Ciao HK ! Sawasdee'kha Thailand

Trip Start May 30, 2012
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Trip End Jun 12, 2012


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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Last day of our trip to HK/Macau. We check out of Ibis North Point, bid good-bye to HK and retrace our steps back to HK International Airport at Chek Lap Kok on Lantau Island by 11 am. The flight by Thai Airways to BKK is at 2 pm and we're left with 2+ hours to laze around the airport. Thambu gets busy with friends in the kids lounge (they have a fairly neat one to pass the time available).

We reached Suvarnabhumi (Land of Gold) International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand by 4 pm followed by a fairly quick visa-on-arrival process, get the passports stamped at immigration and step out of the customs area. We then stop by the Bell Travel Service (authorized and very popular) Bus Counter at the lower level.

We book tickets to Pattaya (costs about Thai Baht 200 a person) to travel south east to Pattaya by an air conditioned bus (not all services are) which is a 2 hour ride. We are glad to get away from the concrete jungle and drive through familiar territory (i.e. palm and coconut trees as far as the eye can see like the country scene in Malaysia). We alight, at dusk, at the "Pattaya Air Conditioned Bus Terminal". Go figure. Bags and people are then split into mini-vans, Air Conditioning is the "key" :), which then carts us to Hotel Vista Pattaya. A lovely boutique styled hotel with a large pool and welcoming reception. We get a free upgrade to Deluxe class suite (nice !) and we check in after half-day's air and road travel.

Hotel Vista is centrally located within a by-lane ("Soi" in Thai) off the Sukhumvit Road (Main Street Pattaya). We walk onto the main street and take in the sights of Pattaya. This town, known for its reputation for debauchery, is surprisingly all-right in the earlier parts of the evening with several families strolling around. We catch a light dinner and walk back to the hotel for a good night's rest.





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