Ka Jok See

When "fun" just isn't enough

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What we say: 4 stars

Set in a softly-lit, restored Sino-Portuguese shophouse, this restaurant serves great Thai food, wine and cocktails.

Set in a softly-lit, restored Sino-Portuguese shophouse, this restaurant serves great Thai food, wine and cocktails.

But it's not just a place to wine and dine, it's a social experiment. It's where even the most reluctant wallflower is certain to find herself twirling atop a tabletop by the end of the night. It's for when fun isn't enough. Ka Jok See is for when you require fabulous.

The waitstaff, all beautiful young men and women, have clearly been given one primary mission for ensuring patron satisfaction: Flirt. Madly. The talk is smooth, intimate, and they cling to your every word like a fly on sugar.

Everyone pays a flat 2,000 baht for unlimited selections of great Thai food, usually enjoyed family style. Enough to feed a small army is served, but at a certain point in the night the dishes are cleared away and tables pushed aside.

Expensive wine gets things rolling, and later on, expensive mojitos flow like lemonade. Not for budget travellers, Kao Jok See is a place for those who are ready to let loose in every way you can imagine.

Anyone who doesn't get up and dance willingly will be coerced on to the floor by the seductive staff. Men's shirts come off. Congo lines are formed. Transvestites appear as if from the heavens. Glitter flies through the air. Bongo drums, maracas and masks are handed out. alternative personalities are born. The party continues until the sun comes up. Then it keeps going. There's no place like Kao Jok See on Phuket, or probably anywhere in the world.

Reservations are essential, sometimes weeks in advance. It’s about 50 metres down Takua Pa Road off Rassada Road on the right hand side. Look for its small terrace with dark wood beams laden with hanging ivy.

Contact details
26 Takua Pa Road, Phuket Town
T: (076) 217 903
Open: Daily 19:30 till late. Very late.
About the author
Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand (and, ok, a Thai man) began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.

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Ka Jok See
26 Takua Pa Road, Phuket Town
T: (076) 217 903

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