First night in Thailand, just arrived!
Our first flight from New York to Tokyo was 14 hours. Then we changed the planes in Tokyo. The second flight Tokyo to Bangkok was 7 hours. We got to Bangkok at 1 AM (almost 2 days later wow!). We took a taxi from the airport to Pattaya (I paid 1700 Baht (around $53). There was absolutely no traffic at night so the driver went 100 and 120 km per hour and it took as 1,5 hours to get to Pattaya. Normally it would take 2 to 2,5 hours. Although there are more transport options available during the day.
We got to Long Beach Garden Hotel and Spa hotel at 3 AM at night. My hotel booking was on the same day, but the hotel receptionist and the hotel manager gave me a hard time checking in early. My choices were, 1. they will bring us to some other location with no shower and no toilet just to sleep until morning and then we can come back to check in at 11 am; 2. Stay in the lobby, lay on the couches until 11am and be eaten by mosquitoes (my girl had already got bitten as soon as we arrived to the reception. She is very allergic to mosquito bites and immediately started swelling) 3. and the last choice was to pay $200 as a hotel walk-in. Although I paid $40 per night when booking directly on the hotel’s web site. What a rip off I thought. After one hour of negotiation, crying, begging, the hotel personnel and the manager were very strict and nothing they could do to make my check in more pleasant after being in the air for almost 2 days. We were exhausted. Somehow I managed to say that I don’t have so much cash with me, but only have 2000baht. We agreed that I pay 2000 baht now as a deposit and remainder of the money tomorrow.
We got to our room, collapsed on our beds and fell asleep in seconds.
I only slept for 4 hours. Woke up at 8 in a very good mood and rested. Took a nice shower and we were ready for breakfast. The breakfast was good with many food varieties, such as Thai, Chinese, European and Indian cuisine (although they removed Indian cuisine 3 days later, because their tourists left the hotel). We had a good breakfast and after changing our room where we suppose to be staying, at around 10 am headed to the pool area to check out the pools and the beach.
How gorgeous is this view of Pattaya Beach?
It is actually our hotel’s back yard with 3 large pools and the Pattaya beach right behind the pools. Pattaya Beach is a city in Thailand, is a beach resort, popular with tourists, is on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, a shallow arm of the South China Sea, bordered by Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Right on the beach you can get a Thai Massage for 300 Baht!
Later this evening I met with my friends who just arrived from Kazakhstan. We went to a nearby restaurant that is called “Uncle Boue” and in Russian Дядя Вова with the big photo of Lenin, then I realized that this tourist destination is russianized with lots of other thai restaurants that serve Russian food, Russian signs, the menus are offered in Russian language and even Thai waiters speak Russian language better than English. At Дядя Вова, we had Borshdt that my daughter loved, fried crocodile meat (that tasted good but reminded me of fried chicken, stuffed crepes, bottle of local white wine. For 3 people, good and filling dinner we only spent $25.
The next day we had met with our tour guide who told us about most likeable places to visit. We chose the Crocodile factory + the safari zoo and the trip to the Monkey island.