10 Most Photographed Places in Phuket

and where to find them!

Phuket hosts a great share of picture-postcard spots. As the prime holiday destination in southern Thailand, blessed with a tropical monsoon climate and attractive land and seascape sceneries, the island of Phuket obviously has all the assets to provide amateur and professional shutterbugs alike with stunning photographic opportunities.

Even if it is cliché, everyone wants to be in a picture with that perfect, idyllic backdrop and Phuket offers its visitors unparalleled opportunities to do just that. It has everything from exotic beaches fringed with palm trees to remote islands to heavily-ornamented Buddhist temples and Chinese shrines to the vintage neo-colonial architecture of the oldest district of its capital. Check out our selection of the 10 best picture-postcard spots in Phuket and the surrounding area.

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Karon Viewpoint

Karon Viewpoint (formerly know as Kata Viewpoint) is amongst the most visited sightseeing attractions on Phuket’s west coast. Set on the roadside between Kata and Nai Harn beaches, this popular place offers a great view over three beaches: Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon. The site hosts a few food and drink carts at which visitors can refresh themselves. Read More...

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Phuket Big Buddha

Phuket Big Buddha is one of the most striking landmarks on the island. The 45m-tall statue sits at the top of the Nakkerd Hills, off the main road between Wat Chalong and Chalong circle. The best time to visit Phuket Big Buddha is in the morning as it faces east. From the site, you can enjoy (and photograph) splendid vistas of the east and west coasts of Phuket Island. Read More...

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Phang Nga Bay is an almost unique site in the world that covers a 400 sq km area delimited by Phuket Island, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces. This large maritime park hosts 42 islands shaped like tall limestone towers rising from the emerald brackish waters of the bay. Featuring caves, lagoons, mangrove forests, unique fauna and flora, Phang Nga Bay is an ode to Mother Nature and the iconic views regularly adorn local postcards. Read More...

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Promthep Cape is amongst the most photographed spots in Phuket. Forming the southernmost tip of the island, Promthep offers a stunning 180-degree vista of the sea and three nearby small islands. A dirt track leads the most adventurous visitors to the southern tip of the cape at their own risk. At any time of the day, Promthep Cape offers splendid photo opportunities, yet it is at sunset that most photographers are likely to capture great picture-postcard shots. Read More...

Phi Phi is a group of six islands lying roughly halfway between Phuket Island and the Krabi coast. Despite its somewhat anarchic development, Phi Phi Don (the uniquely inhabited island of the group) still offers idyllic scenery at most of its beaches, with a few specific spots particularly mesmeric. Koh Phi Phi Leh, the second largest island of the group, hosts the world-famous Maya Beach, which was used as main location for Danny Boyle’s movie The Beach in 2000. Read More...

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Officially established during the tin mining-era of Phuket history, between the mid-19th and the early-20th century, Old Phuket Town has a splendid architectural heritage that retains a charming vintage atmosphere, offering great photo opportunities. The Sino-Portuguese architecture of most of the houses and mansions has been pretty well maintained and renovated through the past hundred years and is a witness to the splendors of the past. Read More...

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Similan Islands

The Similan Islands may be a bit far from Phuket – precisely 119km away – but no visit to southern Thailand would be fully complete without at least a day trip to this group of nine islands belonging to Phang Nga Province. Remote and uninhabited (one of the islands houses a national park’s rangers camp at which visitors can stay overnight), the Similan Islands are a tropical dream come true.  Read More...

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Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong is the largest Buddhist temple in Phuket. Hosting half a dozen buildings, each with a specific purpose or exhibition, it is a superbly-decorated temple set in a nicely-landscaped garden. The tallest (three storeys) pagoda houses a splinter of Lord Buddha’s bone. From close-ups on temple ornamentations to overview vistas from the Grand Pagoda, photo ops are plentiful at Wat Chalong. Read More...

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Surin Beach

One of the most popular beaches on Phuket's west coast, Kata Beach has been frequently photographed at sunset. Part of its popularity comes from the small island a short distance out to sea and the longtail boats typically anchored on the shore for the night, giving postcard-like photos with dramatic foreground elements while the sun gently slides into the sea in the background. Read More...

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Located off the coastal road linking Kamala beach and Surin beach, Laem Singh Viewpoint offers a superb panorama of Phuket’s west coast just above the magnicifient cove of Laem Singh. Read More...

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