Stray and I have just returned from Pattaya where we celebrated an old mate’s birthday, quite successfully I might add. So, for a fewui days we hung around catching up and enjoying the big event...and before anyone gets their knickers in a knot, I DO know that there is more to Pattaya than what first meets
stabs you in the eye. However, apart from my own grey hair and big belly, one can’t ignore their overwhelming presence bobbing up and down in a sea of bars and massage parlours, outfitted with lovely ladies who seriously need to stop using the hot cycle on their ‘hand wash only’ clothes.
|And it was Simply Delicious!|
It is NOT a temple, something made quite clear by the guide.
This ‘castle’ is built from teak, iron and rose wood, all joined together the old fashioned way using various joint techniques. Atop the four main spires sit sculptures depicting the establishment of religion, life bestowed on human kind, the continuation of philosophy, and peace.
Above them, taking pride of place on the highest pinnacle, is Kalaki (AKA ‘The fifth Buddha’) mounted on a steed.
Maybe I'll come back on 2025 when it's due for completion.
Getting to Pattaya is incredibly easy, especially if you're flying in to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. Roong Reuang Coaches offers a direct bus to and from, website price 124 Baht (Stray paid 200 B for his ticket bought directly from the station?) By motorbike taxi into Pattaya to your hotel, around 60 Baht. Or, you could book a 'mini van hotel pick up + bus' all through an agent, for approximately 300 Baht.
Places we liked to eat – Chow Soy – great Chinese, Western and Thai food. Harry’s Place had a decent breakfast and coffee, and fed us before they were ready to do business. Lovely staff!
Where we’d stay again – Orn Place (on Soi Honey, or Sai Song 11). Clean, roomy and at 600 Baht a night, great value compared to others we saw around town. Where we wouldn't stay again - Jasmine Mansion, sad, not the cleanest, old soap left behind, shower water didn't even drain away over night, and they wanted a 500 Baht deposit plus the full 3 nights payment (glad Stray said we'd only pay for one), up front. Our one night stay, was one night too many. Link to map of locations.
Ah! Amazing Pattaya.
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