Promthep Cape in Phuket
Promthep Cape is one of the most photographed locations in Phuket.
Every evening, tour buses, scooters and private cars sweep through Rawai Beach and up the island's southernmost hill to watch the sunset, which can also be spelt as 'Phromthep Cape' (though it's said the same way). There's also a lighthouse displaying interesting historical maritime artefacts here. It commands spectacular views over the east and southeast of the island and its environs.
Highlights of Promthep Cape
The lighthouse/museum is air-conditioned, and if you go up to the outdoor terrace, you can see the distinctive shapes of Phi Phi Islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi on a clear day. Most of the time, you'll be able to see nearby islands, like Koh Kaeo Yai with its Buddhist monastery.
Some people make the rather demanding trek down to the end of Promthep Cape's promontory, though most stay in the viewing part for sunset. By the carpark, there's a handicrafts shop and a series of stalls that sell shells, batik, snacks, sarongs, shawls, toys and beachwear.
Promthep Cape Restaurant
Promthep Cape is busy at most times of the day and even gets pretty manic at sunset. For those who like dining with a view, head over to Promthep Cape Restaurant for an excellent vista of Ya Nui and Nai Harn beaches. When the last coachloads of tourists have left the cape, this reasonably-priced restaurant is one of the best places in Phuket to enjoy the cool evening air and a great view. Tuck into a seafood basket or your favourite Thai dish from its extensive menu.