Thursday, October 20, 2016

Things to Do and Eat; Places to Visit and Stay in Phuket.

What can you do?

One thing to do is join a Muay Thai training camp.  Tiger Muay Thai is a popular training camp here in Phuket.  Or you can have a personal lesson with the Trainer from the local village?  Or you could visit the local Muay Thai ring - some of our guests did!

Where can you eat?

There are a number of places to eat in the Cape Panwa area. Try Panwa House; it always serves Thai food made with fresh ingredients and in a perfect setting.  Book in advance by phoning +66 (076) 391 123/5.

Drone footage by Joyce Division
Where can you visit?

Somewhere that is not always a tourist destination is Khao Khad Viewpoint so don't expect there to be anyone there.  This place gives you a wonderful view over the hills and weather permitting far away.

Where can you stay?

Tucked away in a quiet corner of southeast Phuket where the water is calm and serene all year round is Cape Panwa Hotel.

See you here... 

For more of this article click here for this issue of Cape + Kantary or read the issue in all the rooms of the Cape & Kantary Hotels.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

The ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’ or the ‘Por Tor Festival’

It is believed by some of the Phuket Community that the spirits of our dead ancestors will visit them once a year on Earth.

This mean that tables are set with food in homes and candles and joss sticks are lit and doors of the homes are left open. This is an invitation to the spirits to come into the home and the spirits will have left when the candles and joss sticks have burnt out.

There is a more public display and this is the baking of cakes that are shaped as turtles and then covered with ‘red icing sugar’.

The turtles are covered in red icing and are made locally – much like the ‘Mooncakes’. The turtles are bright red because in this tradition this is the colour of ‘good luck’. The shape of the cake is a turtle because this symbolises ‘long life’.
These turtles are carried in a parade through Phuket along with a number of people in their local dress. The red turtles will be enormous and carried on a vehicle or will be carried by hand.
The parade will finish in Phuket Town, usually at the large Chinese Shrine called Jui Tui.
The Red Turtles however will be taken into the Car Park above the enclosed Local Market. Here the Car Park will be full of tables with food prepared for the spirits – whole roasted pig, deep fried duck, red Fanta drinks, carved fruits and more red turtle cakes!
In the middle of this there is a Shrine and carpet set up for this occasion. Here the local dignitaries will give their blessing to the gods and ask for luck for the future.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

9 reasons a trip to Thailand is good for the soul

1) The food will retest your taste buds
 - there is a selection of restaurants in and around Cape Panwa Hotel
2) You get a great massage for like 5 bucks

 - 500 Baht adjacent to the beach (more in the Spa)
3) The beaches will force you to relax
4) Festivals give you a direct access to another culture
 - there are a great many in Phuket (here's one)

5) There are tens of thousands of temples here 
 - here is a map of some of them
6) The markets are a visceral experience
- and there seems to be more and more
7) When you are tired of the beach you can head to the mountains
- and the rainforests and waterfalls towards the North of Phuket Island
8) The fruit alone is medicine for your body
- and there is a vast selection to choose from

9) The hotels will make you feel like a queen (or a king)
 - at Cape Panwa Hotel and Spa we hope that we can do just that....
The full article can be read on -