Phuket is such a beautiful island you are sure to want to see as much of it as possible. And what better way to see Phuket than from one of its scenic viewpoints? Look out over the ocean and the island from a hill or a high point. Here are some of the best places in Phuket for a birds-eye view.
1. Phromthep Cape
Surely the most popular spot on the island for snapping pictures of the sunset, the viewpoint at Phromthep Cape on the southernmost point of the island is an excellent location for enjoying a drink or two as the sun goes down. Don’t come here if you want romance and peace and quiet – the viewpoint is filled with tourists, many coming on buses for the sunset view. But it is popular for a reason and a fine place to enjoy the panorama over Phuket.
2. Big Buddha
The Big Buddha may be more of an attraction than a genuine spiritual location but there is no denying that the view from the Big Buddha’s perch is unmissable. The Buddha looks out over the island and it’ll take a very wide lens to capture his view. This spot is one of the must-visit places in Phuket.
3. Radar Hill Viewpoint
While Karon Beach Viewpoint and the Big Buddha are wildly popular with tourists, the spot at Radar Hill is surprisingly quiet and attracts fewer visitors. It is hard to see why when you actually get to the viewpoint – Radar Hill boasts an amazing view. Perhaps because the viewpoint itself is a little less obvious and more difficult to get to. Still, it is worth making the effort to see the birds-eye view from this nice spot.
4. Karon Beach Viewpoint
If you want to check out one of the most famous and popular viewpoints in Phuket then go to the Karon Beach Viewpoint, which was previously known as the Kata Viewpoint. From here you can see across all three of the bays that surround the island – the bay surrounding Kata Noi Beach, the Kata Bay with Crab Island in its waters, and the bay next to Karon Beach. This is a great place to chill out, whatever the time of day, and it will give you inspiration to plan the next place in Phuket to visit.
5. Khao Rang Hill
Climb up to this hilltop viewpoint for a look out over Phuket Town. From this point you can see across the southern part of Phuket, over Panwa and Chalong. You’ll also be able to see the Big Buddha sitting on his hill. A good place to go as part of a tour of Phuket Town – the Tunk Ka Café is also a must-visit location in Phuket.
6. Kata Noi Viewpoint
If you want a nice dinner or lunch with a great view, check out the restaurants and cafes in the hills overlooking Kata Noi Beach. Get to this great viewpoint by taking the road between Kata Beach and Nai Harn Beach. A beautiful place and the ideal location for sunset pictures.
7. Panwa Viewpoint
Despite all the efforts made here to provide visitors with a convenient viewpoint and outlook over Phuket, the Panwa Viewpoint – also known as Khao Kad View Towers – is not particularly busy. There is plenty of parking, some restaurants and bars, and a big tower to further enhance the viewing potential but not many visitors. Come here to check out the splendor of Phuket in relative solitude.
8. Windmill Viewpoint
The so-called Windmill View point is easy to spot for its white windmill on the top, although the path leading to the viewpoint is not so easy to find. Go from Yai Nui Beach or Nai Harn Beach to locate this Phuket viewpoint. You will be rewarded with fine views over the beaches of Phuket – a great place to spend a few quiet hours.
9. Wassa Homemade Bar
For a truly unforgettable view, and some drinks as you sit back and admire the sunset, head to Wassa Homemade Bar in the hills at the back of Patong. This cute little wooden bar is the ideal place to chill out with a cold beer as the sun sets over Phuket.
10. Karon Beach Viewpoint Restaurant
Between Patong and Karon and close to the Centara Karon Villas resort, the Karon Beach Viewpoint Restaurant has excellent views across the whole of Karon Bar. If you’re looking for a romantic spot for sunset cocktails, make the effort to find this place and enjoy some quality time relaxing and taking in the view.
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