Tunk Ka Cafe is one of our favourite restaurants in Town, a long established venue beautifully built on top of Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town. And as a photographer, it is hard to resist the urge of climbing every possible hill to get a nice panorama of the city lights.
Tunk Ka Cafe is certainly a romantic place, with three separate terraces framed with foliage and large trees, and a nice breeze running through always keeps the place cool. A shady wooden walkway leads from the top of the hill to the restaurant through bushes of bamboos. It was renovated and improved several times in the past years, and obviously they know how to make best use of the surrounding natural elements and lights.
Tunk Ka offers almost a 180 degrees view, so everyone can enjoy a good panorama all the way to Cape Panwa and Chalong over Phuket Town. You can even see the Big Buddha if you know where to look. But the main reason to come is dining of course, or lunch if you prefer. Their Thai food is really nice, the menu extensive and original and all written in English. It’s not really cheap but still affordable. Service is very good, fast and polite.
Now what did we have? That was not an easy decision since the menu is so tempting:
You might need the map below, but once you found ‘Mae Luang street’, the sign at the bottom of the hill is visible enough, drive all the way up from the traffic light. Parking up there is large and easy, and several new shops sell dry fruits and fruit shakes. Tel: 076 211500 – Hours: 10:30 to 22:30
Well it’s a bit obvious, but go there around 6 pm to get a table near the edge. If you want to try another angle, there is another restaurant with a different view nearby, called ‘Phuket View‘.