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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)
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
star-4.5
$30.43 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great value for money!
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.
Michael_C, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Phuket

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-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
Phuket island tour
Lucy_M, Feb 2020
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
This was an amazing tour! Our tour guide Lee was amazing. He gave a lot of information and stopped to let us buy stuff around when needed. He was very attentive and it made the whole experience that much better! Our drive Mr. A was also amazing! Great driver and very friendly!
star-5
So MUCH FUN!
Sherrie_M, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Amazing Phuket Island & Big Buddha Guided Tour (SHA Plus)
Tour was excellent. We had a guide Toy who was not only knowledgable about Phuket, but she made the tour fun and interesting. We were never pressured to hurry up anywhere. She took her time with us and let us take how long we needed at each location. She would brief us on all the stops so we knew exactly what we were seeing. If you are ever in Phuket, ask for the tour guide Toy. She is absolutely the best.
star-5
Big budda
Derrick_G, Mar 2020
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Joy was a great tour guide! She was prompt at arrival and took some great pictures that she sent over later or the sights.
star-5
Beautiful nature
Flemming_N, Feb 2020
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Great tour with a good guide and we see a lot. Phi phi island + extra you must spend one day if you are Phuket. I can recommend this company.
star-5
Daisy!
Lauren_W, Feb 2020
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Daisy was incredible the whole day, best tour guide I’ve ever had! The trip was lovely and it was great to see all of the main attractions in Phuket in one trip
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.
star-5
Recommended!
mmisecka, Feb 2020
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Very professional and kind customer care during the whole trip. Thanks to Toy ( our guide ) and our driver we saw the highlights of the southern Phuket. One negative thing and an advice to the operator - please cut the jewelery store off the programme - there’s no added value to it.
star-5
Nice city
Michael_R, Nov 2019
Phuket City Tour to Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Had a very nice time going around to see the sites. Our tour guild was great. Each place has its memorable features.

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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