Pattaya – AKA Russia!

I’ve seen some strange things since being in Thailand but the strangest by far has to be waking up halfway through the bus journey from Kanchanaburi to Pattaya and seeing this

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Ikea!?! Did we take a detour through Croydon!? Certainly not something i was expecting to see.

Stuck in traffic in a cramped bus seat would usually be my worst nightmare but not today. Today i am in a traffic jam in Thailand, and looking out the window watching a group of birds flying in-between the waiting cars, dipping, gliding, playing, makes this another experience, another special memory…it really is the small things in life that make it worthwhile πŸ™‚

On arriving in Pattaya the first thing we notice is how many Russians there are (not a bad thing, just an observation) there are so many that the shops and restaurants even have Russian translations!
People are saying they come here as it’s so beautiful…Pattaya isn’t very beautiful so i’m gonna guess…mafia?

I have to confess i wasn’t a big fan of Pattaya. The beaches are the dirtiest i’ve seen since England and it appears people don’t come here to sunbathe as the parts of the beaches that weren’t covered in rubbish were filled with parasols

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We had quite a walk until we found sand and sunlight!

Anyways enough of the negativity, heres the positives!
Pattaya is where Mikes family friend lives and you really couldn’t meet a nicer man. A real cockney London gent πŸ™‚
He showed us some of the sights and told us some funny stories of his experiences in the 10 years he’s been here.
We visited our first ladyboy bar – all ladyboys, no ladies, stripper poles and dance platforms…they are all absolutely stunning!
I know a lot of people look down their noses at men and women who make a living by ‘selling’ their bodies but i personally think that as long as you’re happy and it’s your choice then who the hell am i to judge? So i have no problem sitting in this bar admiring the beauty of these women…or are they men? It’s very confusing!

Pattaya is also where i discovered the Mangosteen

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A gorgeous fruit!

I had a real ‘it’s a small world after all’ moment while i was here.
Sat on a beach in Thailand thousands of miles away from everyone i know and love, i was talking to Mikes family friend and mentioned that i worked in Benidorm last year. A guy sunbathing next to us politely said “sorry did i hear you mention Benidorm?”
It turns out he works in Benidorm as a drag act Coco Benidorm! And we have mutual friends! How strange is that?
Unfortunately i didn’t meet him last year but we made up for that by spending a few hours chatting and people watching on the beach πŸ™‚

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Our last day in Pattaya was a cloudy one so we decided to go and visit Thailands very own Ripleys Believe it or Not museum πŸ™‚ i love the one in London and the Thai version didn’t disappoint.
There are a few extra attractions too, 4D cinema, scary rides, a hot air balloon…all great stuff for kids, or an adult with a childish personality πŸ™‚

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Turned out to be a good day πŸ™‚

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