Big Buddha is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Phuket. The huge 45-m statue is located on top of the Nakkerd Hill between Chalong and Kata. You can easily spot the statue from Phuket Town or Karon Beach.
Besides the statue, you should climb the hill for breathtaking views. The 360-degree panorama of the island with fantastic views of Phuket Town, Karon, Chalong Bay and Kata—it's hard to find a better place to see the whole of Phuket. A winding 6-km road is easily accessible. When reaching the top, you'll see a parking lot and a passage to a temple where people buy amulets and make donations. It also serves as a museum where you can learn about the Big Buddha.
Walk through the temple to reach the stairs climbing to the Big Buddha. Once there, you’ll be able to enjoy the bird-eye views. On top, there is also a small terrace with excellent views over Kata Bay and Kata Noi Bay.
You can visit the statue year round. Rainy days are unpleasant, especially when it's windy, and the views are hindered by clouds and fogs. It also gets rather crowded during the Thai holidays, so plan accordingly.