Cape Panwa

Cape Panwa - Phuket - Thailand

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  • Cape Panwa

Cape Panwa - Phuket - Thailand

Cape Panwa is a 'green' hilly peninsular located in the south east of Phuket. It is attractive to many for it's stunning views over the small islands to the south of Phuket and its peace and tranquility, it's well away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches in the west coast. A stay at one of our luxury oceanfront Cape Panwa villas offers you a perfect holiday experience


Map of villas in Cape Panwa

Cape Panwa is a 'green' hilly peninsular located in the south east of Phuket and is attractive to many for it's stunning views over the small islands to the south of Phuket and the peace and tranquility well away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches in the west coast.

This tranquil area's main industry is the rubber plantations. They cover the not so steep hills all the way down to the headlands that separate the small sandy coves that are dotted along the coastline. That is followed by business from the port and tourism.  A trip to the top of the highest hill on Cape Panwa offers an amazing view of the neighbouring islands and the surrounding area.

The Port of Phuket is situated on the east and can be seen as you travel down from the north of the peninsula whereas the southernmost tip of the Cape is home to the Phuket's Aquarium and the Marine Biological Research Centre and some high end hotel resorts.

Most of the area is inhabited by both Buddhist and Muslim Thai people who live together in harmony in the same laid back way they have done for decades. However, the large sophisticated hotel resorts that are established on the south and east coast have provided good employment for the locals.


The beaches on the rugged coastline are small and pretty with one reasonably long strip of beach that occupies some of the west coast overlooking Chalong Bay. All the beaches in the south of Phuket have shallow waters and those in Cape Panwa are no exception. The attraction being the beauty and natural environment of the area that some seek for a relaxing holiday. A private infinity edge swimming pool in a luxury Phuket villa with fantastic views certainly compensates the lack of a good swimmable beach for some. The high end resorts in the south of the peninsula all seem to have their own 'private' beach, but it all beaches in Phuket are for public use.

Ao Yon Beach
Located in the south of Cape Panwa this beach is split into two, the main beach is larger, but quite hard to find. It is located down a hill from the road. The smaller Ao Yon Noi beach runs closer to the road and has a shrimp farm, but it is not a place you would choose to sit and stay.The larger and actual Ao Yon beach is quite different with it's deep bay, white sands and overhanging coconut palms making - a tropical island beach.

As the Phuket Yacht Club is based in the bay, it is occupied by yachts and long tail boats either moored or cruising by, creating quite a picturesque view.

The beach is bordered by small businesses and a few rustic open air restaurants and at one end you will find a cluster of our Phuket luxury beachfront villas, each with it's own yacht mooring. In the centre of the bay there is a Pearl Farm.

At low tide the beach opens up to a large expense of sand, whilst at high tide there is only a small stretch of sand visible. The shallow waters make it ideal for children to swim most of the year, but you will not find any sun loungers here as it is at this stage a 'secret beach' and it is just a beautiful beach to visit and relax and enjoy the vista.

Khao Khat Beach
This is the longest stretch of beach on the Cape on the south west coast of Cape Panwa and is occupied by some luxury beachfront villas, condominiums and one or two hotels taking advantage of the stunning west facing views. As well as some fisherman's huts there is a small shack that sells beach accessories and a long tail boat can be rented for trips in the area.The biggest attraction here is the stunning views of the neighbouring island  (Lone Island) rather than the beach itself which is not a swimming beach with a stoney and rocky seabed and a large expanse of sand with shingle at low tide.


Aquarium and Marine Biological Research Centre
The Phuket Aquarium is located in the south of Phuket at Cape Panwa and gives a good introduction to the marine life found in the waters around Phuket. It has recently undergone an extensive renovation and now one of the highlights is a 10 metre long underwater glass tunnel.

Khao Khad Viewpoint
Enjoy stunning 360 degree views from this 2 tier tower viewpoint located on the hillside of Cape Panwa. The tower is approached by gradual steps and there is plenty of car parking space.

Spa and Wellbeing Centres

Although our Cape Panwa luxury villas are able to offer in-house massage and beauty treatments, for the ultimate in pampering you may wish to consider visiting the Spa's at many of the luxury resorts in Cape Panwa.

Radisson Blu Plaza resort - Ao Makham - Cape Panwa

Cape Spa - Cape Panwa Hotel

Cape Panwa Beaches

Ao Yon Beach

A picturesque beach in the south of Cape Panwa and although generally a quiet beach with no sun loungers it is worth a visit to have lunch and enjoy the stunning scenery of the marine activity.

Being in such a tranquil area away from the usual tourist areas, activities at Cape Panwa are mostly limited to just relaxing and enjoying the amazing scenery.

Phuket Sailing School
Based in Ao Yon Bay the Phuket Yacht Club offers sailing lessons for children from the age of 8yrs

Watersports and Sea Tours

Sailing Trips /Sailing School

Have a beautiful experience and cruise the amazing islands in Phang Nga Bay even by chinese junk (take a weekend or sunset trip). Yacht charters and sailing lessons are available mostly in Chalong in the south of Phuket.


Surfing is not a major sporting pastime due to the lack of surf waves but at certain times of the year this s possible on the wst coast beaches such as Kata in the south and Kalim further north. You will find the hire of boards and equipment as well as instruction also at these locations

Water Ski/Cable Ski

The waters around Phuket are pefect for waterskiing in between November and April and operators located on the busier beaches offer trips as well as the usuall banana boat rides. Cable ski and Wakeboarding can be found on an artificial retangular lake inland near Patong.

Diving and Snorkelling

There are many operators offering diving courses for all the family (8 years up) as well as snorkeling tours in the islands surrounding Phuket

Yacht Charter

Chartering a yacht in Phuket is one of the most luxurious ways to experience the west coast of Thailand and the beautiful waters of the Andaman. The yacht charter option provides flexibility and comfort. A number of yachts are available for charter on the island.


Thrilling rides, exhiliarating slides, lazy river and a 6 level wave pool at the Splash Jungle Waterpark located at the Centara Grand West Sands Resort in the north west of Phuket provide fun for all the family.


Kitesurfing lessons and kitboarding trips are available from the beaches in the south of Phuket where there is low tides and shallow water on a sandy Bay. Kitesurfing Phuket is based on Friendship beach in Chalong Bay and has a fully equipped shop and reaturant and bar facilities.


Rent a kayak for a few hours or venture off for a day or so and explore the beautiful islands of Phuket individually. Recommended however are the Kayaking group trips offered including a guide to discover the beauty of the small islands and it's wildlife including monkeys, sea eagles and other birdlife.

Other Activities

Temple Visits

Visit The Big Buddha standing 45metres high looking over the south west and southern bays of Chalong, Rawai and Kata as well as the many temples throughout Phuket that are certainly worth a visit to experience.

Jungle Safari Tours

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is a jungle region located 20km north of Phuket Town and is great for trekking. There is also a Gibbon rehabilitation project, and two waterfalls that are popular bathing and picnicking spots. A full day tour may take in canoeing and a visit to an elephant camp.


There are 8 golf courses on the island and can be challenging for the beginner or experienced golfer. The most well known is the Laguna Phuket Golf Course located in the north west and the Red Mountain Golf Club in the centre.

Go Kart and Off Road Fun

Safe for all the family and well worth a visit.

Escape Hunt

It is exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all, fun! Voyage back 100 years in time & play the part of a famous London detective solving our mysteries set in an old house in Phuket.

Cinemas and Ten Pin Bowling

There are quite a few cinemas and bowling alleys in Phuket - 3 of which are located in Phuket. A great rainy day activity

Thai Cookery School

Learn the secrets of authentic Thai Cooking from a number of venues around Phuket.


Phuket has upmarket boutiques and antique stores situated in renovated Chinese shophouses, or Sino- Portuguese buildings. For western stile shopping visit the two mega malls on the island - Jungle Ceylon in Patong and Central Festival on the route to Phuket town.

Muay Thai Boxing

Thailand's Naional sport and a popular spectator sport which is now practiced all over the world. In the area of Patong there are nightly desplays of boxing accompanied with a frenzy of betting


Eating Out at Cape Panwa

Most of the hotels and resorts on Cape Panwa have restaurants serving international cuisine, many being complimented with stunning views over the Andaman Sea.

For those seeking a more relaxed beachside location make your way to Ao Yon beach

Secret Cove bar and Restaurant

Ship Inn Bar and Restaurant


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