So, lets peep into an unplanned trip to Thailand that scribes wonderful experiences and memories in my heart!
(11th Apr 2019 to 16th Apr, 2019)
Started with a budget travel from Nagpur (Maharashtra), we ended up paying various bills for our tour! With my thorough planning, we 3 had started our journey by flying to Bangkok via Kolkata by Air Asia. Kolkata and Chennai are the most preferable departure cities for Bangkok as both, prices as well as distance is very less from these cities, hence without thinking twice, Kolkata as an option was locked. Reaching at the Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok in the morning hours, we had skipped the normal immigration queue which was occupied in large no.s by Chinese expats and hence we moved to the 'Express Immigration' queue by paying extra 200 Baht because most of the flights from different countries land during the morning hours.
After immigration, proceeding to the luggage belts, we went to inquire about transportation means to Pattaya and we got to know how feasible it is to reach there by a bus. The first thing you need to do is to go to floor 1 of Don Mueang airport for finding the Airport bus which goes to the Mo Chit bus station. Floor 1 - Exit gate no. 6, you’ll see an air conditioned blue color bus having no. A1. The bus will drop you to Mo Chit station for 30 Baht only. Remember, after boarding from the airport, you need to alight the bus at the last stop (Mo chit bus station) because a lot of people get confused between Mo Chit BTS (train) station and Mo Chit bus station.
Inside the Mo Chit bus station, there are restaurants, cafes, ATM(s), money exchange and many more facilities and it's very easy to get a bus to travel to any city in Thailand from that station. Buses to Pattaya leave every 30 minutes from 7 am in the morning till 10 pm at night. The fees was 117 Baht on 12th April, 2019.
Approximately, it took 3 hrs to reach to Pattaya bus station. Then, we quickly took our luggage from the bus cabin and sat onto one of the easily available tuk-tuk (rickshaws of Thailand) and alighted in Beverly Plaza Hotel which was 7 km from the bus station by paying only 20 Baht each.
Surprised by the way of welcoming, we found ourselves totally drenched in water because the festival of Songkran was just 1 day away. If you're visiting Thailand during this period of 12th to 15th April, prepare yourself to be a part of a journey you'll never forget for you will be experiencing a festival that just can't be put into words! Local people and tourists from any part of the world roam around throwing buckets of water, using water pistols and just generally soaking anyone in the vicinity.
So, after getting drenched, we finally checked in to our amazing and beautiful hotel room, got freshened up and went for Art in Paradise around 5 pm. It was 3.5 km and we jumped into a tuk-tuk for 10 Baht each. Art in Paradise is a masterpiece and a perfect example of human's exemplary work with the 3 dimensional paintings that are interactive and funny. This is a great place to come with children, friends, family and it will leave you with memories for lifetime. Extremely creative artists have painted directly on to walls to create stunning images that trick our eyes into thinking animals are smashing through walls, Monalisa Painting, restaurant & bar servers, etc. The gallery has over 100 individual art pieces covering optical illusions, wild animals, nature, etc. It takes around two hours to get around the whole gallery, although you can spend as much as you want. The price is a sticking point at 400 Baht for Foreigners, but its worth every Baht you pay.
Hunger knocks right away and we found ourselves landing at a Burger king outlet. After having some snacks, we went to Pattaya's most favorite and most happening travel destination - 'Walking Street'
The walking street is an entertainment and night-life street where tourists visit in huge number to see the nightlife of Pattaya. The walking street area includes seafood restaurants,live music venues, beer bars, Indian & Russian discos, sports bars, go-go bars, night clubs and hotels. This street opens at 7 in the evening and closes at around 5 in the morning. No vehicles are allowed to enter during these hours. Then, we headed to our hotel room which was just 300 meters away to took rest.