Hotel Baraquda Pattaya
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... at one point! It was certainly a nice way to celebrate. We visited the Nong Nooch Tropical gardens in Pattaya which was a lovely day, although after visiting the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai it upset me to see the elephants in the show. The gardens were immaculate though and really well kept. Most of our time in Pattaya was spent catching up with family and friends before the wedding which was a great way to spend Christmas & New Year. Mark got to see the real ...
... brochure and look it over for another day. Of course, as touts are, they were very sure I really needed to do it that day. I was sure that was not the day, though.
Now, a few weeks later I am going to that island. But, I will walk past the touts and go to the end of the pier and get a ferry for 30 baht ($1). The first day I would have paid their $10 fee, but now I know how to do it cheaper.
Ko, sometimes spelled Koh, means 'Island'. Today I am going ...
... and terrible things.
Pattaya it seems is the sex capital of Thailand. No one told me this. The streets are littered with single, white, old men all prowling for sex. I hated walking around on my own or with Nick as I imagined people looking at us and thinking we were sex pests too.
To make things even more bizarre, half of the women are fellas. A lot of them are so convincing that you don't know where you stand. Ladyboys are everywhere in Thailand, and I mean everywhere. It is ...
... places I can picture them to be just as commercialized. Restaurants, pubs, and stores that hold brand names such as Adidas, Ray Ban, and Channel line the streets. Tourists walk up and down each side of the vehicle as we drive through and the most prominent building of all is the modern looking Hilton Hotel facing the shore. However, it's not the city that we came for but for an island that's ...
... to reach Ekemai Station, the eastern terminal. This all took some time, but that's what I had most: time. Taking a taxi would have been far easier, but I wanted to see Thailand as regular Thai people see it, not as a tourist. Traveling this way also gave me a lot of practice in speaking Thai; I had to ask many people many questions, eg: where can I get the minivan, where can I get the Skytrain, where was Ekemai bus station from the Skytrain ...