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

1. 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.

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Bangkok: Shore Excursion Highlights Tour from Laem Chabang

2. 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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Pattaya: 3-Hour Guided Enduro Tour with Meal

3. Pattaya: 3-Hour Guided Enduro Tour with Meal

Your guided enduro tour adventure begins with an initial assessment to split riders into groups of similar ability. Once your group is determined, head onto the terrain suited to your riding ability. Routes range from relatively flat open dirt roads and simple hill climbs, right up to gnarly steep rutted hill ascents, tight jungle mountain tracks, and deep sand trails. Ride through various pineapple, tapioca, rubber tree, palm oil, and eucalyptus plantations and admire the natural beauty of the landscape. After your tour, you will definitely be hungry and a complimentary meal will be waiting for you. Choose between a delicious beef, chicken, or veggie burger, fries, salad, and fruit platter. Conclude your adventure by sharing your experiences during your meal.

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Pattaya: Full-Day Instagram City Tour

4. 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

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Pattaya: Full-Day Customizable City Tour

5. 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

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From Pattaya: Bangkok Temples Full-Day Tour

6. 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.

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Pattaya & Coral Island 2-Day Private Tour From Bangkok

7. Pattaya & Coral Island 2-Day Private Tour From Bangkok

Begin your adventure in the morning, with a meet and greet with your guide at your hotel in Bangkok. Then, sit back and relax in a private air-conditioned car on the 2-hour journey to Pattaya. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to relax at the beach before boarding a private speedboat to Coral Island. The island, also known as Ko Lan, is famous for its crystal-clear water, beautiful corals, and white sandy beaches where you can spend the day swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant where you will have the chance to try some delicious seafood, caught fresh from the sea. In the afternoon, head back to the mainland and enjoy some more time to relax. After your day at the beach, your personal guide will take you to watch the sunset over the city from the Pattaya Viewing Point. At the end of the day, transfer back to your hotel in Pattaya. On this program, you can select your preferred options by choosing from your own accommodation, or a recommended 4 or 5-star hotel booked by the tour operator On the next day, take the morning to enjoy the hotel facilities and Pattaya beach. Breakfast is available if you've chosen to book the hotel options. In the afternoon, meet your guide at the hotel and visit the marvelous Sanctuary of Truth, a religious construction in Pattaya. The sanctuary is an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. In the evening, you will be transferred back to Bangkok city to enjoy the rest of your time in Thailand.

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Pattaya: Tour to the Big Buddha Temple with Massage and Yoga

8. Pattaya: Tour to the Big Buddha Temple with Massage and Yoga

Embark on an adventure and go on this relaxing Big Buddha Temple tour with wellness activities. Enjoy a Thai massage and sunset yoga on the beach to reset the vacation vibes.  Stop at the Big Buddha Temple and marvel at this famous site atop a hill which is known for the large 18-meter statue of Buddha that watches over the area. Walk through the sacred site known as Wat Phra Yai, taking in the colorful mosaic walls and the many statues of Buddha in different poses. Head to the Pattaya viewpoint next, which offers some of the best views of the cityscape. Take out your camera and snap photos of the crescent-shaped shoreline before heading to a local restaurant to savor the local cuisine for lunch. Spend some time relaxing at the beach after lunch. Whether one chooses to lounge on the shore, take a dip in the clear waters, or explore the nearby kiosks, it’s the perfect time to unwind. Up next is a Thai foot massage on the beach, give your feet a much-deserved pampering they need after all that time walking around.  End the day with a soothing yoga session at Ban Amphur Beach. Listen to the instructor and flow with the golden sunset as your backdrop.

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Pattaya: 6-Hour Guided Enduro Tour with Meal

9. Pattaya: 6-Hour Guided Enduro Tour with Meal

Ride through lush tropical landscapes on an adrenaline-pumping enduro bike and encounter an array of free-roaming strange jungle animals, vivid colors and unique smells and sights. Traverse through mesmerizing scenery, narrow single-tracks, wide-open trails, deep sandy trails, across farmlands, pineapple and coconut plantations, rubber, banana, and eucalyptus tree plantations, Chad Nok Dam, rocky pathways, woodlands, streams, jungle, and marshland all in one amazing action-packed adrenaline-fueled day. On-board your bike, visit mountainside peaks where you can admire panoramic views of Pattaya, Jomtien, Bang Saray and all the islands out at sea in the beautiful Pattaya archipelago. All abilities from novices to advanced expert riders are welcome to join in the tour. Professional guides will be there to not only lead you but to help you whenever necessary whilst also giving you plenty of tips along the way to improve your riding ability and technique. During the tour, stop for a tasty lunch at a Thai restaurant situated in the hills next to a picturesque fishing pond. Choose from Thai and Western cuisine. After lunch, head back out to explore more awesome trails before making your way back to base. After all the madness, enjoy a hot shower, a cold beer and plenty of laughs as you reminisce on the day's events and highlights.

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What people are saying about Pattaya

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Great, I chose expert and made myself a little scared with my guide Kon, really too strong the guy. The super technical course, so interesting! Really nice the morning on a motorbike !!! Thanks again.

Driver at the top of the top, he made us visit 3 temples in addition to the sanctuary, took us to the point of view of Pattaya. I strongly recommend it to you

Super wooden sanctuary especially not to miss a masterpiece. Great time by the beach in Pattaya. Very very friendly and helpful guide. Very good day.

Our guide, Hot, was excellent. Very knowledgeable. He did a great job. He knew hours and schedules for all sights. We highly recommend.

It was excellent experience. I was riding the dirt bike first time and they make it bery easy going and comfortable.