Pattaya is recovering from Saturday night.
06.08.2011 - 07.08.2011
My jetlagged self stayed awake until 3AM! I awoke at noon with the hotel maid knocking at my door. I cruised out on the strip of Pattaya Beach to see who had survived the parties the night before. This town is wild. There seem to be lots of Russian, Australian and German tourists here for the hot weather, beaches, beer and . . . massages and sex?
I came across two Russians beating their hangovers with a fish massage on the street. Happy to pose for my camera.
Last night before returning to my hotel I walked through the night market. The most interesting vendors sell fruit and food. I am learning more about these amazing-looking fruits. My photo from the most beautiful market stall shows many fruits. Here we go (sorry, folks, it's a cell phone camera):
TOP: Toorian (durian), Longkorng (longsat), Farang (guava), (Saparot (pineapple}
2nd ROW: Lam Yai (longan), Gair-ow Mang Gorn (dragon fruit), Poot-Sah (jujube)
1st ROW: Mangkoot (mangosteen), Ngor (rambutan), garombola (star fruit)
Credit goes to patient vendor who explained all of these to me. Of course, I had to purchase an assortment to have in my hotel room. I'm always wanting a snack when I get home after work.
Today was the day I tried a songchaew or, in English, a baht bus. It costs 10 baht (0.35 USD) to climb aboard. There are hundreds in Pattaya -- not very many tuk-tuks.
In Pattaya songthaew are blue and travel the circuit -- down the beach and up the inland road. Two main thoroughfares run north/south and are connected by small alley-like lanes called "soi". Outdoor cafes and beer gardens are everywhere on these two streets. Also, lots of tattoo parlors, my favorite being named "House of Pain". Wow, what culture the US Navy has brought to SE Asia!
I am going to collect photos of my favorite street signs. Do you think that this tailor makes good wizard capes?
This banner was posted at the entrance of my hotel. Gee! So glad I am here this week. My glands are tingling.
COMMON GROUND WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD"S PARENTS: This evening I ate dinner at an outdoor cafe with a great street scene for entertainment. Next to me were a couple with a toddler. The iPad has definitely made it possible for parents to have an uninterrupted conversation. Just prop it up in front of the highchair, hand the baby a sippy cup and let "Baby Einstein" rip. Right, Elie?