It's hard to believe there are places like this in Phuket, it almost seems like you have crossed to another province, maybe Phang Nga, and seems so far removed from the tourist beaches. Just a short drive from Phuket Town and very close to Phuket Zoo you suddenly find yourself in the middle of mangrove forests. There are a few restaurants along the Palai Beach road and that is where most people end up, but just drive on a little bit further and you will start to think there is nothing more, but keep driving! Just before the road comes to an end because it meets with Klong Mudong, you will see a sign (I think it s only in Thai and forgot to take a photo) for Mor Mudong Restaurant on the right. There is a small mud road into there car park and once you see the restaurant you will be surprised by it's size and choice of tables.
Head down the path and choose a waterside table, they have floor seating or chair seating in single salas built on stilts in the water as well as in their gardens.
I arrived at low water and chose a hut on the edge of the mangroves, it was well away from other people and felt really private. The waiter arrived with a menu, only in Thai but with pictures, which proves that it is a very 'local' restaurant. There was a lot on the menu too!
It was hard to get my head around ordering food when there was so much to see around our table, low water left the mud exposed and hundreds of orange fiddler crabs had come out looking for food, small fish swam around the remaining pools of water also in search of lunch. I guess we were all there for the same reason!
The food arrived, big portions and tasty too, as usual I was so hungry I started eating and forgot to take any photos of lunch, I suppose that is a good excuse to go back again!