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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
$30.20 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour!
Daisy was an awesome tour guide! It was pouring rain the day we went but we still had an amazing time seeing all the beautiful sights! If you go during the rainy season bring a poncho
Skyler_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Phuket

star-5
Great tour
jackp1, Jun 2022
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Daisy was an excellent tour guide, would thoroughly recommend. Due to Covid all the stops on the are currently quiet too.
star-4
Value for money City TOur
Saranya_F, Jul 2022
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Our guide was the best part of the memory for me. Kim is a chatty, friendly young man who knows how to take you around a city that is so beautiful. Most spots require less than half an hour to see around, in case you want to explore any further you can also take assistance for the same.
star-5
Amazing tour!
Rhiannon_N, Jun 2022
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Excellent way to see the city! This was such a fun and easy way to see the major tourist hotspots. Our tour guide Yo was absolutely incredible the whole day, she was very professional, funny, and knowledgeable about the locations. Our group had a great time joking around with her. The sights were so beautiful and lots of great photo opportunities!
star-5
this visit was excellent...
Narjiss_O, Jun 2022
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
this visit was excellent at first thanks to our guide and the driver who was extremely kind. Our guide explained to us the different places to visit, she even spoke, made the effort to speak French for us. I recommend 100% the views are extraordinary the big and magnificent boudhha and the temple too.
star-5
Amazing tour
Ellen_C, Jun 2022
Phuket City Tour to Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Most lovely tour guide, so friendly and full of information. An amazing tour definitely book! So glad we went
star-5
Excellent day trip of Phuket
Prasanna_K, Jul 2022
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
We had an excellent day trip of Phuket. Our guide Kim was very helpful and friendly . I strongly recommend this Tri
star-4
A nice way to spend a day in Phuket
Franciscus_T, May 2022
Big Buddha Jungle Trekking with Lunch in Phuket
The delicious lunch at the organic cafe. The trek was easy but well worth it when you get to the top.
star-5
Fantastic trip
Noel_H, Jul 2022
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
A fantastic trip from pickup at our hotel to drop off , everything was well organised , and a special mention to our guide , ( ,June ) he was top draw , an absolute joy to be in his company
star-4
Nice day out
Madeeha_S, Mar 2022
Private Tour: Amazing Phuket Island Tour with Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Great vehicle and caring driver/tour guide. Very good if you don’t want to drive around Thailand or not sure where to go. Going to see big Buddha and the temple was great! Would question some of the stops such as the cashew nut factory was mostly a shopping stop and the gem factory was full of pushy sales staff.
star-5
Welcome to Phuket
Mary_H, Mar 2022
Private Tour: Amazing Phuket Island Tour with Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Great experience with Tipp and Mr. A. Since it was only the two.of us, we had individualized attention. Tipp gave us the history behind the Chinese influence on Phuket. We has lunch, and was able to add an extra tour to see the tigers.
star-5
Great day
Anna_H, Feb 2022
Big Buddha Jungle Trekking with Lunch in Phuket
Great group leaders, we had a lot of fun and could learn a lot about Thai culture as well. Would recommend :) Food at the WeCafe was also very tasty.
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.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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