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Jun 13

Thailand 2012: The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya

Date: 16th November 2012

Today’s plan was to rent a bike and drive to the Sanctuary of Truth, and later, to the far end of Jomtien beach.

Chaba Hut resort restaurant

I had my breakfast at the hotel itself

ChabaHut resort Pattaya pool

The pool faces the posher rooms

After breakfast, I inquired about bike rentals at the hotel reception.

Rental bikes Pattaya Thailand

Chaba Hut Resort themselves had several bikes for rent. But NONE of them would start, or had some problem or the other.

Honda Click rental bike Pattaya

Tired of waiting, I ended up renting a Honda Click from a restaurant just outside the hotel

Mooks Pattaya road

I carried a map with me and highlighted the route

Tourist vans pattaya

I had to get on a small road just off Pattaya Naklua Road

Pattaya apartment building

I did get lost at times, but I always stopped and asked around for directions

Road to Sanctuary of Truth

Most locals don’t know about the ‘Sanctuary of Truth,’ so you need to ask for Wat Prasat Mai or Wang Boran instead.

Sanctuary of Truth entrance Pattaya

This is the entrance to the Sanctuary of Truth

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May 12

Second trip to Mysore: Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore Palace during Dussera

Date: 27th October 2007

This trip was an office outing with my then team at work. We set off from Bangalore on an early Saturday morning.

Cauvery river bridge view

We passed the river Kaveri

Cauvery river water Karnataka

Bamboo shoot trees Ranganthittu

First stop, Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

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May 12

First trip to Mysore: The package day tour of Mysore’s popular attractions

Date: 23rd September 2006

This one is another old trip of mine. The first time I went to the famous city of Mysore was with my mother, when we opted for one of the (many) day tours by bus. After being picked up from our pick-up points, we set off by 7am. Leaving Bangalore, we were obviously taking Mysore Road and our first ‘stop’ was a quick one at Channapatna, a town famed for its traditional wooden toys.

After the stop at the toy store, we entered Srirangapatna, home to the scene of the last and decisive battle fought between the British and Tipu Sultan, the famed ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore. The guide showed us Tipu Sultan’s damaged fortress and how he was sabotaged, as we drove around its now broken walls.

Ranganathaswamy temple Mysore Karnataka India

The tour bus stopped at Ranganathaswamy temple, which is quite famous in Srirangapatna

We reached Mysore city by lunch time and were dropped at a vegetarian restaurant. Post lunch, we were taken to Mysore’s most famous attraction – the grand Amba Vilas Palace – or Mysore Palace as it is more commonly known. Continue reading “First trip to Mysore: The package day tour of Mysore’s popular attractions” »

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