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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
$32.72 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Daisy is a super awesome guide!
Our guide, Daisy, was super friendly and had a broad knowledge of the attraction we saw during our tour. She was also super helpful with taking our photos and always kept us happy with her big smile, even though we had to wear a mask, and her positive attitude 🙂
Steven_N, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Phuket

star-5
Daisy is a super awesome guide!
Steven_N, May 2022
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Our guide, Daisy, was super friendly and had a broad knowledge of the attraction we saw during our tour. She was also super helpful with taking our photos and always kept us happy with her big smile, even though we had to wear a mask, and her positive attitude 🙂
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
Great day around Phuket
Kirstin_R, May 2022
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Great day seeing the temples, Old Town and the besutiful beaches of Phuket. Our guide was always available to take pictures, answer questions. She was very sweet! So glad I didn’t try to rent a bike and do this, it would have been impossible to do everything we did.
star-5
A great way to see Phuket easily.
Darren_W, Apr 2022
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
A great way to see Phuket. We saw so much, Woody our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and told us about the different bays; leading to the most southern point of Phuket, about Buddhism, and about Old Town Phuket. Woody also gave us time to explore with out him which was a lovely gesture. We loved old town Phuket with all the bespoke shops etc, we even found a lovely cafe with delicious ice cream sandwiches and mocktails.
star-5
Worth every bhat
Robert_W, Apr 2022
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Our tour guide Yo was awesome, she was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We were very happy to have here with us as we went shopping as she was able to help with interpreting when necessary.
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.
star-5
Best guide ever!
Catarina_A, Apr 2022
Phuket City Tour: Karon View Point, Big Buddha & Wat Chalong (SHA Plus)
Thank you so much for your time with us. You are a lovely girl and we had a great time with you. Ramadam Kareem and best wishes. Catarina
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
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!

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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