Khao Rang Hill is one of Phuket’s most famous viewpoints. Located to the northwest of the city centre, its summit offers views out over the town, to the south of the island, neighbouring islands and along the hills forming the ‘spine’ of the island, upon which sits the impressive Phuket Big Buddha.
Featuring a nicely landscaped park with children’s playground, three restaurants and bars, a fitness park, and a panoramic terrace - built in 2014 - officialising the viewpoint status of Khao Rang’s summit, the place is attractive and offers its visitors a breath of fresh air in the capital of Phuket Island.
Phuket is quite a hilly place, with its highest point being 500 metres up and many of the hilltops being accessible. Rang Hill is no exception and has two main roads leading up: one from Yaowarat Road by Vachira Hospital and the other from the east-west connecting Mae Luan Road. Along Soi Vachira, leading from the hospital, you’ll come across Phuket’s first sitting Buddha, a large golden image in Wat Khao Rang.
On the way up to the summit on this approach lies a slightly overrun (but usable) exercise park where students like to gather after classes. From the southern Mae Luan approach, Soi Chimbi passes a small Thai Temple with a white Chedi on the right, and a Chinese temple on the left. Both roads leading up the hill are a good workout if you decide to walk but they’re shady and quite cool, as is the crest of the hill.
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Wat Khao Rang
Wat Khao Rang (or Sumnak Song Khao Rang) enjoys a great location in Phuket Town, sitting on the slope of the popular Khao Rang (Rang Hill). This is where visitors can discover a large golden sitting Buddha – the first of its kind on the island. This charming temple is busy at weekends when locals pay a visit.
Many tour companies bringing tourists to the Phuket and Andaman region usually include this temple in their tour itinerary together with Khao Rang Viewpoint and Khao Rang restaurants (see Tung Ka Café & Restaurant).
- Opening Hours: Daily from about 08:00 – late afternoon.
- Location: Khao Rang Hill, Phuket Town. Take the road Soi Vachira, leading from the Vachira Hospital, the temple is a few hundred metres up on the right.
Khao Rang Viewpoint
Khao Rang Viewpoint – sometimes called Rang Hill Viewpoint– is among the most famous of the many viewpoints around Phuket. The charming location offers unrivalled views to the south, right across the island’s main city and all the way to the Big Buddha, atop the hills in the distance. Some of the small, verdant islands off Phuket’s east coast are also visible.
The viewpoint itself is marked with a beautiful open pagoda, which leads out to a large viewing platform at the edge of the hilltop, with guardrails for safety. The whole area is surrounded by landscaped gardens and mature rubber trees, making it a very peaceful and natural spot. There is also a modest selection of cafés nearby, which take full advantage of the fantastic view.
- Location: Phuket Town
Tung Ka Cafe & Restaurant
Tung Ka Cafe is one of Phuket's best sunset viewing points and one of the only points that isn't actually on the west coast. If the truth be known, west coast viewpoints can get pretty crowded at about 18:30, but Rang Hill, or Khao Rang in Phuket Town, the site of Tung Ka Café is relatively peaceful.
Khao Rang gives out on vistas over Phuket Town and the island’s ‘backbone’ of north-to-south hills – every bit as prolific as a coastal sea view.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:30
- Location: At the top of Rang Hill, Phuket Town
- Tel: 076-211-500
Khao Rang Breeze
Khao Rang Breeze is the nearest thing to treetop dining in Phuket. This predominantly southeast-facing restaurant at the summit of Rang Hill, downtown Phuket, enjoys fabulous views at any time of day. Unlike many Phuket restaurants, Khao Rang Breeze is quite international in its menu choices and even though it does serve Thai food it’s not necessarily a dedicated Thai food destination.
But why treetop? Because, with several trees growing up through the wooden decking and several more within touching distance from the restaurant’s protective fencing, you get the definite impression that Breeze is cradled in the surrounding strong branches rather than built into the hillside, which it is.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 24:00
- Location: The top of Rang Hill, downtown Phuket. Can be accessed from several directions
Restaurants on Khao Rang Hill
At the summit, you’ll find three restaurants featuring spectacular views of the city and a comfortable, grassy spot for picnickers with a bronze statue of the forward-thinking Governor of Phuket during King Rama V's reign, Ratsada Korsimbi Na Ranong. In 2014, Phuket Town Municipality officialised the viewpoint status of the area by building a large platform and open-sided Thai pagoda-style tower, offering outstanding views over the city.
The restaurants each have their own particular charm. Tung Ka Café is reached by steps made of disused railway sleepers and serves western and Thai food with a fair wine selection while Phuket View Restaurant is more spacious and has almost the same views. Khao Rang Breeze doesn’t quite have the edge when it comes to being a viewpoint. These places are breezy and agreeable, but it’s at night time that they really 'shine' as, when the lights of Phuket turn on and twinkle below, Rang Hill is most definitely a romantic place to be.
Khao Rang Hill
- Location: Phuket City