Phuket’s viewpoints are breathtaking and magnificent to say the least. All of what Phuket has to offer are displayed in sweeping vistas and beautiful white sandy beaches. The viewpoints are many but they provide plenty of diversity for the tourist or the sightseer. It is quite impossible to pick the best one, but below are eight wonderful and unique viewpoints in Phuket that you have to see to get a complete and immersive experience.
#1 Promthep Cape
The first on the list is perhaps the most famous location in Phuket. Promthep Cape is the best place to be at one time during a day, which is sunset time. The sunset in this viewpoint is something to remember, as the view offers a sweeping gaze of the Rawai Beach as well as the beautiful hills in the south. Tourists and lovers alike come together in this special time to appreciate one of nature’s most wonderful moment. Promthep Cape also has various other landmarks that you may enjoy, such as the lighthouse that has a killer view of the surrounding islands Koh Racha Yai, Phi Phi, Koh Racha Noi, Koh Kiaow and its Buddhist monastery. After the delightful journey, you may preserve the experience by sampling some of the goods lined up in the car park by stalls that sell batik, native snacks, shawls, beachwear, shells and sarongs.
#2 Phuket Big Buddha
The Big Buddha is certainly not to be missed if you are in the Phuket area. It is one of the popular temples in Phuket, holiest and most important landmarks and it offers a great spiritual experience. The image sits atop the Nakkerd Hills in between Kata and Chalong and is tall and majestic at 45 meters. Big Buddha is made of white Burmese marble that shines in the sun and is widely revered as a symbol of hope. It is known among the locals by a different name- Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha. When you get near it, the place is quiet and tranquil, and soft dharma music, small bells and birds twittering will make you forget all your worries and problems and just gaze at the Big Buddha in awe.
#3 Radar Hill Viewpoint
The highest viewpoint in Phuket commands a great view of the area and makes an awesome picture with your camera. Radar Hill may take a while to get to, but the rewards are many and the experience gives you a story to tell your friends and family. Radar Hill Viewpoint stands over Patong and in the view you can see the clear sky as well as the wide lands and seas. The journey to Radar Hill is an adventure in itself, passing through the Chao Fa West Road you will have a chance to meet one of the oldest man in the world, the monk Luang Pu Supah. Coasting through up to the top also gives you a view of Chalong Bay and the lovely Bang Wad reservoir.
#4 Kata Viewpoint
The new Kata Viewpoint is now named Karon Viewpoint but it still offers viewers and tourists the same scenic landscape. This busy viewpoint is a crossroad to many other tourist viewpoints and destinations such as Kata Noi, Kata Yai and its beaches and Nai Harn. It has been branded as the “Three Beaches Hill” or the Khao Saam Haad in local dialect. This unique viewpoint offers something that other views do not have- a grand and sweeping eight-kilometer image of the three west coast beaches.
#5 Khao Rang Hill
This viewpoint gives sightseers a stunning combination of a nature and suburban view in a perfect blend of harmony. The grand view consists of a peek of the nearby town, the southern part of the island, neighboring islands and places of Phuket and the numerous hills that dot the landscape, and at the end of the island’s spine is the Big Buddha. Sit back and relax at the number of restaurants that dot the location, offering their own impressive views, or you may also choose to have a down-to-earth picnic in the grass along with the bronze statue of Ratsada Korsimbi Na Ranong watching over you.
#6 Monkey Hill
Visit the quirky Monkey Hill and you will know the reason why it was named as such- an army of macaques will enliven your journey and bring you a fun experience in Phuket. Monkey Hill is also given the title of the highest hill in Phuket and is a great location for jogging and other recreational activities. Don’t forget to see Pae Hog, a local resident who performs shows daily with his little furry friends. A total of 400 macaques live in the hill and they are a friendly bunch. After the entertaining play, make sure to check out the delightfully colorful shrine at the bottom of the hill dedicated to three spirits named Toe Sae Dam, Toe Sae Dang and Toe Sae Kaow.
#7 Panwa Viewpoint
This particular viewpoint is also named as Khao Khad Views Tower and offers a full 360 degree view over the eastern and southern part of Phuket. Here the place is not as crowded as Big Buddha, Cape Promthep and gives a personal and private experience for tourists. The two-level tower is helpful because the photo key maps provide information in both English and Thai and tell you what particular vista you are looking at. Sirey Islands can be seen on two of the key maps and climbing the tower is a reward in itself.
#8 Windmill Viewpoint
If you are on the Promthep Cape, why not hit two birds with one stone and visit the amazing Windmill Viewpoint as well? It is named as such because it houses some white, tall and slim windmills that face the sea and look like propellers from afar. The “Promthep Alternative Energy Station” offers a view of sea traffic coming to and fro from Singapore. It is also a great hangout spot for those who love hang gliding and model airplane enthusiasts because the viewpoint has spectacular thermals. Windmill Viewpoint allows you to gaze in wonder at Promthep in the south, Ya Nui beach, Nai Harn beach and a tropical green island that is oblong-shaped named Koh Man.
#9 Point Yamu
One of the newest luxury hotels built on the east coast of Phuket, Point Yamu offers a sweeping views of the Phang Nga Bay and the surrounding Phuket foothills. The sunset here fades through the horizon on top of a mountain which makes it unique compared to seeing the sunset on the west. There is a great Italian restaurant at the hotel and huge swimming pool which adds up some flare to the experience.
If you are staying at one of our finest luxury villas for rent in Phuket, you may not need this reference to find the best viewpoint in the island, as all of our villas have stunning views and mostly built atop a hill or cliff side facing the ocean or surrounding nature.
Featured Image: Point Yamu by Como