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Sightseeing in Phuket

Phuket has a wide variety of place to see and visit. Unfortunately most visitors will not know that some of these places even exist, hence the reason we are building this sightseeing guide. Come visit this page on regular basis as new information will be added as we build the guide. We hope you will enjoy this guide and your visit to Phuket.

   

Old Phuket Town

Phuket Town is an old town dating back from the 19th century when Phuket was a small Eldorado for its tin mines. This economic boom led to the construction of Phuket Town with its Sino-Portuguese architectural style commonly found in the region in the old city part of Phang Nga, Krabi, Thalang and the Old Phuket. The people of Phuket Town are not alike the ones on the popular beach towns of Phuket island. In many areas of Phuket Town, you will find people who seem to have not changed in over 100 years.

The old Phuket is not too big and can be visited by foot. The town is full of life, markets, shops, temples and a myriad of small streets called “Soi” everywhere. Don’t be afraid to explore, these streets always hide something to discover and they are safe.

Visit the Old Phuket Town
   
Big Buddha Phuket Big Buddha

The Big Buddha (or Giant Buddha) is perched 400 meters above sea level on the hills separating Karon and Kata from the rest of Phuket. If you travel South of Phuket, looking right on top of the hills you will easily see this massive 45 meters high Buddha statue towering the entire Phuket. It is now a local landmark and a place for tourists to visit. The story has it that a group of friends started this project back in 1999 or 2000 and after some 10 years the Big Buddha is fully funded by donations.

You can drive up to the Big Buddha, on the road going from Central Festival shopping mail, go south (or straight at the Central intersection as you are coming from Tesco Lotus and with Central on your right) towards Wat Chalong, Chalong Pier and Rawai. As you drive a good 10 minutes from Central Festival, look on your right hand-side, you will see big signs telling you which small street to turn to. The drive up will take you a good 10 minutes because of the steep hill, but you don’t need a 4x4 to get to the top. At the top there are plenty of free parking spots. Enjoy the beautiful 360 degree views of the Phang Nga Bay, the entire Phuket, the Andaman Sea and 45 meters image-statue of Lord Buddha covers with hundreds of thousand pieces of Burmese white marble all donated, piece by piece. Enjoy this unique experience.

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Wat Chalong

“Wat Chalong” in English is “Chalong Temple” which is one the largest, most visited and most revered temple in Phuket. It is highly revered by the locals coming early in the morning to pray to chanting monks, pay their respect to the Buddha images (large statues) located within the many buildings of this temple complex and to the 2 founding monks of the temple.

Visit “Wat Chalong” to experience the local religious tradition, light a candle, burn a stick of jasmine incense and gently place a gold leaf on the monk statue located in one of the side building. Visit the main building which has amazing wall painting scenes of Thailand and Buddha’s life.

The center tower at the very top of the stairs is said to contain a fragment of Buddha’s bone which we can at the top. The view of central Phuket is also not to be missed. On the left hand side of the Chalong Temple complex, you can enjoy a stroll through a small shaded park bordered by souvenir shops. This alley way leads to a small museum, displaying wax statues of monks among artifacts of ancient time of the area.

Chalong Temple Phuket
   
Thalang Museum & Heroines Monument

Thalang National Museum

Phuket Province’s National museum, opened in 1989, to preserve the cultural heritage of Phuket and in the memory of the 1790 historic event when 2 Thai heroines fought against the invading Burmese army. The Thai army led by the 2 heroines, was located at the gates of Thalang which is now a town located further North of Phuket on the main airport road.

Near the Thalang National Museum, some 200 meters from the museum is located the Heroine Monument which looks great at night when illuminated. The Heroine Monument is actually a traffic circle with a center statue of the 2 heroines.

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Promthep Cape

Phrom Thep is a famous vie point of Phuket. Translated to English, the “God’s Cape” offers a stunning view over the Andaman sea, islands, Nai Han Beach and spectacular sunsets. The place is a bit crowded with tourists but this is true for any famous viewpoints in the world so don’t get discouraged by the myriad of buses in the parking lot. The entire Phrom Thep area is large enough for everyone to enjoy the stunning views and catch the sunset. The cape itself is a prominent piece of rocky land stretching into the Andaman sea, which you can walk down all the way to the coast line but be careful, the walk is long and can be dangerous, do not go with young children.

The top of Phrom Thep has a shrine which is surrounded by thousands of wooden and stone elephants that people bring. There is also a marine museum but not very interesting. Phrom Thep offers a restaurant with the amazing view.

Promthep Cape Phuket
   
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