Phuket’s one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations for its beautiful beaches, top-notch hotels and more. There’s so much to see and do here it can be very difficult to create a travel itinerary – and there are a lot of interesting attractions to choose from. We wanted to show you two of the best, and they also happen to be two of the most longstanding as well: Big Buddha and Siam Safari.
This is the Big Buddha, a white marble statue that’s become a marvelous symbol for the island of Phuket. It was completed in 2004, mostly funded by donations, and there’s also a bronze Buddha too – it’s smaller in comparison, but not really very small at all. The Big Buddha can be seen from anywhere in southern Phuket, and one of the best views of the entire island is on top of the hill where it’s located. Sometimes monks perform special religious ceremonies here.
From up here you can see so much of Phuket – when the sky is clear it’s even possible to see Phang Nga Bay, the island’s most famous sea cave. But just directly in front of us is Chalong Bay and that’s where you can find one of the best attractions here in Phuket, besides the Big Buddha of course. It’s called Siam Safari.
Siam Safari offers some of the best eco-friendly nature tours in all of Thailand. They’ve won many awards for not only for showing visitors around, but also performing conservation project in Phuket’s wildlife parks such as Hat Nai Yang and Khao Phra Thaeo. But what Siam Safari is best known for is its ecotourism when it comes to helping elephants.
Siam Safari was the first company to start elephant trekking in Phuket more than 20 years ago. Now many companies in Phuket and the Thai islands offer this special attraction, but unfortunately not all of them provide a good life for these sweet, endangered animals. That’s why Siam Safari focuses on conservation and they have a program that gives medical checkups to all the elephants in Phuket. So if you want to support a good cause, but also have a lot of fun, check out Siam Safari. The Big Buddha is nearby, so it’s easy to go see both!
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