Promthep Cape, sometimes called Laem Promthep, is one of Phuket’s most famous viewpoints. It is located on the most southwestern point of the island, in the village of Rawai, which makes it the ideal location to watch the sunset. You can access the viewpoint either directly from the village or by using the road from Nai Harn Beach.
Every day, hundreds of people from all around the world, gather in this area to take a breath of fresh air and capture those wonderful moments with their cameras. While the area itself is quite large, it can often be complicated to get the perfect shot, given the number of tourists and locals wandering around. A good time to arrive at Promthep Cape would be around 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Earlier than that, the weather would be too hot, and there are not a lot of shadow areas to protect yourself from the sun.
There is a large parking area at the bottom of the steps, though it tends to fill in rather quickly especially when buses and minivans reach the place.
Once you reach the top, either through a series of steps or using the small road at the back, you will see a small worship area, surrounded by many sculptures of elephants in various poses. A nearby merchant sells incense sticks and candles if needed.
There is also a small lighthouse, which is filled with marine memorabilia and offers the possibility to climb at the top, providing an extended view over the surrounding islands, such as Koh Man and Koh Kaew Yai.
Halfway through the steps, you will find a restaurant, which caters Thai cuisine as well as a few international dishes and plenty of souvenirs shops can be found at the parking level, right across the street.