Khao Rang (Rang Hill) is one of Phuket’s most famous viewpoints. Located to the northwest of the city centre, its summit offers views out over the town, to the south of the island, neighbouring islands and along the hills forming the ‘spine’ of the island, upon which sits the impressive Phuket Big Buddha.
Featuring a nicely landscaped park with children’s playground, three restaurants and bars, a fitness park, and a newly built (in 2014) panoramic terrace officialising the viewpoint status of Khao Rang’s summit, the place is attractive and offers its visitors a breath of fresh air in the capital of Phuket Island.
Phuket is quite a hilly place, with its highest point being 500 metres up and many of the hilltops being accessible. Rang Hill is no exception and has two main roads leading up: one from Yaowarat Road by Vachira Hospital and the other from the east-west connecting Mae Luan Road. Along Soi Vachira, leading from the hospital, you’ll come across Phuket’s first sitting Buddha, a large golden image in Wat Khao Rang.
On the way up to the summit on this approach lies a slightly overrun (but usable) exercise park where students like to gather after classes. From the southern Mae Luan approach, Soi Chimbi passes a small Thai Temple with a white Chedi on the right, and a Chinese temple on the left. Both roads leading up the hill are a good workout if you decide to walk but they’re shady and quite cool, as is the crest of the hill.
At the summit, you’ll find three restaurants featuring spectacular views of the city and a comfortable, grassy spot for picnickers with a bronze statue of the forward-thinking Governor of Phuket during King Rama V's reign, Ratsada Korsimbi Na Ranong. In 2014, Phuket Town Municipality officialised the viewpoint status of the area by building a large platform and open-sided Thai pagoda-style tower, offering outstanding views over the city.
The restaurants each have their own particular charm. Tung Ka Café is reached by steps made of disused railway sleepers and serves western and Thai food with a fair wine selection while Phuket View Restaurant is more spacious and has almost the same views. Khao Rang Breeze doesn’t quite have the edge when it comes to being a viewpoint. These places are breezy and agreeable, but it’s at night time that they really 'shine' as, when the lights of Phuket turn on and twinkle below, Rang Hill is most definitely a romantic place to be.
More Information: Khao Rang in Phuket Town (Rang Hill)