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The view from Promthep Cape is probably the most photographed scene in the whole of Phuket, and with good reason. Located on the most south-westerly tip of the island, this rocky headland offers the perfect viewpoint for admiring the spectacular sunsets over the Andaman Sea and nearby islands.
Every evening, crowds flock to this location to catch the moment the sun sinks below the horizon. The atmosphere is one of excitement and celebration, with buskers and performers adding to the party.
Although the view of the sunset is the most well-known of the attractions at this site, it is well worth arriving earlier in the day to explore the area. Promthep Cape means “God’s Cape” in Thai, and at the top of the hill you will find a small temple. This intricate, beautiful structure encloses a shrine dedicated to elephants and contains hundreds of small wooden carvings of this revered animal.
The headland also boasts a lighthouse that was built in 1996 to celebrate King Rama XI’s Golden Jubilee. Step inside to discover a small museum with many fascinating maritime artefacts, all held in refreshing air-conditioned rooms. Climb the stairs to the outdoor viewing platform for unparalleled views across the east and south east of the island. On a clear day you can even see the distinctive shapes of the Phi Phi Islands, as well as closer islands such as Koh Kaew, home to a Buddhist monastery.
For mementos of your visit, other than beautiful sunset photos, head to the market near the car park to pick up reasonably priced souvenirs such as batik fabric, sea shells and beachwear. Snacks and refreshments are also available.
Round your evening off at the Promthep Cape Restaurant. This open-air restaurant offers beautiful views of Nai Harn Beach. You can unwind and enjoy the peace once the crowds have dispersed, whilst dining on seafood, lulled by cooling evening breezes.
Promthep Cape is 30 minutes by car from Patong Beach. It is a short walk from the car park to the lighthouse, shrine and look-out area. As parking can be limited, travelling by bus or tuk-tuk is a good option if you plan to arrive late.
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