Pattaya / Baan Sukhawadee , Sukhawadee is a complex of gardens and European-styled palaces, which was established by a Thai billionaire near the shore in Naklua region, north of the city of Pattaya. The place is pastoral and spectacular (though too kitschy for me) and stands in complete contrast to the unpleasant scenery and atmosphere of Pattaya city.
The Baan Sukhawadee site was set in 2000, by a Thai billionaire named Mr. Panya Chotitawan – who owns one of the biggest companies in Thailand that export agricultural products. Sukhawadee was established almost two decades ago, at a time of a severe financial crisis for Thailand. The extravagant site was built to display national harmony and respect, even in such difficult times.
Sukhawadee means ‘the paradise’ and the place aims to give visitors a sense of unity, an atmosphere of truth-discovery alongside respect for Buddha and other important figures in the Thai and East Asian History and belief: the goddess of mercy (Guan Yin), king Taksin, king Chulalongkorn and more.
You’ll find here several impressive structures that are built as European-designed palaces and painted in blue and pink, as the pink represents love, which is essential for success, and the blue symbolizes water – a vital element for the development of life. Inside the palaces you’ll find lavishing halls with a wide variety of arts – pictures, statues and illustrations which represent Thai culture as well as the culture of its neighboring countries.
Outside of the palaces there are spectacular botanical gardens featuring various sculptures, and you can either explore this large site by foot or take the local cable-car. You’ll also find here a restaurant and souvenir shop, as well as Thai folklore shows for Tourists.
Opening Hours: daily between 8:30 AM to 6 PM
Entrance Fee: rather expensive!! There is a different entrance fee for locals and foreigners. These are the prices for foreigners (updated for February 2018): 500 baht per adult; children up to the height of 100 cm – free entrance; children from 100-120 cm – 300 baht
In conclusion: Baan Sukhawadee a beautiful, pleasant place that stands in direct contrast with Pattaya city, however it abounds with Chinese tourists and personally I find it a bit kitschy.
My Opinion: Considering the above description, it’s beautiful yet a matter of personal taste.
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