Panwa Beach

Panwa Beach is named after a local Muslim village and is located about six miles south of Phuket. The beach is approximately 45 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and 30 minutes from Patong. Despite major urbanization in the area, Panwa Beach has remained exactly the same over the years, providing a peaceful location without crowds. Although the sand is a bit rough and the water is shallow, the beach is incredibly scenic as it provides stunning views across Lone Island and Chalong Bay. Therefore, Panwa Beach is considered an excellent walking beach but is not particular recommended for swimming. There are luxurious condominiums and villas that line nearly the entire beach, and several fishermen’s huts are situated between these properties. In addition, there is a mangrove swamp that is located at the far west end of the beach. Due to Panwa's Beach relatively isolated location, there are very few facilities available. However, there is a small wooden beach shack that sells a few accessories during the high season, and visitors can rent long tail boats to visit Koh Lone. Otherwise, most of the facilities are reserved to guests of the Panwa Beach Resort (http://www.agoda.com/panwa-beach-resort-phuket/hotel/phuket-th.html?cid=...). This luxurious resort features an easygoing tropical ambiance and a private seafront setting. The Panwa Beach Resort offers its guests a variety of activities on Panwa Beach, including sea-kayaking, snorkeling, sailing and volleyball. There are several dining options on Panwa Beach, including a beach bar that sells a variety of snacks and drinks. Otherwise, visitors may dine at one of the Panwa Beach Resort's restaurants such as Baan Thai, Coco Beach or the Lantern Pub. There are a few additional restaurants in the area of Panwa Beach, including Sawasdee, the Panwa House, Hill Top Restaurant and Baba Soul Food. For additional dining options, visitors can travel the short distance into Phuket. For an incredible overlook of Panwa Beach and the surrounding region, visitors should travel to the Panwa View Point at the Khao Khad Views Tower. Stairs lead to a two level tower with stunning 360 degree views, and photo key maps marked in Thai and English indicate the sights in the distance. These include Chalong Bay, Makham Bay, Cape Panwa and Phuket Tower. In addition, the Big Buddha that rests on Ko Nakkerd can be seen from a distance. After visiting the tower, guests can explore the shops and cafes adjacent to the parking lot.

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