Blessed with cultural diversity, palm-fringed coves and balmy weather all year, Phuket attracts people in large numbers. Yet it’s not only vacationers who come for the sun, sand and sea. A growing community of digital nomads is discovering that the island is a full-on liveable resort, ideal for a workcation. A tourist visa in Thailand allows for an initial stay of 60 days, which can be extended for an additional 30 days at the discretion of an immigration officer. Aside from a reasonable cost of living, Phuket offers anything under the sun. Scrumptious food is available at every bend, and a dazzling array of organized co-working spaces helps you stay productive. Looking to blur the lines between work and a holiday? No sweat – laptop in and pack your bags. Here are the best places to find some beach and work balance in Phuket.
1. View Cafe
Fresh forest air, earth scents, and roaming hens prelude the calm as you approach View Cafe. Located on a hilltop away from the clamor of traffic, it offers bird’s-eye views of Chalong Bay, Koh Lon and Coral Island. Sitting in the spacious garden restaurant, you’ll hear a mix of songs from gray-winged blackbirds, Richard Freeman’s jazz tunes warbling softly, and the cicadas’ faint “beeeeeeeeep” in the distance. Interior-wise, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an eccentric jumble of rattan chairs, marble tables and silvery chandeliers reflecting in mirrors reminiscent of a hair salon. Exposed to nature amid torch lilies, monstera leaves, and bromeliads with rosettes of fleshy pink leaves, this is the perfect place to relax with a cup of joe.
2. Flamingo Restaurant & Bar
Snuggled into the bay of Ao Yon near Cape Panwa, Flamingo boasts the only beachfront co-working space on the island. Walk up the ligneous stairs along hemp ropes, and you’ll find the office kitted out with a printer, scanner, two computers and Internet working at lightning speed. Just as outstanding are Flamingo’s design values, from bamboo-woven lanterns and Burmese ironwood tables to cushioned rattan and leathered chairs. Want to lap up that swanky lounge vibe, listening to Manu Chao’s Me Gustas Tú with a mojito in hand? Slump into a beanbag amid swaying coco palms and evergreen brush cherry shrubs, or repose steps away from ocean waves rolling gently up the sand.