Phuket Must-See Places
Phuket is one of the most famous tropical islands in Asia with beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and golden sands located in Thailand.
Every year many tourists come to visit Phuket to enjoy its spectacular beaches, Sunshine, diving in the Andaman Sea and of course visiting the unique temples and natural viewpoints around Phuket island.
If you want to see everything in a short period of time, The Phuket Sightseeing Tour (AKA Phuket City Tour) will help you to find the well-known places to visit in Phuket.
Here is the list of places you should visit while you are in Phuket:
- Wat Chalong Phuket
- Big Buddha
- Weekend Night Market (Naka Market)
- The Old Phuket Town
- Karon View Point
- Promthep Cape
The following article will help you to get an idea about the best places you can visit in Phuket.
Places you should not leave Phuket without visiting them.
1. The Big Buddha Phuket - Map
When it comes to Must See in Phuket, The Big Buddha Phuket certainly has a place at the top of the list, Big Buddha has always been of interest to both local and foreign tourists both in terms of architecture (45 meters high and 25 meters high from the ground) and its magnificent past.
The idea of the Big Buddha statue was laid out several years before, but due to some problems the construction initiated finally in early 2009, The huge marble statue of Buddha is set up on the top of a hill between Chalong Bay and the Kata Beach, its so big that you can see it from every where around chasing area.
The big buddha temple is offering you a 360-degree view over the Phuket Island, You can see The Phuket Town, Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Chalong Bay and more.
Don’t forget that it is not only a Big Buddha Statue that is a tourist attraction in Phuket and it is actually a big buddhist Temple that all the Buddhist ceremonies are held in regularly.
BigBuddha temple is known among Thai people as Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha.
The sculpture is made of heavy concrete, covered with brilliant marble, and when exposed to sunlight, the sculpture is indescribable, the white and glittering sunlight giving it a relaxing feel.
Thai people regard it as a symbol of hope and tranquility. Aside from this magnificent marble statue, there are many smaller Buddha statues and some of them are covered with gold sticker.
Almost 1,500 people visit this temple everyday, including tourists and local Thai and Burmese worshippers, many of visitors donate money based on their budget for the development and restoration of the Big Buddha Temple.
As a donator anyone who wishes can also make a few sentences with their name and signature on specific stones. We should not deny the fact that this huge mansion needs huge capital to maintain and expand, and if the people fail to provide financial support, the government will face a budget deficit for the maintenance and renovation of the Big Buddha Phuket Temple.
Wearing clothes that reveal one's shoulder, chest belly or legs when visiting the Big Buddha is not allowed, but don’t worry, you can ask for a free scar to cover your body at the entrance and you can give it back when you have finished your visit. Also don’t forget that you should Take off your shoes when entering some of the building.
2. Wat Chalong Phuket - Map
Among many places one can visit in Phuket, if you like Buddhist temples and buildings you should not miss The War Chalong Phuket. It is located about 8 km from The Central Festival in Phuket Town, Drive along Chao Fah Nok Street (Jaofah West Road) and past the Central Festival Shopping Center and you can find the Chalong Temple on your left.
Wat Chalong is one of the most important symbols of Phuket built in the 19th century in honer of two highly respected monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, who led the fight against the Chinese in 1876 and also helped injured with their knowledge of herbal medicine. In Phuket, there are 29 different Buddhist temples throughout the city because most Thai people are Buddhist and Chalong temple is one of the most important ones amount them.
Around Wat Chalong Phuket Temple, there are several small shops selling souvenirs, religious items and street foods and drinks, so don’t forget to have a look while you are around.
Poh Than Jao is an important statue in Wat Chalong Phuket, located in the old temple hall on the west side, along with two other statues, Ta Khee-lek and Nonsi In general temples are sacred among locals, so it is advisable for visitors to behave wisely.
You will also be asked to take off your shoes while entering some buildings but it is best not to wear expensive shoes when visiting temples because someone may mistakenly wear your shoes and go away.
3. Old Phuket Town - Map
Old Phuket Town is another attraction you should visit in Phuket, The Phuket Town consists of exactly 5 main streets and small alleys, including Rassada, Phang Nga, Krabi, Dibuk, Thalang Rds. But Thalang Road among them is the main street and is known for brightly painted, hundred years old Sino-Portuguese style townhouses.
There are stores selling ice cream and batik fabrics and a Sunday market for souvenirs and many delicious street foods, If you are not staying at Phuket town, you have to spend some time and money for transportation to reach the old town from areas around the beaches like Patong, But fortunately, you can join Phuket City Tour to visit the Old town along with Chalong temple, Big Buddha and other must-see places in Phuket just in once daily and at a very good price.
4. Karon View Point (Kata Viewpoint) - Map
Karon View Point (Previously Kata Viewpoint) is one of the most popular view points in Phuket Island The Karon View Point is located on the West Bank, between Patong Beach in the north and Kata Beach in the south and wide enough that you will never feel crowded.
If you have a scooter, we strongly suggest you to visit this viewpoint on a beautiful sunny afternoon, the road to Karon View Point passes a lush tropical jungle and the road itself will be a great adventure, but please note that in some points it's really steep and if you don't have experience riding motorcycles it's better to use a taxi.
You are going to have an unforgettable view over the Kata and Karon beaches from there and also don’t forget that when you got there you can put some coins to use two strong binoculars fixed over the ocean.
5. Phuket Weekend Night Market - Map
The Phuket Weekend Market also known among locals as “Naka Market” is located in Phuket Town, near the Central Festival Shopping Mall. When you pass the Phuket town’s Central Festival toward Chalong using Jaofah Road, you should turn left at the first junction and after just three hundred meters, you will reach the Weekend Market entrance.
The market sells second-hand goods, antiques, animals and of course like every other local market in Thailand, Street food. As the name suggests, the Weekend Night Market is open only Saturdays and Sundays after 4PM.
6. Promthep Cape - Map
At the very south of Phuket island in the Rawai area, There is another wonderful viewpoint to visit while having a vacation in Phuket.
At Promthep Cape you can see one of Phuket's most indescribable prospects. As a romantic and memorable place Promthep cape offers a dreamy and memorable environment with sea-views and lush greenery for visitors, in fact, it is one of the most photographed spots of the Phuket Island.
There are many small shops that are selling handicrafts and souvenirs mainly made from shells in this location but Promthep Cape is mainly famous for the magical sunsets you can witness from its peak.
This is hot spot for young couples to take pictures during the sunset. If you are staying at The Chalong area or Rawai area it can be a great idea to jump on your scooter and ride toward the Promptep cape in a sunny day, just make sure to reach there before the sunset.
From Karon ViewPoint to Phuket Weekend Night Market to The Big Buddha and Chalong Temple, we have managed a City Tour Program with many options that you can choose from, all with free transfers and experienced licensed tour guides, You can check our website for the city tour details.