The Land of Smiles

Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Golden Inn
Jomtien Sunside

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

After our compulsory tour to the north, we wanted to relax and basically do as little as possible. We had been to Phuket before and  it takes some time to get there. That's why we decided for Pattaya.

The weather forecast told that the first days were going to be cloudy. Looked like the weather never favored us. We chose to do something else instead and booked us a trip to  The Flight of a Gibbon. That is a tour consisting of cables and platforms. The thing that is special about it is, that it is located in the middle of a nature preserve park and that it goes as high as 50 meters above ground. There were 24 platforms and the longest cable ride was 300 meters long. We were lucky to be in a group with a Norwegian family and that gave a little more spice to our trip. For example when the mother couldn’t make herself to take the first cable ride for about 10 minutes (which she eventually did:o) or when the youngest son didn’t have enough speed to reach the last platform and glided backwards just to stay hanging in the middle of the cable 50 meters up in the air. Fortunately our guides knew what to do and got him to safety. We have to say a praise to the guides who were very funny and professional at the same time.

After some days at Pattaya we started doubting if we really were in Thailand… It was because of the hoards of Russians, who were there. When we were at a shopping center then the language we heard most was Russian and many of the restaurant, accommodation or travel agencies had signs in Russian. We later discovered that Russians couldn’t travel to very many places thanks to their passport. The places they visited most were Egypt, Turkey and Thailand and since the first to had uprisings going on, then Pattaya was the best and cheapest option for them.

From our guidebook, we found out that there was an island with very nice and clean beaches nearby and we wanted to check it out. The islands name was Koh Larn and it took about 30 minutes with a boat to get there. After some time searching we found a small secluded beach. The beach wes as nice as we thought and water as blue as one can see from pictures. We were lucky with the weather too, and it was sun almost all the time. Evening boat back to Pattaya and we finished the day with a small sunburn. J

After one week of loitering and "not doing anything" our time at Thailand was up and we had to move on. There is no doubt that Thailand is the nicest country we have been to. It’s cheap, it’s beautiful and it’s friendly. We will defiantly come back when we get an opportunity!

 Next we will start to unveil the secrets of Australia. Does the water really go down the toilet other way, when flushing or do people walk upside down? Of all that and more, next time!

Kaupo & Renate
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