Pattaya is a well-known tourist location around the world. Both Thai and foreign visitors don’t miss visiting this city because of its diversity of things to do. When I can’t think of a place to visit near Bangkok, Pattaya is often the first place that comes to my mind. Having visited there many times, these are some of the attractions in this city.
- Chi Chan Mountain
It is recognized as one of the landmarks of Pattaya. Many tourists take pictures with the cliff carved with the image of Buddha. It was built from the vision of Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara because the beautiful mountain was being destroyed. To save the mountain near the Wan Yan Sang Wararam Woramahawihan temple, he had the idea of carving the image of Buddha to create a sacred place for Buddhism. The Buddha is in the attitude of subduing Mara like the Nawaratchabopit Buddha in the Lanna-Sukothai style. The Buddha carving is 130 meters tall in total. King Rama IX of Thailand named the Buddha “Maha Wajira Uttamopassasda” which means “ The Buddha is the enlightened prophet like Maha Wajira”
- Silver Lake Vineyard
The Silver Lake Vineyard is owned by the famous actress Supassa Nueng Pirom. It is located next to the Chi Chan mountain. It is as large as 1,200 Rai (around 1,920,000 square meters). The vineyard has a beautiful scenery with a view of a lake and flowers. There is also a shop selling grape products. Most tourists visit this place to take photos and take a tour around the vineyard by bus.
Opening hours: Every day from 9AM – 6PM (Free admission except the vineyard tour bus fee)
- Wan Yan Sang Wararam Woramahawihan Temple
Wan Yan Sang Wararam Woramahawihan temple is located in the Huai Yai district in Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chonburi. Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the 19th Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, was the head of the construction project; he also named the temple after his title. Today, the temple is more than 585,600 square meters big.
Open hours : Every day 8AM-4PM (Free admission)
- Ban Amphoe Beach
The Ban Amphoe Beach is a peaceful beach not far from Sattahip. It is easy to get there and there are many activities such as swimming, fishing and watching the sunset. The beach also has restaurants and shops. It is one of the interesting places to visit in Chonburi.
Opening hours: 24 hours every day
- Pattaya City Sign Viewpoint
If you stand on the Pattaya beach either on the North Pattaya, Mid-Pattaya or South Pattaya beaches, you can see the gaint letters PATTAYA CITY in the middle of the mountain. You can also view the letters from below the sign as well. To get to this viewpoint, you have to park your car in the Public Park in Commemoration of King Rama IX’s 6th Cycle Birthday on the Phra Tamnak Mountain. Then follow the signs to reach the viewpoint. From this viewpoint, you can see the whole Pattaya bay. The garden is also filled with beautiful flowers and there are also exercise spots and tracks for running. Every day, the park is visited by those who enjoy exercise and the view.
Opening hours: Every day from 6AM – 8 PM
- Coffee Break and Radio Station Viewpoint
This coffee shop atop the Phra Tamnak Mountain is opposite the Radio Station. The coffee shop offers beverages, delicious coffee and toasts for a good price. From the coffee shop, you can see the nice view of Pattaya city. Not far from the shop, you can visit the Krom Luang Chumpon Monument near the Navy’s Radio Station where you can also get a good view. If you visit in the evening, you can see tourists waiting to see the sunset. Driving here is not difficult but finding a place to park is. You have to park on the ramp and release the gear. The parking is so convenient that I decided that visiting in the morning is better even though the sky won’t be as pretty as in the evening.
Opening hours: Every day from 9AM-9PM
- Wat Kao Phrabat Temple
A few steps from the coffee shop is the Wat Kao Phrabat Temple. The pavilion is the first building that you can see from the entrance because it’s right in the middle of the temple. Inside, there is the Buddha footprint and threes Buddha statues. The walls are painting with the stories of Buddha. One of the spots you can’t miss is the statue of the old hermit that tourists often pay respects to and wish for safe travel. The mountain of this temple has a lot of history in the eastern region of Thailand as Taksin the Great camped at this mountain before battling the city of Chan. In 1967, Luang Pho Po found the foot print of Buddha on the Pattaya summit and placed it inside the pavilion here.
Opening hours: 6AM- 10PM
- Sam Sien Palace
Sam Sien Palace was built by the Mahagit foundation to create a monument for Confucius and Dr. Sun-Yat Sen to promote their philosophy in the culture of kindness, equality and to present to ancient art of China. Inside this place, there is wall art of 24 pictures of gratitude and statues. The Sam Sien Palace is also built according to the Feng Shui. The location is on the mountain 200 meters from the Phra Yai Temple.Which means that you have to drive past the Public Park to the intersection then turn left to reach it.
Opening hours: Every day from 7AM-7PM (Free admission)
- Wat Phra Yai
The Wat Phra Yai Temple has the largest Buddha statue in Chonburi. It is 300 feet tall and was built in 1977. To reach the Buddha on the hill, you need to climb the stairs. There are bells around the hill that tourists like to ring because they believe that doing so will make their wish come true and good things will happen in their lives. You can also see the view of Pattaya from this hill. The Wat Phra Yai is located on the Phra Tamnak Mountain but opposite of Phra Bat Temple. To visit, you have to travel past the Public Park and the Sam Sien Palace first.
Opening hours: Every day from 7AM-7PM (Free admission)
- Pattaya Sheep Farm
Pattaya Sheep Farm is the largest tourist attraction in Pattaya with an area of 160,000 square meters. It is near the city and it is a perfect location for all ages. You can take photos with fairy-tale characters and enter the pet farm zone (20 baht fee) which is filled with alpacas, goats, sheep and horses. The ticket can be exchanged for fodder to feed the sheep. There is also a water market zone and bird show. Restaurants such as the Barn Steak House is available for dining.
Opening hours: Every day from 9AM-7PM (60 baht admission fee)
- Alcazar Cabaret Show
End the trip with Alcazar Cabaret Show- one of the most famous lady boy cabarets in Pattaya for 30 years. The show offers an amazing cast, ligh and sound effects and incredible performances. The Alcazar Cabaret Show consists of 17 shows in 70 minutes. One of the highlights is the international show which shows the performances of different countries such as China, Vietnam and Russia that can bring a smile to your face. The show is performed inside an elegant theater that can accommodate an audience of more than 1,200 seats.
Cabaret Shows: 4 rounds/day – 5PM, 6.30PM, 8PM and 9.30PM
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