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Big Buddha (Wat Chalong)
Big Buddha (Wat Chalong)

Big Buddha (Wat Chalong)

Soi Yot Sane 1, Phuket, Southern Thailand and Andaman Coast

The Basics

As one of Phuket’s most recognizable attractions, the Big Buddha Phuket features on most sightseeing tours of the island, along with beaches and other notable religious sites. Those who enjoy hiking can book a tour that includes a trek through lush jungle before a visit to the Big Buddha, as well as a trip to Wat Chalong, the largest Buddhist temple in Phuket. A small museum at the base of the statue chronicles the history of the project. Private tours often visit this site.

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Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)

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Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
star-4.5
$20.38 per adult
$31.03 $11.00 savings
Traveler Favorite
Personalized with enthusiasm!
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide, Kem, was knowledgeable and friendly. He showed us all of the interesting points of the island with enthusiasm of his culture. He gave us the freedom to explore each site as long as we wanted. I would highly recommend this tour to get a thorough overview of the beautiful island of Phuket.
Susan_F, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Phuket

star-5
Phuket introduction and sights in comfort
Nicholas_B, Dec 2021
Private Tour: Amazing Phuket Island & Big Buddha Guided Tour (SHA Plus)
Wonderful destinations and great learning about Phuket and Thailand from our guide Woody. He was very knowledgeable about local history and customs, which added a lot to the experience. We were given plenty of time to walk around and explore each destination as well. Our driver, A, was excellent. One of our group had been struggling with motion sickness on every van ride but didn’t have any with A driving.
star-5
Phuket~ an overview
Sarah_M, Dec 2021
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Our first full day in Phuket would not have been the same if it had not been for Thip and Mr. A. Again, we started our day with a guide and driver and now we have friends! Thip brought energy to our day; she gave us a beautiful overview of Phuket and Mr. A was an outstanding driver. You definitely want to the two of them! The entire tour gave me and my husband chances to create memories and capture photos. We can't say enough good things about this tour and our new friends!
star-5
This was a great...
Wilhelmina_L, Dec 2021
Big Buddha Jungle Trekking with Lunch in Phuket
This was a great experience🙏🏽 Miu, our guide was an excellent and authentic guide who made us feel safe and informed in the jungle trekking. She had answers for all of our questions and the whole tour had a very good vibe. I am so grateful for finding this!
star-5
Awesome custom experience
David_E, Dec 2021
Private Tour: Amazing Phuket Island & Big Buddha Guided Tour (SHA Plus)
Our guide, T, and driver, Mr. A we’re fantastic. They went above and beyond to customize our private island tour on the busy Father’s Day weekend. It was so much fun! As our tour wound down, T took us to a small family restaurant in old Phuket for an amazing lunch. I will ask for them again on our next visit
star-5
Best Tour in Phuket
Anika_A, Nov 2021
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
The best way to see Phuket! Our driver Mr.A and tour guide Yo were amazing. They took us to all the amazing spots around the island. The friendliest and best customer service!
star-5
Perfection
Joshua_H, Nov 2021
Phuket Tour to Karon View Point, Big Buddha and Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
My girlfriend and I went on this tour the second day of our trip and it was perfect! The guide was really friendly and helpful. He helped us map out a perfect vacation with tips about Thailand and where to go. 10/10 recommended!
star-5
Great option for a quick view
ALEXANDRA_R, Jul 2019
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Guides were very friendly, driver too. Very clean minivan and the explanation was great. I was not feeling well and they let me take a nap on the minivan while waiting for the group. I am very grateful.
star-5
Trip to Big Buddha
Arina_S, Dec 2021
Big Buddha Jungle Trekking with Lunch in Phuket
This trip was absolutely amazing! We took the 2km hike up to Big Buddha. It is quite steep, but very interesting, as you walk through the jungle :) The fruits on top of the hill are better than you can find at the hotels, because they are very fresh, so it’s a great reward for the hike. The tour was perfectly organized, the guides are fun and friendly. They took picture so we have a lot of memories while actually enjoying sightseeing. They really make sure you get an immersive experience! Overall, 10/10, we loved it a lot!
star-4
Nice Trip
Reviewer, Jul 2020
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
It was a nice day trip, you can visit majority tourist spots in Phuket. Our tour guild is helpful and cheerful.
star-4
Good
Izabela_S, Mar 2020
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Good experience and lots of interesting information about the Phuket and local history during the trip
star-5
Great value for money!
Michael_C, Mar 2020
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
The tour was on time and ran smoothly. The tour guide was good fun and very knowledgable. We got dropped off at Phuket weekend night market which saved us 650 baht too! Well worth going on this trip to see the main sights.
star-5
Phuket City Tour - i 100% recommend it.
Sonia_M, Jan 2020
Phuket Tour to Karon View Point, Big Buddha and Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
This was a great way to see phuket without paying a large amount of money for taxi fares. Our guide Kim was fantastic! He gave us a lot of extra information which made us learn more about Phuket. The air conditioned car was a great plus. Overall such a great experience, i can not recommend it enough.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Big Buddha Phuket is a must-see for photographers and first-time visitors.

  • Entry to the Big Buddha is free, but donations are accepted.

  • Make sure your knees and shoulders are covered during your visit; avoid beachwear.

  • Be prepared to remove your shoes before entering the temple at the Big Buddha.

  • There’s a public restroom at the statue about halfway down the stairs.

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How to Get There

The Big Buddha is located along a 4-mile (6-kilometer) road just off the main route from Phuket to Chalong. Turn down Soi Yot Sane and follow the signs up the hill. Public transportation to the statue is scarce, so it’s a good idea to hire a taxi or visit as part of a guided tour.

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When to Get There

The statue is at its busiest around sunset (a beautiful time to visit to be sure), but if you want to enjoy the sight when it’s a little less crowded, plan to visit at sunrise when the eastern-facing statue is illuminated by the rising sun.

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Messages of Faith

Look closely at the Big Buddha statue, and you’ll see thousands of white-marble slabs engraved with messages from those who donated toward the construction of the statue. Some are words of good luck, while others are in memory of loved ones who’ve died.

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