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Promthep Cape

Phuket’s most southerly point is also one of its most popular attractions where hundreds of visitors flock each evening to catch a spectacular nightly sunset.

The name “Promthep Cape” translates to “God’s Cape” and, for many, this is a spiritual place. The rocky hill has spectacular views at any time of the day, but come sunset it’s transformed into one of the most magical vistas on the island. At 200 feet (60 meters) above sea level, the high cliffs provide uninterrupted views of Nai Harn Beach, Ko Kaew Island and the sun as it sinks behind the ocean. It won’t matter that there are hundreds of other spectators; there’s plenty of room to find a seat and the experience is best shared.

Arriving by road, the first thing to greet visitors is a rather unassuming parking lot, but a short walk soon reveals a lighthouse, shrine and huge lookout area. The lighthouse was built in 1996 to commemorate King Rama IX’s Golden Jubilee. Inside, explore a small museum, housing maritime artifacts. Head upstairs to a viewing platform and enjoy commanding vistas across a smattering of islands, including Koh Kaew with its Buddhist monastery.

Beneath the lighthouse, a dirt path winds down the hill to the water below. If you have some time, and energy, make the scramble down. It’s a steep hike back up, but worth it to get a different perspective of those views.

Locals come to pray at the small temple back at the top of the hill, with a shrine dedicated to elephants that includes hundreds of small, carved wooden depictions of the animal. There’s also a well-priced market, with shells, sarongs, beachwear and snacks for sale.

Close to sunset, buskers join the throng of tourists and add to the party atmosphere. Watch musicians and fire twirlers, before turning your attention to the sinking sun. Once the show’s over, head to the Promthep Cape Restaurant for a seafood basket and the cool ocean breeze as it rolls across the hill. 

Promthep Cape is a 30-minute drive from Patong Beach. Consider taking a bus or tuk tuk to avoid the stress of finding a parking spot, especially if you plan to arrive late.

Popular Activities at Promthep Cape

How about making your stop at Promthep Cape even more special? Don't miss the chance to try one or two of these activities:

You should consider purchasing a Phuket Island Guided Tour or a Phijittra Dragon Boat Sunset Dinner Cruise during your visit. These experiences are some of the most sought-after.

If you're after more options, take a look at our Phuket things to do page.


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Villa Sealavie
Villa Sealavie

Villa Sealavie

5/29 Soi Promthep, Moo 6, Rawai
     
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Rawai, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yanui Beach and Promthep Cape. Rawai Beach and Nai Harn Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Naiya Beach Bungalow
    Naiya Beach Bungalow

    Naiya Beach Bungalow

    99 Moo.6 Visate Rd, Rawai, Phuket
       
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Yanui Beach and Promthep Cape. Rawai Beach and Nai Harn Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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        0.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Rawai, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ko Bon, Rawai Beach, and Promthep Cape. Nai Harn Beach and Chalong Bay are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Katathani Phuket Beach Resort $122
        Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

        Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

        14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 1,610 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Yanui Seaview Bungalow
          Yanui Seaview Bungalow

          Yanui Seaview Bungalow

          94/10 Moo.6, Yanui Beach, Tambon Rawai, Amphoe Mueang, Rawai
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 12 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            With direct access to the beach, this Rawai hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yanui Beach, Rawai Beach, and Promthep Cape. Nai Harn Beach and Chalong Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            The Windmill Phuket Hotel $53
            The Windmill Phuket Hotel

            The Windmill Phuket Hotel

            64/27 Moo 6, Yanui, Rawai, Phuket
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 144 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yanui Beach, Rawai Beach, and Promthep Cape. Nai Harn Beach and Chalong Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              All Seasons Naiharn Phuket $33
              All Seasons Naiharn Phuket

              All Seasons Naiharn Phuket

              14/53 Moo 1 Naiharn Beach, Viset Road, Rawai, Phuket
                 
                3.5
                of 5, from 140 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nai Harn Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Windmill Viewpoint and Promthep Cape.

                Fairy Meadows $27
                Fairy Meadows

                Fairy Meadows

                96/5 Moo 6, Rawai, Rawai, Phuket
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 2 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Rawai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yanui Beach, Rawai Beach, and Promthep Cape. Nai Harn Beach and Chalong Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km).