This challenging, hilly run course is a favorite among local running groups, and a great way to see one of Phuket’s top sights: the 45 meter marble Buddha shrine overlooking Chalong Bay. You can start the ascent from anywhere in Chalong, but the organized group begins near Phuket Bird Paradise, at the east end of Soi Yot Sane 1. Set out running west on the road, and be sure to BEAR RIGHT where the road branches just past mile 1 (1.6 km). Turn LEFT at the Elephant Station to stay on Soi Yot Sane 1, and after another 1.5 miles, you’ll arrive at the scenic statue. Enjoy the temple and the view knowing it’s all downhill from here! 9 km (5.6 miles) total.
Notes: This is a challenging run — 1,1100 feet of elevation gain in 2.8 miles, average 8% grade. No shoulder or sidewalk on the road, but the traffic is manageable.