Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand
NileGuide Expert tip:
Remember to take your shoes off when entering the shrine and be respectful.
Sapan Hin is actually a large recreational area that includes a park, sport facilities, a Muay Thai stadium and even a number of walking trails. The beach area is mostly deserted all the time, so this would be a good place to go for a stroll or just to relax next to the water. Sapan Hin is also home to one of the oldest Chinese shrines in Thailand. The shrine is best known for being the final stop for the street processions during the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, but it's also a good place to visit even in quieter months. Although the shrine is small, its beautiful architectural details (including a traditional gold and red ceiling) are quite impressive. Visitors can light incense and say a prayer, or simply enjoy the beautiful sculptures that adorn every corner. Remember to take your shoes off when entering the shrine and be respectful.