Temples and Buddhism in general are staple parts of the Thai diet. A trip to Pattaya, or any other Thai destination, is not the same without visiting the temples and cultural icons that are a massive part of everyday life and the culture here. Please see a day trip itinerary of three of the best Pattaya temples and cultural attractions to visit in the region.
10 am – Vihara Sien Temple
A 30-minute drive out to Bangsaray is a great way to start the day to visit what is the most unique temple in the Pattaya region. Vihara Sien is a Chinese-Thai temple complex located within luscious countryside near to the Buddha Mountain and Silverlake Vineyard on the banks of a large reservoir. Famous as being the King’s own project, the main temple is akin to a museum with many Chinese artifacts and even a full scaled-down version of the famous Terracotta Army. Check out the art, sit by the banks of the reservoir and absorb cultural Thailand.
2pm – Romance of the Three Kingdoms Park
On your way back from Bangsaray, head towards Lake Mabprachan to visit the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Park. Constructed by a Thai-Chinese businessman who wanted to detail China’s long history, the park was built with feng shui geometrics, showcasing beautiful Chinese architecture. With a vast array of Chinese marble statues and art works, alongside some stunning pagoda-style Chinese buildings, the countryside location and culture come together to create this masterpiece.
5 pm – Big Buddha Pratumnak
Perhaps the most famous Buddhist temple and shrine in Pattaya, the Big Buddha, located on Pratumnak Hill, sits aloft the tallest hill in the city, overlooking the ocean and Pattaya in its entirety. The views are worth the visit by itself. The imposing golden Buddha image that sits atop this shrine, ensures flocks of tourist and pilgrims visit on a daily basis. Make an offering to Buddha or the monks and pray for good luck. The best part about visiting this temple during the late afternoon is you can hang around to catch the sunset from what is probably the best vantage point in the city.