Wonderful Wi and myself woke up to the sound of raindrops falling outside once more. The morning followed a similar pattern to the first day, midday the rain stopped and the sky started to look brighter.
We were off to Jomtien beach and left the Marin Place with Wilai talking about coconut milk, fried chicken and papaya pok pok, eaten on the beach with the sea bobbing away before her. I was wondering whether the hotels supply of Tiger beer would last another two days.
When in Rome talk Italian, I’d clearly forgotten my phrasebook because the hotel chef’s supply of frozen chips had diminished quite alarmingly already. I won’t be eating Italian cuisine but I must eat more Thai food on this holiday. French fries for breakfast is not ideal.
On my many previous visits to Jomtien I have always seen falang walking hand in hand with young Thai men in this upmarket and overpriced resort. Not the prettiest sight in the world and one that won’t make any picture postcard but mai phen rai, let it be. Tourism has hit hard times in Thailand and viewing the lack of falang in Jomtien, the gay scene is looking rather flaccid.
An hour on the beach is always enough for me so I left Wilai to savour the wares of the beach food vendors and walked as straight as possible to my favourite Jomtien bar. The bar had no customers and remained so for the hour I spent there. After a few beers it was back to the beach before returning to our hotel late afternoon.
Jomtien beach was two days ago and yesterday we had our best day out so far. We took a tour guide trip to Nong Nooch Tropical and Botanical Gardens, located about 10 kilometres outside Pattaya. If any of you are now in Pattaya or about to root your toot (arse) there then put Nong Nooch near the top of your daytime hit list.
Aside from the beautiful gardens and wild life on offer Nong Nooch has a traditional Thai dancing show, Thai boxing and an elephant extravaganza that left me truly impressed. I am planning to do a separate post on Nong Nooch when I return home and so I will leave it at that.
Today is Saturday and it’s still mid morning and the sun is beating it’s rhythm already. A welcome change from the previous three days of indifferent weather.
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