Pattaya, Thailand



Buddha Hill (Khao Phra Tam Nak)
Between Thap Praya Road and Phratamnak.
Buddha Hill is one of the highest points in Pattaya and at the summit is a large statue of the Big Buddha overlooking the city. A flight of stairs lead up to the Big Buddha and at the bottom are two 7-headed serpents (called nagas) with their bodies stretching along the length of the stairs. Around the Big Budddha are seven smaller Buddha statues representing the days of the week. The Pattaya Viewing Point at a nearby hill offers one of the best views of Pattaya Bay, especially during sunset.

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Pattaya Bay from Buddha Hill by Pattayapics

Chaloemphrakiat Park
At the foot of Khao Pattaya.
The of 6-acre the park was dedicated to commemorate the King's 60th birthday on December 5, 1988. The gardens of the park boast a wide variety of flowering plants and offer a scenic view of Pattaya. There are also multipurpose grounds and winding trails for walking or jogging and standard exercise facilities. It is not at all obvious how to access the gardens of the park from the summit and those from overseas should ask a local for guidance.

Sanctuary of Truth
206/2 Moo 5, Soi 12, Naklua Rd. Opens: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Sanctuary of Truth ( is a gigantic wooden heritage building situated by the sea at Laem Ratchawet in North Pattaya. The entrance is at Soi 12, Na Kluea Road. It was first begun in 1981 by Mr. Lek Wiriyaphan and the unique architecture of the building was constructed according to ancient Thai ingenuity and reflecting Eastern philosophy. The top point of the building is about 105 metres high and every part of the building is covered in wooden sculptures.

Sanctuary of Truth by Luka Krstulović

Wat Yanasangwararam Woramahawihan
Turn left from Sukhumvit Road at Km 160 for 5 km (15 km south of Pattaya. Opens: daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The temple was constructed in 1976 to pay respect to Somdet Phra Yanasangwon (Supreme Patriarch), who was later admitted under the patronage of the Thai King. The temple ground occupies an area of about 140 acres and within the compound is a Mondop where a replica of the Buddha’s footprint is enshrined. There is also a large chedi (mound-like structure) containing the relics of Buddha and his enlightened followers. At the entrance are international pavilions representing the architecture of several countries.

Anek Kuson Sala (Wihan Sian)
On the same grounds of Wat Yanasangwararam. Opens daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Anek Kuson Sala is a huge Chinese temple and now used as a museum. The temple comprises of a 3-storey building and several pavilion halls and one of the best places outside of China to see rare artifacts and antiques from several Chinese dynasties. The oldest artifact is from the Shang Dynasty, which is nearly 3,000 years old. There are also several figures of terracotta warriors including their horses and chariots
from the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China (221 BC to 210 BC).

Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Beach Rd (on the third floor of Royal Garden Plaza). Opens: daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Ripley's museums around the world are famous for its exhibits of oddities including the strange, shocking and beautiful. Pattaya's Ripley Museum ( comprises of 10 themed galleries and 350 exhibits including torture devices, real shrunken head and a replica of the Titanic made from more than 1 million matchsticks. At the same location there is also a "Haunted Adventure" show, "Infinity Maze",
4D movie theatre and Louis Tussaud's Waxworks.

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