Panwa Cape juts from the southeast corner of Phuket and retains much of its fishing-village atmosphere despite ongoing development. This narrow headland is fringed with shallow waters, and guests of hotels in Panwa Cape enjoy views of Lone Island to the south.
Facilities are limited in this area, but guests of bigger resorts have access to deck chairs and water sports. The water here isn’t as ideal for swimming, but a quick transfer by boat or rental car takes guests to Kata and Karon beaches, where surf-able waves and an exciting nightlife are close at hand.
Four and five-star hotels in Panwa Cape are relatively inexpensive, making this one of the best value-for-money options on the island. Guests are situated just a few kilometers south of Phuket Town, with its practical facilities and authentic ‘Thai-town’ atmosphere. In between the cape and Phuket Town is Chalong Beach, with a spread of seaside restaurants.
Tourists who book rooms at Panwa Cape are usually looking to avoid the late-night crowds Patong and its neighboring districts without stepping too far away from Phuket’s commercialized Andaman coast. Visitors can enjoy cocktails at a simple thatched-roof beach bar, but they can just as easily connect to a livelier scene just a few kilometers to the west.