Viewpoints

The beautiful Island of Phuket has stunning viewpoints all over the island where you can appreciate the incredible views across the land and out into the Andaman Sea. Recommended viewpoints not to miss close to Sapphire Villa if you wish to appreciate Phuket's natural beauty are listed below. In addition to these viewpoints, if you are exploring the island yourself, you will find many great vantage points to appreciate stunning views, and many have bars or restaurants where you can relax and enjoy the views, either perched at the top of hills or on the white sandy beaches looking out to sea.

KATA VIEWPOINT:
This viewpoint is less than 10 minutes up the coast road from Sapphire Villa, between Nai Harn and Kata. The Thai name for this viewpoint is "Kho Saam Haad", which appropriately means 'Hill of the three beaches' as it is an excellent venue to see the bays of Kata Noi, Kata Yai, and Karon, and also Koh Poo Island, which lays of Kata Beach. Patong Beach can be seen further up the coast. At this viewpoint you will find a large public sala, or shelter, car park, gardens and a few retailers selling snacks and drinks. You also might find Phuket's "Eagle Man" who cares for a Sea Hawk and Sea Eagle, and for a relatively small charge you can have your photograph taken holding these impressive birds.
A little further up the road, towards Kata, you will notice two adjacent Reggae bars, the After Beach Bar and Viewpoint. The bars are very similar and both have the same view out over Kata Noi, serving drinks, cocktails and a wide range of basic western and Thai food. Either bar is a fabulous location to enjoy a "sundowner" and catch the setting sun. Remember your camera and mosquito repellent! There is usually someone outside on the road flagging cars down so you'll know where to stop.

PHROMTHEP CAPE:
Phromthep Cape, located between Nai Harn and Rawai has a spectacular viewpoint, a Thai restaurant, a lighthouse (and museum), a market and an elephant shrine, so well worth a visit, especially as it is less then 10 minutes from Sapphire Villa. "Prom" is Thai for the Hindu 'Brahma' signifying purity, and "Thep" means 'God', and the Elephant Shrine devoted to the Hindu God that is found at the Cape illustrates this. The Phromthep headland is the most southerly point of Phuket, and it stretches down towards rocks meeting with the sea at the bottom, and has always been a prominent feature in recognisable landscape photographs of Phuket and well known by mariners who have navigated the oceans since the days of early seafarers who journeyed along the Malay–peninsula's west coast.
Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse built here to warn mariners of the rocky headland now offers spectacular views over the east and southeast of the island, and is now open to the public and contains a small museum, and if you venture outdoors onto the viewing balcony, on a clear day you can see the distinctive shapes of the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi, and many Islands closer to the shore, including Koh Kiaow with its Buddhist monastery.
Adjacent to the Lighthouse is a monument dedictated to the 28th son of King Rama 5th, Prince of Jumborn, who is famous for travelling to England in the late 19th century to join the Navy, and at the age of 21, on his return to Phuket, he built the first naval base on the island. Located across from the carpark are a selection of local stalls, selling a variety of souvenirs including ornaments, sea shells, batiks, beachwear and casual clothes, sarongs, snacks, drinks and toys.

PLUB PLA VIEWPOINT:
For a 360 degree view of Southern Phuket, an excursion to the Plub Pla Viewpoint is worthwhile. Turning left at Chalong Circle when approaching from Sapphire Villa, will take you on the road heading to Kata, about half way between on the left hand side look out for the "Hilltop Restaurant" sign, and although the restaurant has now closed down, the viewpoint is still very much worth visiting. There is a one way system in operation up the steep road, and a carpark at the top, to get the best views climb the remaining of the way, using the stairs, to be reach the two–level view tower, which contains photographs and maps to explain what you are looking at, and enable you to take in the complete magnificence of the views.