Phuket Attractions | Phuket beaches: Cape Panwa
Cape Panwa is just a ten minute drive from Phuket City, but once you are there you will feel as if you have traveled back in time. This is one of those rare Phuket Island places where the rubber and palm tree plantations exist side by side with the resorts. Cape Panwa offers you an easy way to see Thais working in a traditional setting. Phuket's naval base and deep sea port are also located in the vicinity.
Cape Panwa is generally known for its aquarium: the Phuket Marine Biological Research Centre and the Phuket Aquarium. The aquarium has a nice collection of fresh and salt water fish, molluscs, turtles, and lobster.
If the heat is wearing the family down, taking a stroll through the air conditioned aquarium will give the children an educational distraction while Mum and Dad enjoy the cool air.
The lesser known attraction is Panwa House. It was owned by a fishing family, who then sold to the Cape Panwa Hotel, who used it to house their coconut catcher. (The coconut catcher removes coconuts from trees before they can brain passing tourists.)
Panwa House is a wonderful example of Sino-Portuguese architecture. It's well worth visiting, especially if the historical houses in Puket City are closed during your visit. Adults will like it for its historical value, while the kiddies will enjoy looking at the many curious knick-knacks the late coconut catcher carved out of coconut shells.
Walk up to the second floor and look out the windows. You can see what your fellow tourists are having for lunch.
How to get to Cape Panwa
To get to Cape Panwa from Phuket City, take the Sakdidej road until it becomes Route 4023 and start looking for the signs. It is a quiet drive, filled with many pleasant sea views. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.
Small Buddha statue at the Phuket Big Buddha February 2008