Although probably not a full day out by itself, the spectacular Khao Chi Chan Buddha Carving is certainly worth a visit if you are visiting one of the many attractions in the Silver Lake area of Na Jomtiem near Pattaya. There is no entrance fee for Khao Chi Chan, however you can make a donation outside the temple at the entrance should you wish to do so. The monument is open from 6am to 6pm daily and is a popular tourist spot for both Farang and Thai so it can be busy at times.
The carving of Buddha is the largest image of kind in the world standing at 109 metres in height and 70 metres wide and sits overlooking a beautiful garden and small lake. The carving depicts a historical Buddha in the calling the Earth to witness posture, which is fitting as the image is carved into the Earth itself. It was designed and constructed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1996. Interestingly, the carving was designed using CAD and cut into the rock surface with a specially designed laser. Once the design had been cut into the rock, it was then carefully inlaid with Gold, creating the spectacular image. One can only imagine how long that amount of gold would go un-pilfered in many other countries.
At the foot of the mountain is a small, well maintained park with several pagodas and plenty of shade to relax and take in the spectacular view from.
Surrounding the site is ample parking for cars, and numerous stalls selling the usual tourist souvenirs. There are also a number of reasonably priced food stalls and fruit sellers in close proximity to the grounds, where a meal will cost 50-60 baht.