Phuket is one of the more picturesque parts of Thailand, with a number of romantic photo spots. If you are enjoying the wonderful scenery with equally wonderful company, a perfect photograph will help you relive that memory over and over. It comes as no surprise that there are many parts of the island which are regularly used for professional wedding shoots. We have here listed our own favourite places to get some snaps with our loved ones below.
It should be noted that great viewpoints do not necessarily make good places for romantic photos. Beautiful scenery will often be lost behind a gorgeous portrait, particularly if it is a broad panoramic view. While you should certainly check out our list of Phuket’s best viewpoints for places to enjoy the stunning scenery, this list is specifically those places to go for that perfect romantic holiday photo.
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While Phromthep Cape is the more famous viewpoint in southern Phuket, it usually gets crowded, particularly around sunset, which ruins the romantic atmosphere. However, Windmill Viewpoint is just around the corner and is significantly quieter, giving you the place effectively to yourselves. The view is also very good – arguably better than the cape – with Ya Nui and Nai Harn beaches beneath you, the bay full of yachts and boats, the sunset right ahead and the striking wind turbines above and behind you. Read More...
- Location: At the top of the hill between Ya Nui and Nai Harn Beach
Well away from the tourist crowds, Bon Island has everything you need for the perfect romantic tropical photos, including deserted white-sand beaches, nodding palms, clear blue seas and traditional long-tail boats. With a small restaurant and a few other facilities, Koh Bon is generally a pleasant place to visit, whether it’s for a romantic photo shoot or just to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing beach day. Read More...
- How to get there: Hire a long-tail boat at Rawai jetty
One of Phuket’s swankier areas, Surin Beach is a beautiful location. It boasts lovely soft sand, lined on one side by tropical almond, maritime pine and palm trees, and the azure Andaman Sea on the other. The 750m strand is pretty much pristine along its whole length, but the rocky, tree-topped headland at the northern end is great for a romantic photo shoot. This is particularly true at sunset, adding a bit of texture and nature to the background. The town also has a good selection of fashion boutiques for finding something fancy to wear. Read More...
Already a popular spot for its seclusion and its soft white sand, Laem Singh is among the most picturesque coves along Phuket’s west coast. It is also one of the only ones which you need to pay to access, though this doesn’t seem to put too many people off. When it comes to romantic pictures, the few large, smooth rocks in the sand offer a nice bit of texture and something to pose on while the verdant hillsides and nodding palm trees create a lovely natural backdrop. Unsurprisingly, it is especially popular around sunset, as is the viewpoint up on the coast road – just a few hundred metres further along from the beach access – which overlooks the cove. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00
- Location: Between Kamala and Surin Beaches
- Price Range: 100 baht entry fee
Boasting historical charm by the bucketload, the old streets of Phuket Town are very popular for romantic pictures. Thalang Road and Soi Rommanee are certainly the most colourful, but Phang Nga Road is significantly quieter and has arguably more beautiful buildings. This includes The Memory at On On Hotel, which was the first hotel on Phuket (opened in 1929) and famously appeared in the Leonardo Di Caprio film The Beach in the year 2000. The old Sino-Portuguese building is a fantastic setting for some romantic snaps, with an airy courtyard, time-worn walls and old-fashioned grandeur. Read More...
The tree-lined beach itself is one of Phuket’s finest, with perfect sand, rocky headlands and beautiful blue seas. It is also relatively quiet, making it a lovely romantic spot regardless of whether or not you’ve got your camera with you. The added bonus with Kata Noi Beach is that it is surrounded by other excellent spots for taking photos, especially the quiet sunset bars along the hillside coast road. While this road does lead to the popular Kata Viewpoint, this is better suited to landscape photography than romantic portraits. Read More...
Probably the best known and most popular of Phuket’s viewpoints, Phromthep Cape does not feature higher on our list of the best romantic photo spots because it can get very crowded. In fact, if you visit around sunset on any given day, you’ll probably see at least one couple doing their pre-wedding shoot. Even with the crowds, the rugged southern tip of the island is certainly worth seeing and, if you can find a good spot, posing for a few shots. The rocky cape itself, with its tall palm trees and the tiny Koh Kaeo Yai just off the coast, makes a striking backdrop, particularly when bathed in sunset glow. Read More...
- Location: Southernmost point of Phuket, near Rawai Beach
Nai Yang Beach If you’re looking for a nice natural backdrop for your romantic photos, Nai Yang Beach is probably the best. Home to the tall casuarina trees of the Sirinat National Park, it is a popular picnic spot for locals. The long beach has plenty of quiet areas with striking scenery, including tree-lined sand, colourful boats and even planes landing at Phuket International Airport. While it can get a little crowded with people taking selfies, the bit of beach right at the end of the runway does offer some really dramatic photo opportunities as aircraft pass barely 30m overhead. Read More...
Viewpoint just before Big Buddha
While Big Buddha itself certainly offers good views, it is too busy and too religious to really be a romantic spot. However, there is a tiny restaurant by the side of the road, just a few turns before you reach the famous attraction. Aside from offering impressive views over Karon Beach with cheap food and drinks, there is an isolated boulder out on the cliff, which makes a great place for romantic sunset photos. There is also a small shack nearby, which is the “official” viewpoint. Naturally, with no safety barriers and a steep drop, extreme care should be taken if you choose to visit this spot.
- Location: Soi Yot Sane 1, near Big Buddha