Today we visited what is apparently Phuket province’s most renowned landscape: Phromthep Cape. It is the southern-most tip of Phuket, with beautiful views of the sea.
Apparently the best time to go is at sunset, so hundreds of tourists flock to the area at that time to photograph it. We opted out of the heavy tourist time and went around 10am, when the weather wouldn’t be too hot yet. Even at this time, the place was busy with bus tours and selfie – sticks galore.
We took a taxi up from Rawai, maybe a 5 minute ride. We didnt take the stroller, but took Evey in the carrier. This turned out to be a great idea, as there were a couple of tall staircases to reach the viewpoint.
We’ve been lucky to have some cooler days lately due to rain at night, so the carrier hasn’t been too hot. Still, we’ve also started freezing water bottles for Evey to carry and suck on to help cool her down. It really helps prevent overheating, which we think might have explained all of her exhaustion the first week of our trip (beyond regular jet lag, I think).
Phromthep Cape viewing area isn’t huge, and you can do as much or as little walking as you wish (after the stairs, of course). It seemed that one could walk beyond the concrete onto the cape itself, and some people did this to get an alternate viewpoint. I decided not to do this as the footing looked questionable, and I knew carrying my 20 lb sack of potatoes up and down the cape only looked easy.
We finally went to find a spot in the shade to sit and take Evey out of the carrier for a bit. At this point it is 11am and starting to get pretty warm. The moment we get her out, we are bombarded by a large group of maybe 15 or more people who would like to hold and take photos with our baby.
We obliged because Evey doesn’t seem to mind. They are well meaning and just adore her. However, after a few minutes I stole Evey back and made a joke about charging them $5/ photo, and everyone eventually left. It was actually pretty overwhelming! As we were leaving, another bus load of people arrived and started fawning over her, so we had to make a run for it.
We went to a gift shop across the street, and they called a taxi-van for us.