Hi Garry and Helen
You are off to one of my favourite places! Its a quiet, peaceful and beautiful hotel and area. The CP and its sister hotel Kantary Bay ( you can use both hotels facilities)have a number of places to eat, check out their web page. For a special meal you have to try Panwa house, lovely Thai food served down near the beach. The hotel also have a seafood buffet night which is also great.
In the village there are 6 or so smaller places to eat. Live India, Sea Breze and Sawasdee are all excellent and inexpensive.
If you are there over the weekend get a taxi to take you to the Phuket Town Markets and wait for you, good fun, great atmosphere. I paid 700 baht last year for the taxi.
I take some cash and exchange at the airport, have exchnaged money on shopping trips into Phuket Town, there is an exchange booth in the village too (rates seemed OK) there is also an ATM attached the the small supermarket, I use a 28 degrees card which has no foreign exchange fees for this.
Check out the forums for more info or I can try and help if you need more information
Thanks for all the great information.
Garry & Helen
The Hotel 'GM' at the Cape Panwa Hotel is a really nice guy , his name is Claude and he is very approachable . He'll be happy to give you lots of suggestions on where to go . The 'Colonial' looking building on the beach at Cape Panwa Hotel is hard to beat for an evening meal with a great atmosphere . You could also hop over to the other side of the cape for dinner at 'Baba' Restaurant at the Sri Panwa Resort and Spa . Its pricy but as you're on holiday I would suggest it's worth treating yourself as the food here is awesome . For a more local touch you can ask the Hotel to organize a driver to take you down to Ao Yon . This beach is only a 10 minute ride from the Hotel are is rarely busy . I see a few expats down there on the weekends but never many tourists . There are a couple of nice little Thai restaurants on the beach doing local seafood favorites and the prices are very reasonable .
Giles - Offspray Leisure
Hi Garry & Helen
My husband and i stayed at the Cape Panwa back in 2006. I have to admit, we only ate there once for lunch. We kind of like getting out of the resort and we were only there a few nights. I can highly recommend the restaurant at the tip of the hill as you walk out of Cape Panwa (i think it was called James' seafood restaurant). it's beautiful if you get there around sunset as it is located high up overlooking the bay. the food was AMAZING! We ate there twice a day! Sorry if i have the name wrong, it was a few years ago now, but i hope it is still there as we are travelling to Phuket this week and plan to pay it a visit!
There is also a nice bar at the bottom of the hill towards the beach where you can play pool, have a few ice cold beers. There is a studio next door to it where they do nails and massages. I got my bails done and it was very cheap and they did a lovely job.
Have fun and enjoy Cape Panwa :)
Thanks for that, when you pay a visit to Phuket next can you give us an up date, please.
Garry & HelenEdited: 8:17 am, March 28, 2012
Hi, Garry and Helen,
Just got back from Cape Panwa. Apart from the restaurants already mentioned the hotels restaurants are well worth a visit ,Panwa House set back from the beach is magnificent and my other favourites are Top Of The Reef and Uncle Nans Italian you can buy dinner vouchers 720 baht buy 5 get 6 for the set dinner or it can be used against the A La Carte. I do recommend the Grande Marnier Souffle at Uncle Nans the best I have had. If you want room service that is also very good. Cafe Andaman offers a buffet and all day dining. Laem Panwa seafood restaurant is also very good.
Some more outside restaurants at nearby Ao Yon 5 minutes in a taxi The Ship Inn is worth a visit
also the Beach Bar at Ao Yon if open in the low season
At Sri Panwa you have Baba Pool Club and Baba Nest here is a link to a slideshow
The Tailor Tony is also very good next door to Russell,s Sunset Bar in the village if you want any clothes made or altered.
For changing money I go into a bank in Phuket Town or use the ATM there used to be an exchnge place in Cape Panwa but it is no longer open. You can of course change money in the hotels but the rate is not as good. If you are arriving in the day time ask your taxi or driver to stop at a bank or exchange place on the way.
You will find markets all over Phuket the weekend night markets Saturday and Sunday in Phuket town are popular . Also I quite like the stalls at Promthep Cape the prices are cheap you can also catch a beautiful sunset here.
The hotel also offers a boat trip over to Coral Island which is worth a visit .
I can also recommend Blue World Safaris for a day to remember either a sunset cruise or day cruise its one of the nicest catamarans and daytrips that I have experienced in Phuket. Here is a link
JulieEdited: 3:29 am, April 02, 2012
I have not seen this trip advertised before anymore info on them as can not find any reviews . The website looks good.
It is a new boat in Phuket . They .have done a lot of trips this season some private charter and some join in tours. They are at this moment waiting to be listed on tripadvisor so reviews should follow shortly.
The catamaran is new, spacious plenty of room for the guests and has plenty of shade. The meal was superb anchored at Koh Maithon ( Honeymoon Island ) You may even be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins. I have done many boat trips in Phuket and Blueworld Safaris certainly show how it is done.
They also have facebook page link on the website where you can access the photos of my day with them on the 27th March 2012
JulieEdited: 12:41 pm, April 02, 2012
Thanks for all the information., will be checking out Blue World Safaris
Garry & Helen
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