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I’m looking to go visit the Big Buddha from Patong for the day and looking to hire a private driver to take myself and husbo - would anyone happen to have any recommendations for a driver we could use and any contact details please?
In that case, give Big Buddha a miss. The 'temple' itself is nothing to write home about and is, basically, a big money making exercise. Views to Phi Phi can be wonderful, but if it's a hazy day (which is often) you see very little.
Better to stay on the west coast and head down through the Karon markets, Kata viewpoint, Nai Harn Beach, and end up at Promthep Cape.....then back to Patong.