|Carved detail at the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya|
When I realize how drawn out this trip report has been I almost feel an apology is due. Part 1 appeared back on May 7th of last year (Bangkok Bound), and finally ends today, just a bit shy of nine months since that first installment.
As mentioned back then I tend to glean something out of most other's trip reports, so hopefully mine will serve a purpose and you'll find some helpful tips/ideas/suggestions that you can refer to, too, even if not all of it applies to you, your travel plans or your own tastes.
The trip report covered my Thailand trip nearly a year ago, and we'd just gotten through a weekend trip into new territory for me, but I figure I'm going to call it there. I'm not entirely done with things from that trip, but the series has gone on long enough, it's getting dark and the floodlights annoy the neighbors so I'm calling it with this wrap-up; a summary, if you will.
The last portions had to do with a long weekend away I'd taken under the wing of an always gracious Thai friend who delights in sharing the "off the beaten path" places with me, and for that I'm always grateful. He has another junket planned for me for my next trip there this year, and I've given up on trying to guess where we'll go and what we'll see. Since this is Thailand it's comforting to know that the unexpected can - and often does - pop up along the way and sometimes he's surprised, too.
Along the way in the series we covered a lot of ground, figuratively and literally. To save anyone scrolling back that far I hope you'll allow me to refer to some points along the way. The stories you'll reach by many of the links below often contain updates or further information, as well. You are, of course, free to click on the "Trip Reports" link in the right hand column and just plow through them, although since I was still in the kingdom another couple of weeks there may be other posts with that label after today. You've been warned.
Here are some of the things we covered during the 30+ part report:
- An updated installment on Duty free shopping at Taoyuan International Airport
- Transferring in Taipei and using airline lounges
- Arrivals in Bangkok, Immigration and ground transportation
- A visit to emergency at Bangkok Nursing Hospital
- Photos and a report about dinner at Sugar Hut Restaurant & Resort, Pattaya
- An accommodation report about Sunshine Vista Serviced Apartments, Pattaya
- Dinner at Sea Zone on Walking Street in Pattaya
- The tourist spot Million Years Stone Park in Pattaya
- Being a gracious guest and being fair to Thai friends
- A four part bit about the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya here, here, here and here
- A massage boy's story
- An updated reminder on staying healthy in hotels
- Mingling with the Pathumthani prison chain gang guys in Bangkok
- Another accommodation report about the Seashell Village Resort in Chanthaburi
- A grass-weaving area where some of your souvenirs may have originated
- Two posts about a night festival, raising funds for a new wat (here and here)
- My visit with a former bar boy at his "retirement home"
- Two posts about the large hillside temple Wat Khao Sukim (here and here)
- One post about pushing your comfort zones while traveling
- An observation about being a boorish tourist that I'm told one boor took offense to
- A short piece about Kuk Khi Kai, aka the "bird shit" prison in Chataburi
- Shrimp farming in Chantaburi
- Oyster farming in Chantaburi
- Visiting and walking along Laem Sing Beach
- Walking through Kung Krabaen Bay Nature Preserve and mangrove forest
- Two posts about the Lady Bars on Walking Street (here and here)
- ... and a look at the Tamnanpar Forest Restaurant and Resort on our way back to Bangkok after the long weekend away.
A friend said one time noted how I seem to return home more tired out than when I left on vacation, and they might be right. This next time I'm hoping for more "down" time: more reading, more naps, more time in the shade beneath an umbrella. We shall see.