For as long as I can remember I have been planning to visit Thailand. Unfortunately most of my friends and acquaintances discouraged me from making it a family trip.
Planning a family trip is never an easy task especially when one person is located in another continent. So after a lot of permutations and combinations on a rainy day in July along with my Mum and Sister, I started the journey to Thailand.
The trip to airport and the plane via the aero bridge was pretty exciting for reasons that don't need to be mentioned here. Anyway, we traveled by Bhutan Airlines which ensured a wonderfully smooth transfer to Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The free visa on arrival makes Thailand extremely popular and the queue for visa applications is huge. We stood in line for about two hours. There is an express line where you need to pay 200 TBH and wave goodbye to the misers like me who wait in the serpentine queues.
Let's fast forward the rest of the waiting and baggage collection stuff. We went to Pattaya directly from the airport.
A busy seaside town which keeps bustling late into the night and one can see throngs of tourists leisurely strolling around. Too tired after the journey and the wait for visa, we somehow gathered enough strength to go out for dinner. The roads are dotted with eateries that serve a variety of food. Fresh seafood to Thai curries to the familiar fried rice to even vegetarian dishes...you can find anything under the sun.
We opted for Thai curry and fried rice with pork and chicken. Thai food includes a lot of green vegetables and it has a unique flavor owing to the liberal use of lemongrass and galangal.
We walked around a bit looking at the souvenirs and the massage parlors. I knew one thing that I was not leaving Thailand without a proper Thai massage.