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  • 5 Great Sunset Bars above Kata Noi

    Dining with Sea View in the South of Phuket

    Some of the island’s most spectacular viewpoints are along the winding, hilly road from Kata Beach to Nai Harn village. This is where you’ll find the oddly-named Karon Viewpoint (it’s actually above Kata Noi Beach) that many people refer to as the ‘Saam-haad’ (Three-beach) viewpoint.

    Just above Kata Noi, a couple of minutes’ drive out of Kata you’ll come across three adjacent hillside bars/restaurants that enjoy pretty much the same views and are a lot more relaxing than the sometimes crowded Saam-haad location. Here’s some lowdown on what to expect along this road, bar-wise.

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    When the sun starts to sink and the beaches cool off, this is a good venue to enjoy a few cocktails and even a meal from the extensive but somewhat rudimentary menu. There’s just one thing about Afterbeach: You’ve got to be a Bob Marley fan. It’s Bob song after Bob song at Afterbeach, with no relief.

    People arriving earlier in the afternoon will more than likely sit in the covered section as the sun is ferocious until 16:30 and even after then you’ll have to wear sun cream. By night, the sparkling lights of Kata and Karon into the distance as well as blinking passing fishing boats on the horizon are a major plus. Read More...

    • Location: On the hill road between Kata and Rawai, directly above Kata Noi Beach
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    Small View Point Seafood & Bar
    Small View Point Seafood & Bar

    Small Viewpoint isn’t actually that small and has a more natural feel to it than Afterbeach, mostly due to the fact that it’s largely made out of bamboo and wood with a thatched roof. It’s also more Thai and less compromised than its neighbour even though it shares exactly the same views. Sure, it sports Jamaican flags but you’ll also see Welsh and Mexican flags and the atmosphere is a lot more relaxed than Afterbeach.

    Try a leisurely seafood meal and watch the brahminy kites (aka red-backed sea eagles) drift by – it’s a wonderful sight. This is one place in Phuket where it’s legal to get as high as a kite.

    • Location: On the hill road between Kata and Rawai, directly above Kata Noi Beach
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    Baan Chom View
    Baan Chom View

    Making up the troika of these restaurants/bars, Baan Chom View is a whole different kettle of fish. With clean lines, freshly laundered tablecloths, tiled floors and solid furniture with seating for 150 diners, this restaurant almost seems out of place when compared to its somewhat easy-going thatched-roof neighbours but again it shares exactly the same views.

    Instead of Bob Marley chugging out songs expect not much more than the gentle whisper of the hillside breeze and it is the most preferable of the three if you appreciate a more formal dining experience, even though it has mostly similar prices to Afterbeach and Small View Point. With an extensive seafood menu, it’s a recommended night-dining spot.

    • Location: On the hill road between Kata and Rawai, directly above Kata Noi Beach
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    Som Tam Kit
    Som Tam Kit

    Just at the first right-hand turn of the hill road coming out of Kata by the Foto Hotel turnoff you’ll see a charming little bamboo-and-thatch restaurant next to an impromptu gas station. This is Som Tam Kit – a friendly and unpretentious family restaurant with dishes at half the price of its larger neighbours. There always seems to be a good-natured discussion going on here and it has nothing of the hard sell you sometimes get in tourist destinations.

    A simple Thai-English menu offers such exotica as ‘fried rice with squied’ and Issan (northeast Thailand) dishes. Because of its location, the outlook is restricted to southern vistas but for a warm welcome it’s hard to beat Som Tam Kit.

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    Sabai Corner is on the road leading down to the sea from the Karon Viewpoint. ‘Sabai’ means ‘happy’ in Thai and never was a place so aptly named as this bar/restaurant. Sabai Corner has been built on a bluff overlooking some of the best beach views on the island. Facing north, you’ll see Kata Noi, Kata Yai, and Karon beaches along with Pu Island and the back of the iconic Big Buddha. Look out to sea and the horizon is the limit.

    The ‘wow’ factor at Sabai Corner is turned to the absolute max, and that’s before you’ve even taken a seat. Food wise, Sabai Corner is no fine-dining location but it does knock out fairly decent wood-fired pizzas in the 200 + baht region from its brick oven plus a whole gamut of Thai dishes. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Location: On the road leading down from the Kata/Karon viewpoint Look for the signage
    • Tel: 089-8755525
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