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    Big Buddha on Pratamnak Hill

    by ErwinKoo Written Apr 5, 2014

    We visited the Big Buddha or in local language is Wat Phra Yai (Yai means big) at the Pratamnak Hill, south of Pattaya.This Buddha statue is considered as the biggest statue in Chonburi area.Pleasant ride , by passing the streets of Pattaya.Arrived ,we parked our motorcycle and go climbed the long stairway.Thelong stairway flanked by two golden colored naga snakes leads to the Buddha image, that was constructed in 1977. The enormous golden colored Buddha image is around 18 meters high and is officially named Phra Buddha Sukhothai Walai Chonlathan, and is also known as Luang Pho Yai.We find a lot of hanging Bells ,and visitors take turn to ring all the bells, that was built to resemble the bells in the Royal Palace in Beijing in China.The temple and the Buddha statue itself was not as big as we expected , we've seen bigger ones.
    The Buddha statue sits on the top of temple complex along with many other smaller statues.View from this hill towards the city was awesome.We visited a small souvenir shop within the temple, selling mainly worshiping material and incense.Its a serene getaway from the hustle and bustle of Pattaya City.Free entry, accessible by motorbike or songtheaws.Can be visited from 7 am to 10 pm.
    Worth a visit !

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    Sukhawadee Mansion

    by ilovetravel1 Written Sep 21, 2013

    I found this place along the Sukhamvit Road north of Pattaya almost just outside Naklua and it is an amazing place to walk around and everywhere you turn there is a photograph just waiting to be taken so make sure your battery is fully charged.
    It is easy enough to find by getting a baht bus along Sukhumvit Road until they turn into Naklua, get off and it is a bit of a walk then, maybe less than a mile but worth it. Or if there are enough of you then hire a bus.
    The entrance fee is 300 baht with a couple of cafes and a restaurant in the grounds.
    It is hard to describe but better to see. Basically an owner of a chicken farm wanted to give something back to the people and had this place built and whoever designed it should have got an award.

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    Big Buddha Hill, Pattaya, Thailand

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 17, 2013

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    At "Big Buddha Hill" or "Wat Phra Yai" you can see the biggest Buddha image of Chonburi province, visible from far away approaching the hill. The Buddha image is located on top of Pratamnak Hill, just South of the city of Pattaya. Driving up the road to the top of the hill will give you some very nice views of the Pattaya Bay area.

    A long stairway flanked by two golden colored naga snakes leads to the Buddha image that was constructed in 1977. The enormous golden colored Buddha image is around 18 meters high and is officially named Phra Buddha Sukhothai Walai Chonlathan and is also known as Luang Pho Yai.

    Apart from the Big Buddha there are 7 smaller Buddha images on the temple grounds as well as a pavilion. Local people come to the Wat Phra Yai to pay respect and pray for health, happiness and wealth among other things. Some of the best view of Pattaya and surrounding area including Koh Larn island can be had from the hill on the other side of Pratamnak road.

    On the way up the hill to the Big Buddha you will pass Wang Sam Sien, a park like setting where a number of figures from Chinese history and folklore are displayed. Close to the entrance of the garden is a white statue of the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, called Guanyin. There is also a large metal bell, that was built to resemble the bell in the Royal Palace in Beijing in China.

    There are several figures and statues telling Chinese stories and legends, such as the Three Kingdoms Stories and a story of how an ancient Chinese dynasty came to power. A wall with 24 beautiful paintings tells the 24 stories of gratitude. A statue of the great Chinese philosopher Confucius who lived some 2,500 years ago is also on display. This tranquil park is a nice place to relax for a while, there is a restaurant here as well.

    A "must see" for your Pattaya attractions .. :)

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    Elephant Safari, Pattaya, Thailand

    by TrendsetterME Written May 26, 2013

    This a great fun about 1 hour Elephant - Trek .... :) Thailand wouldn't be the same without their national symbol – the Elephant. The Pattaya Elephant Village is part tourist attraction and part sanctuary for retired working elephants. Here you can get acquainted with these huge, gentle and very intelligent beasts.

    On first, u get amazed as u come closer, cause they are big, as big in BIG ... :) But they let u feed and touch them, and after a while u get used to it ... The elephant trekking will be on after seeing the show and the elephant safari trek through the lush green countryside is something u shouldnt miss ... The tours have a pick up service from most of the main Pattaya Hotels and so transportation is not a prob at all ... Enjoy .... :)

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    Muay Thai Boxing

    by goutammitra Written Nov 28, 2012

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    Muay Thai Kick Boxing is a very popular sports in Thailand. They also organise genuine Thai Boxing competition. We also experienced Muay Thai Kick Boxing at Walking Street in a pub, but in my view it was mock fight between the boxers. Since, I had not much time in my hand to go inside and get the facts, I drew my conclusion from the style of boxing as myself have practiced Karate for years , I could know that the fight was a mock one. However, on that same day ( 24th October'2012) itself there was a Muay Thai Boxing at Pattaya Boxing World Stadium. The tickets for foreigner is priced at Baht 1200. ( See picture)

    Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese kickboxing systems, namely pradal serey from Cambodia, tomoi from Malaysia, lethwei from Burma and muay Lao from Laos.

    The word Muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya which means "to bind together". Muay Thai is referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science of Eight Limbs" because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight "points of contact", as opposed to "two points" (fists) in boxing and "four points" (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing and savate. A practitioner of muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang, meaning "foreign boxer."
    Various forms of kickboxing have long been practiced throughout Southeast Asia. Based on Chinese and Indian martial arts, practitioners claim that these systems can be traced back to a thousand years.

    In the case of Thailand, muay Thai evolved from the older muay boran (ancient boxing), an unarmed combat method which would have been used by Siamese soldiers after losing their weapons in battle. Some believe that the ancient Siamese military created muay boran from the weapon-based art, krabi krabong but others contend that both systems were developed at the same time. Krabi krabong nevertheless was an important influence on muay Thai as seen in the movements in the wai khru.

    Muay boran, and therefore muay Thai, was originally called by more generic names such as pahuyuth (from the Sanskrit bahu-yuddha meaning unarmed combat), dhoi muay (boxing or pugilism, a cognate of the Malay word tomoi) or simply muay. As well as being a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, muay became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. These muay contests gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held at temples. Eventually, the previously bare-fisted fighters started wearing lengths of hemp rope around their hands and forearms. This type of match was called muay khat chueak.

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    Waking Street : More Pictures

    by goutammitra Written Nov 27, 2012

    The Walking Street and the nearby Sois offer endless varieties of shows and adult entertainment to the lonely hearts and the fun seekers for money. But all is not well with this area. There are many traps, drug cases and even murder of tourists in the recent past. As in everywhere, the crime happens the police as usual is very active. Then as the days goes by, they too become normal (? ? this is the correct term for the bribed cops). One tourist less!

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    Wat Chaimongkol Royal Monastery Pattaya

    by goutammitra Written Nov 25, 2012

    You will not find a single tourist here as this is a Monastery! Not even the travel companies take you there as for them this is not a tourist destination, Pattaya is considered a fun city in stead! Well, on 25th morning as usual I got up early, had bath and breakfast and went out for this temple by walking the streets.

    This image of Buddha was found by chance in Ayutthaya, it is believed that if you offer your prayers here , he will stop all your fights or conflicts! This is also a Monastery of the Royal family, many Monks and saints live here. I did not have much time to explore as I was to leave for Bangkok at 10.00

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    Visit the Computer Store

    by gaolei Updated Feb 12, 2012

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    People always ask if there is a computer store in Pattaya that is like the Pantip plaza in Bangkok. Well, Yes there is. It is know locally as Tucom. It is about six floors of computers, cameras, phones, and, of course, pirate software, DVDs and MP3 disks.

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    The Worlds Largest Jewlery Store

    by gaolei Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    World Gem is an extremely large gem factory and store. Here you can get local gems such as blue saphires from southeast Thailand and Cambodia for reasonable prices. They also have a gem museum that is very interesting.

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    Pattaya Orphanage

    by trevndebs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Last time we were in Pattaya we saw this featured in a magazine and so looked it up on good old JEEVES ( WWW.ASK.CO.UK )
    We wanted to help in some way so sent off an e-mail to Father Ray and asked what we could do and he said that they are grateful to receive anything from the tourists to help the kids.
    We literally filled one suitcase with all sorts of school supplies, pens, colouring books, balloons etc. Hair bands, combs, brushes literally anything that you and I take for granted, they can use!
    Just spend half an hour in your local pound shop and you'll make a world of difference to the kids, and their smiles will stay with you for a long time after you've come home.
    Any taxi driver will know where it is but to be on the safeside, get your hotel staff to write it in Thai for him!
    Taxi fare will be about 100 Baht from anywhere in Patong area.
    It's best to phone up in advance to make sure that someone is free to greet you, cos the little ones have a nap at lunchtime.
    Just do it!
    :>)

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    A TRIP TO THE JEWELRY FACTORY

    by bmiller39 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Thailand is famous for really great gemstones and jewelry. The jewelry factory in Pattaya is a must see activity. The factory provides free cab service to and from any hotel or location in Pattaya.Upon arrival, you are greeted by charming ladies in traditional dress who escort you into a very modern and well stocked bar for refreshments. Then it is off to a disneyland style train ride through a tunnel with about 6 or 7 stops each depicting a step in the mining and processing of gems. The stops are all state of the art with lights, sounds, animated mannequins, etc. Quite an accomplishment..the narration was in English, but the options include about 30 languages. Following the car trip, you visit about 50 craftsmen each polishing gems and doing goldsmith work. After this, it is off to the showrooms which are huge...about the size of the basketball court at Madison Square Gardens in New York..huge. The salespeople are very informative and really know their job..they are not pushy which was a relief. The jewelry tended to be a little pricey, but the quality really demanded the price..it was exceptional. Following the preview of jewelry, it was another trip to yet another well stocked bar, while the transportation came to take me back to the hotel. The building, was spectacular with lots of aquariums, and other displays tastefully arranged throughout the factory/showroom. This is one of the best kept secrets..most of my shipmates missed seeing this great place and instead went to the usual downtown bargaining jewelry stores...

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    A TRIP TO THE JEWELRY FACTORY

    by bmiller39 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Thailand is famous for really great gemstones and jewelry. The jewelry factory in Pattaya is a must see activity. The factory provides free cab service to and from any hotel or location in Pattaya.Upon arrival, you are greeted by charming ladies in traditional dress who escort you into a very modern and well stocked bar for refreshments. Then it is off to a disneyland style train ride through a tunnel with about 6 or 7 stops each depicting a step in the mining and processing of gems. The stops are all state of the art with lights, sounds, animated mannequins, etc. Quite an accomplishment..the narration was in English, but the options include about 30 languages. Following the car trip, you visit about 50 craftsmen each polishing gems and doing goldsmith work. After this, it is off to the showrooms which are huge...about the size of the basketball court at Madison Square Gardens in New York..huge. The salespeople are very informative and really know their job..they are not pushy which was a relief. The jewelry tended to be a little pricey, but the quality really demanded the price..it was exceptional. Following the preview of jewelry, it was another trip to yet another well stocked bar, while the transportation came to take me back to the hotel. The building, was spectacular with lots of aquariums, and other displays tastefully arranged throughout the factory/showroom. This is one of the best kept secrets..most of my shipmates missed seeing this great place and instead went to the usual downtown bargaining jewelry stores...

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    Pattaya Park

    by JohnnyS-DK Written Jul 26, 2010

    If you have time (and not scared of high buildings) - give it a look.
    Park, View Point to the city, Building and Skyscraper.

    I will just add a few pictures as a supplement to the other tips having same name.

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    Pattaya Floating Marked

    by JohnnyS-DK Written Jul 26, 2010

    Pattaya Floating Marked is worth a visit if you are near.
    Try to have a boat around, relax and have a good time and a good look. You don't go around the boat for hours, but it's a good time.
    You can buy almost everything for tourists.

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    Lukdod Shop Pattaya

    by JohnnyS-DK Written Jul 25, 2010

    This is maybe placed wrong, but this shop is worth using a little time in, if you are a tourist and want something to bring home.

    However... even if you don't want to buy something you can easy use an hour to go look at the many thing they try to sell.
    Something is small and simple, something is to big to get home in your bag.
    Go have a look :)

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