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Insight Pattaya

By marcomcape | July 13, 2017 | Attractions | 1084 READ

Left: Khao Chi Chan 
Right: View from Khao Phra Tamnak

There is a fact that Pattaya is a multifaceted city where many travellers decide to skip or only spend a day or two in the city. However, if you have already fulfilled your list of the-must-seen attractions in Pattaya, or you are not really a night owl, you might find yourself wondering what else this city has left to surprise you with. Well… Here is a collection of Pattaya’s insight places that worth visiting.

Take a Short Trip to The Engraved Mountain of Khao Chi Chan

Want to see something grand? Khao Chi Chan would be absolutely a good choice. Khao Chi Chan or the Buddha mountain has its origin from a mining site where Thai Army transferred stones from the mountain for the using of U-Tapao airport, which was recently an American army base during the Vietnam War. After the war, it was continued for construction purposes before it was closed down in 1976 . Later Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, Thailand’s 19th Supreme Patriach, came up with a plan to develop it to be the engraved Buddha to celebrate King Rama IX’s Golden Jubilee. Therefore, this 109 metre tall Buddha project was taken place after a numerous studies and finally situated there ever since. Nowadays, Khao Chi Chan is known as the biggest engraved Buddha in the world. Khao Chi Chan opens from 06:00 to 18:00, everyday.

Wander Around Khao Phra Tamnak

I you already get bored of the mainstream tourist activities, then this is another interesting spot. Phra Tamnak hill or Khao Phra Tamnak (in Thai language) lies between Pattaya beach and Jomtien beach. From the top of the hill which is about 100 metres above the sea level, you can see a panoramic view of Pattaya bay. At the top of the hill, there is a temple with its 18-metre giant Buddha statue known as Phra Yai which was sculpted since Pattaya was a fisherman’s village in 1977. You can offer aims for your merit everyday and get blessings from the monks. Be sure to dress properly, get your chest and legs covered as it is a general rule to enter any temple in Thailand. The most suitable time to visit here is in the afternoon. Moreover, you can see magnificent view of sunset from the hilltop in the evening as well.

Left: Elephant Village 
Right: Father Ray and children

Volunteer At Father Ray’s Foundation

For the travelers who are seeking to help others while travelling, Pattaya Orphanage is definitely the best place to go. The oldest orphanage in Pattaya is the Father Ray’s foundation. It was founded nearly 50 years ago by an American priest named Father Ray. Originally, adopted children were born during the Vietnam War when US military settled their base in Pattaya and left their mixed-blood children behide after the war. Words soon spread out and Father Ray saw the need to establish this place as a foundation so that these children had a shelter and food. Nowadays, Father Ray Foundation adopted around 850 abused and disadvantaged children and students with disabilities. At the foundation you can donate cash or sponsor meals everyday during 8.00 - 17.00. You can also spend time volunteering for extended period. For more information: http://www.fr-ray.org/

A Short Learning Trip At The Elephant Village

Get to know more about Thailand’s national animal at The Elephant Village Pattaya. Elephants have been considered to be the national animal of Thailand for many centuries since they played significant roles in battlefield, from a royal to labor for heavy duties. Accordingly, the Elephant Village Pattaya was found in order to be a learning and activity centre of Thai elephants. At the Elephant Village Pattaya you will get to see more than 20 elephants living natural condition while they are still under caring of the village. More than a hundred staff are hired to take care of the elephants and ensure their good health and well living. Not only you can see and take photos of the elephant shows but you can also enjoy elephant trekking through greenery farmland, ATV riding, ox-cart riding, rafting, and Thai silk house. Lord Ganesha museum is also available to be visited and worshiped * Lord Ganesha - an elephant  facet God, is believed to remove obstacles. Open hours are during 8.30 - 18.00, everyday. For more information you can follow this link; http://www.elephant-village-pattaya.com/

Left: Thepprasit Night Market 
Right: Baan Amphur Beach

Sunbathe At Baan Amphur Beach

While most people obsess with Pattaya beach and Jomtien beach, there is another choice for ones who are searching for a beautiful and quiet beach to do sunbathing. Baan Amphur Beach with its white sand and many palm trees is a hidden gem in the further south part of Pattaya. Since it is rather considered to be a fisherman’s village, not so many tourists realise that this place is unbelievably fascinating! Apart from nice beach, you can also find some local seafood restaurants located at the fishing harbour. Freshness guaranteed.

Time to Spend Money at Thepprasit Night Market

Thepprasit Night Market, the place where any shopaholic should not miss. The night market gathers various ranges of stuff. There you can find souvenirs, outfits both first handed and second handed, accessories, and local street food. As it locates on Thepprasit road, not too far away from Pattaya city centre so you can comfortably make your way to the night market by Baht bus. After all, make sure that you are there on the right time and the right day because it is only open on the weekends. (17.00 onwards, Friday - Sunday)  Prepare your sneakers or flipflops, the market is bigger than you imagine.

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