The journey by bus from Mae Sot to Pattaya is scheduled to take 11 hours 15 minutes. A quicker way to complete the same journey is to fly from Mae Sot to Bangkok and then take a taxi or bus to Pattaya.
Bus Timetable from Mae Sot to Pattaya
Click on the Mae Sot – Pattaya link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Bus Stop in Mae Sot
Bus services to Pattaya depart from Mae Sot Bus Terminal, Tha Sai Luat, Mae Sot District, Tak 63110.
Arrival in Pattaya
Bus services from Mae Sot arrive in Pattaya at at the Phet Prasert Bus Station on the Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya City.
Wat Phra Yai in Pattaya
Wat Phra Yai, also known as Big Buddha Temple, is a Buddhist temple located 3.5 km by road to the south of Walking Street in Pattaya City. The main feature of Wat Phra Yai is its 18 metre tall seated Buddha statue, called the Phra Buddha Sukhothai Walai Chonlathan. The Buddha statue is at the top of Pratamnak Hill.
You can travel most of the way to top of the hill by road, however, for the last part of the journey you need to climb a long flight of stairs on each side of which is banister rail shaped like a mythical Naga serpent. The statue was constructed in 1977 in the grounds of an existing temple.
There are also 7 smaller Buddha statues at Wat Phra Yai and a line of bells which are believed to bring luck if all struck by a large ceremonial bell ringing stick. Opposite Wat Phra Yai is a small Taoist temple with a garden featuring statues of Taoist deities including Guan Yin, and Philosopher Confucius.
Wat Phra Yai is open to visitors every day from 07:00 to 22:00 and admission is free, although it will cost you around 200 THB to get there from the city centre in a taxi if you don’t have your own vehicle. We recommend going very early in the morning to enjoy the views in cooler weather and to avoid the large tour groups who come to the temple on tours of the city.