Viewpoints in Phuket would make a landscape painter rush out and buy an easel and brushes. Whether it’s a sunset-watching spot, a 360-degree panorama of the south of the island, a vista from the top of Phuket Town or a glimpse of swathes of tropical lushness, it’s all within your grasp in minutes. All you need is visiting one of various viewpoints of the island. Many of these viewpoints are easily accessible and highly visited by tourists. Then there are those other viewpoints that you would never just stumble upon unless you knew they were there.
From the most popular…
Confusingly named Karon Viewpoint, this viewpoint is in fact on the jungle road connecting Rawai and Kata. Karon View Point is one of the most popular spots for photographers and you will probably recognize the view from many postcards. Those who climb the steps to the top of the pavilion here on a clear day will be rewarded with a grand and sweeping eight-kilometer image of the three west coast beaches including Kata Noi Beach, Kata Beach, and Karon Beach.
The Big Buddha in Phuket is an attraction itself. Sitting some 400 meters above sea level on a hilltop between Chalong and Kata, the views from here are truly spectacular. To the east are the smattering of islands in Chalong Bay, along with Phuket Town and Cape Panwa, and to the west are Karon and Kata beaches, and Phromthep Cape to the south. 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.
Leave Phromthep Cape (also known as Laem Phromthep) until the end of the day and enjoy a romantic and awe-inspiring sunset which attracts visitors from all over Phuket. Phromthep Cape is a popular and often busy tourist hub–but this shouldn’t distract from the incredible sunset views from Phuket’s southernmost point. Kaew Yai Island can be seen off the coast, and you can see as far as Koh Phi Phi from this viewpoint.
Rang Hill viewpoint
This viewpoint gives sightseers a stunning combination of nature and suburban view in a perfect blend of harmony. It is located in Phuket Town and offers an inland view of the southern part of the island, including Chalong, Panwa, and the Big Buddha in the distance. There are also wild monkeys in the area so go at your own discretion. A handful of restaurants are situated on Rang Hill, which is perfect for taking in the views while enjoying some local food.
… to less-visited ones
Not far from Phromthep Cape, the Windmill viewpoint in Phuket is located between Ya Nui and Nai Harn beaches. It’s not as busy as Phromthep Cape yet offers similar southwest-facing vistas and is characterized by the tall, white windmills looking out to sea.
Sitting atop one of the tallest hills in Phuket, the Panwa viewpoint is perhaps one of the less-visited viewpoints in Phuket, giving a personal and private experience for tourists. Situated in Cape Panwa, its location is certainly less obvious, but the views from here easily rival any other, with 360-degree vistas out over southern and eastern Phuket.
Radar Hill viewpoint
Probably the highest point in Phuket, Radar Hill is likely one of the least accessible of all the viewpoints in Phuket. This viewpoint is only accessible from the east via a long, steep road that winds up through the Thai countryside. Named after the government radar facility at the peak of the hill, Radar Hill presents dazzling views of Patong, Chalong, and Phuket Town.
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