The Phuket Big Buddha is a white marble statue that stands 45 meters tall and sits atop the Nakkerd Hills, making it visible to most of southern Phuket. The site is surrounded by beautiful tropical forests and offers a magnificent, 360-degree view of Phuket Town, Chalong Bay and Kata Beach. The shining Buddha image offers a peaceful experience with soft background music and the tinkling of small bells.
The Phuket River Canoe provides an eco-tour down the stunning Moo Dong River and the opportunity to explore the luscious mangrove forests. Visitors on the Phuket River Canoe will have the chance to contribute to the local environment by planting mangrove trees. The Phuket River Canoe also allows visitors to dig for clams, see the exotic local wildlife, and enjoy a fresh seafood buffet.
Phuket FantaSea is the biggest show in Phuket, featuring trapeze artists, exotic animals, and a cast of over a hundred people. Visitors can enjoy a fascinating story that combines fantasy with tradition to tell the rich history of Phuket. The FantaSea Show is situated in a 140-acre theme park, complete with a carnival village, shopping, and a 4,000-seat restaurant. The show features cutting-edge technology and special effects to bring the mythology of Thailand to life.
Breathtaking limestone karsts adorn the clear waters of Phang Nga Bay, along with collapsed caves and historic archaeological sites. Within the Bay sit two of Phuket’s most popular islands, Koh Panyee and James Bond Island. Boat trips along the northern end of Phuket allow visitors to see the sites and experience the quiet beaches nestled within the limestone islands.
Wat Chalong in Phuket welcomes visitors to learn about Buddhism at the Wat Chalong Temple, the most important temple in the province. The Temple features a gilted statue of Luang Poh Cham and statues of Luang Poh Gleum and Luang Poh Chuang – ex-abbots of the temple. The Temple’s Grand Pagoda contains a piece of Buddha’s bone and is decorated with artwork depicting the Lord’s life story.
The historical Old Phuket Town includes quaint cafes, shrines, temples, museums and shophouses. Old Town was built during the tin boom, when the country profited off the high value of the metal. Grandiose mansions dot the town, built by the tin barons of last century. Old Town is small enough to see on foot, and has many restaurants and cafes that offer refreshments to tourists who come to see the Sino-Portuguese style architecture.
Famous Phi Phi Island gives travelers the opportunity to see some of Thailand’s most breathtaking scenery. The islands jut up from the sea, with cliffs towering overhead, and feature a stunning beachfa-facebookront jungle. Because one island has no human inhabitants and the other has no roads, the islands offer seclusion and a laid-back vibe.
Located on the most southern point of Phuket, Promthep Cape affords visitors an irresistible view of the sunset. Nestled atop a hill, the Cape serves as a great viewpoint to see the nearby islands. A shrine and lighthouse adorn the top of the hill, along with ample parking. A small path leads from the lighthouse down to the tip of the Cape, where locals will often go to fish.
The Karon Viewpoint, formerly known as Kata Viewpoint, offers a look at three local bays: Kata Noi Beach, Kata, and Karon Beach. The top hill of the viewpoint allows visitors a panoramic glimpse of gorgeous Phuket, and is a great location to stop to rest.
Situated in beautiful Phang Nga Bay, Koh Panyee is a lovely little village complete with tiny shops and interesting architecture. Most buildings in the village are built on stilts at the foot of a cliff. Koh Panyee has a school, mosque, health center and police station, in addition to the houses that make up the maze-like village.