Wat Chalong’s well-kept grounds and shining red and gold structures draw the devout and the uninitiated to Phuket’s best known temple.
Only around two centuries old, young by Thai standards, the temple is immaculately preserved and cared for by the monks and local populace, and draws crowds of domestic and international visitors on tours of Thailand.
Wat Chalong houses many religious icons and talismans within its multi-tiered walls including 36 images of Buddha, and a walking stick possessed by a former abbot said to have magical healing properties. Recently, a new shrine was built and consecrated to house a bone remnant of Buddha brought from Sri Lanka.
Though the rainfall is comparatively light for Thailand June through August, the seas of the coast of Phuket are often choppy this time of the year, and guests on luxury tours of Thailand can find booking accommodations easier and cheaper this time of the year.
The grounds are open to visitors from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Just a few kilometers from Phuket Town on Phuket Island off the southern coast of Thailand, Wat Chalong is easily accessed by private car service.
A treat for the devout and the uninitiated, the quiet grounds and shining temple walls seem to gush with visitors year round. It’s commonly said among the locals that you haven't been to Phuket until you've set foot in Wat Chalong.
Appropriate Attire :
Wat Chalong is a functioning temple, and visitors on Thailand tours should dress modestly by covering their shoulders, arms, and legs out of respect for the religious site.
Many of the structures will require you to remove your shoes upon entrance, so sandals are recommended.