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Promthep Cape Sunset Viewpoint

Sunsets at Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape, locally called “Laem Promthep”, seems to be an irresistible spot for a good old sunset photo at the very south of Phuket island, not far from Nai Harn Beach on the way to Rawai Beach.

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!

promthep cape

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.

promthep cape crowd

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.

From the tip of Promthep Cape

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.

promthep tower

The shrine surrounded by hundreds of elephants, statues and carvings in all sizes and colours may be more interesting than the museum. As you walk around, you can’t miss it.

Elephant Shrine at Promthep Cape

Promthep Beach

Promthep Beach in Phuket

This tiny beach is not well known, we don’t even know if it has a name, so we call it Promthep Beach. For a long time, it was not accessible but lately, a path appeared, starting opposite a new cafe across the street called CY Cafe. Now don’t hold your breath! The hill is so steep that they added some ropes to help you go down, and the last part of the way is really scary. The beach is small and swimming is not possible, but the little secret or hidden beaches of Phuket are hard to resist! 😀

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.

Bukito by Promthep Restaurant

Bukito Restaurant

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.

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Rawai View Cafe

Lunch by the sea in Rawai

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.

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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

Useful Tip:

If you made it that far south and like viewpoints, continue driving toward Nai Harn Beach and stop at Ya Nui Beach and the Windmill Viewpoint.

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Promthep Cape Information

Location: South Phuket
: Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
: 24 hours
: Free
Distance from Patong
: 20 km
Distance from Kata: 10 km
Distance from Phuket Town: 18 km

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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

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This story was first published on June 6, 2012

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FAQs about Promthep Cape

a. Promthep Cape is a scenic viewpoint located on the southernmost tip of Phuket island in Thailand. It is known for its stunning views of the Andaman Sea, sunsets, and nearby islands.

a. There is no entrance fee to visit Promthep Cape. It is open to the public and free to access.

a. There are several small restaurants and cafes at Promthep Cape where you can buy food and drinks. However, they can be quite expensive compared to other areas in Phuket.

a. Promthep Cape is not a beach and there is no swimming area. However, there are nearby beaches such as Rawai Beach and Nai Harn Beach where you can go swimming.

a. The sunset time at Promthep Cape can vary depending on the time of year. However, on average, the sunset time at Promthep Cape is around 6:30-7:00 pm local time. It is recommended to check the local sunset times for the specific date you plan to visit, as the time can vary by a few minutes throughout the year.

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!