From the cool weather of the North to the heat of PATTAYA!

P1040621After another flight and another story, let’s just say I didn’t book a fight beforehand and had a little problem getting out of Chiang Mai.  I finally landed in Bangkok and jumped into a taxi for the 2 hour drive to the heard of Pattaya, the Walking Street.  

Walking Street

Walking Street

People say that you still have not visited Pattaya (or Thailand) if you haven’t visited this street.

Ok, now the biggest challenge of the trip…  How to describe this place for a mixed audience? Pattaya’s Walking Street makes Bourbon Street look like sesame Street, although Kevin Clash, the x-Elmo puppeteer would fit in.  The Street is full of flashing neon lights, night clubs, massage parlors, restaurants, gogo clubs, boy clubs, hotels, bars, bars, bars and more bars from karaoke and beer gardens to discotheque and Russian night clubs.  This is all before the entertainment establishments.  I did not see

I had the Octopus on the left - 100 BHT is about $3.00 USD

I had the Octopus on the left – 100 BHT is about $3.00 USD

Ernie and Bert or Miss Piggy and the frog, but if I did I can only imagine what they would have been doing.  Once you have walked the length and had some street food, the best part of the place is the people watching, OMG!

One of the many interesting things, I saw, that I can write about was watching the tourist police pulling over all the “Lady Boys”

Lady Boy, wth a gun

Lady Boy, with a gun

and searching them for knives and guns (no probable cause needed) – One of the Caps (an expat from the UK) said the Lady Boys are the biggest issues on the street for tourist.

One suppress was all the Russians, this place is over fun by Russian!

Dominick – After you take Corinne fishing, I would suggest you show her the “Real Thailand”.  This place is not much different from Fat Jake’s on a Friday night, should not be any real culture shock – Malone’s bars – Pattaya’s Walking Street, one in the same.

Now I know why the WiFi was so slow...

Now I know why the WiFi was so slow…

With Pattaya Bay Area being one of Asia’s largest beach resorts, I am going to hit the beach tomorrow and try to recover from my trip!

Sun and drinks on the beach next up…

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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