If you have not noticed already, Thai people like to build massive Buddha images as well as other holy figures. The larger, the better, the more merit made because it shows the effort of the originator and the visitors who make a voyage to come see.
Wat Nong Hoi has become one of the most popular attractions in Ratchaburi province because it offers 2 very large statues of the Lord Buddha and the Guan Yin Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara on top of the mountains – both known to be very sacred. The Guan Yin image is 16 meters in height and 9 meters in length from knee to knee. Locals nicknamed this mountain “Khao Guan Yin.” And another mountain “Khao Phra Yai” or the “Large Buddha Mountain” situates the Phra Buddha Rattanakosin Manamunee.
Not only the faithful that love visiting this place, but also the photographers. The picture of the large Buddha image on top of Khao Phra Yai is a must-shot and also appears on many postcards and travel guidebooks. In addition, from the base of the Buddha, you can get a panoramic view of the beautiful green field below. The spectacular sight and the gentle breeze might carry you away and convince you that Wat Nong Hoi is more like a park on a summer evening than a place of worship until you hear the loud firecrackers that people light up to worship the Chinese gods and goddesses.
After receiving good luck from paying respect to the holy statues, you can donate food or money to the almshouse to perform a good deed and make more merits for yourself. Keep in mind, though, that all the food provided here is vegan, just like the Bodhisattava herself.
Use Highway No. 4 (Phetkasem) from Bangkok heading toward Nakhon Pathom and Ratcaburi. At the Bang Phae intersection, turn right onto Highway No. 3080 heading toward Photharam District and continue for 5.4 kilometers. You will cross the bridge over the Mae Khlong River and reach a T-junction. Turn left onto Highway No. 3098 then proceed for another 23.3 kilometers, you will find the destination on the left.