Bangkok 05-06, Day #3 (12/26/05)

Happy Father Going To Pattaya
Happy Father Going To Pattaya

plan A we want to depart for pattaya at 10 so that sony can join us. but apparently sony can’t make it out of embassy duty, so we depart at 8.30, earlier. we went by a chartered microbus, driven by this thai man, can’t speak english. but monica can communicate with him. it’s obvious that he’s lost if it comes to bangkok toll highway. well. the road to pattaya mostly is the toll highway, nice and smooth. at 11 we arrived in front of hard rock hotel, we parked. we tried to look for place to pee, and enter this hard rock cafe merchandise stuff. allured to buy nice HRC Pattaya sand shirt. then i peed nearby at next door public toilet owned by one of the restaurant, for B10 fare.

With the beach food vendors
With the beach food vendors

we took a nice spot not far from where we parked. after a little session of beach hawker selling fried prawn, grilled squid and deep-fried little crabs, i changed my shorts using the HRC merchandise dressing room. then me and my father tried them jet skis for B700 / half hour, it was really my first jet ski ride, so was it’s my father’s first. at first he drove, but he played it save. not for long, i took over the steering setang. vroom vroom, i put the metal to the floor (just an expression), until the jet ski flew over the waves. it was fun, though we tried to land on far side of the beach (a.k.a. lost), luckily the owner of the jet ski picked us up with another jet ski.

Me and the Admirals Statue
Me and the Admiral's Statue

not long then we took a shower back in the same place we peed. this time it’s B30. change clothes. then after a quick session of photograph in front of them thai flags and HRC, we head for Khao Phra Tam Nak*, where there stands the statue of admiral Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak. the admiral seems to started the whole thai navy fleet, so his spirit is sacret and there’s this shrine built on this hill to honor him. next to the shrine stands a radio station. the shrine has the usual shrine tid-bits, and in addition, a stairways down the hill where people can lit up holy firecrackers having fun while having rituals as well. on top of the hill means overlooking the whole pattaya bay. nice view!! snap, snap. my battery went dead.

*Khao Phra Tam Nak or Khao Phra Bat (เขาพระตำหนัก หรือ เขาพระบาท) This small hill is located between South Pattaya and Chom Thian. It is a vantage point for a panoramic view of the whole city of Pattaya and its crescent bay. Locals and visitors come here to pay homage to Wat Khao Phra Bat atop the hill and the monument of Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak, who is resgared the “founding father of the modern Thai navy.” and Suan Chaloemphrakiat (สวนเฉลิมพระเกียรติ) Khao Phra Tam Nak Road., This is a fitness park at the foot of Khao Pattaya. With an area of 6 acres, the park was dedicated to commemorate His Majesty the King’s sixtieth birthday on December 5, 1988. The gardens of the park boast a wide variety of flowering plants and offer a scenic view of Pattaya. There are also multipurpose grounds and winding trails for walking or jogging and standard exercise facilities.

wikitravel.org/en/Pattaya#See

there’s a traditional thai band playing songs of thai dangdut *some name*, which 4 local ladies dance to the tunes. traditional dance. see clips.
it seems to be the vicinity has a lot of street ladies *you know what i mean* i tried to make a conversation with one of them but to no good she must have known that i’m with my family.

after a necessary stop at the toilet, we climbed the car, and head home. arrived at 8 pm. then we stay put in monic’s apartment.

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