If you take a trip to Phuket Town take a look around you and in the distance there will be one feature which stands out more than any other, a mountain that towers above everything else, this is Toh Sae mountain, the highest peak on Phuket.
With a height of 250 meters, the equivalent of a 70 storey building, this mountain is probably the best place to get a complete view over Phuket Town and its surrounding areas. It’s also the most interesting attraction in this part of the island, and is often overlooked by most tourists.
The government has made improvements to the road that accesses Toh Sae Mountain, and a lot of landscaping has been done on the land alongside the long road up making it a lot more appealing for visitors who wish to visit.
We would like to share some photos with you from the area and also let you know of some activities you can partake in should you make the trip out here, which we really recommend you do.
If you want to do an activity which constitutes making merit, make sure you grab a bunch of bananas or a bag of peanuts before you arrive as Toh Sae is one of the few places left on the island that you can get up close and personal with wild macaque monkeys. Although these monkeys are not aggressive it is still best to stay on the safe side and not to try touching them, and if you have any food or drink on you that aren’t for the monkeys make sure they’re well hidden.
For true Phuket people, Toh Sae is not just a place for exercise; it’s also a place for worship as it is home to the Por Ta Toh Sae Chinese shrine. Toh Sae is a deceased patriarch that has been highly respected by Phuket people for a long time; they say that Toh Sae is a guardian spirit who protects them from bad things. Within the shrine are statues of the white, black and red Toh Sae.
Due to its steep incline, Koh Toh Sae is a popular jogging spot for a large number of Phuketians looking to improve their physical performance, plus being a little off the beaten track it also has the added bonus of clean fresh air. If you want to join the locals and try this run it’s advisable to take it slow as it really is quite high, and the higher you go, the lower the air pressure gets.