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Pattaya

Country
Thailand
State
Chon Buri
City
Pattaya
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By boat

In November 2010, a high speed catamaran ferry commenced service between Pattaya and Hua Hin, taking just over three hours and costing 1600 baht one way. Outside the low season (May to October), the ferry operates a regular schedule of three crossings per week, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing from Pattaya at 08:30 and from Hua Hin at 12:30. During the low season the ferry is available for charter only.
Those wanting other destinations or travel during the low season by sea may find that local dive shops can help, if cost is not a consideration

By plane

U-Tapao Airport, often known somewhat inaccurately as "Pattaya Airport", is at Sattahip, just off the main Sattahip - Chanthaburi (Sukhumvit) highway, 30km south of Pattaya. Primarily a military facility, it's the closest airport fielding commercial passenger flights, but only to a handful of destinations. There are no commercial passenger flights connecting U-Tapao directly with Bangkok.

By bus

1st class buses from Bangkok to the North Pattaya Road bus station are air-con, almost always have an on-board toilet, are essentially direct (ie no stops), and provide a no fuss, no frills, hassle-free service. Departures from the Eastern (Ekamai) Terminal and Northern (Moh Chit) Terminal are frequent and usually take 2-2.5 hours; those from the Southern Bus Terminal are less frequent and take a little longer.

By train

Provided it's a weekday, the most economical way to travel between Pattaya and Bangkok by public transport is by rail - the one-way fare is just 31 baht, and if you've never experienced a 3rd class Thai train, this can be an interesting experience.

Key places to visit
Khao Phra Tam Nak or Khao Phra Bat, Sanctuary of Truth, Buddha Park, Sala Keoku, Three Kingdoms Theme Park, Pirom Submarine, Wat Yanasangwararam Woramahawihan, Sriracha Tiger Zoo


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Places to Visit

Khao Phra Tam Nak or Khao Phra Bat

This small hill is located between South Pattaya and Jomtien. It is a vantage point for a panoramic view of the whole city of Pattaya and its crescent bay. Many tourists know it as Buddha Hill. Locals and visitors come here to pay homage to Wat Khao Phra Bat atop the hill and the monument of Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak, who is regarded as the “founding father of the modern Thai navy.” and Suan Chaloemphrakiat Khao Phra Tam Nak Road. This is a fitness park at the foot of Khao Pattaya. With an area of 6 acres, the park was dedicated to commemorate His Majesty the King’s sixtieth 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

Sanctuary of Truth is a sanctuary under construction in Pattaya, Thailand. It is an all wood construction building, resembling a temple, and filled inside and out with wood sculpture based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. The building, which resembles a temple, is close to 105 meters (345 feet) high and covers an area of more than two rais. It features contemporary Visionary art based on traditional religious themes. The project was initiated as an idea of Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981, and is scheduled to be complete in 2025.It is in the style of the ancient Khmer architecture such as that at Angkor and entirely covered in hand-carved wooden sculpture. It has four gopura, respectively representing images from the Buddhist and Hindu religions and mythologies of Cambodia, China, India and Thailand

Buddha Park

The park was started in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat.Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat was a priest-shaman who integrated Hinduism and Buddhism.His unique perspective was influenced by a Hindu rishi under whom he studied in Vietnam.After the revolution in 1975, he fled from Laos to Thailand where he built another sculpture park, Sala Keoku in Nong Khai.He fled because his anti-Communist beliefs conflicted with the views of the Pathet Lao.After Luang Pu Bunleua Sulitat left, the state took control of his garden and made it into a public park

Sala Keoku

Sala Keoku is a park featuring giant fantastic concrete sculptures inspired by Buddhism and Hinduism. It is located near Nong Khai, Thailand in immediate proximity of the Thai-Lao border and the Mekong river. The park has been built by and reflects the personal vision of Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat and his followers (the construction started in 1978). It shares the style of Sulilat's earlier creation, Buddha Park on the Lao side of Mekong, but is marked by even more extravagant fantasy and greater proportions.

Three Kingdoms Theme Park

The Three Kingdoms Park is a beautiful attraction full of the Sino-Thai architectural style, covering an area of 36 rai. It was originated from the idea of Khun Kiarti Srifuengfung, a leading Chinese businessman of Thailand. The art objects in this place is in accordance with the Chinese Fengshui, comprising of a 5-storey building, displaying oil paintings of the life story of Kong Ming, as well as, Jiangxi sculptures of leading characters from the chronicle in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The uppermost storey is the Buddha image hall and a sightseeing spot. Moreover, there is another building where there is a 4 metre-marble-engraved Bodhisattva Kwan Yin sculpture, Kuan Yu God, as well as, a fine art corridor where there are paintings on tiles depicting the major episode of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It is open everyday from 10.00AM-5.00PM On Saturday and Sunday, it opens until 6.00PM Entrance fee is 150 baht for adults and 80 baht for children

Pirom Submarine

Pirom Submarine is located at Pattaya Tai Road, Tambon Nong Prue, Bang Lamung District. Take a boat at Laem Bali Hai Pier. Tourists will have to take a ferry to the floating station at Ko Sak to get on a submarine. It is a submarine diving to a depth of more than 25-30 metres to admire the coral reefs underwater at Ko Sak. It costs 2,000 baht for an adult and 1,500 baht for a child. The submarine leaves every hour on Saturdays-Sundays and public holiday.

Wat Yanasangwararam Woramahawihan

Wat Yanasangwararam Woramahawihan covers an area of 366 rai. Turn left from Sukhumvit Road, at Km. 160 for 5km. It was constructed in 1976 for Somdet Phra Yanasangwon, the present Supreme Patriarch, and later was supported by His Majesty the King. At the entrance are situated international pavilions presenting each country’s national architectural style around the pond. Within the compound of the temple are the Mondop where a replica of the Buddha’s footprint is enshrined, a large Chedi containing the relics of the Lord Buddha, as well as, his enlightened followers, and Wihan Phra Yanaret.

Sriracha Tiger Zoo

The Sriracha Tiger Zoo is a zoo in Pattaya, a city in the Chonburi Province of Thailand, about 60 miles from Bangkok. The zoo claims a population of 200 tigers and around 10,000 crocodiles, the largest such populations in the world.Sriracha Tiger Zoo.

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