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Big Buddha is a giant statue of Buddha encased in Burmese alabaster that towers over Phuket from the peak of Mount Nagakerd. Construction on Big Buddha began in 2007, and Phuketians are proud of both the structure and the vantage point from which travelers can view the island. Visitors to Big Buddha will enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Kata Bay, the Karon strand and the islands that speckle the Chalong Bay.

Although some travelers say they had a spiritual experience at Big Buddha, most reviewers say the views from the peak are what captivated them. To that point, visitors suggest bringing your camera (and a wide-angle lens). 

Big Buddha is open every day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it's free to visit. You'll find the large statue on the summit of Mount Nagakerd. Most choose to hike the nearly 4-mile path to the peak, starting at the Chaofa Road West (a little more than a mile from Chalong Circle). You'll also find restroom facilities atop the hill and food and drink options on the way up. Keep in mind that parts of this attraction are under ongoing construction, but even still, visitors call it a must-see. For more information, visit Big Buddha's website

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#1 Promthep Cape Where Nai Harn Beach is Phuket's southernmost beach, Promthep Cape (or Laem Promthep) is the island's southernmost point, and likewise, it offers an amazing view of the Andaman ... Read more » Kiyoshi Hijiki / Getty Images

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#4 Soi Dog Foundation When you travel to an exotic Thai island, you might not think that an animal shelter would be high on your list of to-dos. But think again. Travelers call this ... Read more » Janet Evans / Soi Dog Foundation

#5 Kata Noi Beach Kata Noi Beach is known for its brilliant white sands and transparent aquamarine waters, as well as its relatively calm atmosphere, especially compared to other popular beaches like party-centric Patong ... Read more » Kevin Miller / Getty Images

#6 Spas Relaxing at a spa is a must-do in Phuket. The island's spas, like many in Thailand, feature aromatherapy, herbal treatments and traditional Thai oil massages, among other services, which ... Read more » Photography by Bobi / Getty Images

#7 Boat Tours You'd be remiss if you didn't spend some time sailing the waters around Phuket, stopping for a snorkel break along the way. Whether you want to stay dry ... Read more » Thanayu Jongwattanasilkul / Getty Images

#8 Wat Chalong Wat Chalong is a colorful Buddhist temple and it's also the biggest and most famous temple on Phuket. Of particular note are the gilt statues of two monks, who ... Read more » Boophuket / Getty Images

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The sunsets from atop Cape Promthep are breathtaking.  Kiyoshi Hijiki / Getty Images

The dazzlingly white Big Buddha is a must-do for many travelers coming to Phuket thanks to the 360-degree view it affords from its perch.  Soo Hon Keong / Getty Images

The warm waters of Nai Harn are glassy and clear.  John Harper / Getty Images

The Soi Dog Foundation was established in 2003 to try and care for the tens of thousands of street cats and dogs as well as to fight the dog meat trade. Janet Evans / Soi Dog Foundation

Though backed by luxury resort villas, Kata Noi Beach is open to the public.  Kevin Miller / Getty Images

Spa treatments are a popular and relatively affordable pastime in Phuket.  Photography by Bobi / Getty Images

A boat tour gives you an up-close-and-personal view of the Andaman Sea and nearby islands.  Thanayu Jongwattanasilkul / Getty Images

This Buddhist temple, Wat Chalong, is especially beautiful when bathed in the light of a setting sun.  Boophuket / Getty Images

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