Phromthep Cape (Laem Phromthep)
This is the most popular and largest of all the view points. The area has been developed to offer extensive views over the sea and there are walking paths from the cliffs to the water’s edge for the adventurous. The sunsets are absolutely breath-taking and never the same two days running. If you are romantically inclined this is the place to come in the evenings and hold hands as the setting sun paints the evening skies in towering kaleidoscopes of light and shade.
On top of Promthep Cape is a very pretty structure, the Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse which doubles as a museum. It was constructed in 1996.
If you want to check the times of sunsets, ring the Phuket Meteorological & Radio Station on 076 211494.
Windmill View Point
As the name wouhilltop boasts a modern windmill - the only one on the island. It can be found on the south of Phuket between Nai Harn and Promthep. This isolated spot offers superb views of the of the tiny Ya Nui Beach and the main Nai Harn Beach. There are always boats moored off both beaches and in December the anchorages really come alive as the King’s Cup regatta gets under way
Three-Beach View Point
This is a very tastefully developed facility with a Thai-style sala which offers superb view on several levels. From here the golden crescent beaches of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon are framed by tropical forests on one side and the sparkling blue-green of the sea, on the other.
Rang Hill lies to the north west of Phuket City. The hilltop has been landscaped into a park and fitness facilities are offered. A winding tree-lined road takes you right to the summit where a sala offers shade during the day. Once there you can enjoy views of the City and beaches on the south and south-west of the island. Try a visit at night when the lights of the City are like a million diamonds scattered on night-blue silk.
Monkey Hill (Khao To Sae)
This hill towers over Phuket City and is easily spotted as the crest is crowded with wireless masts. The approach road is narrow but in reasonable condition, and allows views of the island’s eastern beaches. At the top, is a jogging track. The hill is a favourite place for locals who come here after a day at the office to exercise or just to chill out. There are no specific facilities provided but it is very pleasant to visit the Khao To Sae shrine and pay your respects. Well worth a visit if you can make the time.
Don’t forget to bring a bag of peanuts to feed the monkeys who inhabit the hilltop. However, a word of warning; don’t get too close. The monkeys are wild.
Koh Sirey Temple
The Temple is located to the east of Phuket City on the top of a hill which commands a view of Rassda Harbour and adjacent islands on the one side and rolling views of rubber plantations on the other. It also overlooks the picturesque Sea Gypsy village called Laem Tuk-rae. From the road you climb up a staircase flanked by huge dragons. Inside there is an impressive statue of a reclining Buddha.