28.4.09

The Seedy side of Thailand

I returned 2 weeks ago from a trip to Thailand and Laos. I got busy when I got back to Penang that it took me awhile to settle down and go through my pictures. Now that I have more time on my hands, I can start getting caught up.

My first stop in Thailand was Pattaya, for a stay of just under a week. It's the only place in the world that I have vowed NEVER to go back to. It's the epitome of everything I despise about a place. Lonely Planet has the best description: "A heavy-breathing and testosterone-fuelled testament to holiday hedonism". I'll just leave it at that.

Nevertheless, I did find a few things in Pattaya to be thankful for. Four things, to be exact:

Chun-jo, the Korean-Thai Chihuahua. It's the only Chihuahua I've ever truly enjoyed. We stayed at the Rodem House, a Christian guesthouse run by Korean missionaries...and it was only because of these connections that we came. Good thing number one.



Good thing number 2: Pad Thai.



Now that I've counted, those are the only two good things I found there. But I have a few other 'interesting but not necessarily 'good' things' to add

Interesting find number one:
A van-turned-hookah/alcohol bar-turned restaurant-turned Bob Marley memorial-turned tattoo parlor. It had quite the set up with the neon rope lights. Just consider it a mobile tattoo parlor!




Interesting find number two:
Just your neighborhood weapons dealer.



That is all I have to say about Pattaya.

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