Our tour bus picked us up at our hotel and cruised down the highway to the beach town of Pattaya. This makes an excellent side trip from Bangkok, about two hours travel time through the lush fields and swaying coconut trees. Air-con coaches are available from the small bus terminal on North Pattaya Road (Pattaya Nua) to Bangkok’s three major bus terminals – with frequent connections to all regions and provinces of the country. Buses depart regularly about every 30 minutes with the fare approximately 120 Baht.
Pattaya has a lot to offer the tourist including: island hoping, parasailing and shopping. If you have shopped till you drop you can indulge yourself with a Thai massage, have a great lunch, or just hangout along the beach front.
Local street vendors offer great looking fish, shrimps, crabs, and all sorts of native snacks with the smells to tempt you even more.
A lot of x-pats from all over the world have taken up permanent residence here because of the tropical climate, low-cost of living, and the many restaurants and bars situated throughout the city.
The restaurant scene in Pattaya specializes in Thai food along with a good mix of world-class eateries for your dinning pleasure. I personally regard the Thai eating experience as the best and most delicious food in the world.
Just 30 minutes’ drive from Pattaya, is the Sriacha Tiger Zoo, located on an over-100-acre piece of land, boasts over 200 Bengal tigers, 100,000 crocodiles, and various kinds of animals in the natural atmosphere. The zoo also offers the tourist many amusing activities, amazing shows and good food at their in-house Zoo restaurant.
My travel companion Perla, whose favorite animal in the world is “The Tiger”, had a great time enjoying the zoos different venues and shows. One of the high lights of the trip to Thailand was Perla having her picture taken with several tigers. She was so excited she actually hugged one of the largest male tigers to the shock of the trainer. The tiger didn’t seem to mind as they both posed for the camera …like Hollywood Super Stars. As we are in a meltdown of live tigers due to mans excesses… this a great opportunity to see and witness first hand the magnificent tigers on display.
The Bengal tiger lives in Southern Asia. It was hunted, captured, and poisoned to such an extent that is practically disappeared, except in natural preserves and national parks. It is now strictly protected with approximately 3000 tigers left on this planet.
So there you have it! Plan a trip to Pattaya and see for yourself what other travelers have discovered which include: native handicrafts, amazing hand-crafted jewelry, local and mall shopping, swimming, great Thai foods and eateries, and many outdoor events for the adventurer traveler.
QUOTE: “As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” – Margaret Mead
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Asia is the largest continent by landmass. The land area of Asia is actually larger than the land area of the moon.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Bengal Tigers! The magnificent Bengal Tigers are on the brink of becoming extinct because of man’s excessive and wasteful ways.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Save the Bengal Tigers …they are people just like us. Almost! Yes they are interconnected to the Universe like all living things on our planet and would be a huge irresponsible waste and great loss to humanity if they disappeared.
From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.
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