Written by Administrator
Thursday, 25 March 2010 13:21
A Village, Tomorrow a Resort Area
Over Beach Buffaloes, the Tourists Like Your Beach and Your Village
Kamala, a 3-kilometres beach set in a bay in the middle of Phuket’s west
coast, is quite different to all others on this large resort island. Until
recently the main thing Kamala was famous for was a herd of over 100 buffaloes
which would wander down the beach to the edge of the water every evening and
take in the sunset with their feet in the salty water.
Behind the beach was lots of
open, green grazing area, and two distinct village communities, Buddhists by
the beach and Muslims back close to the high mountain range that rings the
valley and beach.
The beach at Kamala is shallow and the deep clear water expected in Phuket is not
here, though swimming is fine at high tide. There are few buildings right by
the beach, and a long stretch of it is protected from all development forever
since it is a Muslim cemetery, though it appears as open grassy land studded
with sugar palms.
The interesting area now is the Buddhist community down by the beach, which
still remains essentially a village, but with many of the homes there having
transformed themselves into guesthouses and restaurants. The atmosphere is
still very casual and rather quaint and village-like. But development is moving
fast, and this is changing season by season as the local residents scramble to
join the new hospitality industry. Already there is one large box-like hotel
adjacent to the beach, and other plans are afoot for more. The one good quality
resort here, built with style, is the Kamala Terrace Resort, situated in
a quiet cove a little south from the main beach of Kamala. This four-star hotel
enjoys privacy on a green hillside setting, with all rooms having great
Today a main road has been constructed right through the middle of the valley,
bisecting the two communities and opening the way for rapid development of a
new satellite centre of shops and buildings. This is rapidly becoming the
centre of the new Kamala. The inevitable bars and restaurants aimed at the
tourism market are also springing up here, though few have the ambience of the
small places close to the beach.
The tourism industry has brought accompanying services like long distance
phone, e-mail cafés and car rentals. Again, most are concentrated along the
The most remarkable development in Kamala is the amazing new Fantasea
entertainment centre, by far the biggest and most ambitious on Phuket. This is
an extravaganza of a Thai cultural show, that, at its defining moment, raises a
dozen large elephants into the ‘sky’ above the stage. The performers number
hundreds, and no expense has been spared in creating the most impressive such
show in Thailand. This is one of the island’s ‘must see’ happenings.
Final note: the beach buffaloes are hard to find these days, and it
seems that they have become another victim of development and modernization.
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