See the splendid 360 degrees of Pattaya at Khao Phra Tamnak Viewpoint
In case you are curious is there any beautiful spot to sight the beautiful scenery of Pattaya, absolutely, we assure there’s no any place would be splendid and magnificent as “Khao Phra Tamnak Scenic Point.” The must-visit viewpoint of Pattaya situated on the top of the mountain that divided the beaches of Pattaya and Jomtien.
Besides the fantastic panorama of Pattaya town with the bright blue sea water as the perfect foreground, the beautiful beach lines from the North Pattaya through the Balihai Pier at the South Pattaya. The peak of the Phra Tamnak Mount is not less in its interesting with the worshipful Buddhist temple “Wat Khao Phra Bat” and also it is the venue of the radio station under the administration of Thai Navy (Sor Tor Ro 5 Station).
About the place
Additionally, where the site to enshrine the statue of Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon, the Father of Thai Navy who is worshipful among the Thai Navy and people in general. The scenic point at Khao Phra Tamnak is significant famous among the tourists both local and abroad to come up here to watch the stunning view and pay respect to the statue of Prince Chumphon. Notably, in the evening, when the sun is setting, which allows us to spot the curvy Pattaya bay bedazzled with the colorful lighting. That is to say, it’s suitable for its nickname “the city that never sleeps,” indeed.
Knowing Khao Phra Tamnak Viewpoint
Khao Phra Tamnak or also called in another title is Khao Phra Bat is a low hill nestled in the area of the South Pattaya next to Laem Balihai, or easier to notice is the top of the mountain which is the spot of the sign “Pattaya City” on the hill. This hill separates the beaches of Pattaya and Chom Thien where its peak is the location of the remarkable temple “Khao Phra Bat” and the venerable statue of Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon, Sor Tor Ror 5 radio station of the Thai Navy, Pattaya 104.75 radio station, and the fabulous scenic point that allowed the people to watch the view of Pattaya city over there between 7.00am and 10.00pm every day.
From the viewpoint, it is the beautiful curvy line of the Gulf of Pattaya that is perfect to see since the afternoon until the early nighttime. Over the land of Khao Phra Tamnak Scenic Point is the lovely public park known as “Chalermphrakiat Park.” The park located on Phra Tamnak Road covered approximately 24,000 sqm of space serves as the public park for the people to do the recreation activity, exercise, and relax. Chalermprakiat Park was established in the occasion of the 5th Cycle of HM King Bhumibol (Rama IX)’s Birthday Anniversary. And the neighbor of the park is the office of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Central Region, District 3.
What to do while you are visiting the Scenic Point
Enjoy with the View of Pattaya Bay
The place where you can indulge in the curved line of the Pattaya Bay from the bird’s eye view and spot the so-called starry land of Pattaya, the city that never sleeps. At Khao Phra Tamnak Scenic Point, the visitors can witness the lovely view from both sides of the site. However, the most magnificent spot is the view of the bowed seashore of Pattaya with the best angle from the top view. The fabulous perspective of the Pattaya city that you can see of both seaside and the town endlessly. So, the end of the viewpoint provides the spyglasses for you to extend your sight of the beautiful scenery just put the coins.
The glasses present a distant view of the beach and Pattaya Walking Street. Well, anyone would like to experience the best picture of the Pattaya from this scenic point you should come to the site at the evenfall because the weather is cooling down and you can see the twinkled light from the city of Pattaya, as well. And the sunset can be seen from the opposite side of the Gulf of Pattaya.
Worship the Father of Thai Navy
Another favorite thing for the people who visit the location is paying homage to the statue of Prince Chumphon, who accepted as “the Father of Thai Navy.”
Prince Chumphon or literally named official Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon or better known among the Thai citizen “Krommaluang Chumphon” recognized as the Father of Thai Navy. The prince is a son of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V of Siam) who designated among the Thai navy as “Sadet Tia” (means the father) or “Mor Phon” (Doctor Phon). In 1993, the Thai Navy proclaimed the prince as “the Father of Thai Navy Force” and “the Father of Thai Navy” in 2001.
Prince Chumphon showed significant role regarding the development of the Thai navy as the person who founded the administrative system of Thai Navy, as well as the essential protocol of the force resulted in the advancement of the Thai Navy presently.
Notably, the Thai Navy accepted 19 May of every year which was the day Prince Chumphon passed away as “Abhakara Day” to remembrance to the prince. Mostly, the visitors come to the venue to worship the statue of Prince Chumphon at Khao Phra Tamnak to make a wish with the belief to be blessed with prosperity, safe in the journey and keep away from harm. Lighting the firecracker is how to worship the statue that there’s specific area to do.
Pay Homage Wat Khao Phra Bat
Additionally, paying homage the religious thing at the Buddhist temple “Wat Khao Phra Bat” is another popular activity that the tourist can do at Khao Phra Tamnak. The temple is not far from the scenic point and also the parking for the tourist who drives to the location, as well. Regularly, the tourists, especially the local, is coming to pay homage to the replica of the Buddha’s footprint and pay respect and make a wish toward the figure of the hermit.
Khao Phra Tamnak Scenic Point opens to the public daily between 7.00am and 10.00pm. however, the recommended period to see the most beautiful view at the venue is during 6.30pm – 7.00pm when the twilight.
How to get to Khao Phra Tamnak Scenic Point
From the North Pattaya, drives on the Sukhumvit Road to the South Pattaya then make the right turn to enter the South Pattaya. So, continues your journey along the road until you meet the ascending path to Khao Phra Tamnak that leads you to take the right turn. Please be precautioned that the way to the viewpoint, in particular, the last part is one-way and pretty narrow, so it is recommended to drive slowly and keep enough space from the car at the front.
Anyway, the road is good condition and no danger to drive for either car or motorcycle. Over there is parking for about 20 – 30 vehicles with free of charge. The parking is easy to find the slot on the weekdays while it’s quite crowded on the weekends, especially the evening time.