The travel to Thailand was planned in the summer 2012. To get a better price we should buy tickets early, 5-6 months advance. My friend suggested me the best choice for dates and hotel and we booked our trip in July 2012 for December 2012. As appeared that was a great chance for us to escape the crazy frost of minus 37 in Novosibirsk and come to warm weather of plus 35 centigrades in Pattaya.
The team was great - my family (Lyuba, Zhanna and I), my friend Andrey and his wife Katya and my other friend Alexander and his daughter Olya.
The period of our journey was from 16th December till 26th od December 2012. We were suggested to take a few excusrions in Thailand and decided to order them when we arrive to hotel.
The time difference between Thailand and Novosibirsk is 0 hours, i.e. no difference - that helped us a lot, because we shouldn't rebuild our internal schedule to new time.
16 December 2012 - Our flight was delayed for 7 hours, so we started 7am and landed in Bangkok in 2pm. Once arrived we met the representative of Anex Tour and were transferred to Pattaya - 2 hours far from teh capital of Thailand. The coutry met us with hot
temperature and wet air, but that was much better than minus 37 what we had in Novosibirsk those days. Our hotel Grand Jomtien Palace *** met us very well and my girls were really happy to see the room where we should live next 10 days. The hotel has 2 big pools and short distance to the beach, just cross the Jomtien road.
17 December 2012 β we had a meeting with tour operator representative and ordered a few excursions. There is a choice to order them from your tour operator or go outside and choose one of local tour agencies, where prices are cheaper. We ordered: sea boat trip with visiting Koh Rin island and fishing, two-days excursion to Kwai river, two-days excursion to Koh Samed Island, Alkazar show. That was enough for us for the first time.
18 December 2012 β This day we had a breakfast and were delivered to main port of Pattaya by bus. There we had a boat and made a wonderful one day trip to Koh Rin island, where we spent 3 hours of swimming, diving and playing volleyball. Then we had a tasteful
dinner on the boat and great sea fishing and caught groupers and other small fish which was immediately fried for us. On the way
back we visited the Island with monkeys and had a foam disco dancing on the boat deck.
19 December 2012 β Early get up in 4am, beacuse this day we should travel to remote area of Thailand to river Kwai. The most of the
day we were driving by big comfortable bus and had stops for having sightseening. We visited the religious temple of Tiger with
embalmed monk, visited 7 levels waterfalls called Eravan, and arrived to Mida Resort hotel where we spent overnight. Just before checkin to hotal we had a river Kwai rafting. All was fine but the long distance drivings by bus spoiled a little the common mood of
20 December 2012 β This day we had a breakfast and early start to way back to Pattaya. On the way we visited warm water sources,
elephants farm, and monkey temple. Arrived to hotel in Pattaya around 6pm. The general emotions after thie excusrion were
contradictory. From one side the nature and sighteseeing were interesting, but from other side we had very small time to visit these
places and had the most of the time in the bus driving and driving (at least the roads were great)
21 December 2012 β Today we start to Koh Samed. This is the Island where the water is very clean, sand is very white and sun is very
hot. This is the Island where we should feel the all the beauty of the beach relaxing. From Pattaya we took a bus which brought us
to the port where we got a speedy motor boat to Island. In 15 minutes of boat flight we arrived to the beautiful beach and
immediately started to swim, sunburn and relax. The local people were walking around us offering tatoos, fruits and massages. After
some time we decided to take a boat and go to other side of Island to have diving and fishing. This day was spent wondeful -
everyone got needed emotions and evening romantic dinner was the great end of the day.
22 December 2012 β We had a full relaxation on Koh Samed island till 3pm. Then we got a boat back to the port and bus back to
Pattaya. We spent these two days with great mood. Everyone got a lot of swimming, sunburning and relaxing. The Island tour is highly
recommended to all who comes to Thailand. The water and sand on the beaches differ from Pattaya and Bangkok.
23 December 2012 β That was almost a free day for us. No excursions, no activities. I've got a high temperature from the hard sun of
Koh Samet and recovered during this day. Girls visited pools by the hotel and shopping around. In the evening we visited Alcazar
show - amazing bautiful costumes, convincingly stunning ladyboys, spectacular stage sets. Highly recommended for visiting.
24 December 2012 β We decided to visit crocodile farm of Pattaya by ourselves this day. We took a taxi (tuk-tuk) and went to
Internet found address of this farm for 250 Baht (8$). Entrance tickets cost another 13$. The crocodile farm is situated on the
territory with millionyears stones park and zoo. We had enough time to see crocodile show, feed these creatures and big fish in the
pool, walk between teh huge stones and sculptures and see different animals in the zoo. There are elephants also there, with
possibility to feed them and had a ride. When we returned to hotel we had a Christmas dinner and small show. We didn't wait until
the end of that and went to massage salon before sleep.
25 December 2012 β The last in Pattaya. We went to German restaurant to drink fresh great beer, then had some time swimming in the
pools. And in the evening we went to the fruit market where bought many pinepales, mangos and other good-for-transferring exotic
fruits and packed all to the suitcases. And before the last night we visited our favourite massage salon.
26 December 2012 β Flight back to frosts. We had a bus after breakfast in hotel. Arriving to airport we found that the check-in will
be in time and our flight is not delayed. The last hours passed very fast and the flight back to home was really quick. Hello
Siberia and minus 27 centigrades!
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