Move to the Coast

Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
Trip End Jun 22, 2008

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Time to move to the coast and the beach---this time southeast of Bangkok and about 2 hours drive by taxi ($50) lies Pattaya. Pattaya in the 1960's was just a little fishing village, but during the Vietnam War saw the start of it's big beginning. The fledgling resort was used as an official R&R center for U.S. forces (some I do not think ever left). They were flown into U-Tapao Airport which was built by the U.S. for American use (our tax $ at work again) at the time, and shops, bars and hotels accommodations grew to meet the demand. Now it is a big vacation stop for people from Europe during there winter. Just to give you a feel the cable has shows in English, German, Dutch, French, Japanese and Thai.

I have included some pictures of the "main strip" at night with all the lights and a great bus which turns into a bar! We should have one of those back home.

We went to "Noog Nooch Tropical Gardens" which is about 9 miles from the downtown and another world away.  600-acre which is reputed to have the world's largest orchid nursery. They also have a cultural show and about 35 elephants within the park.  At 3:00 they bring them all to a big stadium for a show. As most of you know they are our favorite animal.

The weather is based on what locals say--- 3 seasons---November to February, hot; March to May, hot & humid; June to October, hot & wet. Sounds like Washington's summer all year long. Time for a jump in the sea and a nice cold Singha (Thai beer) email you soon!
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