Offering tropical islands, unmarked beaches and a fishing village philosophy, holidays to Cape Panwa won’t stay secret for long.
Phuket’s south coast
Visiting Cape Panwa is the tourism equivalent of going off-piste. While the travel guidebooks focus on the more mainstream resorts on Phuket’s western side, this unpublicised peninsula, on the island’s most southern tip, has been left relatively uncharted.
Khao Kat beach
Apart from a capsule collection of hotels, Cape Panwa is characterised by rugged beaches. Khao Kat, on the cape’s western edge, is one of the best-known. The sand here is backed by fishermen’s huts, and long tail boats float in the water not far from the coast. You can hire one of these boats and sail over to Koh Lon. Thanks to a mountain range and rubber tree plantations, this island is a little more 3D than its neighbours.
Although, there are a few seafood stalls on Khao Kat Beach, the bars and restaurants on Cape Panwa tend to be contained in the hotels. If you want more choice, Phuket Town is 8 kilometres away. The route there isn’t exactly as the crow flies, but the journey doesn’t usually take longer than 20 minutes.
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