Phuket is a tropical island paradise with no shortage of stunning Phuket viewpoints to take it all in from. Whether you prefer your spectacular scenery from high on up looking down, from the water looking up, or a 360 degree panorama, whether you get your juices flowing from the warm shades of a magnificent sunset, the blue and green hues of a dramatic seascape, or the glitter and lights of a city skyline, Phuket viewpoints have it all and do not disappoint.
Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort is ideally located near some of Phuket’s most breathtaking overlooks, including close proximity to a 360 degree vantage of southern and eastern Phuket, and Phuket Town with its charming and colorful Portuguese heritage, highrise condominiums and aquamarine backdrop of Chalong Bay. Ask the hotel’s concierge for directions to these nearby Phuket viewpoints, or to arrange transportation and offer advice on the best times for photography.
The expansive view to the north from the Karon Viewpoint is one of the most photographed vistas of Phuket with a classic panorama featuring all the best scenic attributes the island has to offer: sparkling blue sea, white-sand beaches, nearby Koh Pu Island, and the deep-green shades of Phuket’s steep hillsides. It’s located just to the south of Kata Noi Beach and faces directly out to the Andaman Sea but most people come for the view due north and the impressive eight-kilometer vista that includes three west coast beaches, Kata Noi, Kata Yai and finally Karon beach in the background.
Karon Viewpoint is known locally as ‘Khao Saam Haad’, or Three Beaches Hill, and is situated on the road between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, 22 km. or 39 minutes from Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort via Route 4021. This is one of the most popular viewpoints on the island with plenty of parking space, but if things get a little crowded people can park roadside. A large gazebo with seats provides shade, the viewpoint is a 10-minute drive from Kata Beach and another 10 minutes down to Nai Harn Beach.
Khao Rang Viewpoint – sometimes called Rang Hill Viewpoint– is one of the most famous Phuket Viewpoints. Its charming location on Rang Hill occupies a peaceful and pleasant spot, popular with tourists and sightseers as well as locals looking for a nice place for a picnic. The viewpoint has a beautiful open pagoda leading out to a large viewing platform at the edge of the hilltop, with guardrails for safety. The whole area is landscaped with gardens and mature rubber trees, making for a very peaceful and natural landscape, hence its popularity with picnickers. A few cafés are nearby for lunch or a drink, taking full advantage of the fantastic view, in case you forgot your picnic basket.
Khao Rang Viewpoint is among the closer viewpoints from Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, located only 12.5 km., or about 26 minutes, due north of the resort. The view from its open pagoda is mostly to the south and east, with the hills of Phuket forming the spine of the island on your right (west). Directly in front of you, facing southeast, is Phuket Town stretching out towards Chalong Bay on the horizon, with the Big Buddha visible atop the hills in the distance. The Panwa peninsula stretches down along the left of your view and Koh Lon is just visible in the distance.
Windmill Viewpoint Phuket is located at the top of the hill between Ya Nui and Nai Harn Beaches, near the southern tip of Phuket. Not far from Cape Phromthep, it has several white windmills facing out to sea that look like airplane propellers. This hilltop viewpoint features expansive vistas up the west coast, similar to Phromthep, but quieter. Located 23 km, or 42 minutes, from Pullman, it’s a premium sunset viewing point and makes for a nice day trip all day long, with the sea especially azure at midday.
The relatively small viewpoint area has a covered sala with a sitting place, but the views of Ya Nui Beach to the south, Phromthep further south, Nai Harn Beach to the north, and the lusciously verdant oblong-shaped island of Koh Man almost straight ahead, are tremendous. It’s a great vantage point for passing sea traffic, with the usual long tail boats and fishing boats, plus the occasional oil tanker or monster-sized cruise ship hailing from Singapore. At the viewpoint itself you can’t miss its namesake, the swishing rotor blades of the windmills that generate electricity for the Phromthep Alternative Energy Station.
Windmill Viewpoint Phuket is a popular meeting place for model airplane enthusiasts and hang gliders who ride the tropical thermals to an eventual landing down at Nai Harn Beach. Gliders of the more feathery kind can sometimes be along the hill as Brahminy kites and sea eagles soar past.
Laem Promthep is one of the island’s most photographed and perhaps best-known locations, and only 23 km. (38 minutes) from the hotel. It’s located south of Nai Harn Beach at Promthep Cape on the southernmost tip of the island. Every evening a caravan of tour buses, scooters and cars trundle through Rawai Beach and up the island’s southernmost hill to watch the sunset from its peak.
Phromthep Cape has a lighthouse with interesting historical maritime artifacts and a spectacular vista of the east and southeast part of the island. The lighthouse and museum is air conditioned inside, and from the outside viewing balcony the distinctive shapes of the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi can be seen on a clear day. Several closer islands, such as Koh Kiaow with its Buddhist monastery, are always visible. Some people hike down to the end of the cape’s promontory but most stay up in the viewing area for sunset. Promthep Cape is busy at most times of the day and especially, of course, at sunset, but after that peace and quiet returns, a cooling breeze is all that remains, and a large open-air restaurant, one of the top ‘dining with a view’ locations on the island, provides an excellent place to enjoy the cool evening air along with a great view of Ya Nui and Nai Harn beaches.
Laem Panwa Viewpoint is one of the few viewpoints with a full 360-degree view, looking out over southern and eastern Phuket. Located very near the hotel on the way out to Cape Panwa, it’s less than 1 km. from the resort and makes for a nice walk, just watch for the sign on the right-hand side of the road to Khao Khad Views Tower. It’s not a busy Phuket viewpoint like Cape Promthep or Big Buddha but is every bit as spectacular.
Laem Panwa Viewpoint’s two-level view tower displays eight photo maps in both Thai and English, indicating Chalong Bay to the south, Makham Bay, Cape Panwa and Phuket’s deep water port to the east, with Phuket Town and the Big Buddha atop Ko Nakkerd to the north.
Many of the most picturesque Phuket viewpoints on the island are located on the southern half of Phuket Island and easily accessible with a short drive from Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort. All of the viewpoints showcase commanding views of Phuket’s stunning landscape and ocean views out over the aquamarine Andaman Sea, providing yet one more reason to discover the distinctive savoir faire embodied in this storied 5-star resort.
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