Your Quick and Easy Guide to the Top Must-See Sights of Phuket,Thailand

The island of Phuket is filled with various attractions, that it could be a daunting task to choose from. So, here’s a Phuket travel guide depicting the top five must-see destinations in this city.

The Big Buddha

The Big Buddha or Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha of Phuket is located at Chalong Bay and sits atop one of the highest points on the island. It can be seen from most places in South Phuket. The statue itself sits at 45 meters high. It was constructed using approximately 135 tons of Burmese white marble, which shines in the sun, making it a natural symbol of hope. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island and travelers may enjoy sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata and Karon beaches, as well as Chalong Bay.

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong Temple in Chalong Bay is the largest and most important temple in Phuket Island. It is also the most visited, as many locals and Thai tourists come to pray and pay respects to several revered monks who were the founders of Wat Chalong. The Grand Pagoda is said to contain a bone splinter from the Lord Buddha himself. The walls of the pagoda are adorned with murals depicting the story of the Buddha’s life.

Phuket Town Night Market

If you are a shopper, but want to get out of the overpriced shopping centers, you must visit the Night Market in Phuket Town. There are many vendors here selling their own unique collection of wares. Shoppers can expect to find a variety items that make for perfect souvenirs and gifts. As with most night markets, haggling is common and expected. So, don’t be shy to negotiate for a bargain price.

Phang Nga Bay

This scenic bay is located off the mainland peninsula of southern Thailand. It is famous, not only for its distinctive islands and cliffs, but also because it appeared on two James Bond films, “The Man with the Golden Gun” in 1974, and “Tomorrow Never Dies” in 1997. Known for its majestic limestone rock formations, most visitors explore the area on a one-day tour via kayaking, but some larger islands have accommodation available in nearby Thailand resorts.

Bangla Road (Soi Bangla)

This road located at Patong Beach is what made the beach famous. Soi Bangla is a colorful spectacle that must be seen in person, as no words can adequately capture its energy. Lining both sides of the main road are numerous bars and clubs. There is several side roads called Soi, which leads to more entertainment complexes.

Apart from bars and clubs, the popular Patong Beach also boasts a growing number of boutiques, resorts, and hotels including the romantic Patong Paragon Resort and Spa. Among the destinations in this Phuket travel guide, Patong lets travelers get the best of both worlds, with its unspoiled beaches, superb restaurants, and thriving nightlife.