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Big Buddha Phuket

Big Buddha Phuket: Our most recommended tours and activities

Phuket: Guided ATV Tour

1. Phuket: Guided ATV Tour

Hop on your own ATV and head off-road through mountains, rubber trees, and lush greenery on this guided ATV tour in Phuket. Enjoy glistening sea views and make an optional stop at the must-see Big Buddha Temple. Choose between a 30-minute or 1-hour ride. After pickup, head to the starting location where you’ll take off on your own ATV. Drive through the mountains surrounding Phuket and visit some of the best viewpoints in the area for a selfie or two. Choose the 1-hour ride to end your trip with a visit to the famous Big Buddha. A must-see whilst in Phuket, take some time to admire this 45-meter-tall white marble statue. Snap some rare photos and choose to make a donation as many visitors do before finishing your tour. 

Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints Group Tour

2. Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints Group Tour

Discover the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Phuket on this half-day tour and learn local history from your guide along the way. Snap pictures at locations like the Karon view point and the charming streets of Phuket's Old Town.   Starts with pickup in the main lobby of your hotel and relax on on your way to the first stop in Phuket Old Town. Discover Sino-Portuguese style architecture, such as the former Charter Standard Bank building and vibrant street art along Thalang Road. Find out where the locals like to eat before heading to the Chalong Temple, where you can see the glistering pagoda and wax model of "Cham Abbot," who is highly respected by the people of Phuket.  Continue on the top of the Nakkerd Hills where the Big Buddha statue was built as a symbol of peace and unity. Marvel at the majestic 45-meter high marble, Marnwichai-style statue up-close while enjoying the views of both Chalong Bay and Kata Bay. Go to a wind power energy plant situated near the Promthep Cape which is renowned for its stunning views. Finally, take in the views from the Karon viewpoint overlooking the west coast of the island and the sea before heading back to your accommodation.

From Khao Lak: Phuket Big Buddha & Weekend Market Day Trip

3. From Khao Lak: Phuket Big Buddha & Weekend Market Day Trip

One sensation of Phuket is the Big Buddha. Build up from white marble the statue is rising up to 45 m high and 25 m wide into the sky. It is visible from almost every point of the Thai island. A must-see for every tourist – that is why the Big Buddha is your first stop in the south of Phuket. You will reach him at about 3 p.m. and enjoy the best view over Phuket. Then, around 1 hour later, you will arrive at the weekend market. Its official name is Naka Market. It is the biggest one in Phuket. Some people say it equals a hidden treasure full of shopping opportunities and culinary delights. Here you will find a wide range of souvenirs, clothing, shoes, bags and DVDs. And if all that shopping has made you hungry? Then you should taste and gourmandize yourself through the numerous Thai delicacies that Naka Market has to offer. Experience a lively and fascinating day in Phuket till you head back to Khao Lak at around 19 p.m.

Phuket: Private ATV, Zipline & Phuket City Tour

4. Phuket: Private ATV, Zipline & Phuket City Tour

Get the adrenaline pumping with an ATV ride and zipline adventure in nature. Snap photos of glorious views at Karon Viewpoint, marvel at the Big Buddha, explore the temple grounds of Wat Chalong, and stroll through colorful Phuket Old Town. Start bright and early by picking you up from your hotel before we kick things off with an-hour long ATV ride. Go off road on a Phuket ATV and explore the island’s terrain before heading straight to the zipline area, where you’ll soar through the air, witnessing the beauty of Phuket. After an exhilarating ride, it’s time to get out your cameras as you make our way to Karon Viewpoint. Snap photos and take in the glorious vista before going to Ao Sane Beach. After all the energy expended, refuel with a delicious lunch before enjoying the refreshing waters by the shore. You can even rent out a snorkelling mask and try your hand at spotting marine creatures before the next stop. One of the main landmarks of the city, the 45 meter alabaster statue known as the Big Buddha Phuket is the next destination. Take in the sweeping views once you reach the base of the statue and marvel at the majesty of the third tallest statue in Thailand. The next stop in the rest of our Phuket City Tour is the Wat Chalong or Chalong Temple. The largest and most sacred temple in Phuket, legend has it that the grand pagoda actually houses a fragment of Buddha’s bone. Walk through the temple grounds and explore the gilded halls with beautiful golden statues and intricate details. The last stop of the day is Phuket Old Town, known for its colorful old-style shophouses and many opportunities to browse. Ogle at the many street vendors selling their wares, stop to taste the local street food, and even purchase a souvenir to remember your day by before you make your way back to your hotel to end the day.

Phuket: City Tour with Yoga, or Muay Thai Class

5. Phuket: City Tour with Yoga, or Muay Thai Class

Start the day bright and early and be taken to your first activity, get the opportunity to choose between a yoga class or a Muay Thai class. If you choose yoga, prepare yourself for the day ahead with a tranquil workout and meditation sessions with a local yoga teacher. The shared yoga class will be taught in a studio, the private group option will get to workout on the beach at Naiharn Beach. Or, burn off some calories in a Muay Thai class. Learn the basics of this much-loved Thai martial art and perfect a couple of punch and kick combos. After a sweaty workout, purchase a delicious local lunch. Head to Karon Viewpoint for the first stop of the Phuket city tour. Snap photos of all corners of the island, then continue on to the Big Buddha statue. Standing an impressive 45 meters in height, the statue is one of the most famous landmarks on the island. Continue to Wat Chalong, one of Phuket’s most sacred temples. It is rumored that a fragment of Buddha’s bone can be found in the hall of the grand pagoda. Marvel at the numerous golden statues and detailed carvings of the temple before heading to the last stop. Finish the tour in the Old Town of Phuket. This famous Portuguese-inspired area houses colorful shops that sell a variety of local wares. Wander the streets to take in the sights, sounds, and culinary smells, before you’re returned back to your accommodation.

Phuket: Nui Beach, Rum Distillery, and Old Town Day Trip

6. Phuket: Nui Beach, Rum Distillery, and Old Town Day Trip

Take in Phuket's top attractions on a private or group guided tour. Swim in the sea at Nui Beach, pay your respects to the Big Buddha, sample a local drink at Chalong Bay Distillery, explore the sights and sounds of Phuket Old Town, and take in incredible views from Khao Rang Viewpoint. After hotel pickup, head straight to your first stop, Nui Beach. Explore this glorious hidden gem with its 120 m strip of white sand, turquoise waters, and coral reefs surrounded by cliffs and palm trees. Swim or simply lay back on the shore before tucking into a hearty lunch (at your own expense). Next, head to one of the most famous landmarks in Phuket, the Big Buddha. Discover the alabaster seated Buddha up close and take in fantastic views of the island. Then, take a 30-minute guided tour of Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. See how they make their signature specialty and give it a try. Then, head to Phuket Old Town and wander along some of the popular shopping streets to take in the Sino-Portuguese townhouses and browse for some souvenirs. Cap off the day with a beautiful view of Phuket from Khao Rang Viewpoint. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery before heading back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Big Buddha Phuket

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 329 reviews

We really enjoyed our tour. Even though we were the only two booked on, the tour still went ahead and it made it even more flexible! We visited some really interesting place in Phuket old town including a Chinese Temple and some old buildings such as the first bank and the first police station. Phuket Old Town is beautiful. The tour guide even bought us a bottle of water each. He really went above and beyond and was so knowledgeable and welcoming!

The excursion was exactly what I was looking for. Not to long, and you were able to see some beautiful sites in the area. The group was a great size to have good conversation. It would have been nice if the guide stayed close to explain the significance of certain sites (ie the Big Buddha) - but I’m sure he would’ve done it if we asked because the guide was super nice! The time was pretty accurate to the description.

Tour guide was super friendly and informative - spoke very good English and was very passionate about the places visited. Given plenty of time at each destination to take everything in. Would definitely recommend!

Really enjoyed our trip. Great guide, we saw everything we wanted to see and had enough time for that.

Our guide Pam explained everything well and was very friendly and helpful!