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As Phuket prepares itself for the high season, the HOMA Guide Team has come up with a list of the top 10 best viewpoints in Phuket (all of which are free!). From the famous Big Buddha and Phromthep Cape to the underrated Koh Sirey Temple and Khao Rang, we’ve explored them all. Below is a map of the recommended spots that we have gathered for you to enjoy great views👇

Phuket Best Viewpoints Map

Best viewpoints in Phuket:

Khao Rang Viewpoint

Khao Rang or Rang Hill is one the most popular viewpoints among locals, especially those in town. Located in the heart of Phuket Old Town, this famous hill overlooks Phuket Town with a glimpse of Chalong Bay and Big Buddha at 140m above sea level. A romantic stop full of monkeys (which you should not feed) and an abundance of shade, this hilltop is also a recreational area where local Phuketians can enjoy evening walks whilst soaking up the view. Right next to the viewpoint is an authentic cafe that has been operating for over 40 years called Tunk-ka Cafe, one definitely worth visiting. In addition, there are 2 more panoramic restaurants; Khao Rang Breeze and Phuket View which are also complemented with great views of Phuket Town.

Khao Rang Viewpoint
Khao Rang Viewpoint Phuket Town
Everning Khao Rang Viewpoint
Khao Rang Viewpoint From Above

In memory of Phuket’s governor

At the very top lies a bronze statue of Phraya Ratsada Nupradit Korsimbi Na Ranong who was once a great Governor of Phuket in the 20th century. He helped advance Phuket’s economy through the modernization of the tin mining and rubber industry, as well as the Bang Yai canal which was once a route for economic importance. Back in 2016, the gazebo at Khao Rang was built in honor of Phraya Ratsada Nupradit with an extending terrace overlooking the city at a 180-degree angle.

💡 Tip: Visit Khao Rang during the evening for a nice romantic atmosphere then head to Phuket View Restaurant for dinner

📍Location: https://goo.gl/maps/o6jSRJTq41f7cCXQ7

Koh Sirey Temple Viewpoint

Sirey Temple or Wat Koh Sirey is situated on the hilltop of Sirey Island boasting impressive views of Tukkae Cape, Siray Bay, and Rassada Pier. This viewpoint is not that commonly known among tourists as it is located in the east part of the island.

Sirey Island
Koh Sirey Temple
Patricia with the view from Koh Sirey Temple
The view from Koh Sirey Temple

Only 4km from Phuket Old Town, this hidden gem is only a 15-mins car ride from HOMA.

Once arriving at the temple parking lot, you will be greeted by many cats before you start your trekking journey to the top of the hill. As you reach the temple, you’ll notice a flight of stairs lined up with bells and dragons, which are believed to help protect the temple from bad spirits.

A temple of two beliefs

This temple is a melting pot of diverse cultures and beliefs of Koh Sirey with two beliefs (Thai & Burmese) perfectly blending in with one another in the same temple. For Thais, those born on Tuesdays will come and worship the Big Reclining Buddha (พระพุทธรูปปางไสยาสน์) that lays at 18 meters inside the main hall. For the Burmese, worshippers gather here to witness and pray at the Big Golden Stone which resembles the famous Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Mon State and is considered one of Myanmar’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

📍Location: https://goo.gl/maps/TZi8AxT2viamH3WTA

Kao Khad Views Tower

Kao Khad Observation Tower is another underrated spot located in the Wichit district close to Cape Panwa. It was established by the Subdistrict Administrative Organization of Wichit with the intention for tourists to enjoy a 360 view. When facing southeast, you can witness amazing views of Cape Panwa and Koh Mai Ton straight ahead with Phuket Town being on your left. On the east side, you’ll get a full view of the ocean and the bustling Chalong Bay along with a glimpse of the Big Buddha on top of Mount Kiri Gerd.

Amazing views of Cape Panwa and Koh Mai Ton
Start Point of Kao Khad Views Tower
Kao Khad View Tower
Kao Khad Views
Kao Khad Observation Tower

When looking on Google Maps, there are two viewpoints for this spot; Kao Khad Viewpoint and Kao Khad view tower. The HOMA Guide Team recommends that you visit both on your trip with the viewpoint itself being right on the coastal road on the opposite side of Chalong Bay heading to Cape Panwa. The observation tower closes at 18.00 so it is ideal to visit during the early morning or throughout the day. Thanks to the subdistrict of Wichit for providing a map of what islands and beaches can be seen from the tower in each direction.

📍Location: https://goo.gl/maps/sjVvVPyZavRzQRdC9

Tarzan Adventure Viewpoint

Instead of following the crowds and going to Panwa Viewpoint, the HOMA Team recommends that you go a bit off the beaten path and venture to Tarzan Adventure. Located not too far from Kao Khad Viewpoint and observation towers, the road leading up to Tarzan Adventure can be a bit intimidating. Once you pass the narrow roads, you’ll find yourself on a large hill at Tarzan Adventure. Apart from their cafe where you can get food and drinks with nice scenery, there is a great spot with amazing views of Chalong Bay and Koh Lon just opposite the parking lot by the wooden swing.

Patricia with Tarzan Adventure view as the background
Tarzan Adventure View From Above
Tarzan Adventure Viewpoint

The HOMA Team actually didn’t experience the activities of the Tarzan Adventure ourselves and were just there to soak up the views, but good reviews of this zipline adventure have persuaded us to conquer our fear of heights and try it in the near future. For those who are ready to experience incredible views of the rainforest as you glide through the air, you can book the Tarzan Adventure via the button below 👇

Buy Tarzan Adventure Tickets

Big Buddha

The Big Buddha (พระใหญ่) or known in Thai as “Phra Buddha Ming Mongkol” (พระพุทธมิ่งมงคลเอกนาคคีรี) is definitely one of the most visited viewpoints in Phuket. This attraction is often featured on everyone’s checklist to visit in Phuket and with good reason.

Thai Big Budda View From Above
Thai Big Buddha
Big Buddha Viewpoint

This 45-meter tall white marble statue of Buddha sitting on the top of Mount Naka Gerd can be seen from anywhere in the southern part of the island. Known for its stunning views overlooking Chalong Bay, the famous landmark also offers a 360-degree view of Phuket island when standing at the top. Tourists and locals can come and enjoy the view for free whilst learning about the project’s history and Buddhist teachings in a meditative environment. It is fully equipped with proper parking spaces, restrooms, and small shops.

About Big Buddha

The Big Buddha statue first started construction back in 2004 and was fully completed in 2018 with the primary source of funding coming from donations. The official name; Phra Buddha Ming Mongkol Eknaga Khiri which translates to “Happiness on Top of Nagakerd Mountain” was granted in 2008 by the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand (Sangharaja), who is the head of the order of Buddhist monks in Thailand.

💡Tip: Although it is a famous tourist attraction, this place is still considered a place of worship with active monks so please remember to dress appropriately and be respectful.

📍Location: https://g.page/BigBuddhaPhuket?share

Karon Viewpoint

The Karon viewpoint or more commonly known in Thai as the 3 bay viewpoint (วิวสามอ่าว) is located on the west side of Phuket renowned for a stunning view of Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon beaches. Unlike the Black Rock viewpoint, this spot is family-friendly and easily accessible as you only need to take a couple of steps to the top. It is equipped with a small parking lot, toilets, shops selling cold beverages, and a shady terrace to relax.

Karon Viewpoint
Road To Go Karon Viewpoint
Karon Viewpoint Phuket

This viewpoint is great to visit both during the day and at sunset. As it is located on the west of the island so you will have a great view of the sun setting over the horizon along with the glow of lights coming from the 3 beach towns. Occasionally during the daytime, you will find street musicians singing by the terrace which makes your visit even more aesthetically pleasing.

💡Tip: Bring a 10 Baht coin for the binoculars to enjoy an enhanced view

📍Location: Karon Viewpoint

Black Rock Viewpoint

The Black Rock viewpoint or commonly known as Pa Hin Dum (ผาหินดำ) is one of the most underrated viewpoints in Phuket. It is located close to the Karon Viewpoint and has a 360 view where you can see an amazing panorama outlook of many attractions including; Chalong Bay, Koh Hey, Koh Lon, Promthep Cape, Yanui Beach, Windmill viewpoint, Nai Harn Beach, Koh Kaew Pitsadarn, and Koh Mai Ton.

Man with amazing Black Rock view as the background
Black Rock Viewpoint From Above
Homa Guides at Black Rock Viewpoint
Black Rock Viewpoint From Side

This viewpoint is one for the more adventurous as the terrain starts getting rough from the beginning. In order to get right to the hike start point, we recommend that you travel by a 4WD vehicle. If you happen to rent a regular or eco-car, the best option is to park right at the entrance and walk or take a local taxi that will be waiting at the road entrance.

Trail to go Black Rock Viewpoint

Once you reach the big rock with black writing, you will notice a small trail entrance on the left side of the road. Despite the hike being only 200 meters, we recommend that you wear proper shoes as you will encounter jungle terrain with steep steps and untamed bushes. The hike should only take 10-15 minutes and you’ll arrive at the very top of the viewpoint. Ultimately from the Black Rock viewpoint, you can hike further down either to Nui Beach or to Krating Cape. This is HOMA Guide’s personal favorite viewpoint.

💡Best time to visit: Early morning or late afternoon before the sun sets

📍Location: https://goo.gl/maps/JKm2rr5c7x1gHg4j7

Windmill Viewpoint

Phuket Windmill Viewpoint (จุดชมวิวกังหันลม) or commonly known as the wind turbine viewpoint. Originally established as an alternative energy station, this location became popular among locals and tourists to come up and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Yanui Beach on the left, and a captivating view of Nai Harn Beach on the right. The unique wind turbine makes it easy to spot from many locations in Phuket like the Black Rock Viewpoint, Nai Harn Beach, and Promthep Cape. The panoramic view of Koh Man and the ocean directly facing west makes it the ultimate romantic sunset spot as an alternative to Promthep Cape. Occasionally, you will find parasailers gliding in the air due to the amount of wind in the area.

Windmill Viewpoint From Above
Windmill from close
Woman with  the ocean view as background
Panoramic view of Windmill

📍Location: https://goo.gl/maps/tB51zN1zD3yEKWg67

Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape (แหลมพรหมเทพ) is one of the most famous viewpoints in Phuket and has been claimed as one of the most beautiful spots to view the sunset with the cape itself being the southernmost point of the island. This panoramic viewpoint is located 2km from Rawai beach and is equipped with parking spaces and small souvenir shops. From Promthep Cape, you can see a 360-angle panorama with Koh Kaew straight ahead, Naiya beach on the left, and Nai Harn beach on the right. One not to miss for the timelapse enthusiasts and sunset lovers.

Promthep Cape From Above
Promthep Cape view
Mans with the oceans as background at Promthep Cape
Ocean View of Promthep Cape

The HOMA Team recommends you take the 1km hike down to the end of the cape for the best view. However, some parts of the hike include steep hills, uneven terrain, and slippery surfaces. We suggest that you should hike to the very tip only when wearing proper footwear and to avoid going down during the rainy season.

Kanchanapisek Lighthouse

Another unique feature of this viewpoint is the Kanchanapisek Lighthouse (ประภาคารกาญจนาภิเษก). Back in 1996, local Phuketians along with the Royal Thai Navy built this special landmark as an honor for His Majesty King Rama IX to commemorate His Majesty’s 50th anniversary on the throne. The structure is 50 meters tall symbolizing the 50 years anniversary with a 9-meter diameter of the base for King Rama 9. The powerful glare of the lighthouse can be seen from 39 kilometers away once the sun sets which also represents the year it was built – 2539 in the Buddhist calendar. At the base of the lighthouse, there is an exhibition hall showcasing its history, how the structure was built, and its hydrography purposes.

💡Best time to visit: December to March before sunset

📍Location: https://goo.gl/maps/9GT3n7Zp2ccQdLLZA

Bonus spot: HOMA Rooftop

After a long day of exploring Phuket Town and nearby viewpoints, come enjoy an authentic Italian meal on HOMA’s very own rooftop terrace. Here is the best spot for you to grab a nice cold drink at the pool bar and relax by the longest infinity pool in Phuket while appreciating a spectacular sunset vista.

HOMA Rooftop Pool
HOMA Rooftop Pool View from above
Homa Rooftop View

💡Tip: Arrive at HOMA Rooftop around 17.30 to get a nice table just in time to enjoy the sunset on the terrace

📍Location: https://goo.gl/maps/xvm6tjMqDFfh1ABB8

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