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 suncream. 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.

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