From the airport we took a bus to reach Pattaya. As per plan we had 2 days in each city. From the Pattaya bus station we had to take a tuk til which charges 50 baht per person to reach to our hotel which at the famous(infamous!) Walking Street.
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We had booked the hotel with no over expectations. However when we reached the hotel after a 30 mins tuk tuk ride, we were overwhelmed. We were at the epicenter of the party scenes in Pattaya, yes we were in the Walking street.yay!. By the time we reached here the deeds of the street had started preparing for their almost night long rituals.
We decided to check-in first, freshen up before heading out for the hustle. We wanted good Indian food to fill up our hungry stomach. Now there is no need to worry, since there are a lot on Indian restuerants. We took a stroll to the Pattaya beach which was at a walking distance of 5 mins from our hotel. We were approached by more than 5 indians who wanted us to visit there hotel for dinner. As surprising it was, the food too was really good, suiting our palate.
P.S: Since you are aware you are in a red light area, there is a continuous chant of "boom, boom" anywhere you go. From shopkeepers, from drivers, from your hotel owner and finally from the pretty girls on the street!! Prostitution is a well organized craft here! Adult nightlife here is way beyond your imaginations.
We enjoyed the breeze on the Pattaya beach with some chilled beer and a lot of discussion for things to be done the next day.
Coral Island(Koh Larn):
It's better to start your day a bit early for the island visit. Most tour organizers start taking there first round of tourists by 8.30-9 am. You can arrange for a hotel pick-up, as we did and would be taken to the specific spot on the Pattaya beach.
If you have a couple of days here in Pattaya, you can opt a whole day tour. Else a half day tour is enough. Then you will have time to visit other attractions here.
Sanctuary of Truth:
We hired a cab to visit the sanctuary of Truth. This is basically a palace built out of only wood. The first glimpse of the palace from the distant was mesmerizing. The sea behind the palace and the open blue sky was giving the awe inspiring first sight of this palace.
This place will definitely hold you for more than a couple of hours. I had never any palace so mind boggling. I was not able to come to terms with the truth that such a big palace is entirely made with woods. The architecture will shout for attention from each corner of this palace.
Pattaya Floating Market:
Now this one is an artificially built floating market for the tourists from around the globe. The market is so huge, you would be forced to believe it is a natural market situated on a riverbed!
This market has it all. Cloths, food, boat ride, souvenirs, authentic Thai stuffs to take back home. We spent hours and hours roaming here and also had our lunch here. This time we opted for Thai food.
Big Buddha Hill and Pattaya View point:
Now when we were back in the room, everyone was tried and wanted to rest. I had some other plans! As I had planned the trip, I knew that the Buddha Hill is hardly 10-15 mins from our hotel room. I tried to persuade my friends to accompany me but they seemed less interested.
I went out and took a bike taxi to go to the Big Buddha Hill up the mountain top. The roads are well built and marked with safety signs at every corner. Within no time I reached the Big Buddha temple.
It is peaceful up here, I clicked some picture and decided to quickly move to the view point. It is 5 mins bike ride away. I bargained with a bike taxi driver, who agreed to take me to the view point and then back to my hotel for 60 baht.
The night was suppose to be long today. It was the night for pub crawl. My advice Nashaa club has all the attention on the walking street but it is merely a pick-up point and nothing more. You would not be able to enjoy your night here. Kama club right opposite to Nashaa in the place you can go. All the other clubs here are sad with respect to the crowd.
We didn't had the luxury to wake up late the next day. We had to head for Bangkok and best we could do was continue our sleep in the car!!