Tag Archives: pattaya

Following my own traces

20 May
Fancy room in Bangkok

Fancy room in Bangkok

I am living a big deja vue at the moment, going back the places in Thailand where I was recently (or a few years ago), doing the same things… Some of the things being just as nice as I remembered them, some startlingly different, some nicer and some a nightmare. Memory plays tricks with people.

At the iResidence in BKK I went swimming again in the rooftop swimming pool, despite the rain, mmm, so nice. But then they close the pool for maintenance exactly the days we are there. We had a complimentary minibar when I was there last, but ‘sorry sir, we have changed our policy’ – so why am I paying even more than last time for even less service? ‘But we give you 2 complimentary bottles of water, sir…’ Continue reading

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Songkran: getting wet in 3 cities

15 Apr

Even the streets could not handle the tons of water

Even the streets could not handle the tons of water

Happy New Year – (many pics below) the Thai just arrived in 2052 (according to the Buddhist calendar). And they do celebrate this by splashing out – literally. The tradition wants that the houses are cleaned for the new year, the Buddha statues are washed in the temple, and people throw water at each other. This wet affair last for 3 days, except this year, the government decided to extend it for 2 more days because of the unrests that troubled the first 2 days of Songkran.

We had the wet pleasure to experience this Songkran water festival in 3 different cities: we were in Pattaya for the first day. The next day we moved to Bangkok to take the night train to Chiang Mai – but with an hallucinating stop in Silom road – getting more wet than wet. And in Chiang Mai, the streets had turned into rivers because of all the water throwing. Amazing.

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Playing around in Pattaya

13 Apr
My first time in a pool bar

My first time in a pool bar

Pattaya is known for its horrors and pleasures. Some websites and guidebooks go into detail about which streets are more lively, where to find the lady-boys, where they speak Russian or Japanese, where the beer is cheapest, etc. The French Guide du Routard simply mentions “à eviter” (to be avoided). That would do the place injustice though. It is something one must have experienced in life. But probably once is enough.

There must be a market for the Pattaya experience, because there are shuttle buses (and even public buses) bringing people directly to this party town from the airport. You’re even not obliged to see anything cultural in Bangkok on the way there ;-) And when speaking to people along my route, many of them visited Pattaya also for a cheap beach holiday, with the family. So there is more than only the girly bars or boyz town.

Getting there was not the easiest part of the trip – but once we got there – we were plunged in luxury – thanx to my fancy Brussels friend traveling with me. Pattaya also has lovely stretches of beach, so I could try on all the new swimming wear I had bought in Bangkok – pictures below. Continue reading

Happy New Year again

13 Apr
Happy Wet New Year

Happy Wet New Year

I know, I sent you New Year greetings from Phnom Penh (the Western New Year), I sent you good luck wishes again for the Vietnamese New Year (end January) and once more it is time to wish you a superb New Year – the Thai New Year this time (and Khmer and Lao new year).

And of course New Year calls for celebration! The Thai start the new year ceremonially washing their buddha statues (from their home shrines) in the home temple. But at the same time, tradition wants that that the people also ‘wash’ each other Continue reading

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