Pattaya, Thailand 21st Feb - 28th Feb

Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
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Trip End Apr 02, 2014


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Thursday, February 21, 2013


Introduction

Pattaya is beachside city approx. 2 hours from Bangkok. Very much a tourist destination, Pattaya is full of hotels, bars, restaurants and market stalls. Pattaya definitely had the highest contingency of sex tourism we have seen so far. You are never more than 10 metres away from a strip club, gogo bar or a wrinkly old fat man with a beautiful young Thai girl on his arm. Good place for Fae to take her Dad right?! ;-)

It's actually a lot like how we expected Bangkok to be, however Bangkok ended up to be TAME compared to this!

Highlights


Island Tour


Although it started very slow stopping off for extra tourist activities along the way, we finally arrived at Koh Larn Island. Soon after we were treated to a seafood buffet lunch and then given free time to explore the island, participate in even more tourist activities or simply soak up the sunshine and enjoy the crystal clear water we have become accustomed to. We opted to be lazy and beach it up.


Drinking Street


We spent a night down the drinking street perched in a row on seats facing the street. It was the most entertaining evening! As you sit drinking away, there is a conveyer belt of things going by you. People selling, food, clothes, shoes, underwear, crafts… people begging for money. Shops attached to motorbikes drove by displaying dresses on manaquins, one shop on wheels was full of cuddly toys! There were many sex tourists going by with their Thai women – some so drunk they could barely stand up. Thai women (some ladyboys) on their way to work for the evening all dressed up. It was crazzzzzy!


Hired a moped


We hired a bike each and set off to explore the coastline. First stop was Jomtien beach where we sat enjoying the view with a fruit shake. We continued up the coast and stumbled across a private beach resort so we stopped and had lunch in a café that was operating out of an old boat on the sand. We walked up the beach, had a swim and then later further up the beach we watched the sun go down.

Half way through the day we got stopped by the police. All tourists were being stopped. We didnt have a licence for rising a moped so we got fined $15 each. We had the option of going to the police station to pay it or pay it to the policeman there. We gave it to the policeman and he pocketed it. Nice scam!


Food & Drink


New Tastes: Charcoal Fish

International McDonalds Meal: Mc Spicy Pork Burger

Local Beer: Chang, Singha


Strangest Thing to Happen

Fae’s phone got pick pocketed! Luckily it had been purchased on a card with merchandise insurance so we will be able to claim back the cost – it just meant spending a few hours in the police station reporting it. We went out and bought a new phone the next day.

Accommodation

Pattaya Holiday Lodge - $30 a night including food vouchers and breakfast in the morning. Was about 15 mins walk from the main strip, but still lots of places to eat and drink on the same street.


Expenses


                Meals:  $3-$7

                Water: $0.50 for 1.5 litre

                Alcohol: $3 for a beer

                Moped: $7 for the day

                Massage: $5 for 1 hour


Average Daily Spend per person: $43

Transport there for both of us: $17

Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $613

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