Promthep Cape at the very south of Phuket island seems to be an irresistible spot for a good old sunset photo. This landmark has always been a daily meeting point for hundred tourists, mostly Thai, to line up with a camera, facing west. Colorful buses download hordes of tourists hungry for a sunset picture and the place starts buzzing with flashes. It’s actually funny to see how many people still take sunset photos with a flash!
With its elevated location and few small islands nearby, the Promthep Cape is certainly a nice place to see a sunset, but it is not really amazing. Watching the crowd is almost more entertaining: most people are texting of playing Facebook games while waiting for the six o’clock moment.
Promthep Cape cape is also known as Phuket’s symbol and if you pay attention, you will recognize its iconic tall sugar palm trees on car plates having a special numbers. (In case you didn’t know, you can buy a special ‘lucky’ number and your plate will be decorated with the symbol of the province.)
If you feel courageous, and clearly not many do, walk all the way down to the end of the cape. It is quite easy to go there, but without training, on the way back you might wonder why did you have to inflict this to yourself.
What is around to see Promthep cape? Not much. The Lighthouse, which is 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 colors is a lot nicer. You can’t miss it.
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 diner ‘Al Fresco’ at the very cool Promthep Restaurant. The evening sky displays beautiful colors over the bay while enjoying a good seafood dinner. A great way to end the day.