Starting to head down the Eastern coast
Sad to check out of the Radison today - no more luxury! So glad I managed to talk the old man into that two days to acclimatise, I don't think I would have been able to cope with the full on assault that is Bangkok without that sanctuary.
Made our way via sky train to the central bus depot to suss out best way of getting to Pattaya. I was nervous about our first attempt at public transport as we don't speak or read Thai. But It was so easy! Bought a Ticket at booth for 124bhat, walk to bus stop no. 1, the bus leaves in twenty mins. Two hours later arrived in Pattaya. Nice air conditioned bus plenty of leg room, no stress at all.
Rang Dave on way using our newly acquired Thai phone and he was there to meet us in his pick up truck. His Mrs and daughter are lovely. Si-shon and Ariel.
He took us for a quick drive through Pattaya which looks like Benidorm, we are having a night out there tomorrow.
Then half hour drive to his house in the country village of Bang Sare. It's a lovely big house in the countryside, really unspoiled. We have our own room with ensuite, might never leave!
It was lovely to see him in his family setting and finally meet his kid who is cute as a button. I had a Brad and Angelina moment, Thai kids are really really cute. Might sneak one back in hand luggage.
Quick freshen up then out to the sea front in Bang Sare for food. Dave took us all to this fantastic sea food restaurant in THE most amazing setting.
All the fish was alive and swimming in big tanks and you choose what you fancy.
Si-shon ordered for us and we all shared like Tapas style. We had papaya salad, sweet n sour fish, mussels with basil, prawns and broccoli, fried rice, spicy dips all washed down with nice cold beer. Dave paid the bill when we werent looking the sneaky rascal! Thanks Dave.
Then he took us to his village night market which was ace. They were gearing up for a local fiesta for the Buddha on Monday so there was a real party atmosphere. Si-chon made a donation for Buddha and Dave made us laugh by saying "I hope that wasn't a fucking 100" which is about 2.50€
Ariel went on the fun fair and me n J took a look at all the bonkers food stalls.
More deep fried insects, not for shock value - Thai people were actually buying them. Cockroaches, worms, locusts.
We were the only westerners there, it was fantastic to see just an ordinary village not geared up for tourists. Feel very privilaged and grateful.
Writing this now from bed and it is unbelievably hot: 23.00hrs and its still 28degrees.
(Later that same night) Still got jet lag wide awake at 4am again.....
I miss that 5*air con at the Radison.
No wifi at the moment so can't whats app you Alix big kisses I will bring you back a deep fried cockroach lol x x