Exploring Chalong Temple
As the most important of the 29 Buddhist temples in all of Phuket, Wat Chalong is the most ornately decorated. It is a must see if you’re into Buddhist temples. The temple is associated with three monks. One of the monks, who was the abbot at the time, assisted the local people in defeating Chinese attackers in the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876. The temple is adorned in gold with red and white pagodas towering high into the sky and full of reclining Buddhas and concrete serpents lining the steps.
Accommodations near Chalong Temple
Phuket is a place for relaxation, luxury and partying. However, there are areas tucked away that still represent the traditional Thailand. Huge resorts adorn the west coast of the island overlooking the beaches. There are many options available for tourists from beachside luxury and boutique hotels with their own pool, to hotels offering basic and moderate amenities. There are a few guesthouses and beach bungalows on the Island for a down-to-earth, chilled-out stay. Recommended accommodation include the Coco Retreat Phuket Resort & Spa, Rising Sun Residence and Na na chart Phuket.
Sightseeing near Chalong Temple
Big Buddha or Ming Mongkol Buddha is the newest man-made attraction on the island. It is dedicated to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in honor of his 80th birthday. Big Buddha sits on a 380 meter hilltop and faces east, looking over Chalong Bay and beyond. This is a great viewpoint as there are 360 degree panoramic views of Phuket, the islands and the Andaman Sea from here.
Lush tropical gardens invite you to stroll around in the shade of giant trees across bridges onto islands containing all kinds of strange animals. Come visit the zoo in Phuket to see exotic animals from tigers, crocodiles and monkeys to beautiful butterflies.
Transportation near Chalong Temple
Taxis are widespread across the island and offer the most convenient means of getting around, but visitors also have the option of hiring their own car and exploring the coastline. Motorbikes are available for rent from guesthouses and from local rental agencies. Locals get around using large minibuses on fixed routes.