Memorable Journey – Promthep Cape

July 6, 2019mayurisjikoni
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After visiting Big Buddha the taxi took us to Promthep Cape (Laem Promthep). Translated it means God’s Cape. For the locals its an important spiritual place.

The receptionist at the Crystal Beach Hotel had recommended that we go there to watch the sunset. By the time we reached there it was pretty cloudy and it was crowded. The locals were enjoying a picnic, the foreigners trying to get the best spot to view the sunset.

You pass Rawai beach and make your way up to the islands southernmost hill. A huge expanse of sea is what you see in front of you. We saw some longboats and speed boats all going towards the sea with tourists to enjoy the spectacular sunset.

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As you walk up the hill you’ll find its lined by palm sugar trees.You can climb down to the Cape if you like but its not easy. Have to be pretty good at hiking to venture out there.

As you reach the top there is an observation deck which has an Elephant Shrine and the Lighthouse. My hubby was more interested in those and I was more interested in occupying a perfect spot to view the sunset. The view points are teeming with locals and tourists.

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The Lighthouse cum small Maritime Museum is supposed to be open from 08.00 to 19.00 but when we reached there it was closed. It was built in 1996 for the Golden Jubilee of the late King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Scribed on the door of the lighthouse is 7°45′ 41.9″N 98°18’20.8″E Promthep. When open, people are allowed to go up the Lighthouse to view the all round vista.

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The statue next to the Golden Lighthouse is that of Prince of Chumphon also known as the ‘Father of the Navy’.

His Royal Highness Prince Abhakara Kiartiwonges, Prince of Chumphon
the 28th children of King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn the Great ), was born in Dec. 1880. He was sent to the Royal Academy of England  to study naval science. He was the first Thai prince to establish Royal Thai Naval Academy and the Naval Engineering School in Thailand. The prince built the first military base in Phuket.

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At The Elephant Shrine you’ll  find a shrine all surrounded by statues of elephants in all colors and sizes. You’ll also find  colorful garlands on the elephants as elephants in Thailand are considered sacred. The shrine is dedicated to Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation.

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Unfortunately, we were not able to view the much talked about sunset in all its glory as it was pretty cloudy. So no sun kissed ocean edge for us. However, the sunset still did not disappoint us as the hues of yellow and orange through the clouds was breathtaking.

Before heading back to the hotel, hubby and I both deserved something sweet to cool off as it was quite humid. We had the most yummiest ice lollies. I had coconut and hubby had mangosteen.

As you come down the hill towards the parking there are many shops that sell souvenirs, cold drinks, clothes etc. Promthep Restaurant, al fresco is a good place to have dinner as you can see the sea with the moonlight shining on it but we didn’t stay for dinner as they serve mostly Thai and Seafood. There wasn’t much on the menu for me.

Tips:

  • Check the weather before heading to Cape Promthep.
  • Get there a bit early so you can visit the small museum.
  • Take some snacks or buy from the vendors around the car park. Have a small picnic while you wait for the sun to set.
  • The hill is a bit steep and may be difficult for elderlies or physically challenged people unless you have a wheelchair.

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29 Comments

  • Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)

    July 10, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    When people talk about Phuket, they usually just talk about the beaches. So nice to learn there are more reasons to visit Phuket.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 19, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Mireille yes there is so much more than beaches in Phuket.

       
  • Mina Joshi (@GiveMeSomeSpice)

    July 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I am enjoying all your holiday posts. As you say – you missed the sunset but there was so much more to view here. The elephants with garlands look amazing .

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 19, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Mina for reading my posts. Its people like you who encourage me to write on.

       
  • simplysensationalfood

    July 16, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    What a lovely place, I love visiting places and learning about the culture and history behind it . Those elephants look great.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 19, 2019 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Nayna, Thailand has so much culture to offer.

       
  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    July 25, 2019 at 6:49 am

    I can understand why the one spot would be considered a holy place. It’s absolutely gorgeous and makes a person sure think.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much Tiffany.

       
  • Brianna S

    July 25, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! Phuket is one of my most favorite places to visit.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks Brianna.

       
  • emman damian

    July 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I haven’t been in Phuket, Thailand yet. It is a very fascinating place. I hope to visit the Promthep Cape. It looks so pretty!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you so much Emman.

       
  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    July 25, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Nnnniiiiccceeeeeee!!! If I visited this place right now, I would surely love it….the sun-set!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks Ntensibe.

       
  • Carolyn

    July 25, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips! I’ll have to remember them if I ever make it here. I hope so though, because it’s lovely!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Hope you’ll be able to visit Thailand Carloyn.

       
  • Lavern Moore

    July 25, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    This seems like a great destination. I would love to travel here based on your review and images! Making plans to visit now!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 26, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Thank you so much.

       
  • Snita

    July 25, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    This looks amazing! I was in Thailand earlier this year but didn’t go to Phuket as I’m not a fan of beaches – but its nice to know there are other things to se!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 26, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Snita and yes there is so much more in Phuket than just beaches.

       
  • gaynycdad (@gaynycdad)

    July 26, 2019 at 4:23 am

    These are some gorgeous pictures! makes me want to travel there on my next vacation!

     
  • Heather

    July 26, 2019 at 5:07 am

    I can see why this would be considered a spiritual place. The views look so calming and serene.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 26, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Thank you Heather and its also because its the most southern part of Thailand.

       
  • Erica Ardali (@EricaEverAfter)

    July 26, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    We are planning on heading to Thailand next year and visiting Phuket is high on my list!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 26, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      I’m sure you’ll have a great time there.

       
    2. mayurisjikoni

      July 28, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      Hope you have a fabulous time Erica, just as we did.

       
  • Rose A (@mail4rosey)

    July 26, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Such a wonderful experience. These are the kinds of memories I like best, and I always say photos are the best souvenirs.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 28, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much Rose and yes you’ve put words to my thoughts, photos are the best souvenirs.

       
  • Anna

    July 26, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    My vtrip to Thailand was so brief, I wish I could go back – especially when I see these hill vews! Would be amazing to vist Cape Promthep one day!

     

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