The distance between Chalong and Patong is 7 km . The road distance is 18.8 km.
The quickest way to get from Phuket Airport (HKT) to Chalong is to taxi which costs ฿950 – ฿1200 and takes 35 min.
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.
Majority of the time, Phuket is a pretty safe place to visit but most of the really harmful situations arise out of the heavy-handed nature of some of the scams and ripped off tourists all ignited under the duress of Thailand heat, a few drinks and a deal gone bad.
How to get to Wat Chalong ? Wat Chalong is easy to find on Chaofa Road, between Phuket Town and Chalong , in the south of Phuket Island. Just follow the many signs on the way to Chalong Circle. From Phuket town, take ‘Chaofah Road’ in the direction of Chalong and Rawai.
Uber is banned in Phuket . You can use your Uber app to order a car until 8 April 2018, then after that only the Grab app will work in SE Asia.
Most travellers consider November to February the best time to visit Phuket , when days are mostly sunny and dry – ideal if you’re planning to spend lots of time on the beach. The wet season runs from May to October, when the south-west monsoon brings higher levels of rainfall and humidity.
It’s best to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before the departure time of an international flight or 1 hour before a domestic one. Given Phuket Airport’s small size, you may be able to cut that down a little. However, it’s advisable to check with your airline first.
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.
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.
8 Things to Avoid in Thailand (and What to Do Instead) Places for backpackers to stay. Avoid : Khao San Road. Taking taxis. Avoid : Bargaining a flat rate with a taxi driver. Thai entertainment. Avoid : Ping Pong Shows. What to do in Pattaya. Avoid : Seedy areas of Pattaya. Shopping the markets. What to do in Phuket. Elephant tourist attractions. Tours and sightseeing.
Bali offers more hotel choices than Phuket does. If you’re a surfer, Bali is your choice for its collection of world-class breaks. On the other hand, Phuket’s beaches are more scenic and laidback, great for those preferring island beach escapades with a mix of water sports and just lazing on the sand.
The clear warm waters are enticing, and are pretty safe for most of the year. The sea does contain dangerous creatures, such as sea snakes, lionfish, stonefish and jellyfish. You should exercise a lot of caution while swimming off the west coast of Phuket during the rainy season (May – October) due to rough seas.