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Big Buddha

This huge statue appears to keep a watchful eye on Phuket from its vantage point at the top of the Nakkerd Hills.

Both the massive scale of the cross-legged Buddha statue and the views over Phuket from its base are staggering. The Buddha is 46 metres tall and 24 metres across. The stunning 360-degree views over 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 a sanctuary where you’ll see praying monks and hear dharma music, all adding to the special ambience of this location.

After the devastating tsunami at the end of 2004, an ambitious project to build this symbol of hope began. It was funded entirely by donations. The Buddha’s body is covered in layers of sparkling marble which is inscribed with messages of hope and love from those who donated to the cause. There’s a small museum on the way in where you can read about the history of the project and pick up souvenirs, donation boxes and, occasionally, see a religious ceremony going on. Ascend the set of stairs located here to get to the base of the statue, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views.

There are actually two Buddha statues on the site and both are free to access. The second statue standards at only 12 metres tall and is made from brass. It’s dedicated to the Queen of Thailand, whereas the Big Buddha is dedicated to the King.

Although the crowds are smaller in the morning, consider timing your visit for the end of the day—watching the sun going down over the water is a truly memorable experience.

This local landmark is easy to access, in a breath-taking journey as part of a tour or by taxi. The trip takes about half an hour from Phuket Town and there are plenty of signposts along the way. Energetic visitors will want to soak up the panorama that gradually comes into view on the 5.6-kilometre hike up the hill through lush rainforest. When you reach the top, treat your taste buds to some delicious seafood at the Nakkerd Sea View Restaurant, which combines great food with spectacular views.


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The SIS Kata Resort
The SIS Kata Resort

The SIS Kata Resort

255 Kok Tanode Road, Karon
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this luxury resort is within a 10-minute walk of Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Avista Grande Phuket Karon - MGallery AU$80
    Avista Grande Phuket Karon - MGallery

    Avista Grande Phuket Karon - MGallery

    38 Soi Luang Phor Chuan Soi 1, Karon, Phuket
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the shopping district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Beach and Kata Beach. Kata Noi Beach and Big Buddha are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
      Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

      Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

      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).

        ibis Phuket Kata AU$55
        ibis Phuket Kata

        ibis Phuket Kata

        88 8 Kata Road, Muang, Karon, Phuket
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Porpeang Market, Karon Beach and Kata Beach. Kata Noi Beach and Big Buddha are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Le Chada Villa
          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 AU$58
                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).