Tips for Staying Relaxed on Vacation

Between getting to the airport, trying to find the hotel and cramming in time to see all the sights, vacations can be stressful. And there’s nothing worse than being stressed when you’re supposed to kick back and relax.

The good thing is there are ways to counter the pressures of vacation, including planning downtime and turning off notifications. Keep reading below for travel relaxation tips to your next vacation truly feel like one.

1. Loosen up your itinerary

Let go of the idea that you have to have a perfect itinerary. Sure, there are some must-dos when traveling, such as seeing the Taj Mahal or eating crepes in France. But a vacation won’t be fun if it feels like checking items off a list. Instead, try to space out activities with plenty of time to rest in between. And accept that you don’t have to see it all in one visit.

2. Plan for the big travel day

Start preparing for the big travel day in advance. If you’re going out of the country, keep all required passports and documents together. Pack your bags the day or night before. Plan your travel to and from the airport, and research the gate location for the flight. And arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare.

3. Leave work at work

The hardest struggle of vacation for most people is leaving work behind. It is hard to resist checking emails, and some workplaces expect employees to be on call 24/7. Avoid this by turning off all work-related notifications, and letting people know in advance that you are unavailable. If checking in is necessary, then set time to respond to emails and then turn work off for the rest of the day (and stick to it).

4. Set your schedule to avoid crowds

Tourist attractions such as the Empire State Building and the Vatican see more than 3 million people each year. That translates to a lot of standing in crowds and waiting in lines. Avoid this by scheduling your visits to spots early in the day or later in the evening.

Tip: Try to get tickets for an attraction in advance so you don’t have to spend time at the ticket counter. Another option is scheduling a tour during the week when the crowds aren’t as dense as weekends.

5. Squeeze in some exercise

Exercise is a natural stress reliever. Finding time to get active may be hard during vacation, but even a little bit helps. According to the ADAA, just five minutes of aerobic exercise can signal the brain to release anxiety-fighting endorphins. Consider hitting up the hotel gym, going on a walk or enrolling in a local workout class.

6. Practice meditation

Meditation is a great way to de-stress and clear your mind. Just like exercise, even just a short time spent meditating can make a difference. There are many forms of meditation, from concentrating on a single activity or object to deep breathing exercises.

Try doing yoga on vacation, which helps both clear the mind and reduce body tension. Some destinations offer unique yoga experiences, such as paddleboard yoga in Hawaii and rooftop yoga in Los Angeles.

7. Put social media on pause

It’s hard not to want to post all the food you’re trying and all of the places you are seeing. But a vacation should be spent in the moment as much as possible. Put a pause on social media by logging out of all accounts and not checking apps.

Some phones have features that limit the amount of screen time on apps. If you still can’t resist checking social media, then consider deleting an app completely.

8. Treat yourself to a spa day

Pamper yourself on vacation with a massage or spa treatment. Massages are especially great after a long flight or hours spent in traffic on a road trip.

Try a Swedish massage if you like a lighter touch, or go for a deep tissue massage to work out the knots. Some travel destinations offer unique takes on relaxing, from the Turkish baths in Istanbul to the hot springs in Iceland.

9. Get enough sleep

Traveling across different time zones can wreck your sleep schedule, which also affects your mood. Workaround this by setting a time to go to bed, and sticking to it. If you’re driving, plan stops where you can sleep and recharge.

Pack an eye mask, earplugs and consider melatonin supplements to make it easier to sleep on an overnight flight. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for extra bedding or pillows at the hotel to help you sleep comfortably.


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“Past Infection” Guideline for Sandbox Travelers

Updated on 3 February 2022

Phuket Provincial Public Health Office would like to announce the
“Past Infection” Guideline for Sandbox Travelers

‘Sandbox’ Travelers who test positive for Covid-19 in Phuket but were infected before
arriving into Thailand can be considered for ‘no quarantine’ or ‘isolation’.

Release criteria: (all must be met)
1. You must be asymptomatic.
2. Your CT level from the RT-PCR test in Phuket must be more than 30 in both genes.

3. Medical certificate to prove your Covid-19 infection within the last 3 months
If the above criteria are not met, you must be quarantined or isolated for 10 days from
the first day of your RT-PCR positive test.

● Submit the medical certificate of past infection to your hotel.
● Submit a lab result in Phuket that shows your ‘CT’ more than 30.
● The SHA Plus Manager of your hotel must keep records of your documents for
future reference with the Phuket Provincial Health Office.
● If you are able to present the above documents, you will be released.

ตื่นตาไปกับไดโนเสาร์เสมือนจริง ในดินแดนไดโนเสาร์ “Dino Fest 2022” ที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในไทย

เซ็นทรัลพัฒนา ชวนผจญภัยดินแดนไดโนเสาร์ “Dino Fest 2022” ใหญ่ที่สุดในไทย ตื่นตาตื่นใจไปกับฝูงไดโนเสาร์เสมือนจริง

บริษัท เซ็นทรัลพัฒนา จำกัด (มหาชน) พาเหล่าสัตว์โลกล้านปีบุกเปิดจินตนาการเด็ก ๆ และครอบครัวใน “Dino Fest 2022” ผจญภัยดินแดนไดโนเสาร์เสมือนจริงใหญ่ที่สุดในไทย พบกับไดโนเสาร์ 24 สายพันธุ์ จำนวน 36 ตัวที่สามารถเคลื่อนไหวและส่งเสียงร้องได้จริงตามหลักชีววิทยา ตั้งแต่ยุคแรกเริ่มไปจนถึงยุคสูญพันธุ์ ได้แก่ ยุคครีเทเชียส ยุคจูราสสิก และยุคไทรแอสสิก ชุบชีวิตให้เหล่าสัตว์โลกล้านปีกลับมามีชีวิตอีกครั้ง

 นอกจากนี้เซ็นทรัลพัฒนาขอมอบความสุข เติมรอยยิ้มและความสดใส เปิดรอบพิเศษในการเข้าชมเหล่าไดโนเสาร์ฟรีแก่บ้านเด็กกำพร้า หรือเด็กพิเศษในท้องถิ่นอีกด้วย มาร่วมตื่นตาตื่นใจไปกับเหล่าไดโนเสาร์เสมือนจริงได้ที่ศูนย์การค้าเซ็นทรัล ภูเก็ต วันที่ 04 – 20 มี.ค. 2022.

ดร. ณัฐกิตติ์ ตั้งพูลสินธนา ผู้ช่วยกรรมการผู้จัดการใหญ่ สายงานการตลาด บมจ.เซ็นทรัลพัฒนา กล่าวว่า เรามีศูนย์การค้าเซ็นทรัลอยู่ทั่วประเทศ และเราไม่เคยหยุดนิ่งที่จะนำ Magnet Event ใหม่ ๆ ไปยังสาขาต่าง ๆ ของเรา เพื่อให้ลูกค้ารู้สึกว่าศูนย์การค้าเซ็นทรัล เป็นศูนย์กลางการใช้ชีวิตที่พวกเขาจะได้สัมผัสกับไลฟ์สไตล์และประสบการณ์ใหม่ ๆ อยู่เสมอ สำหรับครั้งนี้ เราเตรียมงาน “Dino Fest 2022” ยกขบวนไดโนเสาร์และสัตว์โลกล้านปีไปบุกที่ศูนย์การค้า 4เพื่อให้เด็ก ๆ และกลุ่มครอบครัวได้เติมเต็มจินตนาการกันอย่างใกล้ชิดกับเหล่าไดโนเสาร์หลากหลายสายพันธุ์ โดยมีไฮไลท์พิเศษคือ เราได้ใช้เทคโนโลยีให้ไดโนเสาร์สามารถเคลื่อนไหวและส่งเสียงร้องได้จริง เสมือนว่ามีชีวิต โดยแต่ละตัวจะมีเอกลักษณ์ที่ โดดเด่นไม่เหมือนกัน ทั้งรูปร่าง ท่าทางและเสียง มีตั้งแต่ไดโนเสาร์กินเนื้อ ไดโนเสาร์กินพืช สัตว์เลื้อยคลานบินได้ หรือแม้กระทั่งปลา เด็ก ๆ จะได้เติมเต็มจินตนาการ ได้ความรู้ ฝึกทักษะการสังเกตและจดจำ และผู้ใหญ่เองก็จะได้รับความสนุกสนานไม่แพ้กัน เหมือนได้หลุดไปอยู่ในโลกล้านปี

ทะลุมิติไปผจญภัยในอาณาจักรไดโนเสาร์ ท่องยุคครีเทเชียส ยุคจูราสสิก และยุคไทรแอสสิก เผชิญหน้ากับเหล่าไดโนเสาร์เสมือนจริงหลากหลายสายพันธุ์ ตื่นตาไปกับเหล่าไดโนเสาร์นักล่าตัวฉกาจ อาทิ Spinosaurus (สไปโนซอรัส) ไดโนเสาร์กินเนื้อที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในโลกมีกระโดง ยาวกว่า 12 เมตร, Giganotosaurus (จิกาโนโตซอรัส) กิ้งก่ายักษ์แห่งอเมริกาใต้ และ Tyrannosaurus (ไทรันโนซอรัส) ไดโนเสาร์กินเนื้อขนาดใหญ่และทรงพลัง สนุกสนานไปกับเหล่าไดโนเสาร์กินพืช อาทิ Parasaurolophus (พาราซอโรโลฟัส) โดดเด่นด้วยหงอนที่มีลักษณะเหมือนท่อกลวงยาว, Ouranosaurus (อูราโนซอรัส) กิ้งก่าผู้กล้าหาญ และ Triceratops (ไทรเซอราทอปส์) หรือที่รู้จักกันในนามยักษ์ 3 เขา โลดแล่นไปกับสัตว์เลื้อยคลานบินได้ อาทิ Questzalcoatlus (เควทซาลโคท์ลุส) สัตว์เลื้อยคลานบินได้ที่มีขนาดใหญ่เท่าเครื่องบิน, Pterodaustro (เทอโรดอสโตร) สัตว์เลื้อยคลานบินได้ที่มีลักษณะคล้ายกับนก Flamingo คือปากยาวโค้งที่มาพร้อมกับซี่กรองที่ใช้กรองกินสัตว์เล็กๆ เป็นอาหาร และ Pteranodon (เทอราโนดอน) สัตว์เลื้อยคลานบินได้ที่เป็นที่รู้จัก ดำดิ่งลงใต้น้ำไปพบกับปลาโบราณเลื่องชื่ออย่าง Mawsonia และอื่นๆ อีกมากมาย

ผจญภัยท่องโลกล้านปี สัมผัสกับเหล่าไดโนเสาร์ขนาดมหึมาอย่างใกล้ชิด ที่ต้องบอกว่า ยิ่งใหญ่ สมจริง และ ไม่ควรพลาด กับ “Dino Fest 2022” ที่ศูนย์การค้าเซ็นทรัล ภูเก็ต วันที่ 04 – 20 มี.ค. 2022.

11 Things Not to Do in Phuket

Things Not to Do in Phuket

Just like in any country, there are a few customs everyone should respect and a few things you should not do in Phuket. Some are petty and casual; some are serious and could lead to real trouble. If you are familiar with Thailand, you probably know and respect those rules, even the untold ones. Many of them seem so obvious and common sense; we shouldn’t even have to mention them. And yet, it is well known that people often do things outside their country they would never consider in their own so if you know about the rules listed below and respect them already: well done! If you don’t, maybe you should think about it.

Also, let’s add that Patong is not really Thailand  so it’s a little more easy-going than the rest of the island, but once you go out of Patong, people might frown at you.

1. Don’t disrespect the Royal Family

Thailand Royal Family

The Royal Family is hugely respected in Thailand, and any sign of disrespect can have consequences. During your holiday you might be surprised how deep this respect is. Everyone stands up before the movie at the cinema when the national anthem starts playing. It’s only a minute, don’t worry, but stand, please. In Bangkok, and even more so in Chiang Mai, the national anthem plays in the streets at 8 am and 6 pm. Absolutely everyone freezes instantly (that’s how you spot the tourists: those who keep moving with a puzzled expression on their face)

2. Don’t wear your shoes in a temple

Leaving your shoes outside is well known and you probably already know that because you remember seeing a bunch of shoes abandoned in front of houses and temples. If you think about it, it does make a lot of sense not to bring the outside dirt inside your own home, especially in Thailand where people tend to sit or even eat on the floor. If you stayed in Thailand long enough, you might even start doing it back in your home country yourself!

Note that nowadays, you don’t need to take off your shoes in most shops or offices, but a decade ago it wasn’t unusual to remove them to enter some offices! In doubt, look in front of the shop: if there are shoes, do it too or ask 

3. Don’t visit a temple with short clothes

Temples are highly revered religious places, and it seems to be common sense to dress appropriately to enter a church or a mosque. At least that’s what one would think. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to see people casually walking in with sleeveless shirts or revealing skirts. Please wear at least a T-shirt with sleeves, skirts or short pants that reach knee level, and remove hats or caps. This dress code is only enforced in a few temples such as the Grand Palace in Bangkok, but theoretically, the same applies to every temple of Thailand. Monks live on temple grounds so please have some respect and decency.

4. Don’t take Buddha images out of the country

Buying Buddha Images in Thailand

A few years ago it was considered ‘cool’ to have a Buddha image, a statue, carving or even worse: a Buddha head on a spike. These are religious items and not decorations. National campaigns helped a lot in educating travellers about this ethic, and things are getting better. However, shops still sell those attractive golden or elegantly carved stone items, and some people always buy them. If found in your luggage at the airport, unless registered, authorities may confiscated your Buddha statue or image.

5. Do not touch a monk

It would be best if you did not touch a monk. It may sound strange, but that is the way it has always been so if you see a monk in the street, always give way. Monks are very respected, and people step aside, and so should you.

6. Don’t point your feet at someone

That’s doesn’t look like much but pointing your feet purposely at someone is considered disrespectful or even insulting in some cases, feet being the lowest part of the body and in contact with the dirt of the ground. Thai people being friendly and not confrontational in general, no one will tell you to remove your feet from that seat in front of you, but you’ll frown upon big time.

7. Walk around town without a shirt (and ride a bike)

Unless you live in a coastal town, would you walk without a T-shirt in the streets of your hometown? You probably wouldn’t. (We know some will say yes, just because). The same goes here. While it’s OK in Patong and other touristic beaches of Phuket, wear a T-shirt when going inland or in Phuket town. If you ride a bike, it’s even worse; yes, it has this relaxed feeling when you drive topless, but it will be a ‘bloody painful’ feeling if you fall on the road! Anyway, even if you have a fantastic body, it’s not a pleasant sight to anyone.

8. Don’t take that selfie with protected wildlife

Protected Wildlife Photography

“Oh they are so cuuuute, and they look as sad as ‘Puss in Boots’! I’ve got to get a selfie with that slow loris (photo) or that cute gibbon or that weird looking iguana!”. Just don’t. These are endangered species, and people going around inviting you to take a photo for money are doing something highly illegal. By taking this photo, you are doing something illegal too, you encourage the trade, and you are making things worse for this species. Be smart.

9. Don’t collect coral or shells to take home

Don’t pick it up! It doesn’t look like much, and it can even be a nice souvenir, but shells and coral are protected, and you are not supposed to take any home. Eventually, you can buy some at the shop in Jungceylon and keep them in their bag to prove you didn’t pick them up, but we’ll need to clarify this point.

10. Don’t feed the fish!

Don't feed fish in Phuket

It’s frequent to be surrounded by a swarm of colourful fish when swimming on an island near Phuket. Feeding the fish seems to be a nice gesture as they look so hungry and eager to grab a piece of that toast you kept (or banana!). But beyond that simple gesture are ecological consequences you can’t see at first. Fish behaviour changes and relies on humans to survive and they stop cleansing the coral below, which starts to die. Bread contains yeast which also provokes constipation, frequently killing the fish. In protected areas, it is illegal and could get you a year in prison or a 100,000 Thai Baht fine! So no feeding and no standing on coral, please!

11. Don’t ride elephants

Phuket Elephant Trekking

Some might say “so why are there so many elephant trekking in Phuket then?”. What was considered casual entertainment a few years ago is slowly changing and riding an elephant is now considered animal cruelty. Elephants are respected intelligent animals, and riding them create a lot of stress. Fortunately, the new trend is to visit a sanctuary or rehabilitation camp (Tree Tops Elephant Reserve), feed the elephants and see them play by themselves in the water and mud! The same goes for any other animal displays: zoo, dolphin shows or tiger kingdoms. It is best is to avoid them!

Thailand now accepting applications for permanent residency

Thailand is now taking applications for permanent residency from now until December 30, 2020. The number of expats who can apply is capped at 100 per nationality plus 50 stateless individuals. But permanent residency isn’t easy to get in Thailand and applicants need to speak Thai. Local blogger and Samut Prakan school employee Richard Barrow posted on Facebook saying he tried applying a few years ago, but he wasn’t accepted. He says he will apply again this year and could use some advice on how to get accepted.

Richard recommends visiting the website Thai Citizenship, which is run by Chris Larkin, a citizen in both Thailand and Australia.

Here’s the main qualifications for permanent residency:

  • Hold a Thai work permit for at least 3 consecutive years.
  • Work for the current company for at least 1 year.
  • Earn an annual income of at least 80,000 baht per month for at least 2 years, or have filed a tax return for an annual income of 100,000 baht for at least 2 consecutive years.

Applicants will also need the proper documents to file an application. The Thai Immigration has copies of the documents on its website, click HERE to visit. He’s the documents applicants need:

  • TM.9 application form
  • Form of personal information sheet
  • Health certificate from a government hospital
  • Map of residence and place of work form
  • Salary certificate
  • Letter of employment to the Department of Labour

It costs 7,600 baht to file an application. If it’s approved, the residency permit costs 191,400 baht. The permit costs 95,700 baht for spouses and children of those with a residence or who are Thai citizens.

If the application goes through, the applicant will then go through an interview at immigration with a panel of around 7 to 10 officials. Chris calls it a 5 to 10 minute “semi-formal chit-chat” were the applicants talks (in Thai) about themselves and why they want to remain in Thailand (The Thaiger was doing ok up to that part).

If immigration accepts the application, then it goes through what Chris describes as the Ministry of Interior “Black Hole.” He says the process is more “obscure” and approval is at the discretion of the Minister of Interior. In the past, the process took years, but he says recently it has been a lot faster.

Here are the benefits of permanent residency…

  • You are granted to stay permanently. In other way, you don’t need to apply for an extension of stay anymore
  • You will receive a certificate of alien registration
  • You will be able to have your name in a House Book (Ta Bian Ban) not a yellow one, a blue one
  • You can enter in the same counter as Thai citizens for immigration passport control for arrival or departure
  • A child whose both parents are permanent residents in Thailand must be granted Thai citizenship
  • You will be able to buy a condominium in Thailand without transferring money from abroad
  • You will be able to apply for citizenship 5 years after your name is registered in a blue ta bian ban
  • Able to become director of a Public Thai company
  • And you will be exempted of notification of your address every 90 days

Thailand Updated Entry Rules from 1 March 2022

23rd of February 2022, The Thailand CCSA (Center for COVID situation Administration) has announced the Updated Entry Rules for coming to Thailand which Are going to be applied starting from 1 March 2022 onwards.

Updated Entry Rules

Fully Vaccinated Travelers arriving in Thailand can enter through the Updated Test and Go Model, which States that the Traveler Must undergo 1 PCR Test On day 1 upon arrival, and Quarantine in the Hotel room until the Result of the Test Appears. The PCR Test On Day 5 is not Required anymore for all arrivals entering the Kingdom from 1 March onwards. In Addition to that, The Required COVID 19 insurance coverage has been reduced from 50,000 USD to 20,000 USD.

Thailand updated entry rules

Refund for PCR Test Day 5

For Our Valued Guests Who Have already booked a 2nd PCR Test on Day 5 and arriving 1 March onwards, you can request a refund of The Second Test in case of arriving 1 March onwards and the refund Process will Start accordingly.

New Quarantine Packages

You can check our 1 Day Quarantine Packages in Thailand through the below links:

If the Test result is Negative, the traveler will be able to Travel freely around Thailand, and if the PCR Test is Positive, The Guest will need to be Isolated in Either Quarantine Hotel, or Hospital Depending on the Symptoms and how severe the Illness is.

Phuket Big Buddha

Big Buddha Phuket

Phuket Big Buddha – What to Do at Phuket Big Buddha?


What to Do at Phuket Big Buddha?

The Phuket Big Buddha is a 45-metre-tall white marble statue visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. This impressive landmark is probably at the top of everyone’s ‘Must-Do in Phuket‘, and it is indeed a jaw-dropping site, and the panoramic views from up there are breathtaking. Koh Samui always had a very popular Giant Buddha, and it seems that Phuket wanted to have a bigger one.

Phuket Big Buddha Video

When was Phuket Big Buddha built?

Phuket Big Buddha started in 2002 as the foundation stone was laid by General Phijit Kulawanich, Privy Councilor, on May 22, 2002. The official name is ‘Phraphutthamingmongkhol-akenagakhiri Buddha’ that translates as “Happiness on top of Nakerd Mountain”.

The Construction of the Phuket Big Buddha

The statue is built with people’s donations and is still under construction. If you want to help finish the construction, you can sponsor a white marble piece for 300 or 1,000 baht, depending on the tile’s size. At this time, the Buddha is complete, but the sweeping staircase is still under construction.

Big Buddha Phuket

Visiting Phuket Big Buddha

The road to the statue is well paved and easy to ride despite many curves; however, drive slowly and carefully on the way down. When reaching the top of the hill, you will find ample and well-organised parking. As you approach the site, a security officer will check your attire, and if your shorts or skirts are too short, you will be required to wear a sarong, provided for free.

Phuket Big Buddha

A recently added sweeping staircase now leads to the Buddha monument. Note that the stairs are only to climb up; you are not allowed to walk them down. There is a separate way down on the hillside, and a security guard sitting there all day makes sure people respect this rule. Don’t worry if you forgot to take your photos and selfies the first time, as it’s easy to go back on the way out.

Phuket Big Buddha

If you wonder or worry, There are 94 steps to reach the Big Buddha and climbing them is relatively easy (thank you to our reader Joni for counting them for us!)

The panoramic views

From up there, you will get some pretty stunning bird view on three large bays. Before that day, I always thought they were far from each other. Directly in front of the Big Buddha in Chalong Bay, and when the sky is clear, you will even see Phang Nga Bay! Few steps to the west, another short staircase will take you to a terrace from which you’ll get a beautiful view of Kata Bay and Kata Noi Bay. You might even recognise Promthep Cape and even Nai Harn Windmill. The best spot to see the third bay is to stop at the restaurant on the way up. From up there, you’ll get from there a magnificent panorama of Karon Beach.

Kata Beach from Big Buddha Viewpoint

The Big Buddha of Phuket is a site to visit. It has become a bit of a tourist attraction, but it is indeed imposing and worth a photo. If you prefer more modest but beautiful temples, the sitting Buddha of Wat Kao Rang or the reclining Buddha of Wat Sri Sunthorn is more humble.

Big Buddha Phuket

On the way down, you will walk through a temple where monks sit all day to give blessings and hold occasional ceremonies, mostly for local visitors. Here too, people donate money for the temple and buy amulets. This place also serves as a museum narrating the history of the Big Buddha construction. You can purchase snacks and drinks all along the way, but of course, no alcohol is allowed.

Is there a dress code at Phuket Big Buddha?

There is no dress code to visit Phuket Big Buddha. However, the Giant Buddha of Phuket is a tourist attraction, but it is also an active temple with monks, so remember to dress appropriately and try not to speak too loudly, as we often hear. At the entrance of the path leading to the temple, security will check your attire. Sleeveless shirts, too short pants or skirt above the knee are not authorised, so if you wear short skirts or shorts, they will hand you a free sarong and ask you to wear it.

Big Buddha Dress Code

Nak Kerd Seaview Panoramic Restaurant

On the way up or down, don’t miss a chance to stop at one of the many panoramic restaurants for snacks or drinks. Enjoy a Thai lunch at Nak Kerd Seaview Cafe with a beautiful view of Karon Beach, or even just a coffee, a soft drink or a beer; the birdview is worth the photo.

Star Mountain Sunset Restaurant in Phuket

Big Buddha Phuket Info

Location: Chalong
Address: Soi Yot Sane 1, Chaofa West Rd, Nakkerd hill near Chalong
Open: 6 am – 7.30 pm
Phone: 083 556 2242
Dress Code: No short skirts or short pants, no sleeveless Tee shirts
Price: Free
Built: 2002
Official name: Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri
Height: 45m

How to get to Phuket Big Buddha?

The Big Buddha is at the top of Nakkerd Hill near Chalong, in the south of Phuket Island. . follow the many signs on the way to Chalong Circle. It would be hard to miss, and it is not far from Wat Chalong. A small winding road off Chaofa West Road leads to the site itself is now in good condition but can be tricky on the way down; drive carefully.

  • Distance from Patong to the Big Buddha: 23 km
  • From Phuket International Airport to Big Buddha: 45 km
  • From Phuket Town to the Big Buddha: 16 km
  • From Bangtao to Phuket Big Buddha: 55 km
  • From Wat Chalong to the Big Buddha: 8 km

Big Buddha Phuket Map

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Can you walk to the Big Buddha of Phuket?

You can walk to the big Buddha through a relatively easy hillside path that starts opposite Baan Karon Resort on Patak Road, in Karon Beach. The climb is only 2.5 kilometres on Google map and 1 Kilometre if you believe the boulder on the photo below. The climb is not too steep, but it’s not recommended to climb to the Big Buddha site if you have a heart condition or lack of physical exercise. The dirt road is now wide and well cleaned up, but some parts are still narrow and relatively steep.

Walking to the Big Buddha of Phuket

You could also walk up the main road, but 5.7 kilometres from Chaofah Road would be much longer. On the bright side, you can stop at many panoramic bars and restaurants, but doing it with a motorbike is definitely the most comfortable way to do it, allowing you to stop anytime you feel like it.



FAQs about the Big Buddha

  1. Q. How tall is the Big Buddha oh Phuket?

    a. The Big Buddha is 45-meter-tall, on top of a high hill overlooking Chalong Bay.

  2. Q. Is there a dress code for Phuket Big Buddha?

    a. Yes there is a dress code: do not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts or skirts above the knee. If you do, the security guard will hand you a free sarong and ask you to wear it.

  3. Q. How much does it cost to visit the Big Buddha?

    a. Visiting the Big Buddha is free, but making a small donation is a nice gesture.

  4. Q. How can I get up there?

    a. The Big Buddha is frequently part of day trip tours, but Tuk Tuks can take you up there. Self-driving is also an easy option.


Phuket Sandbox Updated 18 Jun 21


As of 1st July, 2021, Phuket, Thailand will be open to international travelers.
There will be no quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers who are tested negative seventy-two <72> hours before arrival in Phuket.
You must spend at least fourteen <14> nights in Phuket before being able to travel freely in the rest of Amazing Thailand.
You may stay for less than fourteen <14> nights and return to your home country directly from Phuket.
◉ Children aged six <6> or above must get a COVID test before departure from their home country.
◉ In case parents are found to have Covid-19 during their stay in Phuket, the children will be required to be put into isolation for fourteen <14> days thereon.
 Every traveler must obtain a ‘Certificate of Entry’ (COE) before being eligible to fly into Phuket International Airport.
 Check the website for the required documents and the four easy <4> steps to apply before arriving in Phuket.
 The Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General takes three <3> working days to process steps one <1> and step three <3> respectively so please leave enough time to apply.
 Applicants must continually check the result of their application on the website after submitting each step.
◉ Every traveler must obtain a ‘Certificate of Entry’ (COE) before being eligible to fly into Phuket International Airport.
◉ Check the website for the required documents and the four easy <4> steps to apply before arriving in Phuket.
◉ The Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General takes three <3> working days to process steps one <1> and step three <3> respectively so please leave enough time to apply.
◉ Applicants must continually check the result of their application on the website after submitting each step.
 Foreign travelers must have insurance covering the treatment and medical expenses for COVID-19, with a minimum coverage of One Hundred Thousand US Dollars <100,000 USD>.
 The insurance must cover the total duration of your stay in Thailand.
 Please print out one copy (with receipt) as you will need to show at Phuket International Airport upon arrival.
◉ International travelers with the following vaccines are able to enter Phuket.

◉ Thai FDA approved vaccines:

      ◉  AstraZeneca
      ◉  Moderna
      ◉  Johnson & Johnson
      ◉  Sinovac Biotech
      ◉  Sinopharm
◉ You must be vaccinated more than fourteen <14> days but within one <1> year before entering Thailand.
◉  A proof of vaccination must be submitted when applying for your ‘Certificate of Entry (COE)’.
◉  Airlines that announced direct flights to Phuket are:
    ◉  THAI Airways International
    ◉  Singapore Airlines
    ◉  Emirates
    ◉  Qatar Airways
    ◉  Hongkong airlines
    ◉  EVA Air
    ◉  Korean Air
    ◉  Jinair
    ◉  Cathay Pacific
    ◉  KLM
◉  Please check airline flight schedules on their websites as this list might change.
◉  Please be aware that some airlines might not be able to operate to your home country when returning due to their current regulations. Please check carefully.
◉  You are responsible to check their requirements for returning to your home country.
◉  You must get an ‘RT-PCR’ Covid test issued no more than seventy-two <72> hours before traveling and submit as per the requirements of the ‘Certificate of Entry’ (COE) – Step four <4>.
◉  Ensure that you have printed out:
◉  Your approved ‘Certificate of Entry’ (COE)
◉  Your ‘SHA Plus’ hotel reservation(s) showing at least fourteen <14> nights stay with the ‘SHABA’ confirmation (please see ‘Accommodation’ section below).
◉  Your Insurance policy summary showing the required coverage and receipt
Your RT-PCR test result
◉  You must download the ‘Mor Chana’ mobile application as soon as possible after landing.
Upon arrival at Immigration, you are required to:
        ◉  Your passport
        ◉  Completed a ‘™.6’ immigrational arrival card
        ◉  Provide your printed ‘COE’
        ◉  Provide your Visa (if applicable)
        ◉  Your “SHA Plus” hotel booking with the ‘SHABA’ confirmation (please see ‘Accommodation’ section below).
        ◉  Your travel insurance
        ◉  The ‘Mor Chana’ application loaded in your mobile telephone and ‘Check In’ at Phuket International Airport
        ◉  Your return flight confirmation from Phuket International Airport in the event you are staying in Phuket for less than fourteen <14> nights.
◉  ‘Mor Chana’ is an application that is simple and easy to use as it helps to track and trace where Thai residents, nationals and visitors alike in the case a Covid-19 case has been identified and contact needs to be made.
◉  In the application, there are four <4> points of information to be made accessible, which are ‘Camera’, ‘Location’, ‘Pictures’ and ‘Store’.
‘Mor Chana’ will notify users when they are at risk of being near or contacting a COVID-19 infected person.
Wristbands will be used ONLY in cases where tourists don’t have a mobile telephone or have an older telephone which won’t allow the sharing of their location.
◉  ‘SHA’ is a certification for businesses who meet the basic standards of hygiene and health safety for their products and services in accordance with the nationwide measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
◉  ‘SHA Plus’ is a certification for companies/individuals who have received their ‘SHA’ certification ‘PLUS’ at least 70% of their workforce has been fully vaccinated.
◉  The ‘SHA Plus’ list is constantly updated as and when businesses are certified.

◉  Follow this link: to keep updated of ‘SHA Plus’ businesses.

◉  You can go anywhere within the Phuket province, BUT you must strictly follow the ‘DMHTTA’ precautions:
         ◉  D – Distancing
         ◉  M – Mask wearing
         ◉  H – Handwashing
         ◉  T – Temperature check
         ◉  T – Testing for COVID-19
         ◉  A – contact tracing application (‘Mor Chana’).
◉  Masks must be worn at all times in public areas. Fines are in place if you fail to adhere to this.
◉  A COVID-19 rapid test is required on day five <5>.
◉  You are required to scan ‘Mor Chana’ application and do a temperature check at your ‘SHA Plus’ hotel every day during your first fourteen <14> days stay.
◉  It is mandatory that you book a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel for the first fourteen <14> nights in Phuket.
◉  Residing in a private residence is not allowed on the first fourteen <14> nights for COVID-19 control purposes
The first seven <7> nights reservation must be at one hotel and after their PCR test is negative on day eight <8>, you can move to another hotel. After the next test on the thirtheen <13> night proves to be negative, you can then move to another SHA Plus+ hotel.
Once you have made your ‘SHA Plus’ hotel reservation(s), you must advise the hotel(s)/tour operator(s) or OTA(s) that you are joining the “Phuket Sandbox” project so that the hotel(s) can enter your booking details into the ‘SHABA’ (SHA Plus Booking Authentication) system and you will then receive a QR code and Reference number as required by the ‘Certificate of Entry’ application. No other forms of confirmation of reservation will be accepted.
◉  All ‘SHA Plus’ hotel bookings must be fully pre-paid for the first fourteen <14> nights or less if you are planning to stay in Phuket for less than fourteen <14> nights.
◉  Upon arrival at the airport, the PCR tests results will be issued within twelve <12> hours. During this time, you must remain in their hotel room until you have received a negative result.
◉  ‘RT-PCR’ tests on day six <6> and day twelve <12> are mandatory.
◉  RT-PCR Covid-19 test
◉  Every hospital in Phuket can provide an ‘RT-PCR’ test.
◉  The cost of an RT-PCR covid test ranges from two thousand five hundred <2,500> to four thousand <4,000> Thai Baht per person.
◉  Covid-19 testing is at your own expense.
◉  IF your covid-19 test is positive, you will be immediately admitted to a hospital for treatment.
◉  The Department of Health, Phuket will investigate your movements and notify and isolate those who have been in direct contact with you since your arrival.
◉  We recommend that you only book an excursion with ‘SHA Plus’ certified companies for your safety.
◉  The following marinas are open for service: Ao Por, Grand Marina, Ratsada Pier, Chalong Pier. From these ports you may travel by ‘SHA Plus+’ certified boats only to Phuket provincial islands.
◉  On the first fourteen <14> nights, you are allowed to visit islands in Phuket Province which include Koh Naka Yai, Koh Naka Noi, Koh Rang Yai, Koh Maprao (Coconut island), Koh Tapao Noi, Koh Tapao Yai, Koh Lone, Koh Mai Thon, Koh He (Coral island), Koh Bon, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi.
Koh Phi Phi, Koh Yao and Phang Nga Bay are NOT a part of Phuket province. You are not allowed to visit these places in the first fourteen <14> nights stay.
◉  We recommend that you only use ‘SHA Plus’ certified restaurants for your safety
◉  The consumption of alcohol in restaurants, bars and other places forms part of the provincial Covid-19 restrictions which are updated regularly by Provincial Governors. Compliance is mandatory under the ‘Disease Control Act’ when restrictions are in place.
◉  We recommend that you use only ‘SHA Plus’ certified taxis, minibuses and limousines.
◉  If more than two <2> persons are in a vehicle, masks must be worn at all times.
◉  Visitors who wish to drive themselves are able to rent a car during the first fourteen <14> night stay in Phuket.
◉  What’s open?
              ◉  The Central Floresta – the largest department store on the island and Porto do Phuket in Cherng Talay
              ◉  Many locally owned and managed restaurants are open across the island
              ◉  The beaches are all open, but please watch the flag warning system
              ◉  Surfing on many of the top beaches is in season
              ◉  The vibrant and in trend Phuket down small coffee shops, eateries and markets are open
              ◉  Some marine companies offering trips around Phuket island and island hopping within the province
              ◉  Dive shops and schools in some areas
              ◉  We expect more and more businesses will very slowly re-open as the year moves ahead
  • ◉  In the case you have a relative or friend who is already resident in Thailand, they are allowed to visit and stay with you during your fourteen <14> ‘SHA Plus’ hotel night stays.
  • ◉  Your friend or relative is responsible to comply with the current domestic travel requirements when traveling to see you.
  • ◉  At the time of press (and please be reminded that these regulations can/may change by individual Provincial Governors) the following regulations are required:
    •        ◉  Fully vaccinated (two <2> vaccinations) OR one vaccination of the AstraZeneca vaccine
  •        ◉  Show a Negative Covid-19 test within the past seven <7> before traveling to Phuket
  •        ◉  Show evidence that they have fully recovered from Covid-19 in the previous ninety <90> days.

  • ◉  If you show any Covid-19 symptoms it is your legal responsibility to immediately get a test.
  • ◉  IF you are shown to be ‘positive’ for Covid-19 and traveling with a group or family, everybody in the group or family must undergo a test and stay in an Alternative Hotel Quarantine (AHQ) covered by your expense. The remaining nights in the SHA Plus+ hotel will be cancelled automatically and the guests will be refunded in order to pay for the ALQ accommodation.
  • ◉  In all cases, if you are tested positive whilst in Thailand, you will be responsible for all medical expenses which must be covered by your ‘Covid-19’ insurance sum. In the case your medical insurance does not cover certain items, then you will be personally responsible to settle any outstanding before being discharged from hospital.
  • After spending fourteen <14> nights in Phuket, you are free to go anywhere in Thailand but you must follow each province’s restrictions which can change.
  • You must follow your home country’s entry requirements and Thailand is not responsible or able to assist with such updates by individual countries.

James Bond Island Tour by Big Boat & Sea Canoe

Explore magical Phang-Nga Bay and the limestone karst islands of Koh Tapu and Khao Phing Kan. Work up an appetite with a full day of canoeing in the Andaman Sea before lunch, and then enjoy a leisurely cruise back to port.


  • Cruise through beautiful Phang-Nga Bay
  • Explore the limestone caves by canoe
  • Enjoy lunch on board the boat and soak up the amazing views

Full description

Start your journey from Ao Po Pier and climb aboard a 2-storey fishing boat and experience the beauty of Phang-Nga Bay and its many limestone islets. Enter the Bat Cave by canoe, and avail of the services of a paddle-man on every vessel.

Continue to Koh Hong and explore a room-like lagoon. Marvel at the limestone rock formations in different shapes before relaxing with a buffet lunch on board the boat.

End with a visit to the islands of Koh Tapu and Khao Phing Kan and discover the beach where the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” was shot. Cruise back to Phuket and keep a look out for the large flock of sea hawks that live on the nearby mountain. 


  • Sightseeing cruise with commentary
  • Sea canoe session
  • Buffet lunch and light refreshments
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels in Phuket only)
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses and tips

When you get there

  • Please note that pick-up from your hotel will be about 45 to 90 minutes before the boat departure
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions, so please dress appropriately
  • Bring sunscreen, your sunglasses, a camera and personal items
  • This tour is also suitable for rainy days as the boat is covered
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Phi Phi & Khai Islands Snorkeling by Speedboat

Explore the beautiful Phi Phi Islands from Phuket by speedboat and see several breathtaking locations and snorkeling spots, such as Khai Nai and the famous Maya Bay. Enjoy a day filled with amazing sightseeing stops and relaxing beach visits.


  • Marvel at the beautiful sights of the Andaman Sea from a speedboat
  • Be amazed by the beauty of Phi Phi Islands and famous spots such as Maya Bay
  • Explore the exciting underwater world on several snorkeling trips with the gear Included
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch served at a beach side restaurant in Phi Phi Don

Full description

Enjoy a day exploring the Phi Phi and Khai Islands, departing from your hotel in Phuket in the morning. Your adventure begins with a 1-hour relaxing boat ride to the Phi Phi Islands. See the wild monkeys from aboard the boat at Monkey Beach, before beginning your first snorkeling trip of the day. Pass by Camel Rock or Nui Bay and marvel at all the beautiful scenery while you cruise by in the speedboat.

Once you arrive at Phi Phi Leh, visit Maya Bay, made famous by the film “The Beach.” Here you will have more time to snorkel and swim in the area.  At noon, enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach side restaurant at Phi Phi Done, before cruising to Khai Nai Island where you will get to explore the tiny island.

Spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming and snorkeling on and around the islands. This tour is one of the best ways to truly discover the beauty of the area, from its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and everything in between. Your island hopping adventure will end when you return to the marina, before boarding your transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

*The Maya Bay will be closed by the national park from June 1st 2018- September 30th 2018


  • Entrance fees and National Park fees
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Use of snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and life jacket)
What’s Not Included
  • Fins (available for rent)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Beach towels
  • Alcoholic beverages

When you get there

  • Please bring a swimsuit, comfortable clothing, beach shoes, beach towels, sunscreen, camera and sunglasses.
  • This trip is not recommended for participants with heart complications, who are pregnant or who have any other serious medical conditions.
  • This trip is subjected to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather conditions, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Maya Bay is closed for restoration until further notice. The tour will not stop or access the beach during this period.
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