Sunsets at Promthep Cape
This landmark has always been a daily meeting point for hundreds of tourists to line up with a camera facing west. Colourful buses download hordes of tourists hungry for a sunset picture, and the place starts buzzing with flashes. It’s also funny to see how many people still take sunset photos with a flash!
With its elevated location and a few small islands nearby, the Promthep Cape is a nice place to admire the sunset, but it is not always impressive. Watching the crowd is almost more entertaining: most people are texting or playing Facebook games while waiting for the six o’clock moment.
If you feel courageous, and not many visitors seem to be, walk down to the end of the cape. It is relatively easy to go there, but without training, you might wonder why you have to inflict this on yourself on the way back.
What does Laem Promthep mean?
Laem Promthep is a cape located at the southernmost tip of Phuket island in Thailand. In Thai language, “Laem” means “cape” and “Promthep” is a combination of two words: “prom,” which means “the best,” and “thep,” which means “view.” Therefore, Laem Promthep can be translated as “the cape with the best view.”
What to do around Promthep Cape?
Apart from the cape itself and the iconic palm trees you always see in the photos, there is not much to do in the vicinity. The Lighthouse, also a mini-museum, doesn’t display much to look at, and even from the rooftop doesn’t offer any particular view.
The shrine surrounded by hundreds of elephants, statues and carvings in all sizes and colours maybe be more interesting than the museum. As you walk around, you can’t miss it.
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Where to eat at Promthep Cape?
Once done with your sunset photo, there are only two things left to do: a bit of touristic shopping if you like stuff made of shells or ‘I love Phuket’ tee shirts or what I recommend instead, have dinner on the spot.
Dine ‘al fresco’ at the very cool Bukito by Promthep Restaurant (that’s their new name). The evening sky displays beautiful colours over the bay while enjoying good Thai food and seafood dinner. A great way to end the day.
If you have your car or a scooter, you can drive to Rawai Beach and enjoy many restaurants. Rawai View Cafe is just 3 kilometres from Promthep.
Did you know?
Promthep Cape cape is also the image of Phuket you will see on car plates. If you pay attention, you will recognise its iconic tall sugar palm trees on car plates having a lucky number. In Thailand, you can buy a particular ‘lucky’ number on a plate decorated with the most iconic landmark of your province for a large amount of money.
Promthep Cape Information
Location: South Phuket
Address: Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Open: 24 hours
Distance from Patong: 20 km
Distance from Kata: 10 km
Distance from Phuket Town: 18 km
Fast Facts about Promthep Cape
|⛱️ Main beach nearby:||Nai Harn Beach|
|⛱️ Hidden gem nearby:||Ya Nui Beach|
|📷 Town nearby:||Rawai Beach|
|📷 Viewpoint nearby:||Windmill Viewpoint|
|🍴 Best nearby restaurant:||Bukito by Promthep Restaurant|
|🍴Best seafood restaurant:||Aek Seafood|
|🛎️ Best hotel nearby:||The Nai Harn|
|🛏️ Best budget hotel:||Lotus Bleu Resort|
|✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:||46 km|
Promthep Cape Map
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