Wat Chalong, or Chalong Temple, was built at the beginning of the 19th century and is the largest and most-visited of Phuket's temples. Locals and many Thai tourists come to pray and pay respect to several revered monks who were the founders of Wat Chalong.
The most recent building on the grounds is the 60-meter-tall “Chedi” that shelters a splinter of bone from Buddha. Walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful paintings illustrating Buddha’s life and there are many golden statues. Wat Chalong Chedi is built on three floors; feel free to climb all the way to the top floor terrace to get a nice bird’s eye view of the entire temple grounds.
24-hour advance reservation is required.
Cancellation less than 12 hours prior will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee.
Phuket Old Town will captivate your senses and bring to life a bygone era of colonial traders and Chinese and Muslim immigrants. Stroll along sidewalks lined with lively shop houses, smell the incense emanating from a Chinese temple and delight in the market’s exuberant fruits and vegetables. Peruse the restored Sino-Portuguese architecture of the 1929-era On On Hotel and the displays of Buddhist amulets, a favorite Thai good luck charm.
Designer and Rosewood PlaceMaker, Philip Huang, has shared his learned indigenous dyeing techniques exclusively with Rosewood Phuket. Families will be educated on the life of indigo plants and traditional dyeing methods and designs. They will then create their own unique t-shirt as a reminder of their preservation of this artisanal craft.
Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island.
The huge, 45-meter-tall image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and the lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island. Close up, the atmosphere is very peaceful - the only sounds you hear are the tinkling of small bells, the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags and soft dharma music. The Buddha’s whole body is layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. There is also a smaller brass Buddha and several, much smaller statues, of Buddha and of revered monks.
Phuket’s “Old Town” is well known for its classic Chinese-Portuguese buildings, but there’s another great reason to take explore downtown: cool street art. Both local and international artists have contributed works that can be found in a compact section of town, making it easy to stroll and discover.
Elephants who have worked all their lives in often hard labor enjoy a well-deserved rest at this special home for retired pachyderms, where the focus is on ethical tourism. There is no riding these majestic beasts here, instead you are a temporary guest in their world, privileged to spend a few hours quietly observing them in their natural habitat, as they wander, feed and bathe.