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TRAVEL: Just inside Phang Nga province, off the main road to Khao Lak, is the 360º Restaurant. At first you might think that the name is not quite accurate. Yes, there are fine views across the peninsula to the Andaman, but it’s more like 180º.


By Alasdair Forbes

Friday 23 December 2011, 04:33PM


A new angle on the world: looking down at the fountain from the gondola a 360º , just inside Phang Nga Province.

A new angle on the world: looking down at the fountain from the gondola a 360º , just inside Phang Nga Province.

Not to worry. The food is excellent – try the penang curry, for example. And to finish off the meal, or as a quick pitstop on the way to or from Phuket, spend time trying to decide which of the 20 cakes on the menu is yours.


A warning – these are not your chi-chi hi-so bites. They’re family-size slices guaranteed to stick to your ribs. Wash them down with kafé boran or any of the other excellent coffees.


360º is a great place for children, too, with seesaws and giant swings. There are plenty of examples of classic Thai creative eccentricity, such as the plaster frogs lurking in the cascade that falls to the pool below, where a bar is currently under construction, or the brightly painted inner tube plonked on the fountain.

BIS Phuket


But the highlight, at weekends when the restaurant is packed with families, is the ride up into the air. This consists of a large crane that hauls a custom-made gondola 30 metres into the air, giving credence to the restaurant’s name. From up there the view is truly 360º.


It costs B40 a person, and it’s not for the faint of heart, but there’s not another restaurant we know of that does this. Note to mums and dads: feed the children after they’ve been for the ride. Just in case.


Getting there: Coming from Phuket, go to the junction where there is a choice of heading for Kokkloy or Krabi. Make a U-turn and head back to Phuket. After about 500 metres you’ll see a weighbridge on you left. The entrance to the restaurant is just after this.

 

 

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