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Pattaya

THAILAND | Monday, 19 November 2007 | Views [10030] | Comments [1]

So the four of us gals caught an open air taxi (a pick up truck converted into a taxi with benches) to our lovely All Seasons hotel (by far my favorite hotel we stayed in while in Thailand). It was only 2 blocks from the beach, and had a great pool and spa, along with a great restaurant! The first thing we did was change into our bathing suits and hop into the pool! Then we tried the Thai food from the pool restaurant--I had a green curry with prawns that was really tasty, Sam and Gigi both had noodle dishes they enjoyed, and Jamie had a fruit platter that was filled with many exotic fruits. In the afternoon we went and explored the beach, and talked to some other people about the happening places around town. We were told that walking street was the place to go, so we thought we'd try it out for some good seafood and then a club with some good music. At dinner we were surrounded by western men and their wives (either western or young Thai women) and even their Thai mistresses accompanying the family. The food was great but we couldn't help but be distracted by all the conversation next to us...an English man who'd been living in India, and was trying to convince his young Thai mistress to come and live with him in India. During the meal another man came over to the Thai woman and got her number and arranged to meet her the next day! The sights just continually surprised the four of us in particular this night. We were aware that this activity of women selling themselves went on in Thailand, but we went from no exposure to full fledged immersion on the walking street---we had a new understanding for the name walking street!! After our meal we headed to a western club where there was a great band, but the drinks were pricey and after some time the crowd was not so happening. So we found a little Thai boxing bar where we sat and watched the fight for some time...until the winner went and knocked his opponent out in one blow of his foot. I didn't know that you could use your feet in Thai boxing, and being my first live fight I was quite enthralled with the whole thing. So that was our exciting night out, but we were ready for more relaxation rather than the chaos of Walking Street. The next day we got up and arranged for a tour of the Coral Islands---we thought it included snorkeling, but we were misinformed. We enjoyed a relaxing day at sea, and swam in the clear blue waters. Gigi went Parasailing from a "platform island" near the Coral Islands. I made friends with an Israeli woman who lives in Tel Aviv and she told me she'd dhow me around when I come to Israel, so that was fun. After our return to our hotel we relaxed and had dinner at the hotel--all you can eat seafood bar (I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it)!! In the evening we had arranged with the spa for pedicures and massages, which were so very cheap and wonderfully relaxing. It was hard to believe we could afford it all. For the whole Pattaya package we paid 65USD per person for 2 nights in a lovely hotel, inclusive of breakfast! I'm not sure if it was our luck of finding a great fare on the net or what...but i was satisfied. I see now why Thailand is such a popular destination--the people are pleasant and gentle, and everything is so cheap, but without compromising the quality! Although I was aware we were ripped off a few times by cab drivers in Bangkok, for the most part there was not the same mentality as there is to try charging "Gorah" (white people) tax in India. We were all sad to leave Pattaya on the third day, but there was more to see and do in Bangkok!

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

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very nice! very beautiful!

  phrom Sep 21, 2011 3:20 PM

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