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Promthep Cape - The end of Phuket!

I guess it's the same wherever you live. There's always something new to explore close to home. Phuket is bigger than most people realise, the island covers over 500 square kilometers, plus it's only a short drive to reach places like Phang Nga, Khao Sok National Park, Krabi, or a 1 hour ferry over to Phi Phi. Doing this blog for the last 5 years has made me and the family get out and explore and really get to know our home. Hopefully it's clear from this blog that there is a lot more to Phuket than simply beaches, hotels and eating out.

Promthep Cape (or Laem Promthep) is the name of the rocky headland than juts out into the sea at the far south west of Phuket. It's Phuket most southerly and southwesterly point, and many tourists and locals come here for views and to enjoy the sunset. There's lots of parking and a big open space on top of the hill with a shrine and a lighthouse. We've been many times before, it's a good stop off if you are touring the south of Phuket - you can visit Rawai beach or Naiharn beach, maybe the 3 Beaches Viewpoint, and Cape Promthep, it's all pretty close together and it's a very scenic part of Phuket with (as yet) little major tourist development. This is the "classic" view of Promthep Cape:

Cape Phromthep

You can see that it's just bare rock lower down on the cape, this being due to the pounding that the most south westerly point of Phuket can get during the "Southwest Monsoon" season. Can be very rough around Promthep. You can also see from the photo above that people are walking downhill towards the end of the cape. There is a dirt path that leads from the road beneath the lighthouse. And amazingly, after more than 10 years in Phuket, I had never walked down that path, never seen Promthep Cape from below. We've been here many times of course, and my wife told me that she did walk down there a long time ago (before we met) and she thought it was a hard hike. So on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I decided now was the time to see something new. The path near the top is quite steep, rocky and slippery, since it's all loose dirt. The lighthouse is about 200 feet above sea level so that gives an idea of how far the path drops. I walked carefully down the steeper section. A fisherman carrying all his gear strode past...

Fisherman on the trail

It flattens out after a couple of hundred meters and there's plenty of great views in all directions. First of all, a view I'd not seen before, looking back up to the top of Cape Promthep. Quite a number of people were walking down, but most stay at the top. By the time I walked up again there were hundreds of people waiting for the sunset. Down below it was much quieter...

Phromthep Cape

A girl stood in just the right place to model unknowingly, gazing out to sea looking south towards Racha Yai and Racha Noi islands, with the island of Koh Kaew Yai closer to the cape on the right. We've been out to Koh Kaew Yai before, getting a longtail boat from Rawai Beach.

Phromthep View

I did not walk right down to the rocks at the end of the cape, the path kind of disappeared near the end and I did not fancy too much rock scrambling, though plenty of people were doing it. I just found a rock to sit on, enjoying the sun and the view. This is the "end of Phuket" ...

The End of Phuket

The walk back up was not too hard really. Other people were still heading down including a party of Muslim schoolgirls from Yala who wanted to take photos with the handsome very big foreign guy. Guess they don't see so many tourists down in Yala (one of the Thai provinces in the far south where trouble is never ending with Muslim separatists). Hope they enjoyed their holiday in Phuket!

View from Cape Phromthep

(above) View looking North while on the path down Cape Promthep - the island is called Koh Mun, it's just 200m away from the mainland, but as far as I know it's totally uninhabited. If you follow the coast north from Koh Mun you have Yanui beach and then Naiharn Beach.

There's a lot more to see in this part of Phuket which has not really been blogged yet. I have not been to Naiharn beach for ages and have always meant to visit Naiharn temple too. Nearby is little Yanui beach which I did blog back in 2006 but it needs revisiting. Rawai beach is good for a seafood lunch, and (unless it's low tide) you can get boats out to offshore islands. I do mean to get out to Koh Bon sometime soon, it's less than 2km from Rawai. Always more to explore. Always more to Phuket than meets the eye!

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Anonymous Catherine :

Interesting post. That's the kind of Phuket I'd like to see (except where you mention the hundreds of people).

April 09, 2011  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

Hi Catherine.... ah, but do you see hundreds of people in my photos? :) Same at every tourist spot. If you walk 200 meters you lose the crowd. Remember years ago going to Yosemite in California, which is one of the most visited parks in the US. Huge crowds in the main valley, but we walked half a mile and there was nobody.

April 09, 2011  

Blogger Mark Damaroyd :

Just LOVE your pics and commentary on Phuket. I’ve lived and worked there, but am now retired up country in Isaan. Oh for a day at the seaside!

April 13, 2011  

Anonymous Anonymous :

Great post as always. Been there myself many times (last time a month ago), but never ventured all the way down to the edge. I did however enter the lighthouse for the first time, but to be honest there was nothing really to see inside. Nice view from the top of the building though.

Chris The Swede

April 13, 2011  

Blogger Connie :

Hi Jamie, thanks for all the information on your blog.
We have booked the Yanui beach resort in dec/jan found on you blog, i think we like it.
Just go on with all the information, i read it all the time!!

Connie from Holland

April 27, 2011  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

Hi Connie,

Thank you for your comment. Yes, if you like the quiet side of Phuket, Yanui will suit you and you will wonder where all the crowds are!

April 27, 2011  

Anonymous Roons :

Hi there. We are heading to Phuket tomorrow from Scotland ... its our first trip to Thailand. Will be staying at Karon and have been really enjoying your website, blog, pics, advice etc. for the last 6 weeks. Hope to try out your hike to see the Big Buddah! Thanks for all your great information, tips and advice! Keep up the good work - its now officially our favourite website!

May 07, 2011  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

Hi Roons!

Thank you very much for your comment. Enjoy Phuket!

Jamie

May 07, 2011