Phuket has so many important spots and landmarks but one that should not be missed is Laem Phromthep. It is relating to this spot in Phuket that you could really say that you have not been to Phuket if you have not yet been to this place.
The name is hard to pronounce but it can also be referred to as Phromthep Cape. Locals used to simply refer to is as Brahma Cape or God’s Cape. No matter how you say it, you should make it a point to visit this headland at the southernmost end of Phuket.
From Patong Beach, you could take a tuk-tuk, hire a motorcycle, or ride a bicycle going to the Cape. There are steep hills along the way and little roads that could confuse you, but the scenery is gorgeous and the trip itself is another tourist experience that deserves a blog entry. It is about 2 kilometers away from Rawai Beach. There are tour packages that could take you to the place, but the experience is not as fun.
Once in Phromthep Cape, the first thing you can do is catch your breath to enjoy that amazing view of the sun and Andaman Sea. One of the top reasons why people come here is to observe the breathtaking sunsets. The Cape is especially crowded with visitors at this time of day.
The view is best seen as you climb up the steps where you will also find an elephant shrine and an odd-looking lighthouse. Climb the air-conditioned lighthouse for a magnificent view of the ocean and offshore islands.
Aside from its amazing views throughout the day, the Cape is also popular for what it does not have. It does not have the shops, bars, discos, and other crowd-drawing attractions that are common elsewhere in Phuket. This place is known for its quiet and tranquil atmosphere, a complete contrast to the wild, all-night parties in Patong and fun water sports in the overcrowded beach of Karon.
More and more foreign tourists and residents are discovering the mystic beauty of Phromthep Cape, but generally it is still quiet and very peaceful. (Oh, BTW, if by chance you’re in the Philippines; stop by at Tops Cebu where it also provides a tranquil ambiance and wonderful scenery of the city.) You get this feeling that you’ve just entered one of Thailand’s temples or near the Big Buddha on top of Nekkerd Hills. There is a feeling of awe and reverence for the beauty of Nature. Not surprisingly, Wat Chalong or Chalong Temple is very near the Cape.
Another reason why people come here is for the blissful swim in the little beaches nearby, such as Ao Sane and Ya Nui. Naiharn Beach to the north and Rawai Beach to the east are not very far either. There are also local food stalls that sell very good Thai food. They may not rank among the popular and expensive restaurants in Phuket, but what they offer is a fine experience in local cuisine for hungry tourists.
So, if you feel you need to see more of Phuket after enjoying its main beaches and tourist attractions, come to Laem Phromthep for the ocean view, breathtaking sunsets, and the peace and quiet that is a rarity in most parts of the island.