Hiring a driver for the day, the first spectacular view we saw was from Karon View Point, where you could look out at the sea from a couple of directions, either up or down the coast.
You could also look across the mountains towards The Big Buddha, many kilometres from this vantage point. You can see it just under the large fluffy cloud on the right.
To see The Big Buddha properly, a zoom lens is helpful. This was to be one of our stops later in the day.