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Big Buddha

Enjoy stunning 360-degree views from where this massive statue sits, towering over the island from atop the Nakkerd Hills.

Standing at the foot of the enormous cross-legged Buddha it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Both the size of the statue and the views of Phuket from its base are breathtaking. The Buddha is 150-feet (46-meters) high and 80-feet (24-meters) across. Vistas across the white sand beaches of Kata and Karon, Chalong Bay, and parts of Phuket Town are the best on the island. This is a place of worship and respite; praying monks, dharma music and Buddhist flags all add to the ambience.

The ambitious project began as a symbol of hope after the devastating 2004 tsunami. It was funded entirely by donations. Layers of sparkling Burmese marble cover the Buddha’s body and are inscribed with messages of peace and love from those who donated to the cause. Read about the history of the project at a small museum on the way in, where you’ll also find souvenirs, donation boxes and,occasionally, a religious ceremony. A set of stairs from here leads to the base of the statue, where panoramic views await.

There are actually two Buddhas on the site and it’s free to visit both. The second, gold-tone statue, though not as imposing at 39-feet (12-meters) high, is made from brass and dedicated to the Queen of Thailand; the Big Buddha is dedicated to the King.

Although less crowded in the morning, consider visiting at the end of the day. Watching the sunset over the water from these towering heights is an unforgettable experience.

Getting to the local landmark is easy and a stunning journey in itself. Take a tour or catch a taxi. It is about a half-hour drive from Phuket Town and there are plenty of signposts along the way. Energetic visitors will want to soak up the panorama as it slowly reveals itself on the 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) hike up the hill through lush rainforest. Re-energize at the top at the Nakkerd Sea View Restaurant, which specializes in seafood and spectacular views.


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Katathani Phuket Beach Resort £87
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14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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    The View Phuket

    The View Phuket

    78/7 Patak Road, Karon, Phuket
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Karon villa is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Karon Beach, Big Buddha and Kata Noi Beach. Chalong Temple and Patong Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Le Chada Villa £185
      Le Chada Villa

      Le Chada Villa

      13/1 Patak Soi 2, Tambon Karon, Karon, Phuket
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Karon, this villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kata Porpeang Market, Big Buddha and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Kata Noi Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Relax by Your Private Pool Whilst our Chef Prepares Delicious Meals for you
        Relax by Your Private Pool Whilst our Chef Prepares Delicious Meals for you

        Relax by Your Private Pool Whilst our Chef Prepares Delicious Meals for you

        10/2 Patak Soi 2,, Villa Malee ,, Karon, Phuket (province)
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Karon villa is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kata Porpeang Market, Big Buddha and Kata Beach. Kata Noi Beach and Karon Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Enjoy This Fabulous Luxury 4 bed Villa With Personal Chef, Staff and Pool
          Enjoy This Fabulous Luxury 4 bed Villa With Personal Chef, Staff and Pool

          Enjoy This Fabulous Luxury 4 bed Villa With Personal Chef, Staff and Pool

          10/2 Patak Soi 2, Villa Malee, Karon, Phuket (province)
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Karon villa is located on the waterfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kata Porpeang Market, Big Buddha and Kata Beach. Kata Noi Beach and Karon Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Splendid Sea View Resort £24
            Splendid Sea View Resort

            Splendid Sea View Resort

            10/7 Soi 2, Patak Road, Karon, Phuket
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kata Porpeang Market, Kata Beach and Big Buddha. Kata Noi Beach and Karon Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Villa Jasmine Breakfasts, Full Time Chef
              Villa Jasmine Breakfasts, Full Time Chef

              Villa Jasmine Breakfasts, Full Time Chef

              10/1 Patak Soi 2, Karon, Phuket (province)
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Karon, this romantic villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kata Porpeang Market, Big Buddha and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Kata Noi Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Two Luxury Villas, Each With own Pool and Chef
                Two Luxury Villas, Each With own Pool and Chef

                Two Luxury Villas, Each With own Pool and Chef

                10/2 Patak Soi 2, Karon, Phuket (province)
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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