With numerous beachfront establishments dotting the western coast of the island, you’ll need to know where to go for the best views of the sunset in Phuket (definitely a question often raised by holidaymakers!). Here are our top picks for an unforgettable, blazing sunset show.
After Beach Bar
After Beach Bar is a sunset venue that ticks all the right boxes. It boasts a spacious deck extending out from a hill, unobstructed views out to the western coasts of Phuket and salty sea breezes. While the bar is open through the day, the best time to arrive will be just before the golden hour of the evening – when the sky gets ready for its daily sunset show. Complete your evening with cocktails or an ice-cold beer.
After Beach Bar is located at Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, p. +66 89 594 7475. Open 12pm-9pm daily.
Sabai Corner boasts generously proportioned interiors (there’s a large terrace and two indoor-outdoor dining sections), unparalleled views out to the coast, and friendly service. The establishment’s relaxed ambience makes it a great hangout for vacationers who don’t fancy brushing shoulders with the tourist crowds. It’s a little too hot to sit outside in the afternoons, but the cool hours of the early evenings are ideal for al fresco dining and enjoying the sunset scenery while you sip a cocktail or two.
Sabai Corner is located at Soi Laem Mum Nai 21, Kata Noi Beach, Karon, Phuket, p. +66 76 597 497.
Baba Nest Rooftop
Sleek and stylish are words that best describe Baba Nest Rooftop. The wooden deck of this rooftop bar is beautifully appointed, featuring wooden tables, plump cushions and gorgeous lamps. The decor and ambience are excellent, but these highlights play second fiddle to the venue’s postcard-worthy surroundings. This is the perfect spot to sit back, indulge in sundowners and take in panoramic vistas of the Andaman Sea and rugged coastlines of the neighbouring islands.
Baba Nest Rooftop is located at 88/5 Moo.8, Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, p. +66 76 371 000. Open 5pm-9pm daily.
Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge
Unique concoctions, tasty tapas and incredible ocean views await at the elegant Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge. This chic venue offers comfy seating areas indoors and outdoors – and we’d recommend the latter if you’re here for the sunset show. With a wide selection of cocktails, the hardest decision of the night will be choosing your drink of choice – will it be the refreshing Ginger and Lemongrass Martini, or the exotic-sounding Citadelle Coconut and Kaffir Lime Martini?
Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge is located at Cape Sienna Hotel & Villa, 18/40 Moo 6, Nakalay Road, Kamala, Phuket, p. +66 76 337 300. Open 5pm-11:45pm daily.
The Beach Bar
Sophisticated rooftop bars are beautiful, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. There will be days when you feel like lounging comfortably at a casual venue, soaking in its unfussy, laidback vibes. And when such a mood strikes, you’ll find that The Beach Bar is a place that checks off all the right boxes. Cheap, casual and run by a local family, this oceanfront bar places vacationers right by the beach at Cape Panwa – a prime spot to enjoy the sunset show and views out to Chalong Bay.
The Beach Bar is located at Ao-Yon Khaokad Road, Cape Panwa, Phuket Town, Phuket, p. +66 87 893 5337. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Wassa Homemade Bar
This hidden hem isn’t the most accessible of places – the cement road leading up to the bar is very steep and narrow, and isn’t something that inexperienced bike riders should attempt. But once you’re here, you’ll be rewarded with a serene atmosphere, unbeatable views across Patong Bay and refreshing sea breezes. Complete your evening with carefully crafted cocktails and an array of Thai fare or western finger-food options.
Wassa Homemade Bar is located at 50 Pee Road, Ban, Patong, Phuket, p. +66 91 882 9322. Open 4pm-12am daily.
Set atop Rang Hill, the restaurant is located along the eastern coasts, so it doesn’t get as crowded as the places along the western part of Phuket. Arrive at the restaurant while it’s still bright outside to take in views out to Makham Bay, Chalong Bay and the Big Buddha, and when dusk beckons, the glittering city night lights of Phuket Town offers a magnificent sight. Here’s a tip: for the best views, grab one of the outdoor tables along the edge of the deck.
Tung-Ka Cafe is located at Rang Hill, Phuket Town, Phuket, p. +66 80 821 1500. Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
360 ̊ Bar
Just as its name suggests, 360 ̊ Bar is a venue where visitors will enjoy sweeping vistas out to the dense tropical greenery, rugged coastlines and Andaman Sea – thanks to the restaurant’s lofty hilltop location. But there’s more to this dining establishment than breathtaking views; this ultra-chic restaurant also boasts impeccably furnished dining spaces, a lively atmosphere, discreet service, as well as delicious, beautifully presented international fare.
360 ̊ Bar is located at 31/, 232/1 Moo 6 Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket, p. +66 76 317 600. Open 5:30pm-11:30pm daily.
Promthep Cape Restaurant
Promthep Cape Restaurant has been touted by travel guides and travellers alike as the place to take in the best sunset views on the island. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint. A perfect evening here looks like this: take a seat at one of the dining tables dotted across the sprawling garden, take in the coastal views out to Ya Nui and Naiharn beaches before the sun sets, and tuck into a delicious spread of seafood dishes as you soak up the cooling night breezes.
Promthep Cape Restaurant is located at Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, p. +66 76 288 084. Open 12pm-11pm daily.