Coral Island Tour in Pattaya

Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
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Trip End Jan 17, 2013


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Coral Island,

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

TRAVEL. We met our English speaking Thai travel guide in front of Royal Hotel, our meeting place for our day tour in Pattaya and Koh Larn (Coral Beach) at 7am. We skipped our free breakfast in the hotel for these early activity. She immediately recognized us as the only Asian couple in the group. After picking on their respective accomodations, at 7:30am, the group headed to Pattaya which was two hours away from Bangkok by a minibus. The group were composed of three Swiss, two American couples, Brazilian couple, and us.
Before reaching Pattaya beach, the bus stopped in a gasoline station to abide the calls of nature and there a Swiss lady was complaining in using the toilet bowl of the comfort room. The bowl is on traditional style. 

BEACH. The group moved on Pattaya beach. Wow! beach within the city. There were so many tall buildings and the parasailing activities made the sea so busy. The tourist guide asked us, if we like to do parasailing which costs 500 baht per person. For me, parasailing here is half priced cheaper when compared to Boracay in Philippines. For nobody dares in the group for parasailing, so we decided not to do it. We didn't want them to wait for us.
A speed boat transported us from Pattaya beach to Coral beach for 20 minutes. The white beach was full and crowded with tourists. The group headed to a local restaurant which said our meeting place. Our tourist guide explained us everything about activities like banana boat riding (4oo baht per 30 minutes) and our lunch time will be served here. Benches are for rent which costs 100 baht each. Towels are also available for a 100 baht. 
We looked for our benches to be rented per day. I really appreciate that we're confident of leaving our belongings on the bench while we enjoyed the clear and warm water of Coral Island. No thief in here!

LOCAL STYLE LUNCH. At 12noon, the group met in the local restaurant for lunch. A seafood soup, fish fillet, fried local fish, a vegetable menu served on the table. We'll be eating in a group so a little bit uncomfortable for us.I don't know why.
Some ants spotted on the dishes and the Brazilian lady removed and chased them. An American woman told her softly, "It's ok, they will not eat much". Me and my wife just laughed.
After lunch, sorry but  I really didn't enjoy the meal. We never go back to beach because the temperature hit painfully. For Westerners, they were still enjoying tanning their body from that hot exposure. Instead, we took a 40 baht dark shower room (no lights installed! ) and relaxed on the benches of the beach sipping fresh coconut water. 

TOUR. We left the beach at 2:30pm and arrived in Pattaya for a short sight seeing tour in Gem Factory. A 20-minute introductory was given while riding in a mining rail car. No camera and video was allowed! We're just like entered in a miner's cave and was introduced how they mined stones and produced precious gems. After an informative cave rides, we headed to the real factory and sale room. All those gems from the cheapest to the expensive one was there with a price of course!
In this tour, there was a free coffee and tea in the factory's bar. This was included in Coral Island Pattaya Tour Package booked in www.thailandhighlight.com by Lotus Country Travel for 1,900 baht per person.

SHOPPING AND DINING. We left Pattaya and arrived in Bangkok at 5:30pm. Instead of bringing us back to the hotel, we dropped at famous Khaosan Road for shopping. The bazaar was lively at night and the numbers of travelling backpackers and tourists overcrowded the street. We're one of them! We bought some items as souvenir and as gifts to our families.
We left  at 8:30pm and arrived in the hotel around 9pm. Unfortunately, the hotel restaurant was already closed, so we decided to go out for dinner. Few meters away from the hotel is the Tesco Lotus Mall. We went in and entered a Chinese Restaurant. The waiter asked our orders in Thai. He just laughed when we told him that we were foreigner. The menu set here is cheap and for less than 200 baht, you have complete set of delicious Chinese menu. Yummy!
 
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