Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pattaya... Elephants, Tiger and Floating market.

The first thing you notice in this beach town are the dolled up faces of the woman sitting right next to the boards. The board displays the various kinds of massages - foot and body - along with their rates. This is not surprising as Pattaya is known as a guy's town. The city will not the make the cut if you compare it with Vegas. Still, it is a mini version of the sin city.

Do not lose hope. But there are still other things to do in Pattaya apart from these. What are the other things? Those are elephants, tigers and floating market. There is an elephant farm very close to the city. The farm offers many things like elphant safari, shooting range and a fully domesticated tiger. The elephant safari takes you to the Pattaya landscapes - flat land, small hills and rivers. Apart from the elephant safari, the farm also features a tiger. The tiger is chained and not caged. You can touch or caress it while your friend takes a picture of you with the tiger. I am not sure how they keep the tiger so docile.

There is still one more option left if you are not interested in animals. That is the floating market. It is a misnomer as the market is not floating. The market is built on top of the water body resembling a giant swimming pool. Unlike the color blue associated with a swimming pool, this giant swimming pool has brown water. The water is dirty and it hardly comes above your knees. There are boats on which you can tour the floating market. The floating market, with all the oddities, is a good place to shop. Make sure you have a map or know how to read signs for you could easily be lost in the market.

If you are like me, I mean your first destination in Thailand is Pattaya, then you might think Pattaya is a city famous for elephants, tigers and floating markets. But if you stay in Thailand for a couple of days and visit other cities, then you get to know that all these cities offer elephants, tigers and floating markets.

Tags: Travel,Thailand,Pattaya


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8 comments:

  1. Give some snaps please....

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    1. I havent started processing the pictures yet. It is unlike most of the usual journeys. This time, my family is also with me. Most of the pictures are very personal nature which cannot be shared over here. Nevertheless, if there are any worth sharing, I will certainly do that. :)

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  2. Unfortunately, I had to cancel my trip to Pattaya, when I was in Thailand. I had to spent two extra day in Cambodia from my planned itinerary, but I will surely love to go there next time. Your post gave a good idea of this sin city..

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    1. I hope you have a better idea now. I suggest you to try out Phuket, Krabi for the beaches. If you are pressed for time, Hua Hin which is 200 kms from Bangkok is also an option. More on it later. ;)

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  3. That is a sensible snippet on Pattaya. It is often thrown in thick with the tour packages. Good to know your take.

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    1. For boys, Pattaya is good. But if you are interested in beaches, try the west side of Thailand namely Phuket, Krabi etc.

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