Promthep Cape near Nai Harn Beach is a very prominent tourist attraction in Phuket. The name Promthep Cape means “God's Cape” in Thai and you will find a small temple at the top of the hill. As it gets close to the evening, many large tour buses, scooters and private cars traveling to the southernmost hill of the island fill the road. They ride through the Rawai Beach and all the way up to the top of the hill to watch one of the most capturing sunsets Phuket.
There is a very busy car park at the top where buses, cabs, and private vehicles bring people from all around the world. Owing to the huge swarm of people in the parking lot, the locals have established many shopping stalls and handicrafts shop which sells snacks, sarongs, shawls, beachwear, toys, and shells.
The most beautiful sight from Promthep Cape Viewpoint is definitely the sunset. The charm of this scenery makes cameras flash, lovers hug and fingers point. Most people stay up in the viewing point to watch sunsets while some prefer to take an adventurous trek down to the end of the cape’s peninsula. However, the viewpoint has so many greater things in store for you. The shore beyond the cape spreads so wide that you can literally imagine the faraway shores of Sri Lanka and the Indian subcontinent.
A lighthouse stands at the top of the hill which is home to many captivating historical maritime artifacts. It is air-conditioned and has an outdoor balcony that offers fascinating views over the east and southeast parts of the island. The Phi Phi islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi can be observed from the top on a clear day. It also provides a beautiful view of the nearby island of Koh Kiaow and its Buddhist monastery.
Promthep Cape can get very busy during the time of sunset. The atmosphere is filled with energy and excitement with performers and buskers adding to the celebration. Nevertheless, as soon as dusk arrives, the place becomes calm and tranquil. Once all the noisy vehicles are gone and the moon is up in the sky, the cape has an entirely different ambiance. With the gentle cool breeze drifting in from the Andaman sea, the setting is complete.
Tourists can enjoy a fulfilling night at the exceptional Promthep Cape Restaurant with a marvelous seascape of Nai Harn Beach. Situated on the northwestern side of the hill, this large open-air restaurant is one of the top ‘dining with a view’ locations in Phuket. It offers delicious native food at reasonable prices and is perfect for those who like to have a feast under the starry sky.