Phromthep Cape: An amazing place in Thailand few Singaporeans know about
Many of my friends have been to Phuket before, but they haven’t set foot in this gorgeous cape that looks nothing like Thailand as we know it.
When I found out Phuket was a pre-planned part of my camp in southern Thailand, I thought I was not going to enjoy it much. I had been to Phuket two or three times before and felt like I had seen what it had to offer – beaches, good Thai food, and shopping. However, when I was brought to Phromthep Cape I found myself quickly falling in love with this magical wonderland.
Phromthep Cape is one of the best viewpoints in Thailand, and a great spot for watching sunsets.
When I first got there, I was almost blinded by the sun. It was around 4 or 4.30pm, and the sun was blazing away without any clouds for cover. Even the sea was so glaring I could barely stand to look at it. Any pictures I tried to take of the sea at this point just made everything else turn black.
Hats or sunglasses are a must if you don’t want to be constantly squinting.
There were quite a lot of tourists at the border of Phromthep Cape. The crowd was a little bit of a turn off for me, to be honest. But then I found out that we could escape the crowds by climbing down to the bottom of the cape, where only a handful of people had made it. Here’s us beginning to make our way down to the cape.
Warning: The path looks pretty straight here, but the eventual climb down will be incredibly rocky and littered with gravel, making it very risky to climb. I nearly fell several times and I needed the help of my friends to make it down safely.
If you go, make sure you have someone to help you, and ensure you’re wearing shoes which are good for climbing. That being said, I saw some locals walking around so easily in just slippers. Maybe they are used to the trail!
Despite the tricky terrain, I still encountered quite a bit of people in the first part of the cape.
As we progressed, the cape became more narrow and slanted. But that didn’t deter us from making our way down to get a selfie in this gorgeous place.
I spent a lot of time taking pictures and just admiring the scenery. It seemed like there was something new to see whichever angle I looked.
But it was going to be sunset soon, and I wanted to be at the edge of the cape to see everything. So I eventually moved on, but only to discover a small expanse of land that looked like a little bit like the Mojave desert.
A ‘desert’! In the middle of the sea! It felt amazing to be there.
It started out with abundant patches of greenery.
But then transformed into a glorious orange landscape that contrasted vividly with the pale sky.
Also, see all the crumbly gravel on the ground? It wasn’t that steep here but I kept slipping because of it.
I was amazed at how the parched and dry ground somehow was able to bring forth lush fauna onto this little cape.
Many people decided to stop their trek here, where the little ‘Mojave desert’ ends. It gets very steep and rocky beyond this point.
It doesn’t look like a big climb down in this photo, does it? But it was around 2-3m high, and the reason why many people clustered near the top.
We made our way down to the rocky edges of the cape and settled down to watch the sunset.
A lone fisherman had even made his way to where the sea met land. I could not make it that far, the terrain was too difficult for me to climb.
So I just admired the silky waves from up here.
The sky was starting to turn lavender. With each passing minute the whole place started to transform.
Before I knew it, the sky was a canvas splashed with various watercolours. The once blue sea was now a deep purple with hints of lavender and pink.
Everything was basked in cool tints of pink and purple. Look at the amazing gradient in the sea. (Note: This picture is unedited!)
Sadly, the sun started to sink into the sea sooner than I wanted it to.
It was the best sunset I had ever seen, and I had a lot of fun enjoying this natural beauty with my friends.
Oh and by the way, take a look at this picture again.
Here’s the same picture a little zoomed in.
If you look real close, you can see the hundreds of tourists we left behind when we climbed down the cape. I think it’s really cool how this really popular tourist spot has its own secluded area.
The reason so many people stayed up there could have been because a lot of the tourists were middle aged and physically unable to make the climb.
Anyway, we started climbing up soon after the sun set, as we didn’t want to be left fumbling around in the dark as we tried to climb back.
I left Phromthep Cape that day with a huge smile on my face that didn’t leave quickly. I hope you get a chance to visit it too, if you ever head to Phuket.
Getting to Phromthep Cape:
Phromthep cape is located at Mueang Phuket, Mueang Phuket District. I recommend getting there around 4.30pm or 5pm as the sun sets at 6pm. I was brought there in a coach as it was part of my camp. But you could book a driver to get there in time.
You might just spend all your time there admiring the view like I did. But you can also pop a coconut, explore the markets nearby, and grab dinner at one of the eateries nearby before you go.
Do you have any other spots in Thailand that you absolutely love? Let me know in the comments!