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Cape Panwa is located on Phuket's southeasternmost tip. Though this part of the island was one of the first areas to boast a luxury hotel, today it lags the development seen on the west coast.
We can't say we dislike that Cape Panwa is behind the trends. The majority of the cape is largely untouched tourism-wise, with rubber and coconut plantations and quiet streets throughout. Primarily Muslim, this is the perfect place to relax to get away from the crowds, as locals here are really doing the same.
Spending time in Cape Panwa you'll come to see why it remains relatively quiet. The western facing beach, while quite quiet, has swimmable water and great views across to nearby Ao Chalong and Ko Lone, but is certainly not the prettiest beach on Phuket. Some of the hotels however sit on some of the most beautiful private beaches on the island — but that's just it, you usually have to pay a big buck to enjoy them.
When you arrive at Cape Panwa, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the few low-key sights the area does have. Families tend to enjoy the Phuket Aquarium with its shark tunnel while the Khao Kad Viewpoint Tower offers fantastic views of the surrounding bays and islands — on a clear day you can see all the way to Ko Phi Phi.
Most of the restaurants on Cape Panwa are attached to the upmarket hotels. On the western side however are a few options worthy of your time and plenty of vendors are located along the main roads.