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Phuket Discovery Tour: Big Buddha, Chalong Temple and Shopping

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Key Highlights
  • The perfect introduction to Phuket
  • Great shopping opportunities for keen bargain hunters
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Stunning photo-opportunities
  • Includes hotel pick up and drop off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx 4.5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 1430h (2:30pm). Please plan to meet your tour guide in your hotel lobby at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time
    Duration: Approx 4.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel lobby in Phuket.
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped back at your hotel after the tour

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Get to know Phuket on this delightful half-day tour. Visit the Big Buddha statue to see a spectacular new addition to the landscape of the island.

    Enjoy eye-popping panoramas over Phuket Town and Chalong Bay from the foot of the statue. If the weather is good you can even see as far as the Phi Phi islands.

    Enjoy the peace and tranquillity that surrounds the statue before going on to visit Chalong Temple (Wat Chalong), where you can see many fascinating Buddhist and Thai cultural heritage items, statues, paintings and architecture.

    Later, you will visit one of the popular markets. At weekends there will be the chance to visit the colorful local market with its authentic Thai foods and products. On week-days you can go bargain hunting at a factory outlet or wholesale air-conditioned market.


    For your Phuket Discovery Tour – Shopping & Sightseeing you will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan at around 1430h (02:30pm). An English-speaking guide will accompany you.

    You will visit the spectacular Big Buddha statue, one of Phuket’s most important landmarks. The huge image is located atop the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 meters high can be seen from a far distance.

    The statue is 25 meters across at the base and the whole body is covered with beautiful white Burmese marble.

    The site of the Big Buddha statue affords stunning 360-degree views of Phuket Town, Kata Karon beaches, Chalong Bay and more. You can even see as far as Phi Phi islands on a clear day. You will spend about 90 minutes at the Big Buddha site.

    Next stop is the Chalong Temple (Wat Chalong), where you will spend about an hour. Here you will find many interesting Buddhist and Thai cultural heritage items, statues, paintings and architecture. Come and make a wish for your life and family.

    On Saturdays and Sundays only, you can visit the very popular local “Weekend Market”, which has a huge variety of goods and local products. Enjoy the taste of authentic food prepared by local people and perhaps sip a cold beer as you wander through the stalls.

    On weekdays, visit a factory outlet or the Expo wholesale air-conditioned market to look for quality goods. The visit takes about 2 hours. You can leave the group at any time and find your own way back to your hotel if you wish.

    Otherwise you will be driven back to the hotel at the end of the tour.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned minivan
    • English-speaking guide
    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please contact the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to your tour date to ensure your reservation and confirm your pick-up location and time. (You do not need to dial 011 to contact the activity operator when dialing from within Thailand.)

    On the day of your tour, plan to meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.

    Please present your tour voucher to the guide before starting the tour.

    Pick up outside the center of Phuket (for example Layan, Nai Thon, Nai Yang, Mai Khao Beach, Paresa Hotel at Kamala Beach and Westin Siray Bay Resort Maple) is possible at an extra charge. Please contact the local activity operator’s office for pick up time and extra charge if any.

    The market operates on Saturdays and Sundays only

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • Customer Reviews
    • Good Introduction to Phuket Island

      Excellent introduction to Phuket. Take it on a weekend to experience the sights and sounds of the weekend market. Guaranteed to overwhelm you!...

      Ravi V Shankar, India, 05/Sep/2013
    • excelent guide, well worth the tour

      Guide very knowledgeable, great attractions and shopping was very good value...

      Bryan Johnson, Australia, 14/Jul/2013
    • Great value

      This tour took us to a lot of places and the tour guide was lovely. We saw some great places and tried some awesome (free) food and coffee. A great way to see another side of...

      Miss Cearna Hudson, Australia, 25/Aug/2012

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