Beach, is not a great swimming beach, and yet has the charm of these remote bays not many would take the time to explore while visiting Phuket. Located on the east coast cape but facing west, the whole area is peppered with luxury villas and few resorts, a great alternative to relax away from west coast crowded spots.
Where to eat
So if you are after peace, this is an enjoyable region to spend a slow afternoon staring at nearby islands. Have lunch or drinks at one of the bamboo and thatched roofs restaurants available along the strand, such as the good old ‘The Beach Bar‘. You can even stay at one of the beautiful resorts around, most popular being Andacura Beachfront collextion Panwa Phuket (formerly Novotel Panwa), and enjoy a great morning stroll along the sandy bay all the way to the few fishing boats at the southern end.
For a more sophisticated lunch or dinner (but still casual), drive a kilometre further down the coast and stop at the excellent ‘The Cove‘ and enjoy a surprisingly great menu while sitting at tables by the sea!
What to see and do
There is not so much to do on Panwa but enjoy the tranquillity of such a unique hidden spot. You can sit down at a beach table and enjoy your reading, order drinks, food and those excellent tropical fruits. Then you can have a beach massage at one of the bamboo huts! This is pretty unique as it is very quiet and feel like Phuket twenty years ago!
If you drove there, you should also continue up to the nearby ‘Panwa Viewpoint‘ (or Khao Kat Views Tower) and get an amazing 360˙ view on this part of Phuket and the islands around. Continue south and you will pass by Ao Yon beach, another nice sandy bay mostly enjoyed by locals, you can even stop a few minutes at the small Ao Yon waterfall opposite of it.
Go further south and stop for a short visit to the Phuket Aquarium and its small glass tunnel. This aquarium may not be as big as the new Aquaria at Central Floresta Phuket, but this is a Phuket Marine Biological Center dedicated to rescuing dolphins, dugongs and turtles often found in distress around Phuket.
Panwa beach and its surrounding is not your usual tropical holiday destination, but once you drive there on a nice day you will see a side of Phuket island not many take the time to enjoy.
Where to stay In Panwa Beach
Best known hotels and resort around Panwa are:
Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach
Andacura Beachfront collextion Panwa Phuket