Phuket View Points
Phromthep Cape “Sunset View Point”
Phromthep Cape is the island’s most photographed and perhaps best-known location. Every evening, large tour buses, scooters and private cars sweep through Rawai Beach and up the island’s southernmost hill in order to watch the sunset at its peak. On the top of the hill stands a busy car park where vehicles disgorge crowds of people from every corner of the world. Cameras flash, fingers point and lovers cuddle as Phuket’s most fabulous free show is re-enacted nightly – the sunset. But is this all there is to it? Hardly; Phromthep also has a lighthouse that houses interesting historical maritime artifacts and commands spectacular views over the east and southeast of the island and its environs. The lighthouse/museum is air conditioned inside and if you go up to the outdoors viewing balcony you can see the distinctive shapes of the Phi Phi Islands,Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi on a clear day and of course a whole raft of nearer islands such as nearby Koh Kiaow with its Buddhist monastery. The view from the cape is like a huge eternity pool from which you can mentally project the far-flung shores of Sri Lanka and the Indian Subcontinent. Some people make the rather demanding trek down to the end of the cape’s promontory but most stay up in the viewing part for sunset. By the car park there is a handicrafts shop and a series of stalls that sell shells, batik, snacks, sarongs, shawls, toys and beachwear.
Kata-Karon Viewpoint is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket. From here, it is possible to take in views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches. Located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, the viewpoint is busy most days of the year and is a staple of many tour itineraries. Called locally ‘Khao Saam Haad’ (Three Beaches Hill), the local municipality for some reason has officially renamed it ‘Karon Viewpoint’. It’s located just to the south of Kata Noi Beach and looks out directly out to the Andaman Sea but most people have their cameras trained due north at the undeniably impressive eight-kilometre vista of the three west coast beaches with Mom Tri’s Villa Royale in the foreground and the distant Hilton Arcadia on Karon Beach in the background. There’s plenty of parking space at Kata Viewpoint and when things do get a little crowded people simply park roadside. You’ll find drinks and snack stands here along with a large gazebo (with seats) to provide shade. The viewpoint is about a 10-minute drive from Kata Beach and a further 10 minutes down to Nai Harn Beach.
Phuket Big Buddha Viewpoint
Phuket’s Big Buddha is one of the island’s most important and revered landmarks. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres high it is easily seen from far away. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island (think sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon beaches, Chalong Bay and more.) Easily reachable via a six-kilometre road leading from Phuket’s main artery, it’s a must-visit island destination.
The Big Buddha is visible from the Mangosteen Resort. We recommend combining the Big Buddha and Chalong Temple visits, as both attractions are not far from each other and close to the resort anyway. Views from the top of the hill are stunning, so try to chose a day with good visibility.
Nai Harn Windmill Viewpoint
Windmill Viewpoint is located between Ya Nui and Nai Harn beaches in south Phuket. Not far from Cape Phromthep, it has several tall, slim white windmills facing out to sea that look like airplane propellers. This hilltop viewpoint features west coast vistas similar to Phromthep, but is quieter. There’s not much to this relatively small viewpoint except a covered sala with a sitting space and the occasional drinks or jewelry vendor but the views are tremendous and take in Ya Nui Beach to the south, Phromthep further south, Nai Harn Beach to the north and a lusciously verdant oblong-shaped island called Koh Man almost opposite.
Phuket Big Buddha & Chalong Temple
The two most iconic Phuket attractions, the famous Big Buddha and the largest Buddhist temple “Wat Chalong” are both very close to the Mangosteen Resort and can be visited in a half day excursion. The Phuket Big Buddha can even be seen from the resort’s reception and with breathtaking panoramic views, is certainly worth a visit.
Phuket Town has a rich heritage, based on times when tin was a valuable metal. Sino-colonial mansions, Buddhist and Chinese Temples, ornate and beautifully preserved shophouses and nowadays a newly developing nightlife scene in freshly renovated pubs and cafes, often with live music at night.
Phuket View Points
All major Phuket viewpoints are located in Phuket’s South, the popular Sunset Viewpoint at “Promthep Cape”, the “Windmill Viewpoint” next to Nai Harn Beach, the Kata viewpoint overlooking 3 of Phuket’s beaches, the Phuket Big Buddha and in Phuket Town, the Rang Hill Viewpoint.
A short ride with our free beach shuttle will get you to Nai Harn Beach, located in a National Park. With its crystal clear water and beautiful surrounding hills and view to Phromthep Cape, the beach remains on of Phuket’s best beaches. Free from engine noise and less commercial than other beaches, watch the Paragliders sailing down from the nearby hills.
Rawai & Chalong Bay
Stroll along the many seafood restaurants on Rawai Beach, mingle with local expats at the many bars in the area and simply enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Rawai, the former fishing village at the South end of Phuket Island. Visit Chalong pier the main starting point for many dive and snorkel excursions.
South Coast Experience
The Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa is founding member of the Rawai Nai-Harn business association. The member businesses organize local events like the “Rawai Nai-Harn Health & Fitness Festival” and offer benefits to member card holders.