Famous for its sandy white beaches, tranquil waters and vibrant nightlife, Phuket is one of the most visited places in Thailand and receives millions of tourists every year. What many may not know, however, is that Phuket is also a hilly place and has many great viewpoints and hills where you can get incredible panoramic views of the entire island!

So prepare your cameras and here are the top five hills and viewpoints in Phuket:

1. Karon Viewpoint

Karon Viewpoint is a great place to visit as you can get unique angles of three spots in Phuket: the Kata Noi Beach, Kata Yai Beach and Karon Beach. Patong Beach is also somewhat visible far off on the distant hills. This viewpoint is probably one of the most visited ones so be prepared for throngs of tourists, tour guides and souvenir peddlers.

Where: 4233 Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

2. The Big Buddha

Close to Wat Chalong, you will also find one of the most revered landmarks of Phuket: the Big Buddha. A 45-meter-tall white marble statue of the Buddha that stretches 25 meters across the base, it is definitely quite a sight to behold. Here you will find many Buddhists paying their respects, or even non-Buddhists who are here to absorb the peace and calm of the place. Walk around the Big Buddha and you will be surprised to find a magnificent view of Phuket and Kata Beach from the summit as well! It is a great two-in-one spot making it a must visit place in Phuket!

Guests of Club Med Phuket can also join a half-day excursion to these Phuket attractions: the Big Buddha, Wat Chalong and Wat Luang Pu, home of the oldest living monk in Thailand.

Where: Soi Yot Sane 1, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

3. Promthep Cape

Another very popular viewpoint in Phuket but worth a visit is Promthep Cape in the southern tip of the island. With plenty of parking for visitors, this place gets busy at sunset so do try going in the morning or afternoon instead. The sunset view here however, is arguably the best on the island so if you’d like to catch that, you could also walk down the small dirt path to the tip where there are fewer people.

The cape is a small peninsula with a large viewing area and is multi-tiered, which means it can accommodate quite a few people at once. You will get magnificent views of the cape, Nai Harn Beach, the Andaman Sea as well as neighbouring islands of Kok Kaeo and Koh Racha.

At the top of the hill, you will also find an elephant shrine and a lighthouse which you can climb up from inside! There are plenty of stalls here selling food and drinks as well as souvenirs so do take your time exploring this cape.

Where: Laem Promthep, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

4. Windmill Viewpoint

Close to Promthep Cape, you will also find Windmill Viewpoint which is worth a visit too. Here you will see white windmills facing the sea and get a great view of Ya Nui Beach and Promthep Cape in the background. This place is not as popular as the cape so you will not have to jostle with other tourists for a breathtaking view and picture-worthy landscapes.

If you happen to like hang gliding and model airplanes, Windmill Viewpoint is a great place to be for its thermals! Otherwise, bring along a picnic blanket and settle down for a spectacular sunset view, making this a memorable moment in Phuket with your loved ones.

Where: Wisit Road, Rawai, Muang, 83100, Thailand

5. Radar Hill

Another amazing viewpoint to visit in Phuket is Radar Hill. Even though this is the highest viewpoint in Phuket, it is not as crowded as it takes a while to get to. However, it is a must visit in Phuket if you are looking for great panoramic views. Located above Patong Beach, you will get a splendid view of the landscape, the beach and Chalong Bay. The best part about its exclusivity is the journey to get there is in itself an adventure as you will get to meet one of the oldest men in the world on the way there: the monk Luang Pu Supah.

Where: Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83120, Thailand