Entering the alley leading to the temple, you will be under the benevolent gaze of the large Buddha statue installed at the top of the mountain. You can clim up there by a fairly steep main staircase with narrow steps. But on the left side there is a staircase that runs along the first one and is a little easier with normal sized steps. Personally, I went up by the central staircase to discover the statues on the way, but went down by the steps on the side. There also seems to be some kind of cable car but it was not in service nor in a good condition on my last visit (August 2023) and it probably won't be back in service anytime soon.
On the way during the ascent, there are several stages with statues including images of Buddha in various postures, white elephants, the Chinese goddess of compassion Guan Yin, sampao boats...
At the top, sits a golden Buddha that dominates the valley and just below, there is a platform with really realistic statues of 3 venerated monks. The view is beautiful. Some people come here for the sunset even if the sun does not set in line with the sight. But the warm colors that adorn the sky of the panorama offered by the summit still offer a nice spectacle.
Ao Nang Mountain Buddha Temple is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :