Another early morning as we had to meet Tom, our guide for the day, at 7am. Tom was definitely an interesting fella. He loved Australia, and it seems he had learnt the majority of his English from Aussies, so it was colourful to say the least. He was funny though. It’s about a 2 hour drive to Pattaya where we were heading for the day. So to waste time on the drive down, I decided to try and list all the “road rules” they had over here.
Having spent a few days in Thailand I think I had learnt most of the road rules…. There are none.
Seatbelts? Nah don’t need those.
Lanes? I know there’s only 3 but we can drive in the middle of 2, or just use the other side of the road for lanes.
Indicators? Don’t need them. Just guess where everyone is driving.
Speed limits? They possibly exist??
The only road rule they partially adhere to as far as I can tell, is red lights, but even then some cars and bikes will still go.
We eventually arrived at Pattaya, where we got out of the car, and caught a boat out to one of those stereotypical Thai islands, with the sand…and the chairs…and the beers and cocktails at 10am All we did for 5 hours was drink beer, swim, lie on beach chairs and chat to the Russian family next to us. It was great. We also had a meal on the island of random seafood, fish, crabs, mussels etc.
After we got back to land we quickly headed up to the Hard Rock Cafe for a shot (we didn’t have long before we had to drive back to Bangkok). This Hard Rock Cafe is also a hotel. The restaurant was nothing fancy (although it did have Brian Setzer’s guitar), but we had to walk through the hotel part to meet up with our driver. The hotel was fantastic. Massive pool, people playing pool basketball, bars around, heaps of memorabilia everywhere in the actual hotel. Took a photo of Slash’s guitar, especially for Chippo.
The trip back to Bangkok took longer than expected due to some minor flood areas, causing loads of traffic. It made us a bit late for our meeting with our Intrepid tour group. Not too late though. More on that in the next post…