I realize it’s been a while since I’ve written anything in here. Hope I still remember how things work, lol! *blows dust and cobwebs away* I guess I have been pre-occupied with work & life in general which has left me with not much time to pen any of my thoughts down. (Though much of it has been immortalized on my Twitter profile) I have been doing some occasional, random creative writing, but that’s a post for another day.
For now, I’d like to tell you guys about my recent trip to Pattaya, Thailand. Now, I can’t remember for the life of me, the last time I took a trip or a holiday anywhere, meaning I was long overdue for a getaway surely. I last visited Thailand as a child, and that was at least 10 years ago, so much has changed in this decade. For this trip, I took a quick 3 days 2 nights trip to Pattaya, so I’ll be breaking the trip down for you lot into two separate posts for ease of reading.
Pattaya is located by the sea and beaches, and surrounded by beautiful high rise buildings, with plenty of locality, so I definitely as looking forward to a sunny beach getaway.
So let me tell you what went down on day 1 & 2, shall I?
To begin with, I took an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on a sunny Friday afternoon. Just so you guys know, Air Asia only recently launched direct flights to Pattaya, on July 15 this year, so that’s great news for you guys!
The flight was approximately 1 hour & 55 minutes, so it was a very quick flight. I barely had time to settle down for a nap, and voila, Pattaya was upon us! Flights wise, Air Asia provides return flights to Pattaya 4 times a week, with really cheap seats too, as low as MYR 250 and below (just make sure you book your flights ahead of schedule, and do lookout for AA’s special offers and discounts!)
AK 840 KUL – UTP 1430 hrs – 1525 hrs (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
AK 841 UTP – KUL 1555 hrs – 1900 hrs (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
AIRPORT & HOTEL & WEATHER
We landed in the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya Airport, which is about 45 minutes away from the city centre. Its a rather small airport, so don’t expect a huge building 🙂 You can get cabs, buses and rental vans from the airport to the city, so getting around wont be much of an issue. From the airport, we made our way to our hotel, the lovely Courtyard Marriott located on Pratamnak Hill, South Pattaya Road via a van.
The weather was rather warm, much warmer than Malaysia I reckon, so it may be wise to pack loose clothing with thin layers. I’d hazard temperatures were around 26 Celcius-ish ? I made the mistake of layering up in thick denim, so don’t do what I did. 😀
The hotel room was gorgeous, with a view overlooking the city’s busy landscape. Room rates range from MYR 250/per night for a Superior bedroom, and above, accordingly for more exclusive rooms. Isn’t the room simple gorgeous? See if you spot the elephant in the room ❤
I only wish I had more time to spend in the room since the bed was so fluffy, but that wouldn’t do, would it?
Dinner that night was a feast prepared by the hotels’ esteemed chef in the MoMo Cafe located on the ground floor . Some of the highlights include the below. Obviously there was more food on the dinner table, however in my hunger and haste, I forgot to take pictures the spread. The food was absolutely delicious, and I only wish I had more room in my tummy to eat up!
Clockwise: MoMo Cafe dining area, Fried Sunflower Seeds & Orchids, Grilled Mushrooms
Post dinner, it was time for a walk at the infamous Walking Street, which is a mere 10 minutes walk away from the hotel. It is a tourist attraction that draws foreigners and Thai nationals, primarily for the night life. The areas specialties includes seafood restaurants, live music venues, beer bars, discothèques, sports bars, go-go bars, and nightclubs. If you’re looking for a fun night out, this is definitely the place to be!
Clockwise from left: Walking Street, Bright lights in Walking Street, le me getting a foot massage after all that walking and touring (200THB which is approx MYR 25), and a Turkish Ice Cream Magic Show.
Well, that pretty much wrapped up day one of my trip, and I recall I was so exhausted I just passed flat out on the comfy beds. I swear, it felt like the beds were made out of clouds. 😀
Woke up to a lovely day, I tell you, it gets so sunny here at 7 am, that one cant help but to wake up bright and early! After breakfast, we headed out to the first stop of the day, The Sanctuary of Truth.
The Sanctuary of Truth is locate about 35 mins from the city centre, and is a gigantic wooden construction and is about 105 meters high. The building was constructed according to ancient Thai ingenuity and every square inch of the building is covered with wooden carvings & sculptures. One might find it interesting that this whole structure is built with zero nails or screws, and only uses wooden joints!
The entrance fee is THB450 for adults, so it really is quite cheap to get in. Apart from visiting the Sanctuary of Truth structure, one can also enjoy horse rides, elephant rides, as well as going on a lake tour.
Nope, this isn’t the actual structure, just a smaller replica lol!
Now this is the actual one! It’s so magnificent and I was in awe of the complete structure.
Meanwhile, on the inside of the building, carvings and sculptures galore.
The purposes of the wooden carvings sculptures are to use art and culture as the reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. Within this complex, visitors will understand the Buddhist theory of Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and the Common Goal of Life toward Utopia.
I feel that the Sanctuary of Truth would be an amazing place to just relax, meditate and calm down from all the daily stresses we face.
To our surprise, there was a traditional Thai dance performance (happens each day at 11.30 am) so we were treated to some lovely music and performances by the gorgeous ladies in pink!
Next up, we headed to a local go-kart establishment for some fun in the sun! Personally, I’ve never been go karting, something about all that speed and racing that never appealed to my senses, but since I was on holiday, I figured, why not? YOLO lol!
A pose with the go-karts are a must! 😀
And we have lift off! ❤ The whole experience was quite interesting, as go karting does give off this amazing adrenalin rush, as well as need for speed. But after a few laps, the sun started to scorch me, and I had to say sayonara to the race track. I figure anyone should give go-karting a go, at least once in a lifetime!
And if the race track is empty, this shot is a must have!
Lunch was at the breathtaking Glasshouse Restaurant, located about 25 minutes away from the city center. The Glasshouse Restaurant is romantic and hidden spot, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where the beach and sands await. Imagine having dinner while the waves are heard in the background and the sea breeze wafts through the air? Gosh, that sounds divine!
All the food we had from that lunch! So many yummy dishes, we just had to try them all! My favourite was the fish for sure! The restaurant not only offers western dishes, but wonderful seafood dishes as well!
Meanwhile, this wraps up Part 1 of my Pattaya post. I will be back with Part Two soonest, so stay tuned. Personally, I think Pattaya is a great place to visit if you need a quick trip away from your daily life, and to recharge your batteries, so if you’re intrigued and interested for a short beach getaway, do head on over to AirAsia.com to start booking your flights!