Big Buddha Phuket Thailand
The Big Buddha in Phuket is one of the coolest places to visit and one of the spots I like to bring my friends and couchsurfers that come to visit me. The 45-meter tall marble statue is perched on top of the hill with breathtaking views all around. If you plan on heading south of Patong then this is definitely a place you should check out. Whenever I have guests there are three trips I typically take them on. 1 trip takes us west to Patong and then North to see Patong, Kamala and Surin Beaches. I also know a local elephant over there too we typically stop to see. Another trip is North past the airport to the Soi Dog Foundation, and then to Bangla Road at night. The third and possibly most popular trip I bring people is South to Wat Chalong, Big Buddha, Nai Harn Beach, and then Laem Prom Thep for sunset.
There are several restaurants and cafes with excellent views in any direction, I recommend stopping to take some pics before getting to the very top where the Giant Buddha statue is. From the top of the hill, you can also see up to 3 of the bays in the area from various viewpoints around the temple statue.
Other than the views, there are also monkeys running around sometimes too but just like anywhere else in the world, you need to be careful taking pictures with these curious creatures because they have a tendency to steal stuff. You are also prohibited from feeding them here, which is good because, from my experience feeding monkeys at Monkey Forest in Bali, they can get pretty crazy and violent.
The temple usually has a Monk on the microphone singing their traditional Buddhist prayer songs on the loudspeaker to be heard from all around. The temple is still under construction so the actual prayer area under the statue is still being built. Another good thing about visiting here is that it’s free!
Big Buddha Phuket
I hope this helps for your future trip to Phuket, if you have any questions or comments please leave them below or on my Instagram @nomadicnava.