off Vichit Songkram Road
83130 Phuket, Thailand
tel: +66 76 22 2177
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you want to avoid the crowds, don't visit early in the morning. This is when the locals usually go to the wats.
The biggest and most important Buddhist temple in Phuket, Wat Chalong attracts as many tourists as it does locals. From the outside, Wat Chalong looks like the typical ornate Thai temple. The inside, however, it's richly decorated and always full of people. Visitors come here to get blessings from the monks or to set off fire crackers. This is supposed to scare away bad spirits and attract good luck, and it's also used as a way to give thanks for a wish granted.
Wat Chalong is also a very popular place to learn about your future. No, there aren't any fortune tellers lining up the walls. Instead, you find out your fortune by taking a shaved bamboo chopstick with a number on it. Then you exchange that stick for a small scroll, which contains your fortune. You can also use a set of wood blocks to ask a "yes" or "no" question and get some help in making an important decision.