Chalong Bay Attractions
What to See in Chalong Bay
Chalong, located on the east-central side of Phuket, is a colourful combination of a port, residential area and shopping hub. Here, you will find the spiritual centre of the island with the striking hilltop Big Buddha and the beautifully ornate Wat Chalong.
Chalong Bay is also a departure point for the many surrounding islands such as Coral Island with its sensational diving and snorkeling opportunities.
All Attractions in Chalong
The next time you’re raising a sundowner cocktail to toast your Phuket holidays, it’s worth reflecting on just how the spirits in your Mojito or Daiquiri are produced. The base of your rum-based cocktails comes from sugar cane and guess what? Thailand is one of the world’s largest producers of this valuable yet abundant commodity. Read More...
- Location: 14/2 Moo 2, Soi Palai 2, Chalong
- Tel: 088 448 1343 or 082 800 4701
Coral Island, known locally as Koh Hae, is a beautiful getaway destination located three kilometres southeast of Phuket. The island features two main beaches, Long Beach and Banana Beach.
It's not called Coral Island for nothing; the snorkeling off Banana Beach is thrilling and if you go out far enough from Long Beach you will also have a lot to discover, at its impressive coral reef. Read More...
- How to get there: You can rent a longtail boat at either Rawai Beach or Chalong pier. Alternatively, book a snorkeling day trip and you will be taken by speedboat (traveling time, 15 minutes from Chalong) and provided with a mask, fins and snorkel as well as a buffet lunch.
Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the island's most important and revered landmarks. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres high it is easily seen from far away.
The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island (think sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon beaches, Chalong Bay and more.) Easily reachable via a six-kilometre road leading from Phuket's main artery, it's a must-visit island destination. Read More...
- Opening Hours: From 08:00 – 19:30. If you want to catch the sunset from one of Thailand's best spots, try to be there before 18:30
- How to get there: The road leading up to the Big Buddha is off Chao Fa Road East near Chalong. There are many red-and-white signs indicating where it is. Turn down Soi Yodsane and simply follow the indications for the next six kilometres up the hill. You can’t miss it.
This beautifully arranged plot of hillside land has exotic flora, winding paths, odd memorabilia, no less than three cafés, a souvenir shop and of course hundreds of beautiful birds from all around the tropical world.
We don’t want to give away much about the three-times-a-day shows in the amphitheatre at the end of the tour but suffice it to say that they’re impressive and you’ll leave scratching your head at how exactly a flamed-coloured parrot named ‘Andaman’ could indicate the age of a randomly selected member of the audience. Read More...
Phuket Botanic Garden in Chalong offers an alternative recreation choice for visitors; especially those with an interest in gardening. This orchid pavilion display, rainforest garden, winter garden, with many rare plant species and more than 30 other selections will entertain the whole family. Each zone has its own characteristics and plant collections that will definitely grab your attention. Don’t forget your camera! Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09.00 - 17.00 Closed on Wednesday
- Location: On Lung Por Chuang Road, Chalong, south of the island. If coming from Phuket Town, you’ll spot a small road commonly known by the name Soi TOT located before reaching the famous Wat Chalong. Make a turn there.
- Tel: +66 (0)76-367076
- Price Range: Adult 500 baht, children 300 baht
Radar Hill Viewpoint is the highest in Phuket. Towering above Patong and looking out over the eastern part of the island it’s unmistakable from both east and western Phuket.
Accessible only from the east, the picturesque (and sometimes steep) road winds up through villages and rubber plantations. Read More...
- How to get there: On Chao Fa West Road, take the small road up to Villa Zolitude. Radar Hill Viewpoint is located about two kilometres after the hotel.
Two Nines Mini Golf Club is a great family activity in its own right and, being located right next to the driving range of Phunaka Golf Course in Chalong, is also an ideal distraction for those who want to while away some time between rounds and serious practise.
The compact course has 18 felt-covered holes, split into the eponymous ‘two nines’ with green felt for the front nine and blue for the more challenging back nine. Avoiding the mini golf clichés of giant windmills and clowns, Two Nines instead has quite a simple design which nonetheless provides some fun obstacles requiring a precise aim. Even if you don’t bring the family along, a round on this course is good for developing your putting skills. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 20:00
- Location: Phunaka Golf Course, 61/17-19, Soi Chaofa 73, Chalong
- Tel: +66 (0)95 257 8490
Wats - or Buddhist temples - are among the most important symbols of Thailand, partly because the majority of Thais are Buddhist and partly because they are so beautiful. In Phuket alone, there are 29 Buddhist temples spread around the island.
Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and Westerners come to learn something about Buddhism. The temple is open from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon. Read More...
- How to get there: Wat Chalong is about 8 km south of Phuket City. Travel along Chao Fah Nok Rd (Chao Fa West Rd) from the Central Festival mall, and you will see the temple on the left side of the road.
Wat Mai Luang Pu Supha (also known as Wat Sila Suparam) in Chalong is a relatively new temple on the island. This beautiful and inviting property was built with attention to detail but it is famous mainly because of its founder Luang Pu Supha who is probably one of the most respected and long-lived monks in modern Thai history. He’s dedicated a large part of his life (almost a century to be exact) to being a Buddhist monk spreading the word of dharma and building almost 40 temples and monasteries around the country (three of them are in Phuket). Read More...
- Opening Hours: All year round
- Location: Chaofa West Road, Chalong Area
- How to get there: From the Central Festival Phuket shopping mall go towards Chalong, the temple is near Phunaka Golf Course, Phuket Tree Adventure and about 500 metres before the famous Wat Chalong.