Best Viewpoints in Phuket

12 Best Viewpoints in Phuket [From Someone Who Lived There]

Stop me if you’ve already read these in a list of best viewpoints in Phuket: Black Rock, Karon, Big Buddha, Monkey Hill.

Stop me if you’ve heard these: Manik mining trail, Kalim, The Hill Bar, and Samet Nangshe. I bet most (if not all) of those are new names to you. And that’s what living in Phuket gets you.

The top options are great, and you should absolutely visit them. But, there’s nothing like adding in a few lesser-known options also. So, that’s what I’ve done for you here.

Having lived in Phuket for three years, I had the chance to visit all of these and sort out the best.

So, let’s dive into them.

The best viewpoints in Phuket

Since you’ve probably already read about the more famous viewpoints, I’ll start with the less-famous options before getting to the more well-known viewpoints.

Beginning with a personal favorite…

Manik Mining Trail Viewpoint

Manik Mining trail viewpoint with a sunrise in the background is one of the best viewpoints in Phuket

This viewpoint is especially perfect in the morning.

If you can get to the top early enough, you can catch the sun rising in the east, making for a gorgeous scene. Reds and oranges fill the sky, and the entire northeast of the island starts to come alive. Few people know about this trail, so you’ll likely have it to yourself.

Be warned, though. The trip will be a 6-mile hike up and back down from Manik Dam.

Can you drive to the Manik Mining Trail Viewpoint?

No, unfortunately not. You can drive to the bottom of the trail, which is located near Manik Dam, then it’s a hike to the top and back (but it’s worth it).

You can find the viewpoint here. The start of the trail is located here.

Kalim Viewpoint

Kalim Viewpoint with part of Phuket in the background

Kalim Viewpoint is only known by people who have been on the island for an extended time.
It takes some work to get to it, but the view you get once you’re there is amazing. Or, just book an Airbnb nearby and save yourself some time. Plus, there’s a shop nearby with drinks and smoothies to help cool off. Plus, they’ve already got the fancy writing ready for your photos. 

It just needs the photographer.

Can you drive to Kalim Viewpoint?

There is a road that arrives at Kalim Viewpoint. However, the road isn’t in the best condition, and there isn’t a lot of parking at the viewpoint. So, it’d be best to work this viewpoint into a hike.

You can find the viewpoint here.

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Samet Nangshe with limestone mountains in Phang Nga bay as sun rises in the background

Samet Nangshe isn’t actually in Phuket, but it’s close enough you can make an overnight trip.

And that’s exactly what you should do. At the viewpoint, you’ll find Samet Nangshe Boutique, where you can rent a place to stay. But, get up early and catch the gorgeous sunrise over the limestone rocks in Phang Nga Bay.

If you want a jaw-dropping view, this is the place for you.

Can you drive to Samet Nangshe Viewpoint?

Yes! The roads to Samet Nangshe have gotten better, and it’s now easier to take your car for an overnight stay or a quick visit!

You can find the viewpoint here. And Samet Nangshe Boutique here.

The Hill Restaurant Viewpoint

The Hill Bar with a heart-shaped leaf and bench in front of it

The Hill Bar is a perfect place to spend an evening relaxing with friends or celebrating a birthday party. It does a little of both.

With a beautiful sunset view, comfortable hammock-like areas, and a relaxing vibe, it’s the perfect place to take in everything this island offers. Plus, the food is good, and the drinks are fairly priced.

So, all in all, not too bad.

Can you drive to The Hill Restaurant Viewpoint?

Yes! It’s a restaurant/bar, so it has enough parking to hold many people. And, there’s the main road that runs right to the restaurant, so it’s easy to get to.

You can find the restaurant here.

Black Rock Viewpoint

Nai Harn beach sits below with a man paragliding in the top of the picture.

Black Rock Viewpoint in Phuket (also spelled BlackRock Viewpoint) is one of the most well-known viewpoints in Phuket, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it.

Black Rock’s view down over the beautiful Nai Harn beach, with Windmill Viewpoint in the distance, creates one of the best views on the island. And it makes the hike up worth it.

Bring a blanket and a camera, you can spend all day here taking pictures and relaxing.

Also, it’s a fantastic sunset spot; just be sure to bring a flashlight for the way down.

Can you drive to Black Rock Viewpoint?

Kind of. You can take dirt roads near the viewpoint, but you’ll have to walk some no matter what.

If you’re looking for an extra challenge, start near Nai Harn beach and hike your way to the top.

You can find the viewpoint here.

Monkey Hill Viewpoint

Phuket Town stretches out with mountains in the distance right around sunset.

Located in Phuket Town, Monkey Hill Viewpoint in Phuket is the perfect viewpoint for some animals and a gorgeous view.

But, be warned, you should hide any valuables. The monkeys can get aggressive; if they see you carrying something, they’ll come straight for it.

This shouldn’t deter you from visiting, though. The monkeys running around make for an exciting afternoon. And you can feed them by buying some peanuts and other food at the bottom of the hill.

Keep climbing to the top until you arrive at the Monkey Viewpoint of Phuket, which you can’t miss.

One of two popular Phuket Town viewpoints.

Can you drive to Monkey Hill Viewpoint?

Yes, to a point. Eventually, you’ll reach a barrier where you’ll have to get out and walk to protect the monkeys.

However, there is a fair amount of parking, so it’s easy to find and begin walking.

You can find the viewpoint here.

Khao Rang Viewpoint

Phuket Town stretches out in the middle of the day

Not far from Monkey Hill, you’ll find Khao Rang Viewpoint in Phuket (sometimes just called Rang Hill Viewpoint).

A popular spot for sunsets and to catch dinner with a view, Khao Rang is a popular area for foreigners and Thais.

You can head here any time during the day, but I strongly recommend catching a Phuket sunset if you can. As the sun sets and the lights begin to flicker on in Phuket Town, it offers a truly amazing panoramic.

And the Viewpoint Restaurant Phuket offers a perfect view of this paired with a meal. Not many other areas have a Phuket viewpoint restaurant.

Can you drive to Khao Rang Viewpoint?

Yes! And it’s very easy.

A winding hill leads up to Khao Rang, and there is plenty of parking for you once you arrive.

You’ll have no issues getting to Rang Hill.

You can find the viewpoint here.

Windmill Viewpoint

A woman holds up the peace sign with a beach behind her.

Phuket’s Windmill Viewpoint perfectly pairs with Black Rock and Karon Viewpoint.

Because it’s located in the south of the island, it’s easy to drive between these three and visit them all.

And you’ll want to. Windmill Viewpoint Phuket offers a gorgeous view down onto Nai Harn beach. But that’s not all.

You can also see Ya Nui beach, a tiny paradise between two hills.

Just a quick drive, and an excellent place to enjoy a small picnic next to some wind turbines, Windmill Viewpoint shouldn’t be skipped.

Can you drive to Windmill Viewpoint?

Yes! It’s easy to get to Windmill Viewpoint, and there is enough space for a few cars to park.

Most people don’t spend long here, so traffic is consistently moving.

You can find the viewpoint here.

Karon Viewpoint

Three beaches sit in a row in the background

Want to see three of Phuket’s most popular beaches in one view?

Then Karon Viewpoint in Phuket is for you.

From the top, you can see Kata beach, Karon beach, and Patong beach lined up perfectly after each other. This is one of the best views in all of Phuket and one you often see in magazines.

But, you won’t spend long here, so be sure to take it all in.

Can you drive to Karon Viewpoint?

Yes! It’s very easy to drive to Karon Viewpoint. Whether you’re coming from Patong/Karon or from Nai Harn, the main road runs right past the viewpoint and offers a quick stop-off.

You can find the viewpoint here.

Big Buddha Viewpoint

A bay sits in the front of the picture with small islands dotting the distance.

It’s hard to miss Big Buddha, especially if you visit the Chalong area.

The huge statue sits high above the southern part of the island, with its entrance near Wat Chalong.

But, you should also make the trip to the top so you can visit Big Buddha and get the amazing view it sees every day.

Big Buddha Viewpoint in Phuket gives you a full panoramic view of the island’s east coast, with the aqua waters sitting in Chalong Bay.

Can you drive to Big Buddha Viewpoint?

Yes, Big Buddha is one of the top attractions in Phuket, and there’s plenty of parking.

Just be sure to dress properly as you won’t be allowed to visit Big Buddha if you’re wearing revealing clothing.

You can find the viewpoint here.

Laem Singh Viewpoint

A beach sits with rocks on the shore and blue waters in the ocean.

Laem Singh is one of the most picturesque beaches on the island.

It’s that beach you see in movies that everyone treats as the “hidden spot.” And Laem Singh is kind of like that.

Lesser-known than the other beaches, you’ll only find a handful of people here daily.

And that makes for a perfect picture opportunity from Laem Singh Viewpoint. Looking down over the beach, you even see a bit of Kamala in the distance.

Can you drive to Laem Singh Viewpoint?

Yes! The viewpoint is only a small building on the roadside where you can pull off and relax.

It gives a perfect view down the beach, so have your camera ready.

You can find the viewpoint here.

Phromthep Cape Viewpoint

A rocky part of the island extends out into the ocean on a clear day.

Everyone says this is the best sunset viewpoint in Phuket.

And it’s hard to argue.

People flock to the Phromthep Cape (Promthep Cape) each night to watch the sun setting over the horizon of the Andaman Sea. Oranges, purples, and deep reds fill the sky, putting a Michelangelo painting in the sky.

But, you’ll want to get here early to grab a good seat as the area gets busy quickly.

Can you drive to Phromthep Cape Viewpoint?

Yes! This is another major attraction on the island, and you can find a large parking lot when you arrive.

You can find the viewpoint here.

So, what do you think are the best viewpoints in Phuket?

When people think of the island, they think of Phuket’s hotels and resorts, as well as Phuket’s beaches.

But there’s a lot more to this tiny island in the south of Thailand that you need to see.

And I hope I helped with that!

If you’re planning on visiting Phuket, be sure not to miss the beautiful island of Koh Yao Yai!

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