Saturday, December 10, 2011

Back in Tokyo

I've made it back to Tokyo with the first leg of my two day journey home now complete. All I can say is that I got used to the warm weather of Thailand....it is cold here but I know it is even colder at home.

It feels like I've been away for years and I can't wait to get back to work!! Yes, that last part was sarcasm. Right now I'm not even sure I can remember exactly what it is that I do at work.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Heading home

Today I start the long journey back home. The fun has come to an end.

I am heading up to the Bangkok airport where my flight to Tokyo departs at 6am on Saturday. Then I have a one day layover in Tokyo and fly back home on Sunday. The good part is that I get another day in Tokyo and I guess it will help me get ready for the cold weather back home. While it won't be as cold as the less than 0 degrees temperatures London is currently experiencing it certainly won't be the 35+ degrees I've been enjoying for nearly two weeks in Thailand.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Winding down

My trip is winding down. I'm nearing the point where I spend two days travelling to make it back home. I've been fighting a pretty bad cold these last few days and it has really taken its toll on me. I don't have the energy to do much of anything and the rude and ignorant tourists around me are making it worse. Phuket was so much better. I can see myself returning to Thailand just to enjoy Phuket again but I don't think I'll ever come back to Pattaya. The beach is not as nice. It is much narrower, garbage is strewn all around, and it is absolutely STUFFED with lounge chairs that are filled with abrasive and chain smoking Russian tourists.

The outside of the Hilton.


The beach is just across the street.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pattaya

I have flown over to the other side of the country from Phuket and I am now in Pattaya.
It has a different feel to it than Phuket. Probably because it is just a large city on the shores of Gulf of Thailand. Where as Phuket is dotted with smaller urban areas so the people are not all concentrated in one spot. Also there are a lot of Russian tourists in Pattaya and I mean A LOT. If it wasn't for the sun, beach, and palm trees I could be in downtown Moscow.

I'm staying at the new Hilton just across from the beach. I had prepaid for this hotel and would have been out quite a bit of money if I didn't come. But so far I like Phuket much better and almost regret booking a stay in Pattaya.

My suite on the 25th floor:









View from the balcony:









Friday, December 2, 2011

Looks like rain

First day where it is completely clouded over. Unless it clears up it looks like it might rain for the entire afternoon. Which would be a shame. Not much to do around here when it rains. Phuket relies mostly on the sun, beaches and water sports for attracting tourists. I haven't seen anything around that could occupy a person for an entire afternoon while it rains. Still having a very good time here. I'm really loving all the food here though. While I can get Thai food at home, there is nothing like eating a nice curry with rice in the heat and sun of Thailand. I have to laugh at the tourists I see lining up a McDonalds, Burger King and Starbucks. Why travel half way around the world to eat that crap?

I can't believe my vacation is almost over.