The Big Buddha

Getting there

Also known as Wat Phra Yai Temple, the Big Buddha is at the top of Pratumnak Hill between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. There are a few different ways to get there:

Tour – If you are short on time in Pattaya and want to see a lot of the area, perhaps book a day tour. You can choose a your to take you around all the sights of Pattaya but make sure you bring water and wear sun cream. Viator have a great morning tour for only $29.

Taxi – We chose to get a taxi which was a bit more hassle than we had anticipated. Every taxi driver refused to put the meter on, meaning we ended up paying around 200 baht for a trip that should have cost around 40 – 60 baht. We were able to quickly get a taxi on the way back but there isn’t a taxi rank in the car park so you may have to wait for a taxi to drop someone off first.

Baht bus – You can take a Baht bus to Jomtien beach (get off opposite the police box) then walk the 250 meters uphill.

Need to know:

Open 7am – 8.30pm

Entry is free

TIP: Head here early to enjoy the temple before the tour groups show up and the heat is beaming down.

Text and Video Credit: Creative Travel Guide Bloggers

User Review
0 (0 votes)
Adam Judd
Mr. Adam Judd is the Co-owner of TPN media since December 2017. He is originally from Washington D.C., America, but has also lived in Dallas, Sarasota, and Portsmouth. His background is in retail sales, HR, and operations management, and has written about news and Thailand for many years. He has lived in Pattaya for over nine years as a full-time resident, is well known locally and been visiting the country as a regular visitor for over a decade. His full contact information, including office contact information, can be found on our Contact Us page below. Stories please e-mail About Us: Contact Us: