The Big Buddha of Phuket is a site to visit. It has become a bit of a tourist attraction, but it is indeed imposing and worth a photo. If you prefer more modest but beautiful temples, the sitting Buddha of Wat Kao Rang or the reclining Buddha of Wat Sri Sunthorn is more humble.
There is no strict dress code for entering the Phuket Big Buddha Premises, but it is a sacred site, so visitors are asked to dress politely. You should wear clothing that covers shoulders and knees. Avoid beachwear, short skirts and T-shirts with offensive images.
Your visit should take it all in in about 2 to 3 hours .
The walking path begins on Patak Soi 12 (photo attached), which is off the main road from Karon to Ban Karon. From this point it is now sign posted the whole way to the Big Buddha and on a reasonable walking surface. The walk is very steep and on a sunny day (like we did it on) can get very hot.
Things Not to Do in Phuket Don’t disrespect the Royal Family. Don’t wear your shoes in a temple. Don’t visit a temple with short clothes. Don’t take Buddha images out of the country. Do not touch a monk. Don’t point your feet at someone. Walk around town without a shirt (and ride a bike) Don’t take that selfie with protected wildlife.
Tuk – tuks in Phuket A 5-minute trip can cost from 100 baht, so state your destination and agree on the price before setting off. Trips further afield, beyond the immediate beach area can cost from 400 baht – depending on the distance, weather, and your bargaining skills.
Visitors can climb up 268 steps to reach the three-storey pedestal to visit the Buddha and enjoy the boundless views of Lantau and South China Sea. Walking into the area of the statue, you will first see six smaller bronze statues known as “The Offering of the Six Devas” surrounding the Buddha.
The distance between Patong Beach and Big Buddha is 270 km .
A taxi from Phuket airport to Patong beach costs about 600 baht + 100 baht airport fee. As usual in Thailand, make sure your taxi driver turns on the meter when leaving.
A round trip on the cable car costs HK$235 and HK$110 for children up to 11. A package deal, the “360 Fun Pass,” which includes entrance to the attractions at the Ngong Ping Village costs HK$290 and HK$180 respectively. Entrance to the Tian Tan Buddha is free.
It is the third- tallest statue in Thailand behind only the Great Buddha of Thailand and Luangpho Yai. The Buddha statue depicts Gautama in a sitting position (Maravichai: มารวิชัย) and is 45 metres (148 feet) tall and 25.45 metres (83.5 feet) wide .
How to get there: Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station (Exit A). Head towards Yat Tung Estate via Shun Tung Road and Yu Tung Road. From here, head past Yat Tung Estate to the trailhead of the Tung O Ancient Trail . About 10 minutes in, the start of the Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail will be on your left.
I hiked to Big Buddha from my Kata beach area hotel. The starting point is the street Patak Soi 12. Walk along the street until it turns into Suanwat Road, shortly after the street takes a sharp left. Walk a few minutes and then you will see signs for Big Buddha walk, which will have you turn right on Patak Soi 14.
not so far from patong to Big Buddha , probably 20 minutes by bike (250 baht / day). Go to the Karon and Kata beach and see the sign where to go Big Buddha . over a year ago. Hire a taxi or do it thru a half or full day tour of Phuket.
There is a road up to the top, which starts from Chalong, about 1km after the Chalong traffic circle on the road towards Chalong Temple – the start of this road is about 8km from Karon Beach. Now I know another way up! You can start from Karon Beach and walk up to the Big Buddha !