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Big Buddha

Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island. The huge figure sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 45 metres tall, can be seen from as far away as Phuket Town and Karon Beach. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island, with sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more. Relatively easy to reach via a winding 6km road leading from Phuket's main artery route, it is a must-visit island destination.

Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, the main statue was built in 2004 and is 25 meters across at the base. The whole body is constructed with reinforced concrete, layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. The views, like the Buddha itself, are breath taking.

Opening Hours: Everyday from 8am to 7.30pm.
Distance from The Pavilions Phuket: 50 minutes drive.
Tickets on sale at The Pavilions Phuket Reception Desk.

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and Westerners come to learn something about Buddhism. 

Poh Than Jao Wat is one of the more important Buddhist statues found in Wat Chalong. It is located in the westerly old hall of the temple, with the statue of an elderly gentleman called Ta Khee-lek (grandpa Khee-lek), a famous local who won many lotteries after consulting the Poh Than Jao Wat statue, and another called Nonsi. 

The Grand Pagoda dominating the temple contains a splinter of Lord Buddha's bone and is officially named Phramahathatchedi-Jomthaibarameepragat. The pagoda is decorated with wall paintings depicting the Buddha's life story and other various Buddha images. Take your time at the pagoda, it is a breezy, cool location and one which is very popular with visitors to the temple.

Opening Hours: Everyday from 7am to 5pm.
Distance from The Pavilions Phuket: 50 minutes drive.

 

Phuket Old Town

Unlike many Thai provincial capitals, Phuket Town shines with personality and nowhere more so than its Old Town. In this historically rich part of town you will find shrines, temples (Buddhist and Chinese), ornate and beautifully preserved shop houses, quaint cafés, tiny printing shops, impromptu private and public museums, and even a mini ex-red light district. Phuket Old Town was built on riches reaped from Phuket's tin boom of the last century, when the metal was an extremely valuable commodity. In this quarter of the town, you will see grandiose Sino-colonial mansions, once occupied by Phuket's tin barons of 100 year’s ago.

Phuket Old Town is compact enough to stroll around. The best time to do this is early in the morning or after the day has lost its heat. There are enough restaurants and cafés to provide you with refreshments so don't bother taking a picnic along.

A must-do in Phuket is a walk in the old part of Phuket City, around Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi roads. The beautiful architecture along these roads will take you back to the charm of a century ago. 

According to Pranee Sakulpitpatana, a lecturer at Phuket Rajabhat University and one of the island's premier historians, the architecture is a reflection of European influence on the island. Europeans, including the Portuguese and the British, were attracted by Phuket's tin wealth in the16th century.

Distance from The Pavilions Phuket: 35 minutes drive.

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