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Phuket views you must see when on the island

Phuket boasts an array of breathtaking viewpoints, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience. If you’re planning to visit, don’t miss these must-see spots – and they’re all free.

The Big Buddha is a towering 45 metre Buddha statue located atop one of the highest points in Phuket. This spiritual monument not only provides a meaningful encounter but also affords stunning views of Chalong on one side and Kata/Karon on the other. Take advantage of the many photo opportunities and learn about the history of the statue and Buddhism.

While Cape Promthep is a popular spot for catching the sunset, the traffic can be a nightmare with tour buses cramming into get there and then the traffic jams on the way out. Fortunately, the sunset view along the west coast is equally impressive, so consider finding a quiet spot anywhere along the west shoreline to enjoy a drink as the sun goes down.

Cape Promthep is still worth a visit, however, with plenty to see and explore. You can even walk right out to the end of the cape for a spectacular selfie.

For a classic Phuket view, head to Kata Viewpoint. The area offers stunning vistas of Kata Noi, Kata, Karon and beyond. You can park your vehicle and take a leisurely stroll, though be warned that touts with eagles may ask for 100 baht or more for a photo. We recommend enjoying the view and skipping this activity.

Locals and tourists alike flock to Khao Rang, which overlooks Phuket Town. This popular meeting place boasts several restaurants with amazing views, a free public viewpoint, and even a few monkeys to add some excitement (don’t feed or try and touch the monkeys and keep your valuables well protected from snatching little hands).

For an unforgettable view of Nai Harn and Ya Nui beaches, head to the Windmill Lookout which overlooks both beaches. Drive to Nai Harn and up the hill, where you’ll find a vendor selling drinks and ample parking. Soak in the stunning vista of the beaches and the islands beyond. During the wet season you’ll often see hang gliders and para sailors enjoying the south west winds along the cliffs.

If you’re up for a bit of a trek, make your way to Samet Nangshe, located an hour off the island (it’s actually in the Phang Nga province). This view is well worth the trip, especially if you can catch the sunrise. It’s even possible to stay overnight in cute bungalows or comfortable tents to fully appreciate the incredible scenery. This is truly one of the most spectacular views in the world… really.

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