Places of Interest
Sattahip Naval base is around 20 km away to the east. The history behind Sattahip is connected to a woman named Jang, who owned many acres of land in Sattahip District. The Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, a son of King Rama V, came with plans to form a naval base at Sattahip. The thinking behind this was that the many small islands offered protection from wind and waves. He asked Jang for land on the seacoast, and she donated the area the prince needed.
In Thai, satta means seven, while hip means barrier. So Sattahip means the seven barriers, which are the islands that protect the coast of the district. These islands are Ko Phra, Ko Yor, Ko Moo, Ko Taomo, Ko Nen, Ko Sanchalam, and Ko Bo. There are many more islands just off the coast of Ban Sarray being protected and owned by the Thai navy. The reason for this is more to do with the conservation of sea turtles that lay eggs here. Today we have several beaches owned by the Navy which the public are allowed to use, our clients often relax with a coffee here when we have free time and at weekends.
Wihan Sian Chinese Temple and Museum
The large three storey Chinese-style structure known as Wihan Sian is both a museum and a place of worship. It was built by Thai-Chinese descendants in honour of the King Bhumibol’s 60th birthday in 1997. Set in 3 acres of grounds the museum is close to the beautiful lake on the Wat Yangsangwararam temple complex.
There are Chinese god sculptures displayed from the Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist sects on each floor including The Guan Yin statues all of which are made from white marble. You will also find some very unique items like a number of terracotta warriors and horses, chariots from the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi as well as a golden throne from this era. This is one of a few places which a terracotta army like this can be seen, one of the biggest outside of China.
Also this the museum is home to a large number of other items, such as granite carvings, old paintings, bronze statues and ancient pottery, sculptures of Chinese Gods, Buddha statues and a jade statue of Guanyin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. Some items found here are from the famous Chinese Ming dynasty. It truly is an amazing afternoon out and a chance to see Chinese history in Thailand.
Nearby at Khao Chee Chan is the Guinness Book of Records holder for the largest image of Buddha in the world. Unlike most Buddha images, the largest is not a statue, but a cliff face inlaid with gold leaf in the outline of a sitting Buddha. It is 130 meters tall, 70 meters wide, and can be seen from miles away. The image and mountain are alternately referred to as “Buddha Mountain”, Khao Chee Chan, or “Phra Phuttha Maha Vachira Utta Mopas Sasada”.
The story behind Buddha Mountain dates from the Vietnam War. The Thai navy were permitted to mine the mountain for stone to be used at nearby U-Tapao Airfield, then an American base. But after the war, the mountain was illegally mined for stone to be sold to construction companies. In 1976, His Majesty King Bhumibol put a stop to the mining. At his suggestion, his children created the Buddha image to commemorate the King’s 1996 Golden Jubilee, the 50th anniversary of his accession. Using American laser technology, the carving was completed in two days, but months were required to fill the resulting grooves with gold. The cost of the entire project was about 150 million baht (over $3 million).
Islands and Turtle preservation
Monkey Island (actual name Kledkaew Saikaew)
A small undeveloped island that is home only to monkeys, they actually are quite tame due to the constant arrival of tourists who feed them. We have our own small boat and travel there as part of the boat excursion once a month at least. Although they are quite tame they are notorious thieves so don’t have anything on display of value when traveling here. They will get very close and some will actually climb into your arms looking for food and affection. No reports of any untoward events happening here and usually a very fun trip.
One of the few islands off the coast of Bang Sarray that allow tourists on them, most of the islands are protected by the navy as the are national park areas with large sea turtles coming here to breed and lay their eggs here. It has several beaches and places to swim and snorkel. Lots of small restaurants with Thai food available. Here clients can really unwind and enjoy an afternoon at the beach.
Joel came to us for three months after doing three mont
I had been to rehab a few times before but had always relapsed soon after leaving. I knew I needed to do something different this time, so I came to Hope House. It was a crucial transition that helped me practice the tools I picked up at primary treatment in real life situations. I learned how to deal with various triggers and cravings. I learned how to live with discipline and self-motivation.
I had smashed myself to pieces for years with heroin addiction. When I got clean I had crippling anxiety and low self-esteem. But with the help of the sober house I’ve rebuilt myself and my life. I have been clean for more than a year now. I’m happy and confident and live a meaningful, rewarding life.
I loved the program here because it has variety and the staff are incredible. The sober coaching here was great. I had always been skeptical of the 12 Steps, but working through them with the staff here has given me a better perspective on life, myself and others. Combined with exercise, mindfulness meditation and CBT, which has helped me challenge my negative thinking, I got a really solid foundation in recovery here.
I liked Bang Sare so much I stayed here after treatment and have built a new life for myself. I found a sponsor locally and I continued to go to meetings and work the steps. I’m so grateful to the sober house for helping me to turn my life around.
Robbie came to Hope House after 2 months of primary treatment still struggling with the concept of the abstinence model of recovery. He had severe anxiety and low self esteem so he decided to come, and committed to spending two months with us. He eventually stayed with us for about seven months and is now working as an english teacher, whilst still coming by from time to time and helping others who are at the house. He is without a doubt a classic example of what persevering with long term treatment can actually achieve in your new drug free life.
“When I finished my time at rehab I was still in a bad headspace. I hadn’t changed much. I was still shy, insecure and lacked confidence. I knew if I went home my chances of staying clean were not good.
During my time at the Hope House things started to change for the better. It took me a while to get to grips with the programme but after a few months I had a healthy daily routine and was feeling much better about myself and life in general.
The whole team have helped me tremendously. They have a vast amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to recovery and I’m so glad I made the decision to go there. The difference I felt at the house was that they actually cared about me and wanted to see me do well.
The programme they offer really does work. The sober coaching was vital to my recovery and they helped me see how the 12 steps could improve my life. I didn’t really believe in the 12 steps when I got there because I had a bad experience back home. Thank God they helped me see what the programme can offer without scaring me off!
I will never forget my time there. There’s no doubt that the progress I made there has given me the strength the stay clean on the outside. I’m so grateful to the team for what they have done for me. Whenever I needed help they were there for me.”
Chris came to us after completing 2 months primary treatment at a successful rehab in Thailand. He had been quite resistant there and proved to be still a little resistant to the program on his arrival.
Hope House Thailand provided me a wonderful entry into every day life. My backstory is not a good one, I was a heavy poly-substance abuser for 12 years. After failed rehabs and many relapses attempting to get clean on my own, I finally surrendered and truly wanted to get clean. After primary treatment, I knew that I could not go back to my old life and needed to have further support. I simply did not know how to live life without the use of drugs and alcohol. The balanced program provided at the house gave me the tools I needed not only to learn how to enjoy daily life without the use of drugs, but it also taught me how to love myself. Their involvement in the 12 step programs increased my self-esteem and made me much happier with myself. The exercise (spiritual and physical) increased my serenity and physical health to a point that after so much drug abuse, I didn’t think was possible. After 2 months at the house, I decided to extend my stay for one month, and now I have built a new life for myself in Bang Sare. I’m infinitely happier as a person, and am excited about the life that is ahead of me. There was a lot of work involved, but it’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world.
Paul had a couple of failed attempts in rehab before coming to us in the spring of 2016. He was at a loss what to do in order to maintain long term sobriety. He decided to continue with treatment at Hope House. He is now another of our success stories, currently clean and living back home in Australia.
Paul’s Sober house was exactly what I needed to stay clean. Going from 1st stage rehab, home was simply to much of a jump for me, the sober house makes the transition more realistic and makes you feel ready for what life throws at you. Paul has a great setup in Bang Saray and has gone above & beyong to help me stay clean. The Sober house has a perfectly made program & structure suited for preparing me for life on life’s terms. All in all I believe Paul & his staff helped me get to where I am today, I honestly don’t know where I would be right now if not for them, truly grateful.