One cannot but picture Vietnam without the conical hat wearing farmers. You will see candy making, coconut coir art, coconut sweets being dished out at Mekong islands. We were taken to a restaurant that served a plethora of Vietnamese cuisine and meat. Actually live animals like crocodiles, turtles, snakes and of course the less exotic ones like crabs, fish etc. were among the picks. Being vegetarians, and having experienced the tough time we had in Maya Bay, Phuket, we were better prepared, this time. The cold Biryani that was cooked at the hotel seemed like heaven to us J.Locals use narrow boats to hop islands and the skilled boatwomen row you through packed traffic effortlessly!After some hammock perching and cycling, it was time to board the big boat back for the 2 hour ride back to HCMC.
Day 2 started with my friends and i driving up to Bang Tao Beach which is about 15 km away from Patong. It's one of the more secluded beaches of Phuket , and it's beautiful, but it was so hot right when we reached at 1pm that we decided to skip going into the water and instead head somewhere else. We sat there for a while and shared just a plate of fried rice amongst ourselves as everything there was priced 3 times the usual. We left Bang Tao and headed back south, passing Surin Beach on our way. We stopped at a Malaysian food stall to have some Super spicy Malay prawn curry with rice .I was on the scooty for about an hour and i think 70% of my tanning started and ended there itself in the scorching heat. (Atleast i thought so)We then headed to the Kata and the Kata Noi beach. Both the beaches are adjacent to one another . The setting reminded me a lot of the Flic en Flac village in Mauritius.There's not much to do in Kata Noi apart from admiring the beautiful scenery , walking on the super soft sand and taking a swim in the beautiful water. Kata beach on the other hand is a surfing favourite , so you might catch some surfers riding some waves against the beautiful backdrop. There are quite a few people who come there but definitely less than what one will see on the Patong beach. If you're the kind who likes to have the waves pull you push you here and there, Kata Beach is a must for you! ( I actually enjoyed that)I headed back to the Patong street market and had Tom Yum Kung Shrimps with rice (blissfull) for dinner and took a walk around the beautiful streets of the town to end my Beachy day.
Chao Phraya River
No visitor to Bangkok should miss seeing Bangkok from the river. A great way to get around Bangkok without the hassle and hustle and bustle of traffic is by the Chao Phraya Express. There are stops all along the river bank and its a quick and cheap way to get from one place to another.
Also known as the "Green Lung" of Bangkok, Lumphini Park is returning to the serenity of nature. Away from the noise and haste of the city, this place does the trick by providing you some peace. More than often, this place works as a therapy from the hustle bustle of the city. It is open from 10 am to 3 pm. I suggest you go here as early as possible. As the day progresses, this place too gets a bit stuffed with tourists hence beating the purpose of the visit. There is an artificial lake in the middle of the park, where you can lie back and relax. Lumphini Park is a lush oasis in the middle of Bangkok. It’s a great place to go for a picnic, relax, jog, yoga, or collect your thoughts.
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
How to Get ThereSiam Ocean World is located at the basement of Siam Paragon mall. It is accessible using the BTS Skytrain - get off Siam Station and take Exit 5 to the mall.Useful Info: The oceanarium is open from 10 am to 9pm, last entry an hour before closing. Price for adults is 900 baht, 700 baht for children.
James Bond Island
Next, we headed to James Bond Island, the one where they shot the movie, "The Man With The Golden Gun", an old Roger Moore Bond flick, if anyone's interested. I'm more of a Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan fan. It was teeming with people and I'm not really fond of crowded places. After a couple of photos, I was done with the place. They did have stalls selling accessories but they were priced high and I felt that I could buy the same stuff for half the rate at the local Krabi shopping market. And I did.We had a pit stop at some local farmers land and learnt a bit about their farming, cuisine, and his life story as an example of life. Long story short: he is an old man who begged for food on the streets. Later, with a minimum wages job, he managed to live on his own, saving up what little he could. In due time, he started a small shop which sold Ramen and soups of different kinds all of which costs nothing more than THB 10. He believes that everyone who walks into his shop should be able to buy his food. His kindness and concern for society stood out listening to him talk became a huge part of our Thailand experience.
Our final destination was Safari World at Bangkok. Home to dolphins, seals, chameleons and countless colorful, tropical birds, Safari World is a major crowd-puller for tourist families with young children. There are shows at regular intervals where the agile animals perform complicated tasks with great dexterity. The 'safari' is a jeep-ride through an artificial zone which houses lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, elephants and many different varieties of deer. Visitors are also treated to a sumptious lunch at the end of the visit.
Pattaya is 3 hours drive from Phaya thai! In Thailand, Pattaya and Phuket are well known for beaches! Pattaya has a very good beach with a good marine drive. Pattaya Sea shore has people who give very good Foot massage for sun bathers! Cold tender coconut at Pattaya is the sweetest in its kind! Apart from those, Skydiving, deep sea diving and motor boating, biking adds to much fun! One day at Pattaya will be more than enough to experience all these! From phaya thai, there are buses to Pattaya. Near the beach, Gems Galleria is present where we can spend excellent 2 hours on seeing something about Jewelery! If you are from India, it is better not to buy ornaments from there as it costs much cheaper here!
Black Mountain Golf Club
Do you know that golf courses in Thailand are a major attraction for visitors?Japanese players and tourists who are on the lookout for the best golf courses around the world often fly down to Thailand to spend their holidays at one of the golf course destinations. We're at the Black Mountain Gold Club, a world-class golf resort that has been acknowledged as one of the 100 best golf courses in the world. The country has almost 10 state of the art golf courses in different locations all across the country.