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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand

Amazing all wood religious structure.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand was initiated by a Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981, and is scheduled to be completed in 2050. The sanctuary is an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. Credit to Wikipedia.

The actual name is Sanctuary of Truth, however search engines such as Google etc don’t like “stop words” such as of or the, these have an adverse effect on how they rate a blog.

Buy a ticket at the gate for B500 or $16 USD.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Probably a little overpriced however it’s the only building of it’s type in the world s I guess we should pay a premium. 🙂

Steep stairs take you down to the Sanctuary.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Going down is fine though I was a little out of breath climbing back to the top. Then again it was a piece of cake when you compare it to the 811 steps I faced in Vung Tao South Vietnam a couple of years ago visiting the statue of Christ. Follow THIS LINK for the full story.

It’s a fair hike to get to the Sanctuary,

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Lots of friendly staff on the way down to make sure you don’t wander off in the wrong direction.

Elephant rides are available here.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Certainly one of my pet hates seeing these magnificent animals chained up in captivity to entertain humans.

And here we are……

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand The closer you get the more amazing it is. 

The northern wing

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Remember folks it is totally made of wood.

Lets take a closer look at the carvings.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Absolutely fascinating.

The front entrance

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand This is actually used for the exit, to enter the building you must go around to the back.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand which is really called the Sanctuary of Truth.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Imagine the thousands of hours it must take just to complete a small section.

A surprise around every corner.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand This is really a photographers paradise.

Lets go inside

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Inside is just as spectacular as the outside of the building.

Lots of nice images of the late King

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand There really is so much to take in, you need to take your time soaking up the atmosphere.

King Bhumibol the Great was the ninth monarch of Thailand 

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand died at the age of 88 on 13 October 2016, after a long illness. 

Part of the roof in the main section of the building

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand No matter where you look there is something to photograph.

The old & the new

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Modern condo buildings are close by.

The God of Earth

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand How many carved wooden figures would there be in this one small section.

There are workmen everywhere.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand There must be close to 100 people working on this project, in fact all visitors must wear a helmet to protect against accidents.

Here are some pretty ladies.

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Notice they all look rather similar.

Look out any window & there is a photo opportunity.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Rated by TripAdvisor #2 of 89 things to do in Pattaya.

A section of the roof

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya ThailandClearly you can see this is a must do attraction when visiting Pattaya.

Lets take a ride.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Looks a little like the wild west. 🙂

Here is something a little different.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand A gorgeous golden statue nestled in the garden.

There is also a small zoo to visit.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Many thanks for visiting my Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand  photo blog.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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