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Pak Nam Seafood

I admit that life sometimes becomes a bit repetitive, mostly governed by work and school, and we tend to sink into regular patterns. We eat at home much of the time (see Home Cooking), and when we eat out we tend to head for regular hangouts, places we know, places that are safe for the kids, places where we know we can get good food. We do try to sample some new restaurants now and then, and one day in 2008 when I had a holiday and both kids were at school, we found a new restaurant which we liked and indeed went back a few days later with the kids (and have been many times since).

Pak Nam Seafood Sign

Pak Nam Seafood Entrance

Pak Nam Seafood is right on the northern edge of Phuket Town on Ratsadanuson Road which winds around the edge of "Monkey Hill" from the government offices in the extreme northeast of town to just north of the Mission hospital which is on the main road out of town to the airport. They said it only opened in 2007, but seemed to be popular right away, and I think the answer must be the food. Word of good food travels fast in the local community!

Pak Nam Seafood had been recommended to us by friends. You may have trouble finding it. Best way to get there - take main road out of Phuket Town and turn right at lights after the Mission hospital, then drive about 2km, and you'll see the restaurant on the left. Views to the sea, you can see Koh Maphrao and also Koh Yao Yai in the distance, also views of the edge of Phuket Town. The view below is also from the restaurant. Try to get a balcony table looking in this direction.

View from Pak Nam Seafood

Cold Beer on Ice

Cold beer ordered. Now for food. One of my favourite dishes in any restaurant, if it's available, is "Yam Gung Seab", a spicy yet sweet dried/smoked shrimp salad. Until now the best I have had was at Laem Hin Seafood, but I think this one at Pak Nam Seafood maybe wins.

Yam Gung Siap at Pak Nam Seafood

Yam Gung Seab

Even the fried rice was good. You know sometimes fried rice can be very bland. This had flavour and accompanied the salad well. No joke : I use the standard of a restaurant's fried rice as a marker of quality. The simple things are important!

Simple Fried Rice

The first time we ate there, we had the "mystery dish". We ordered a Gung Cream Salad. Sounded interesting. What would it look like? Was very tasty. Some big fried breaded prawns and a mountain of fresh salad covered in dressing....

Pak Nam Seafood Prawn Salad

We will be back again and again. And we do vow to try some more new restaurants in the near future. We look for places that suit "our style" - not too flash, good local food, maybe a nice view, and a quiet location. If you can find Pak Nam Seafood, give it a try!

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Anonymous County NC News :

Is it possible for us to work together to build a travel itinerary for visiting U.S. Military servicemen?

May 30, 2008  

Blogger Jamie Monk :

Well, if at sometime in the future we set up a travel company you'll here about it here! Might happen one day, but for now I am manager and webmaster for a dive center.

May 30, 2008  

Anonymous County NC News :

So, if I have any questions about the accommodations and restaurants you have mentioned you will answer them for me?

I am Rob Cross

May 31, 2008  

Blogger Jamie Monk :

Well, I can't promise. There are plenty of internet sources for hotel and restaurant information. In a couple of years I might be in a position to say "send me a group for a week", but for now, my blog is just our view of Phuket, places we like. Hope it's useful.

May 31, 2008  

Blogger Suzi Wooldridge :

Hi Jamie
Many thanks for your very informative blog, I have enjoyed reading. I hope you don't mind me writing to ask for some advice, I know you are not a travel agent, but, I am having difficulty on deciding on an area to stay! We are 2 families with a total of 3 teenage boys between us. We are chartering a boat for 10 days in August, we are then staying in a tree house in Khao Sok for 3 days and then we have 4 days where we would like to chill by the beach in perhaps a large villa. You don't by any chance know of any do you? It's like finding a needle in a haystack. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks Jamie


June 14, 2008  

Blogger Suzi Wooldridge :

Hi Jamie
Whoops, just found all your hotel reviews and also realised I posted this on the wrong page! Sorry about that, but thanks again for all the great info. I will investigate your recommended lists.

June 14, 2008  

Anonymous Ivan :

Hi Jamie,

I found your blog is very useful and I enjoy reading it. I'll be traveling to Phuket in few days time with some friends and we're thinking of hiring a car for rental. Do you by any chance have the coordinate or map for Pak Nam Seafood? Appreciate your help. Million thanks!


May 11, 2010  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

Hi Ivan,

Thanks for your comment - oops, I had meant to add a link to Google Earth on this page, now done - you'll need Google Earth installed on your computer (go to http://earth.google.com)- the link to Pak Nam Seafood location is here.


May 12, 2010  

Anonymous Ivan :


Thanks again for the coordinate! Appreciate it! I'll be off to Phuket in few hrs time. Yay!!!

May 14, 2010