Date: 16th November 2012 (Part 2)
After leaving the
Sanctuary of Truth, I rode my rented bike back to the main road.
If you want a quieter side to Pattaya, stay on this side ( TSix 5 Hotel)
I placed the camera around my neck and would take photos whenever traffic stopped
… or whenever I felt like taking a photo, I would stop on the side of the road and click
You got a lot of major hotel brands on the north Pattaya side, like and Amari Holiday Inn
Thai Airways’ Pattaya office is on the north end as well
I didn’t really stop to take photos on Beach Road, because it’s hella busy
I had been to Jomtien Beach in 2010, but I took a songthaew back then
I’m sure this hotel must be run by an Indian ( Sun city Hotel)
It’s a short 5-minute drive from Beach Road to get to Jomtien Beach
Jomtien is a much quieter, less seedier side of Pattaya
Dominated by Russians, you still have enough bars and restaurants on this side — just not (m)any seedy clubs
I never got far the last time I was here
I wanted to ride until the beach road ended
But this is how the road ended
Maybe they’re expanding the road even further
No beach here
I parked the bike and decided to walk a bit
Like I’ve said many times before in my previous posts, Pattaya’s beaches are quite lame compared to the rest on Thailand’s shorelines
Still, Jomtien at least gives you some space from the deluge of beach beds that take up all of the space on Pattaya Beach
You’ll be hard pressed to find space like this on Pattaya’s main beach
There isn’t much natural beauty in Pattaya, but dig deeper and I guess you’ll find it
I rode back up the same road , stopping on the side whenever I felt like taking photos
Awww… hope he/she was alright
A whole bunch of college students were enjoying the water rides
You have enough water-based activities on this side as well
Plenty of condominiums on this side, a lot of which are owned by Russians
It was getting dark
I decided to leave Jomtien
I wondered about having dinner at Jomtien itself. But I figured it was safer to give the rental bike back before having a beer.
Back in my area, I had dinner parceled from a Greek food joint. Never tried a Greek “shawarma” – a.k.a pita souvlaki. It was okay, the pita bread was bit too thick for the amount of filling
Date: 17th November 2012
I had to head back to Bangkok to meet up with my friend Ramesh who was to land today.
I left Chaba Hut after breakfast
I took a moped taxi to the Pattaya bus terminal from where one can catch buses to Ekamai in Bangkok city (124 baht for one way ride). I got down at Ekamai because the BTS station is right in front of the bus station.
This is where Ramesh and I booked our stay for one night in Bangkok — @Hua Lamphong Hostel
We chose this hostel as it is right across from the Hua Lamphong railway station
The interiors at this hostel are very well done
Our room cost ฿950 per night (Rs. 1800/$30/€23)
Our room had all the convenience we needed
It was very clean and well-maintained
Hua Lamphong has an MRT (subway) station very near by– which is another reason why we chose to stay at this hostel.
That’s my friend Ramesh, waiting for the train
We took the subway to Si Lom interchange
A panorama Ramesh took on his Nexus
There’s a bit of walking to do to get to the Sala Daeng BTS station
We went to MBK mall, which was hosting some J-pop dance cover contest outside
We had lunch at the food court at MBK, which is always crowded.
We roamed around, checked out a few stores and left for the next mall
Siam Paragon, where besides the food court and the multiplex, everything else is quite expensive!
All we did throughout the day was go mall-hopping, as Ramesh needed to buy some stuff to prepare for the next week of travel.
We walked all the way to Central World mall using the walkway
I. Hate. Bangkok traffic. It’s like this on Sukhumvit Road from 8am to 8pm.
This was outside Central World
I guess this is going to be another mall + office complex
Ramesh picked up his pure vegetarian dinner from Subway and I had pad thai parceled from a street vendor near our hostel
We went to bed early as both of us were a bit tired. We would have the next morning to go around because our bus to Phuket was only late in the evening.
Next posts in this series:
Thailand 2012: Terminal 21 mall; Bangkok to Phuket by bus
Thailand 2012: James Bond island, Koh Panyee village and Wat Suwan Kuha
Thailand 2012: Phuket beach hopping and bike ride to Promthep Cape
Thailand 2012: Flying to Chiang Mai; views from Doi Suthep
Thailand 2012: Golden Triangle tour – White Temple, Mekong River, Mae Sai, and entering Laos
Loy Krathong 2012: Yeepeng Lanna in Chiang Mai – A second chance to do it right
Previous posts in this series:
Thailand 2012: The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya
Thailand 2012: Landing in Pattaya