The actual beaches of Pattaya

 

Thai Sunset

Thai Sunset

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” P1040709that 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 P1040661 P1040645convenient 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

Snack Tme

Snack Tme

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 P1040649nap.  P1040648Upon 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. P1040655P1040656 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.

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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1 Response to The actual beaches of Pattaya

  1. Anne Russell says:

    Except for the taxi ride—sounds like a wonderful day.

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