If you ever visited Thailand you know the “curse” of a taxi driver: he will take anywhere as long as it’s where he wants you to go. I would not call it a scam, it’s more an unavoidable annoyance. Thanks to our driver, the sightseeing tour of Phuket veered away from whatever we wanted to visit and brought us to the Big Buddha.
To be fair, the driver deserves a major kudos for bringing us there: the fantastic views of Phuket island from the top of the hill where the Big Buddha sits do deserve a visit, and even endless stream of visitors can not spoil this experience. The Big Buddha itself is, well…, big. Building it is an impressive undertaking, which is still very much in progress, and construction untidiness slightly distracts from the grandiose size of the project.
Phuket’s Big Buddha is the revered landmark by Buddhist followers. Here is the story behind this project. They definitely chose location well: the place offers exquisite views of the island with the Andaman sea as the perfect backdrop.
The Big Buddha on Google Maps: