Phuket offers stunning views that would make any artist drool, and the best thing about it is that you don’t have to travel too far around the island to enjoy them. Whether it’s to watch a sunset, get a 360-degree view of the south of the island, see great sights from the top of Phuket Town or a glance the acres of sultry greenness, it’s all here, and can be reached in minutes. The only thing required is a car or motorbike.
It all depends on what you want to see, as we are all individual and all have our own ideas of what is a wonderful view. So we have taken some which we think will suit all tastes. Here are some of Phuket’s Top viewpoints for you to check out.
5. Khao Khad @ Panwa
There is a large parking area here along with cafes and shops. There are some quite steep steps to climb, but once you have reached the top the panoramic views of Southern Phuket are stunning.
At the top there is a two-level view tower which provides eight photo maps, in both Thai and English, so this will tell you exactly what you are looking at.
Chalong Bay is to the south, Makham Bay and Cape Panwa are to the east, Phuket Town to the north and in the distance you can see Ko Nakkerd which is the home of the islands famous big Buddha.
4. Rang Hill
This location is very popular with all people. Here, surrounded natural beauty, you will find the statue of Kosimbee na Ranong, the Phuket governor from 100 years ago.
There is an exercise area, which is a popular place for students to get together. There is also a small cafe so you can enjoy some refreshments whilst you are here. A mahogany stairway made of old railway sleepers takes you to a great restaurant called Tunk Ka Cafe. Here you will also get a great view out over Phuket.
Rang Hill is a very shaded area which makes it popular for people taking exercise. There’s plenty of seating both in and out of the shade.
3. Kata View Point
In Thai this viewpoint is known as Kho saam haad, which translated means ‘Hill of the three beaches’. This is due to the fact that the hilltop looks down over Kata Noi, Kata beach and Karon beach, as well as Pu Island, off Kata Yai Beach.
Located on the road between Kata and Rawai, it is quite a popular place which provides car parking spaces, beautiful gardens, eateries and two large Salas where you can sit, relax and enjoy the north facing views.
The road is fairly quiet and it is actually possible to walk up to this viewpoint from Nai Harn and Rawai although some people may find this a bit of a struggle.
2. Big Buddha
This is possibly the most famous landmark on Phuket island. The huge Buddha statue is perched on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres high it is easily seen from far away. Due to the natural height of the area, here you will get the best panoramic view the island has to offer. Big Buddha is easily accessible via a six-kilometre road. Big Buddha is a must-visit island destination.
Known by locals as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha in full, it is 25 meters across at the base. The whole body is layered with beautiful white Burmese marble that shines in the sun, making it a natural symbol of hope.
1. Phromthep Cape
This is probably Phukets most photographed and perhaps best-known location, Phromthep Cape.
Many people, both local and tourists, come to see possibly the most spectacular sunset Phuket has to offer.
There is also a lighthouse here which provides spectacular views over the east and south-east of the island and its environs.
Phromthep Cape also houses an Elephant Shrine which is a shrine to the Hindu god Brahma that is surrounded by thousands of wooden elephants of every size. It’s all meticulously taken care of and the arrangement is photogenic, colourful and impressive.