How to Get to Big Buddha Phuket & Why It’s a Must Visit!

Big Buddha Phuket Thailand

The Big Buddha in Phuket is the most iconic feature of Thailand’s most popular island! Join us as we take you on a journey to one of the highest points in Phuket. We’ll show you what it’s like to visit the famous Big Buddha at both sunrise and sunset! 

About the Big Buddha in Phuket

The Big Buddha in Phuket stands at a miraculous 45 meters (148 feet!), towering over the southern part of the island. It’s made completely from white marble and came together with donations from around the world. Construction first started in 2002 and it’s actually still being built today!

The parking lot is located directly next to Phuket Big Buddha with plenty of space for both cars and motorbikes. A long staircase leads up to the top where you can get an up-close view of this remarkable statue. Surrounding the outside are several other gold statues and relics of important animals to the Buddhist religion.

When we visited Big Buddha Phuket it was free of charge. However, they accept donations which go towards the completion of the statute on site.

Phuket Big Buddha

Getting to Phuket Big Buddha 

As it’s located high in the mountains, you will need to rent a vehicle or hire a tuk tuk to bring you up to the Big Buddha Phuket.

On the way, we did see a fitness group jogging up the road which looked like quite the workout! We’ve also been told there are hiking trails to the top if that’s something you’re interested in.

The drive is very well paved and it was a very nice motorbike ride. From where we were staying in Kata Beach it took around 20 minutes. There are usually food vendors around Big Buddha in Phuket Thailand.

However, we recommend stopping at one of the restaurants on the drive up with a sea view. Check out our 40 favorite Thai foods and drinks to try on your trip! 

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Morning Visit to Big Buddha Phuket

Waking up first thing in the morning, we jumped out of bed and hopped on our motorbike. Since it was our first trip we didn’t want to drive in the dark to make it right for sunrise. Still, we really enjoyed the nice cool weather of the morning as opposed to the hot afternoon sun. 

From the bottom of the mountain, it took about 10 minutes to reach the top. The road is a windy incline, but like we mentioned before very well paved for an easy drive. Once we made it to the top we couldn’t believe our eyes!

After seeing it so many times from afar around the island, it was magical to finally be at the Big Buddha Phuket. Also, the views of Phuket and the surrounding islands were absolutely stunning!

We spent about 30 minutes wandering around the property before taking off… But it wouldn’t be our last time at Phuket Big Buddha! 

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Big Buddha Phuket View

Sunset at Phuket Big Buddha

We loved our morning visit so much that we decided we HAD to go for sunset. Obviously, we did not regret this decision at all! Thailand in general is known for its magical sunsets.

Yet, most of our days end at the beach in Phuket so it was such a nice change up to see it from this perspective. We went in early January which meant the sun was setting while before Big Buddha Phuket was closing. What an awesome way to end our trip to the island! 

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Big Buddha Phuket Thailand Tips

  • Open 8am-6pm daily
  • Be respectful at all times as this is a sacred place to many. It’s an active temple and monks can be seen on the grounds.
  • Alcohol is prohibited at the Big Buddha Phuket.
  • Women should cover their shoulders and no beachwear. 
  • There are tuk tuks and taxis at the top available if you are dropped off or decide to walk up.
  • Walk around the entire Big Buddha in Phuket Thailand for amazing views.

The Big Buddha Phuket

Where to Stay in Southern Phuket 

5 Star Resort – The Shore At KatathaniKata Noi – Ultra-luxury 5-star hotel offering rooms with private pools. Located on the far end of Kata Noi overlooking one of the best beaches on the island.

Ultra LuxuryThe Nai HarnNai Harn Beach – Known as one of the nicest hotels in not just Phuket, but all of Thailand! Amazing beach and sea views from luxury rooms. If you ever want to leave you will be literally steps from the famous Nai Harn Beach.

Royal Experience – Mom Tri’s Villa RoyaleKata Noi– Once a home of the Royal family of Thailand, this converted residence is one of the most unique places to stay on Phuket.

Phuket’s First Hotel – The Memory at On On Hotel Old Town – Built in 1927, the On On Hotel was constructed in the signature Sino-Portuguese style and retains its historical charm. It was even featured in the 2002 blockbuster “The Beach” with Leanardo DiCaprio.

Unique StayRoost GlampingRawai – Yes you can go glamping in Phuket Thailand! These upscale tents are set around a gorgeous pool and the cafe serves up healthy tropical dishes.  

Hostel Life:Sino Hostel @ KataKata Beach – Hostels are very popular in Phuket and Sino is in a great location. Choose from dorms and private rooms as you use it as a base to see Kata Beach from. 

For more of the best hotels in Phuket Thailand explore the latest prices here!

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Have any questions or want to share your own experiences at the Big Buddha Phuket? Let us know in the comments below! 

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

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Phuket Travel Planning 

 Flights: We always find our cheap flight deals using Skyscanner and Kayak. That’s how we found flights from Bangkok to Phuket for $12 USD, and Thailand to Vietnam for less than $50! 

 Accommodation: Compare multiple sites to get to the best deal such as and Agoda! Also,  Hostelworld should be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget. 

 Transportation: While traveling through Thailand 12Go is where we find all our ferries, trains, buses, and transfers! You can find everything from island hopping speed boats to the night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

 Tours: Check out Get Your Guide to find activities all over Phuket! You can find everything from a James Bond island luxury sunset cruise, to Phuket Old Town 15-taster food adventure, and 5-hour island tour

 Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without protection. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.

 Packing Lists: Find all the inspiration you need with our Amazon packing lists. Including our electronics and camera gear, must-have medical items, and long flight essentials


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