Baan Vijitt is the signature restaurant of Vijitt Resort Phuket and is set at the foot of the sloping grounds, right at sea level. Part of the fun of dining here is taking a stroll down the hill through the leafy grounds past the many tropical plants and fruit trees (Vijitt was once an orchard). It would take a botanical professor to be able to identify each and every one as they number over 300 different strains.
The restaurant was once the weekend home of the landowners and is over 50 years old – not so old by western standards but pretty ancient for the tropics.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
As dusk settles in, soft lighting comes up and Baan Vijitt becomes the very essence of tranquility, with traditional Thai music softly jangling in the background, cicadas chirping in the trees, and the incessant sound of running fountain water tinkling in the garden.
This is the southern end of Chalong Bay on Phuket’s west coast and it’s figuratively and physically miles away from the sometimes brashness of the west coast of the island: Fan cooled, Baan Vijitt keeps its doors and windows open and it’s all the better for doing so as diners can ‘feel’ the night outside even when sitting in the restaurant interior. It’s a pretty popular place as, come seven o’clock, we’re joined by quite a few resort guests, most of whom choose to sit outside on the L-shaped terrace.
Décor here is not fancy but it is interesting to see photos of old Phuket on the walls, to stroll through the spacious rooms and imagine domestic life here all those years ago. There’s no doubt about it: this is one scenic spot and even when the tide is out there is lots to see, with several ladies out on the mud flats collecting crabs with the help of their illuminated headgear to see by.
Baan Vijitt’s stated intent is to help diners have a genuine Thai experience and as Thai people do not eat in separate courses as such that means that the food keeps coming until your table can seem pretty full. And so it is we nibble our way through some pretty impressive dishes including rock lobster satay, deep-fried minced chicken in a golden pastry ‘bag’, delicious spring rolls, deep-fried vegetables (again in a golden bag), and later a phad thai and a spanking-fresh ‘geng kiew waan poo nim’ – soft shell crab green curry which is pretty sensational. This is all accompanied by a suitably chilled bottle of Australian Sunny Cliff rosé from the extensive wine list, containing a fair selection of both old and new world labels.
Baan Vijitt is a gem and is similar in concept to Raya Restaurant and Panwa House – both recommended restaurants. Its setting, décor, dishes, and service are all a delight to experience and while it doesn’t come cheap it really is a night to remember if visiting on a full moon evening.
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The Vijitt Resort Phuket
You will never want for things to do at The Vijitt Resort Phuket.From educational botanical walks around the grounds to Thai cooking classes to Thai boxing classes to beach horse riding and much, much more, Vijitt is a regular hive of activity and the wonderful thing is that it is all natural and good for you.A unique attraction here is to enjoy the views out over the grounds, the beach and even nearby islands while receiving treatment at the V Spa at the top of the resort, or if you are looking for a memorable moment order the special sunrise breakfast and watch the sun pop up over nearby Lone Island over your early morning coffee. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00 closed Fridays
- Location: Baan Vijitt Resort Phuket: Vichit Road Rawai
- Tel: +66 (0)76 363 600