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Restaurants and Bars in Phuket

 

Kamala Beach

Although Kamala Beach is quite a small place, there were quite a few nice bars and restaurants there.

 

We ate lunch at our hotel, Kamala Beach Resort, a few times and had delicious chicken and coconut soup (nice and spicy) and fried rice.

 

Manubai on the main road is a lovely restaurant. The chicken sate and papaya salad were nice starters and huge portions. The green and red curries were nice, especially the green (the red lacked Mai Tais at Ko-Khee bar, Kamala Beach veggies) and a nice selection of wine at reasonable prices. The 'Lounge Bar' upstairs is lovely too, nice comfy sofas with cushions and good cocktails.

 

Had delicious pizzas at Salt & Pepper, a Swedish run place on the main road, but with seats on the beach side, so you can have your meal listening to the sea. Had a Pizza Thailand which was a spicy one with mince and chillies and another one with mushroom, pepper and tomato. Both extremely yummy.

 

Our favourite bar was Ko-Khee bar, also on the main street. The staff were very friendly, they had a great cocktail list and the Mai tai's which were served in a whole pineapple (see right), were amazing! Sometimes showed Premiership football on TVs at the back of the bar.

 

We didn't eat there, but Bob's (after Bob Marley) on the main street was always busy and very popular.

 

We had a drink at Smile Bar on the beach, and what a misnomer! It was the most unfriendly place we went to on our whole holiday - neither of the two girls serving could raise a smile - but maybe we just got them on a bad night.


Kata Beach


We had a nice meal at Capriccio Italian Restaurant on the main road, just along from Kata Palm. We ordered a pizza and penne arrabiatta to share and a bruschetta to start. The starter was tasty and was brought quickly, but we waited ages for the main courses. The pasta came and we just shared it as there was no sign of the pizza. After we'd finished the pasta the pizza arrived! Both very nice, just a shame they hadn't come together!

Thai green curry and Stir fry with red curry from Kampong Kata Hill

 

Kata Cafe, also on the main road, was nice for spring rolls, chicken fried rice and pineapple fried rice.


One of the nicest meals we had was at the Kampong Kata Hill Restaurant, up on a hill close to the main road on the very north of Kata. A lovely place, really cute and very Thai looking with lovely flowers, and most importantly delicious food. We really enjoyed our Thai green curry and Stir fry with red curry (see photo). Recommended.

 

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Trips from Phuket


Some of the most interesting popular tours from Phuket are Phi Phi Island tours for snorkelling, Phang Nga bay (James Bond Island) and Phuket FantaSea

A tour which gets rave reviews but which we have never done is John Gray's Sea Canoes tour 'Hongs by Starlight'. Get details here. If you book this tour after reading about it here, we'd be grateful if you'd tell them you found them on TravelJimmy.com - thanks!

 

Transport

We used P Taxi Service (Mr Pravit Pensuk, Tel: 081 728 3034) a couple of times. He was a personable chap who spoke good english and liked to chat , making for an interesting journey. We used him first for a short trip to Surin beach from Kamala, then booked him to take us to Khao Lak. Cost was 2000B (the tour desk at the Kamala Beach Hotel quoted 2500B). He drives a Silver Isuzu 4x4.

 

Taxis are readily available and good value for money. As everywhere, either ensure the driver uses his meter or agree a fee before commencing your journey.

 

Some useful sites about Phuket

Phuket.com - Hotels, maps, photos and a useful forum about Phuket
Phuket.net - More useful information about Phuket including hotels, things to do and nightlife

Trip Advisor - Reviews from other travellers and a useful forum
PhuketDelight.com - A guide to visiting, touring, vacationing on Phuket as well as living and working or vacationing on Phuket. Written with the unique insights of a local who truly loves Phuket. Insider information you won’t find any where else

 

 

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