One day trips in Pattaya
One day trips in Pattaya
Pattaya is never too for away from Bangkok so we left at a leisurely time way into eight o’clock. And it was a predetermined decision of mine to make the Mini Siam Pattaya City my first stop of the day. For only 120 Baht per person (Thai rate, though), this is where you can hop about Thailand’s and the world’s landmarks in their miniaturized form, learn what you need to know about their significance and, of course, take lots and lots of photographs! The Thai Zone has the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Democracy Monument, the Bridge of the River Kwai, for example. I could spot Korean tourists in large number, as well as Korean signage around the place and a Korean restaurant to complete the scene.
Stepping away from the outdoor heat of our first destination, we found refuge in the air conditioned comfort of inside of Royal Garden Plaza. This is where you can get up close and personal with (the wax figures of) the world’s most celebrated individuals like Eddy Murphy, Andy Lau, David Beckham and his fabulous wife plus other Thai and international artists and a few world leaders. I was most impressed by the Batman and Friends room and how the different zones are laid out and presented in general.
The afternoon was spent at a short distance further out from Ambassador City Jomtien.Â This attraction is a religious intervention in a manner of speaking. When he was the abbot of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, the current supreme patriarch has come to know of this mountain in its state of rapid destruction from mining. He was determined to preserve the natural elegance of this mountain and came up with the idea to engrave an image of the Lord Buddha on the cliff of Khoo Chee Chan. The resulting low emboss image measures a majestic 130 meters from top to bottom.
Impossible it was not to cap the day with gentle ocean breezes… and local delicacy before returning home. The Angsila Fish Market was absolutely not crowded by any standard years ago. You can either buy fresh items home or have it cooked there at a very reasonable price. The market was especially packed the evening of our visit. With increased awareness among vendors and tourists, the market has expanded significantly. Gone was the relative calm of the bygone days. But in any case, we did have delightful seafood and the spicy dipping sauce to match, all against the back drop of the setting sun of a day well spent.