Pattaya (Khao Phra Baht)
You can enjoy panoramic views of Pattaya City
and Pattaya Bay from its peak. A sacred Buddha
image is situated on the hilltop.
About 17km south of Pattaya, you can enjoy the serene atmosphere
and let your soul quench its thirst. The place is ideal for picnic.
Do not miss the Royal Chinese Temple and Museum,
admission is 30 baht per person. Up from the temples, the monks have
their huts in the forest and follow the steps of Buddha. Enjoy the views from the temple at the top of the hill (more than 200 steps!)
and admire the huge (160 by 150 meters) golden Buddha image. Telephone:
The Million years
stone park & Pattaya crocodile farm
About 8km from Pattaya, the park houses a landscape of native Thai flora
and an impressive bonsai garden, a wildlife zoo, crocodiles, and
a pool containing giant catfish. Open daily 8.30 am to 6.00 pm. Telephone:
Nong Nooch Tropical
About 18km south of Pattaya lies a beautifully landscaped park, with
orchid nursery, cactus garden and botanical gardens. There is a
cultural centre displaying arts, traditional dance ceremonies and
crafts of Thailand. The highlights are the elephant show
and the mini-zoo. You can go boating on the lake or enjoy
swimming at the pool. Pattaya office is on Central Pattaya Road: Telephone:
429321, Fax: 422958.
About 20 minutes drive from Pattaya. The village elephants display forestry
skills, play football, re-enact the war elephant parade and also
demonstrate how wild elephants were captured. Daily show. Elephant
rides must be booked in advance: Telephone: (038) 428 645-8, 249
818, 249 853.
Quick-as-lightning cobras, huge pythons, deadly poisonous kraits
- to mention a few. Open daily 8.00 am to 9.00 pm. Telephone: (038)730
608; (mobile: 01-945 2979; 01-624 0917).
On Sukhumvit Road, Mini Siam is a miniature town with replicas
of Thailand's historical and cultural wonders, displayed
in a very spacious area, surrounded by natural sceneries. Open from
7.00 am to 10.00 pm. Telephone: (038) 421-628; 424-232.
Just past the Turkish Bath and Plaza Condotel. More than 300 beautiful
miniatures bottles on display. Open daily from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Telephone/Fax: (038) 422 957.