Best Viewpoints in Phuket, Thailand

The best viewpoints in Phuket offer panoramic views of stunning Phuket island, overlooking historic cities, lush greenery, and cerulean waves breaking on white sand beaches.

Karon Viewpoint view in Phuket, Thailand, one of the best views in Phuket
One of the best beach viewpoints in Phuket
Sunset at Promthep Cape, one of the best viewpoints in Phuket

Phuket is a must-visit spot in Thailand for its diverse landscapes and bounty of exciting activities. And it’s no surprise that this island’s beauty puts it at the top of many Thailand itineraries. Thailand’s largest island keeps some of the best beaches in the world—which means some awe-inspiring views. One way to see the view is to visit one (or several) of the top viewpoints in Phuket. These 5 best Phuket viewpoints overlook historic cities, white beaches, and the glimmering Andaman sea. 

Admire the view from the best viewpoints in Phuket:

The 5 best viewpoints in Phuket

Windmill Viewpoint

Windmill Viewpoint tops my list when it comes to the best viewpoint in Phuket. The viewpoint itself is not much to look at; it’s just a small, covered area with a few benches. But the view is phenomenal. This viewpoint overlooks Ya Nui Beach (worth a stop to lay in the sun and swim) and Nai Harn Beach. 

Ya Nui beach view from Windmill viewpoint, one of the top Phuket viewpoints

On a sunny day, the water is so perfectly blue against the white sand and craggy green peninsula. A winding road in the distance shows a peek of scooters and cars going by. It truly is a postcard-worthy shot. 

Best of all, very few tour groups visit this viewpoint. It’s usually frequented by a smattering of travellers on scooters. The drive up is also lovely along an easy and quiet winding road. Nearby is a tall wind turbine, which gives this viewpoint its name.

Open ocean view from Windmill Viewpoint, one of Phuket's most beautiful views

Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape is one of the busiest—but also one of the best—viewpoints in Phuket, especially to watch the sunset. The sweeping view glimmers at golden hour, with the open ocean and lush hillside awash in a glowy light.

Golden hour views at Promthep Cape in Phuket, Thailand

In the early evening, throngs of tourists jump off tour buses, rental cars, and scooters to experience the panoramic ocean view. I’m usually not one for crowds, but it’s worth weaving through the people to experience the scenery. With paved paths, a lighthouse, a small temple, and a handful of vendors, Promthep Cape is the most built up of the Phuket viewpoints on this list. 

Walkway during sunset at Promthep Cape, one of the most popular best viewpoints in Phuket
Promthep Cape view, Phuket

If you have some sturdy shoes, hike a little ways off the path to escape the groups. Some visitors even wander out to the very end of the peninsula for a view without the crowds. If you wander all the way down the dirt path to the end of the peninsula, you’ll actually reach the southernmost point of Phuket.

Karon Viewpoint

Karon Viewpoint (also known as Kata viewpoint) is one of the top viewpoints in the south end of Phuket. Despite its popularity, we didn’t find it too busy—groups seem to flow in and out pretty quickly. This Phuket viewpoint looks over Karon, Kata Noi, and Kata Yai beach. The snow-white beaches peek out in the distance from between forested green headlands and blue-green water. 

Karon viewpoint, one of the busiest top viewpoints in Phuket, Thailand
Winding road leading to Karon viewpoint
Looking over the view at Karon viewpoint

It’s easy to scooter up to the viewpoint; it’s a beautiful drive along lushly forested roads. The viewpoint has a few shady gazebos with benches, perfect for taking a break from the sun and observing the beaches below.

Big Buddha

Sitting on top of the Nakkerd Hills, the 45 meter tall Buddha statue is one of Phuket’s busiest attractions. The towering figure is visible from pretty well anywhere in southern Phuket. As a holy site and tourist attraction, its prime position also offers a lovely view of the island. 

Big Buddha aerial view in Phuket, Thailand
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The location atop a hill has a 360-degree view of Phuket island, looking over the surrounding beaches and Phuket Town. Visitors climb up the stairs to observe the giant holy Buddha and wander about the paths to admire the view below. The location on one of the highest points on the island makes this spot one of the best Phuket viewpoints.

Rang Hill

This charming viewpoint is one of the closest lookouts to Phuket Old town. Just northwest of the city centre, it’s one of the best viewpoints in Phuket to look over the city. With views of the buildings, beaches, and the south of the island, the large viewing platform offers a sweeping view of the area. 

View overlooking Phuket Town from Rang Hill in Phuket

There are a few other attractions up at Rang Hill, including an open pagoda, gardens, and a couple of restaurants. There are also a number of resident monkeys to keep visitors entertained (be sure to keep your food packed away). With a mix of natural and suburban views, the landscape is dotted with buildings, beaches, open ocean, and tree-covered hills. 

Get the perfect panoramic shot at one of the best viewpoints in Phuket.

To soak in all that Phuket has to offer, visit one (or all) of these 5 best Phuket viewpoints. Overlooking famous Thai beaches and quaint cities, these lookouts are some of the top spots to admire the island’s beauty. 

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