Promthep Cape Phuket, or Laem Promthep as it is also called has been a famous landmark on this Thailand island for some time now. Located on the southwestern tip of Phuket, Promthep Cape provides visitors with one of the best vantage points to look out over the beautiful waters of the Andaman Sea and watch sail boats and other pleasure craft meander around the coastline.
If you arrive here at the correct time you will also be rewarded with one of the most stunning sunsets that you will see on Phuket; subsequently this is a popular location for taking photographs as evidenced by the bus loads of Chinese tourists that frequent this area around sundown.
To help you arrive at cape at the best time, they have built a quaint little stand or sunset guide which provides the approximate times for sunset at this site throughout the different times of the year.
However, once you arrive at Promthep Cape, you may also notice that there is a nice dinning venue called the Cape Promthep Restaurant which is located close to the road (see image below). This popular little restaurant provides a romantic dining venue for couples who would like to eat and watch the sun go down while also taking advantage of the cool breezes coming off the ocean below.
There is a beautiful terraced area outside the restaurant which is surrounded by a well kept garden and once the outside lights are turned on the whole area has a wonderful night time ambiance.
Apart from the Promthep Cape Phuket lookout and restaurant, the Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse is also situated along the cape and it provides great views of the surrounding landscape from its outdoor viewing platform. Inside the air-conditioned lighthouse you will find there is a small museum complete with a variety of maritime artifacts which are based around a nautical theme.
Close to the this lighthouse is the Promthep Cape Elephant Shrine (see image below) which is a Buddhist monument built for the late Prince Abhakara Kiartiwonges, or Prince of Jumborn (1880-1923) who was the 28th son of Rama V (i.e. King Chulalongkorn 1868-1910).
MARKET AND RESTAURANT
As this is a popular area that receives quite a number of visitors throughout the day, there is also a small market located next to the car park of the restaurant (see image below).
It is here that you will find an assortment of tourist souvenirs and other merchandise including handicrafts and shells, t-shirts, toys, beachwear, fresh fruit and vegetables and of course Thai snacks and cool drinks. The prices here are quite cheap but you can always barter with the stall owners to get the the prices down even further.
Promthep Cape Phuket is located approximately 19 kilometres from the town centre. You will need to hire a taxi or take a bus tour to get there. This is a popular tourist destination so you will have no trouble getting there.
The best way to travel to Phuket is by plane or bus. Flights to the Phuket International Airport occur daily from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Local airlines servicing Phuket include Nok Air, Air Asia and Thai Airways.
This is Thailand's second busiest airport. Direct flights are available from a number of countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan to name a few. There are an abundance of taxi's and mini-vans located outside Phuket's airport to transport you to your hotel.
Buses to Phuket depart Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal daily with the journey taking approximately 13 hours.