Sabai Corner Bar
Another sunny afternoon, looks like another golden sunset on the way.... I leave the dive shop at 5:30pm. Should I drive straight home? Normally yes, but now and then, a little detour is called for. From Karon Beach, it's only a 10 minute drive through Kata, then I head towards Naiharn beach. The road from Kata to Naiharn is steep and twisty. I was thinking of a sunset beer at the well known After Beach Bar, but then remembered seeing some friends photos on Facebook. A new place called Sabai Corner, not far from there. Just a few minutes further to the Karon Viewpoint, then turn off down a small road heading down towards to sea. Sabai Corner is not signposted, but I pass a small "Reggae Bar" .. did I get the location wrong? Ah, finally find it a bit further along the road, only a few people there, and I am happy to see there's parking space.
Got myself a small Chang beer and enjoyed the view.
The location is such that you are actually facing North, although on the West coast of Phuket. There's a headland jutting out to the West and the bar is on the North side. So the sun was setting away to the left and the view was along the West coast of Phuket towards Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beaches, though the only sand you can see is at Kata Noi. Phuket looks very green from this angle, and in fact the island is very green, just get out and explore away from the busy areas...
Not bad, right? Coming back here for sure! The actual sunset was not so great, there was cloud on the horizon. You can get very picky with sunsets when you live in Phuket :) But sometimes you get a great colour in the sky just after sunset, so I thought, maybe one more beer and we'll see ...
I had a chat with Chaini, the owner. He also runs the Kok Chang elephant trekking company which is not far away from here on the road back towards Kata. He's building a few bungalows here at Sabai Corner which should be ready for high season. He also tries to keep Sabai Corner reggae-free! And quiet. This is a great spot for a few drinks, a sunset, maybe a few more drinks, but you don't want to be riding a scooter back in the dark on these roads. Dark, twisty, hilly and every now and then people get robbed in the area. Always late in the night. Car = safer, or get the staff to call you a taxi back home. Oh, at the moment they don't do any food at Sabai Corner, that might change, but it's meant to be a "Sabai" place for a few drinks. Sabai means happy, relaxed, comfortable, easy going and more. And the sunset was pretty good really!
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