Thursday, February 5, 2015

Phuket - the Best Places for a Sunset

This list is by no means exhaustive list; this is just a guide with a few suggestions. Upon departing on this trip, I would definitely pack a spare camera battery and memory card.

Jamie's photograph (used with permission)

1. Cape Phromthep Viewpoint or Wat Laem Phromthep

This is certainly one of the most visited places in Phuket. Its nickname is ‘Sunset Viewpoint’ and this area’s popularity is well deserved as the stretch of island recedes downwards into the distance. If you have time, definitely visit the Wat Laem Phromthep close by.


2. Ao Yon and Khao Khad Road

This is a breathtakingly beautiful stretch of road in the South of Phuket near the villages of Ao Yo and Borae. In view from the top of the road in the distance is the famous Big Buddha. A similar view can also be found if you visit the beach at the same area. There is 'The Beach Bar' nearby that is very popular and you should get there early to avoid disappointment.

3. Above Kata Beach

There are three bars at the top of the road above Kata Beach. The most recognised (and first of the three) is the ‘After Beach Bar’, and the view of the beach from the bar is quite spectacular. 

4. Kata Beach

This is a popular beach on the West Coast of Phuket Island and can be quite beautiful as the sun sets in the distance. You will be able to see a number spirit lanterns floating through the sky here, which can give the sunset an added beauty.

5. Phang Nga Bay with John Gray Sea Canoe

 John Gray Sea Canoe is the premier sea canoe company in Phuket, and the only company with tours that leave mid-afternoon - which means that you can be on the tour while the sun is setting! This is a wonderful trip rich with wonderful photographic opportunities.

6. Cape Panwa Promenade

The local village located over the hill from Cape Panwa Hotel and in front of Kantary Bay Hotel is an ideal place to watch the sunset. Each evening there are several kiosks offering clothes, souvenirs and more. There are also a number of food carts offering delicious local fare. So shop and socialize as the sun goes down and Big Buddha silhouetted in the distance.

If you need a guide to help you be in the right location at the right time to witness these amazing sunsets (and if you have an iPhone), feel free to try an app called Sunset Countdown