It took a while to get here, but we are here now in Pattaya. We flew with Emirates from Sydney. Pretty good flight, not much leg room, but good food and inflight entertainment. Arrived in Bangkok at 1am, and got through immigration in 10 minutes. Exchange rate at the airport wasn't great, 27.66 baht to $Aud1. Bit better this morning in Pattaya, 29.19.
Exited airport at 3rd arrivals exit where we found the PT Taxi guy I had booked. Very tired and not looking forward to a 2 hour drive but it had to be done! Slept on my husband most of the way, daughter slept through it too. Arrived at the Centara Pattaya at 4.25am. Where is my shower and bed? Luckily the family suite was ready. Nice place, with separate bedroom with double bunks for daughter. Separate shower and bath, big living room, 2 TVs, hard king bed! We unpacked, showered and hung out til 630am for breakfast as we were starving!
Breakfast buffet was nice. We sat by the pool. Lots of choices, plus egg station. This hotel is pretty good value with a 60sqm room incl breakfast less than $Aud100 per night!
Back to the room for a nap. Didn't wake til after 12pm. Walked up to corner where the bank is, changed the money and walked down to the Central shopping centre on 2nd Rd. Plenty of blue baht buses honking at us to get on board but it was too close so we walked. Had lunch at a noodle bar, really good value for 3 of us at less than $15. Went to the Big C and bought the usual sim cards for the phones, looked around, got the usual Dairy Queen ice creams and headed back.
We did not see many tourists, looked like a lot of locals about. Not very busy at all. Whats with all the huge massage places? They are massive like theatres! A bit in your face really. Explained to 12 year old what its all about, no point trying to hide it...it is what it is. We knew we would see this. No biggie.
So my legs and feet are suffering badly from the plane trip and are very swollen. The plan was to head to the night market tonight but not sure I can walk it yet.
The prices here are definitely lower than Phuket and your money goes alot further.
I will keep updating when I can.
Oh, yeah, the weather is beautiful, pretty blue skies and hot. Hope that keeps going!!