I started my day on Pattaya Beach, a busy, crowded beach with lounge chairs, umbrellas and beach bars skinny but stretching over 2 miles. My hotel is just across the street “Beach Road” that runs parallel to the beachfront, tucked in behind another hotel, not flashy but clean, safe and cheap.
The beach was not world-class like the beaches found in the south, but it was very convenient coming from Bangkok, unless you ended up with a taxi like I did. As I approached the taxi line, it looked like I would be riding in a shit box. This was confirmed when I opened the door and was hit in the face with this indescribable smell. Not thinking I got in and as we pulled away from the curb the back seat started to vibrate from what remained of his
muffler. Then the endless noise that only a muffler needing repair can make. The driver then tried to cover up the muffler sound by cranking up a Thai radio station. I put a stop to that quickly! Knowing I could not fix the muffler, I tried to inquire about the smell, the driver simply smiled said “yes, yes, yes ” then pulled out a spray can and I was thinking, Febreze but I was wrong. As he sprayed all I could thing about was must be FeSHIT the local taxi Air Freshener. As I was told so many times on this trip “That is Thailand” so I simply sat back and enjoyed the ride.
After a late breakfast, I settled with a lounge chair under an umbrella on the beach for a nap. Upon waking, I proceeded to sample all the beach food that was being offered including the fried crabs – like potato chips with legs. The best part was the Thai foot massage right on the beach.
Later in the afternoon I jumped in a local taxi (a type of pickup truck with benches and costing about 30 cents) and made my way to Jomtien Beach in the southern part of the bay area. This beach is a quieter version of Pattaya with more locals and less Russians. I had dinner of Pad Thai and watched the sun set while walking the boardwalk in search of a good dive shop.
I had a great day on the beach, but my next trip to a Thailand beach will be in the area around Phuket.