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Inclusions:

  • English speaking guide
  • Entry to Art in Paradise
  • Entry to Gems Gallery
  • Train ride in Gems Gallery
  • Transportation from dedicated pick up points to drop points
  • Travel insurance
  • Water bottle

Exclusions:

  • Hotel pick up
  • Stops at any other places other than mentioned
  • Personal expenditure/ tips/ gratuities etc.
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Tentative itinerary of the Tour

8:00 – 9:00 hrs – Meeting point – dedicated pick up timings

9:30 – 10:00 hrs – Visit to Big Buddha

10:15 – 11:45 hrs – Pattaya view Point

12:00 – 13:00 hrs – Visit to Gems Gallery

13:15 – 14:45 hrs – Visit to Art in Paradise

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[vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1495872513740{padding-right: 20px !important;}"]Pattaya started off as a small fishing village, it’s only neighbours the relatively huge Naklua in the North and Rayong in the South. Fifty years ago, it was only known as the resting place of the Great King Narai’s forces battling the Burmese in the 13th Century. The Vietnam War changed the fate of this little village, as the American troops sought Pattaya as a base for rest and recreation. As the news of friendly locals spread, the number of marines visiting the little village increased, which was the beginning of Pattaya’s journey of being a tourist resort.

Pattaya continued to grow in popularity at such a rate with both Thai and foreign tourists, that the local government could not cope with the administration. Administrative and infrastructure combination with Na Klua, took place in 1976 and the government promulgated the Pattaya City Act in 1978, there by joining Na Klua and Pattaya to form the fifth local government municipality. Thus was Pattaya City born.[/vc_column_text]

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Stop 1: Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai Temple)

The first stop is the Big Buddha, also known locally as the Wat Phra Yai Temple, is famous for housing a 12 metre tall golden statue of Buddha. Depicting Buddha in a state of calm and purity and resolve, having overcome temptation and fear sent at him by Mara, Lord of Illusion, it was built in the 1940s, when Pattaya was merely a fishing village.

The Buddha is seen to seated in the Mara posture, wherein the left hand rests palm open and up in the statue’s lap, the right hand facing down over the right knee, almost to the ground. Sitting in Mara pose, this Buddha represents a state of enlightenment, purity and calm. Reflecting these principles, a ring of large bronze prayer bells encircles the Buddha, gently swaying in the cool ocean breeze. Use one of the provided wooden strikers to lightly ring each bell for good luck as you take in the glorious views.

The temple complex is majestic and dazzling, with almost every visible surface drenched in gold or bedecked with ornate mirrored tiles the color of precious jewels. A wide skirt of steps flanked by two sinuous emerald dragons leads straight to the majestic golden Buddha, sitting atop the Pratumnak Hill, overlooking the stunning aquamarine waters surrounding the tiny islet of Koh Faan. The dragons’ mouth spout the seven-headed mythical snake known as the Naga.[/vc_column_text]

[vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1498029635476{padding-right: 20px !important;}"]Despite the crowds, you will find that the burning incense and beautifully decorated pathways create a meditative atmosphere. Once at the top, visitors like to take photographs with the many Buddha figures in different postures, each representative of different days of the week; it is said that one must revere the statue that represents the day of their birth.

Entry to the temple is free and opposite the Wat Phra Yai, there is a Chinese Shrine Complex dedicated to  Confucius, Guan Yin and a Taoist Temple which you can explore afterwards.

Journey to the Pattaya View Point

After spending some quiet time at the Wat Phra Yai, we’ll be taking you to the Pattaya View Point, an elevated area for a breathtaking view of the Pattaya City. While on your way to the viewpoint, also known as the Khao Pattaya View Point, there are some significant sightings you ought to be on the lookout for.

  1. The Confucius Temple
  2. Wang Sam Saen
  3. The lovely view of the dense forests of th Queen Sirkit Park
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Stop 2: The Khao Pattaya Viewpoint

The Khao Pattaya Viewpoint, also on the Pratumnak Hill,  is the best viewpoint to view the magnificient sweeping bay of Pattaya. The north view offers an uninterrupted view of the Pattaya Bay, till broken by the headland separating the Pattaya and Naklua beaches. The south however, offers an unobstructed view of Jomtien Beach and the majestic blue sea.

On signposts in Pattaya you will see it marked up in English as ‘View Point So Tho Ro 5’ because it is actually the location of the Royal Thai Navy Broadcasting station. A monument to Admiral HRH Prince of Chumpon is located in front of the broadcasting mast. This is the man who is known as the ‘Father of the Royal Thai Navy’ and he is still widely revered today by Thai people. You will see garlands in his honour which have been left by people paying their respects to him.

If you look around you will notice a number of nautical references. Miniature figures in sailor uniforms dot around the gardens and the landscaped area in front of the monument is shaped like the front of a ship facing out to sea with the insignia of the Royal Thai Navy flying above. Observe closely and you will see that the monument of the Admiral has been subtly designed to appear to be standing on the raised deck of the ship deck with the broadcasting tower behind acting as the mast of the vessel.[/vc_column_text]

[vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1498029657428{padding-right: 20px !important;}"]Another aspect that is not to be missed on the Khao Pattaya is the Wat Khao Phra Bat, a temple where a relic of Buddha is believed to be housed.

This viewpoint has a continuous flow of visitors, but there is enough space to make fore a great picure-postcard!

Journey to the Gems Gallery

After spending 10-15 minutes at the viewpoint, you will be taken to the Pattaya Gems Gallery. On your way there, keep an eye out for the many intriguing urban sites including markets, shopping spaces and eateries.

  1. 7-Eleven
  2. Samyam Fish Noodles
  3. Bingsu IceFrost Dessert Cafe
  4. Duck Shopping Plaza
  5. Max Muay Thai Stadium
  6. Index Living Mall
  7. King Power
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Stop 3: The Pattaya Gems Gallery

If you are a collector of gems, the Gallery is just the right place for you! Even if you are not a collector, the Gallery’s marvellous collection is worth a visit to anyone with an eye for the fascinating aesthetic.

Thailand is the global leader on gems and jewellery dealers, as well as a major cutting centre. Established over teo decades ago, the Pattaya Gems Gallery houses gems of the highest quality, available for purchase. Every piece on display and for sale is carved out of natural stones! The Gallery is also the largest jewellery store in the world.

After a warm and comfortable welcome, you will be ushered into a toy train where you will go through a simulated demonstration of a gem’s journey, from rough-cut to the final product. On seeing the stone extraction process, you will have the delightgful experience of witnessing a workshop where workers craft and carve away at the stone to  create masterpieces.[/vc_column_text]

[vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1498029677291{padding-right: 20px !important;}"]Following the workshop, you will be lead to visit two sections – Gems and Gold, and the Pearl Section – where you can buy whatever you please, or just pause to admire the exquisite designs that claim to be unique to the Gallery. As you walk around the gallery, the cordial staff will always be there to help you understand the history and give you information on stones that interest you.

The Pearl Section is said to be a highlight owing to it’s exquisite designs that never fails to impress. The workmanship is also intricate, the well-crafted but comfortable interiors only accentuating the jewellery’s beauty.

Keep in mind that photography is strictly prohibited to prevent piracy of designs.

Journey to the Art in Paradise

From the Pattaya Gems Gallery, you will head to Art in Paradise, a short drive from the Gallery. The Pattaya Nuea Seafood lies on the way to the Art in Paradise.[/vc_column_text]

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Stop 4: The Art in Paradise

Art in Paradise  officially opened in April 2012 by Shin Jae Yeoul, a Korean artist. It is a unique gallery, showcasing interactive art,  blurring the lines between the art and the spectator. It is the first and only Trick Art or Illusion Art Museum.. The gallery sees art that uses 3D drawing and perspective to it’s advantange, making the art pop in a hyper-realistic sense.  Every scenic creation was painted on original white walls and white floors showcasing the artist’s keen skills as he attempted to paint the image in his mind’s eye.

The gallery houses over a 100 individual art pieces in 10 themed sections, takes around two hours to explore. The themed sections cover everything from optical illusions to reproductions of classic art with witty additions such as bright pink nail polish on a pre-Raphaelite beauty, or a pencil added to the Mona Lisa so you can be Leanardo Da Vinci, if only for a moment. Wild animals, nature, and past civilisations also feature in this fantastical gallery. The ten section awaiting you are Mirage, Aqua, Zoo, Classic Art, Ayutthaya, Egyptian, Thai, Surrealism, Dinosaur, Exhi-bition Room!

Unlike other art galleries, Art in Paradise, encourages visitors to take photography; you’ll find the internet strewn with multitudes of people interacting with the art in the gallery, adding further life to the already life-like images.[/vc_column_text]