Gulf of Thailand

Trip Start Apr 21, 2005
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Trip End May 17, 2005


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Flag of Thailand  , Chon Buri,
Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Hello.

On my return trip to Thailand, I hooked up with my friend Mafeung again.  She has a brother in Chonburi.  I didn't know what was there.  But it was new so we took a day trip to visit.

Chonburi is actually a province southeast of Bangkok.  We arrived to find out her brother lives in Pattaya, a city on the coast.  It's the hottest place I've been to yet.  If there's a good reason for a trip to end, it's for a reprieve from the weather.

Pattaya is located along the Gulf of Thailand, along the eastern coast.  The area was untouched by the tsunami.  The tides were only a foot tall at most.  Still, I kept an eye on the horizon the whole time.  Pattaya does have a rather dubious reputation.  The men who can't hire dates in Bangkok head here.

The beaches are picturesque, just like any you'd see in a postcard.  We strolled along in the shallow surf.  I was surprised how warm the water was.  Warmer than baths or showers I take back home.  Even as I went further in.  And very few tourists to be seen.  Fallout from the tsunami has been slow to subside.

On the way back, we saw a brother and sister carrying a small bucket.  Mafeung went to investigate.  Inside were small clams they had been digging.  Also some sea-type centipedes about three inches long.  Dinner for their family.  Mafeung got on her knees and helped the sister dig for clams.  I watched the brother at work.  He'd find a small hole in the sand.  From the water side, he'd dabble a piece of torn seafood as bait.  From the land side, he'd hold a fork.  When the centipede crawled out, he stabbed the fork through the sand.  Never failed.  It sounds pretty easy.  And yet ingenious to someone who just ordered a calimari and shrimp salad from a lounge chair a little bit further up the beach.

Eric
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Mr O on

It was nice to see an article about Pattaya which does not concentrate on making moral judgements about the ladies and the men who go there.

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