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Pattaya: The Sanctuary of Truth Discounted Admission Ticket

1. Pattaya: The Sanctuary of Truth Discounted Admission Ticket

Start the tour by making your own way to The Sanctuary of Truth Museum in Pattaya. From the base to the top, the Sanctuary is made entirely of wood with spectacular woodcarving sculptures in every corner. Marvel at the construction made by Thai craftsmen and artisans without a single nail. Discover this wonder built around the religious philosophy of impermanence. Explore the complex which has 4 wings dedicated to Thai, Khmer, Chinese, and Indian iconography. Take photos of the beautiful and unique architecture that is characteristic of Thai culture.  Then, watch a free cultural show which takes place at 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM daily. Watch an impressive Thai sword fight being performed. If you are lucky enough to be picked to perform the fight, be ready to win! Upgrade your tour by including a 20-minute sightseeing rowing boat or speed boat tour by picking the relevant option upon checkout.

From Bangkok: Day Trip to Pattaya City & Sanctuary of Truth

2. From Bangkok: Day Trip to Pattaya City & Sanctuary of Truth

Get picked up from your hotel in Bangkok at around 7:30 AM and ride about 2 hours to Pattaya City. Visit the Sanctuary of Truth, a large wooden structure constructed in 1981 by the sea at Laem Ratchawet. It was conceived from the concept that human civilization owes its existence to the religious and philosophical truth. You’ll learn how the grand castle has been built by ancient wood-joining techniques you can’t see elsewhere in the world including tongue and groove techniques, butt joint, dovetails, sapped spurs, and more. It’ll be your once-in-a-lifetime experience to participate in the construction of the miraculous national and world heritage. Continue your journey to Pattaya viewpoint which is located on Khao Phra Tam Nak which is a small hill on the South of Pattaya Beach. The location is the best spot to see the panoramic view of Pattaya City and its bay from above. On the hilltop, it’s also the site of Naval Radio Station where the monument of Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the Father of Royal Thai Navy, is situated alongside a sacred Buddha image. Enjoy your free time at Pattaya Beach, the half-moon-shaped Pattaya Beach that is 4 kilometers long with a road running parallel to the beach. There is a variety of restaurants, hotels, bars, department stores, and souvenir stores as well as other places of entertainment. Depart from Pattaya at about 3:00 PM and arrive at your hotel in Bangkok at around 6:00 PM.

From Bangkok: Pattaya Beach & Coral Island Small Group Tour

3. From Bangkok: Pattaya Beach & Coral Island Small Group Tour

Choose between heading straight to the meeting point or being picked up from your accommodation in central Bangkok. Sit back and enjoy the air-conditioned ride as you’re taken on a full-day trip to Ko Lan (Coral Island), a dreamy island just off the coast of Pattaya. Spend 4 leisurely hours on the island of Koh Lan. Swim and snorkel in the warm, clear waters, try some beach sports, or simply relax on the white sands. Once you’ve soaked up the sun, you’ll head back to Pattaya Pier. Explore Pattaya Viewpoint and take in panoramic views of the area. Visit the incredible Sanctuary of Truth temple. Although still under construction, it’s a striking piece of architecture with detailed woodworking. Take one last glimpse of the sea before being transferred back to Bangkok.

Pattaya: Art in Paradise 3D Museum Discounted Ticket

4. Pattaya: Art in Paradise 3D Museum Discounted Ticket

Discover unconventional paintings using an art technique where 2-dimensional pictures turn into 3-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions. Explore the museum which features 10 galleries including the Camouflage Room, Under the Ocean Room, Wildlife Room, Classical Art Room, Civilization Room, and Surrealism Room.  Explore the interactive galleries and touch, climb, pose and take photos with all the paintings. Enjoy a family-friendly activity, and let your creativity shine as you interact with the artwork.

Pattaya: Private Car or Minibus Charter with Driver

5. Pattaya: Private Car or Minibus Charter with Driver

Enjoy an all-inclusive private car hire in Pattaya City where you can pick the places you want to visit in comfort. Select your preferred duration for the rental starting from 4, 6 and 8 hours. The private charter is ideal for those who want to discover the city with no hassle.   In case you need inspiration for where to visit yet, this suggested itinerary includes many highlights for you to see while visiting Pattaya. The beach city is nestled along a picturesque bay on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Visit Leam Bali Hai, which offers spectacular views of what is the enormity of Pattaya Bay and beyond. Afterwards, proceed to Jomtien Beach where you can enjoy a long coastline of white sand. Find a peaceful spot on the beach at Jomtien. Along the straight beach road, browse among the many souvenir shops, and taste local food at food stalls and seafood restaurants.   Continue to Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Hill) where there is a huge image of Buddha at the top of the hill, so visitors can notice it from the distance. Climb the stairs and get closer to the enormous statue for an impressive view. Mingle with the flocks of visitors, who come to pay their respects and to wish for good fortune, according to their religious beliefs. At the top of Big Buddha Hill, which is on the peak of Pattaya Hill, you will have a spectacular view of the whole city. At the end of the rental, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Pattaya city.

Pattaya: Full-Day Customizable City Tour

6. Pattaya: Full-Day Customizable City Tour

Take a full-day tour of the Thai resort town of Pattaya. Customize the tour to your own interests by choosing to visit 3 or 4 of the attractions listed below: Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai): Situated atop a hill, the 18-meter golden statue of Buddha is a popular feature of the Wat Phra Yai temple. Take in the beautiful mosaic walls and see the many statues of Buddha in different poses. Pattaya Viewpoint: Enjoy the dynamic cityscape with a crescent-shaped shoreline as the backdrop from the best viewpoint in the city. Take in the spectacular views from Pratumnak Hill any time of day. Pattaya Gems Gallery: See fabulous, interactive presentations on gems and jewellery and browse the extensive gem collection. Wat Yansangwararam: This majestic Buddhist temple is known for its picturesque gardens, multi-influenced architecture (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Swiss, etc.), and its large collection of Chinese artefacts. Mini Siam: The Mini Siam park is famous for its miniature replicas of some of the world’s most beloved landmarks. Think the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, London Bridge, and more. Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan): It’s called Buddha Mountain for a reason: a large 109-meter golden sketch of Buddha carved on the side of a mountain. Stand in awe of the magnificence of the mountain and its picturesque surroundings before snapping a photo of the famous Buddha image. Pattaya Floating Market: If you loved the floating markets in Bangkok, spend a few hours in the Pattaya Floating Market. Browse through the local produce and handicrafts, and do some souvenir shopping for family and friends. List of Attractions (choose 3 or 4 after booking): Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple) Pattaya Viewpoint (Khao Pattaya View Point) on Pratumnak Hill Pattaya Gems Gallery Wat Yansangwararam Mini Siam Khao Chi Chan (Buddha Mountain) Pattaya Floating Market

Pattaya: Full-Day Instagram City Tour

7. Pattaya: Full-Day Instagram City Tour

Snap Insta-impressive photos in some of the most picture-worthy spots in Pattaya on this full-day Instagram tour. Start the day at 9 AM and head to the first stop at Mini Siam, a site filled with miniature-sized replicas of famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and small-scale versions of the most famous Bangkok temples Wat Arun and Wat Phra Kaew. Spend time strolling through the gardens and delighting in the colorful world landmarks. Next head to the Sanctuary of Truth, a large wooden Buddhist-Hindu temple that also serves as a museum. Take a look at the immensely detailed designs and carvings of elephants, gods, and other creatures before stopping for lunch. Continue to the Pattaya View Point for an unparalleled view of the cityscape against the crescent-shaped shoreline. After taking in the amazing scenery, head to Khao Chi Chan. Also known as the Buddha Mountain because of the golden etching of a Buddha figure on the side of the mountain, Khao Chi Chan is the last stop of the day. Take in the views of the 109-meter Buddha figure and the beauty of the surroundings before finishing the tour

From Pattaya: Bangkok Temples Full-Day Tour

8. From Pattaya: Bangkok Temples Full-Day Tour

Don’t miss out on visiting some of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples from Pattaya. This full-day tour of Bangkok’s most famous temples includes six unique sites you won’t see anywhere else. Start the day nice and early before heading to the first stop, the Bangkok Flower Market. Known locally as Pak Khlong Talat, it is the city's largest wholesale flower market and is open 24/7. See the colorful displays of flowers, before cruising across the river to the next stop: Wat Arun. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, is a Hindu temple named after the sun god Aruna. Spend some time here exploring and admiring the colorful spires that can be seen from most viewpoints in Bangkok.  Next stop is Wot Pho, a giant 46-meter long Buddha statue on its side. Besides housing hundreds of Buddha images, Wat Pho is also considered a leading school in Thai massage.  After wandering around Wat Pho, stop to buy lunch at a local restaurant, before heading to the Grand Palace. Once home to the Thai royal family and the seat of government, the Grand Palace still maintains many of its dazzling buildings and structures. Within the huge complex of the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew, which is famous for its Buddha statue made entirely from jade. The last stop is Wat Traimit or "Temple of the Golden Buddha". See the grand 5.5-ton golden statue of a seated Buddha and take in the beautiful white and gold facade, before making your way back to Pattaya.

Bangkok: Shore Excursion Highlights Tour from Laem Chabang

9. Bangkok: Shore Excursion Highlights Tour from Laem Chabang

In the morning, you will meet and greet with your private guide and driver at Laem Chabang Port. You will board a private air-conditioned car and drive to Bangkok, a journey which takes about 2 hours. First you will be visiting the former royal buildings of the Chakri Kings and the beautiful Emerald Buddha. This will feature the most impressive Buddhist statues and the holiest temple of Thailand. The next temple is Wat Pho. It's the largest temple in Bangkok and famous for its huge and majestic Reclining Buddha which is 46-meters long and covered in gold leaf. After lunch at a local restaurant, it’s time to discover Thai life around the river by boat. You will board your long tail boat and cruise though the canals, or "klongs", for about 1 hour. Following this you will be transferred back to the port in Laem Chabang, with an expected return time of about 6:00PM.

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4.5 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Our guide was incredible. Very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We were able to see some incredible sights and the tour was exactly as advertised. It was so nice having a private driver to take us from place to place and pick us up from our hotel. You can go at your own pace and our guide was extremely willing to help with photo ops! This is a great introduction to some of the amazing sights in and around Pattaya! The floating market was our favorite!

The Sanctuary of Truth is a unique experience and worth the visit. If you include this with Pattaya beach you may not have enough time for beach sports just a walk along the beach. The driver Sam was punctual, helpful and friendly. He helped us to allocate our time in a way that we could enjoy both attractions and also parked close to a spot where we could eat.

This tour was really great. I was in Bangkok for work and wanted to escape to the beach for a day, without the hassle of planning it. This trip was a great way to be able to enjoy the beach (although it's very touristy and lots of rubbish :-(( ), see a great lookout and the sanctuary was one of the most impressive buildings I've ever seen!

Great tour to have a taste of Pattaya's main attractions. Our tour guide (Sam) was super helpful and provided all the information we needed. This tour is suitable for anyone who doesn't have a long time here in Thailand!

I would definitely recommend hiring a private driver to take you sightseeing. I made up my own agenda for the day and he helped with the order of some activities. Worth it!