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Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape

Phuket’s most famous and photographed spot, Promthep Cape, is located on the southern tip of Phuket, in front of Rawai Beach. Popularly known as “Laem Promthep” or “Cape of God,” it is much more than a tourist photo spot. Promthep Cape has a panoramic view of this island’s south east and east. It also has an air-conditioned lighthouse that is also a museum. This lighthouse museum offers the most spectacular view of the east and southeast of the island from its balcony.

When the day is clear, you can see as far as the islands of Phi Phi, Koh Racha Noi, and Koh Racha Yai from the balcony of this lighthouse. Although you don’t go all the way down the Cape Headland, a walk to the viewing platform is enough to catch a spectacular sunset or sunrise. It’s also a great place to pose for photos with the expansive views all around you. There are craft shops and a few food stalls near the parking lot where you can buy a souvenir. Although the tour buses, the crowds, and the noise can sometimes be a bit annoying, especially in high season, it’s worth a visit for the stunning views.

Whether you are watching a sunset, a sunrise, or a mesmerizing view of the stars at night, Promthep Cape is a must.

Sightseeing in Promthep Cape

View of Cape Promthep

The best thing to see at Cape Promthep is the view. There is an excellent view from the lookout point, but even better from the balcony of the lighthouse or the headland of the cape. The Andaman Sea is mostly clear, and you can see Koh Racha, Yai Noi, and the Phi Phi Islands from here most days. You can also visit nearby islands like Koh Kaew, which has a Buddhist monastery.

Buddhist Shrine

A stairway leads to the observation deck of the parking lot. You have to climb these steps. Here is a Buddhist shrine with a Buddhist altar surrounded by bronze elephant statues and carvings. It’s worth a visit; if you’re religious, you can even pray here.


The Lighthouse at Cape Promthep, also known as Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse, was built in 1996 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of King Rama XI. It is 200 feet tall and is a museum housing important historical maritime artifacts. They are also worth a visit; they might even give you a break from the sun.

Promthep Cape Restaurant 

Promthep Cape Restaurant is located on the hill to the right of the Promthep car park with stunning views of Ya Nai and Nai Harn Beaches, and you can even see Ao Sane Beach in the distance from here. Quaint little Cape restaurant with 30 sturdy outdoor wooden tables and benches. Although it’s best to dine here at sunset, you can eat here during the day as long as you make a reservation and get one of the few tables in the shady part of the restaurant or when the sun is behind you.

Visitor Tips

  • Be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and loose clothing, as it’s likely to be very hot outside. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes with sound footing, as there would be a lot of foot movement. 
  • Be careful when taking children as a path to the pavilion. The platform is quite dangerous. 
  • Please do not take children to the edge of the cape on the dirt road, as this is a dangerous place where fatal accidents have occurred. 
  • Bring a camera and use it wisely.
  • If you take a private taxi, use the coupons at GRAB to get a better deal.

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