Sitting atop the Nakkerd Hills between Kata and Chalong, the Big Buddha is a 45 ft. statue overlooking all of Phuket island. Heading up the road to the top will reward you with panoramic views, especially stunning at sunset.
Story Behind It
In the early 2000s, a group of friends stumbled upon one of the best spots to view the sunset while hiking. Wanting more than just a viewing platform at the top, the friends decided to raise money to create a giant image of Lord Buddha, overseeing the whole island from a high. Relying entirely on donations, a 45-foot white Buddha was constructed and now boasts and enviable view over all of Phuket.
What’s So Awesome About It
After a six kilometer walk up a winding road, you’ll emerge through lush rain forest and be met with the sight of a 45 foot tall bone-white Buddha. You can see the Big Buddha from all over Phuket. And the landmark attracts up to 1000 curious or devoted visitors per day. Towering from above, the Buddha itself is an amazing feat of engineering, but it’s the panoramic view from one of Phuket’s shores to the other that really takes your breath away.
As a religious site, beachwear, swimwear, and short skirts and shorts are not appropriate. The visitors centre at the bottom of the road offers sarongs to cover up any inappropriate clothing.
How To Reach There
The closest major tourist town to the Big Buddha is Karon, a twenty-minute taxi ride away. Taxis and ATV wait at the bottom of the hill to take those who don’t want to walk to the top. Day trips and minibuses run from most major towns in Phuket such as Patong, Phuket Town, Karon, and Kata.
The Big Buddha is one of the best spots on the island to enjoy the sunset. Make sure you get there at around 6.30 p.m. to experience the view.
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