Any time of year and no matter what the weather is doing, you are spoilt for choice for things to do in Phuket. With an abundance of beaches, parks and forests to explore, a rich history and culture to discover, and fantastic dining and nightlife choices, the only thing you’ll find lacking is the time to see all that the island has to offer.
Big Buddha is one of the island’s most important and revered landmarks. Sitting on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata, the 147-foot statue can be seen from miles away. The whole body is constructed with reinforced concrete layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun, making it a natural symbol of hope. On a good day, more than 1,000 people visit the site, including groups, many of whom donate money for maintenance and write messages on the purchased items for good luck and in memory of loved ones who have passed away. Although it usually takes over an hour to reach the very top, there are elephant/ATV rides, cafes, bars, and scenic views on the way. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with the best 360-degree views of the island and if you stay for the sunset, it will be a magical moment you and your group will never forget.
Wat Chalong in Phuket
Buddhist temples are among the most important symbols of Thailand and Wat Chalong in Phuket is no exception. Of the 29 Buddhist temples spread around the island, Wat Chalong is considered the most important and a popular tourist destination for groups. It is a place where locals come to pray and Westerners come to learn about Buddhism. The stunning architecture and ornate design of the temple with shrines and gardens is an incredible sight to see. Visitors are asked to dress appropriately and be respectful of the ongoing ceremonies of the monks at any given time. If you go there in the evening, you can see the ceremony firsthand and it is truly an unforgettable experience. The temple houses lots of separate buildings with different functions and décor and with such wonderful architecture throughout, group travelers can appreciate how calm and beautiful it is to visit.Tiger Kingdom
If you dare, be sure to plan a visit to the one and the only Tiger Kingdom. The tigers, and there are lots of them, are brilliant and well cared for. The handlers have it down to perfection. You can watch the tigers run around and play or splash in their pool. You can also touch and interact with the tigers closely for ten minutes and you may even get a chance to bottle fed a baby. The staff is also extremely helpful in taking pictures and ensuring the safety of those who visit. For groups traveling to Phuket, this is a once in a lifetime experience. Tigers of all shapes and sizes, some very big and formidable, and some very cute and adorable.
Relax and soak up the sun at this hidden gem. Freedom Beach is one of the prettiest beaches with soft white sand and crystal clear blue waters ideal for groups planning a nice day trip. Locals come around offering foods and goods and there are little shops shattered about offering the best deals in Thai massages. Beach chairs are also available to rent at a reasonable price or you can bring your own swimming gear and explore the waters on your time. The best part of Freedom Beach is that it’s not too crowded and you can either get their by boat or taxi, depending on your travel style.
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