I am sure you have been to or at least heard of Khao Chi Chan, a mountain in Eastern Pattaya with a giant golden Buddha image which has been engraved to its side.
Dotting the environs are temples and other buildings of Wat Yan complex, colourful Chinese-style Viharn Sien and modest Phra Mondop commanding the distant views over Pattaya from one of the surrounding hills.
Though there are big buses bringing tourists to Khao Chi Chan on their way to or from Wat Yan, the most time it is very peaceful and quiet around. A small park by the foot of the mountain makes for a good stroll, especially at sunset, when it is not so hot. And if you are lucky enough, you may find Khao Chi Chan in its full beauty during Khao Chi Chan lantern festival which is usually held in the middle of December.
I remember first time at Khao Chi Chan with a Thai friend of mine. On her birthday, she set off for visiting several wats around Pattaya, getting her blessing from a monk and asking about her fate from siamsi fortune-telling sticks. Khao Chi Chan was also on her list, and she left a generous donation in the donation box right by the mountain. By the way, she married a wealthy Brit soon afterwards and gave birth to a wonderful baby. So you may want to make a note of this practice;)
On weekends, there are food stalls in a shadowy corner close to the lake right in front of Khao Chi Chan, and Thai families accommodate themselves under the trees by the water for a Sunday lunch. With the total lack of green spaces in Pattaya, Khao Chi Chan is definitely a great place to hang around when you want to take a breath of fresh air and feel far from the city. That said, it is only a 20-minute drive to the Golden Buddha image from central Pattaya; so there is no excuse for not visiting this lovely place at least from time to time.
And here is the view of Khao Chi Chan which I personally enjoy most. Do you know where this pic was taken from?