This long, snaking corner of the island is quiet, picturesque and not very touristy. The reason for this is obvious – there are few beaches here. Phuket’s most famous beaches are all down the West coast facing the open Andaman Sea, and the monsoon season wave action that creates sand, plus restores and reshapes the beaches each year. This Panwa corner is more protected, and few beaches have formed here. But there are a couple of small stretches of sand that are especially pretty, and almost private. These have been occupied by two up-market resorts, the Cape Panwa Hotel and the newly opened, luxurious Panwaburi Resort.