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December 2012. Thailand (Pattaya) from Siberia, Novosibirsk

December 2012. Thailand (Pattaya) from Siberia, Novosibirsk

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 happiness.

20 December 2012 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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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When rafting was finished we came to hotel Mida Resort on the riverside. Great dinner was just in time. Then we should have a Thai massage for one hour before going to beds. Lyuba found some exotic plant there.
Lyuba in Mida Resort on river Kwai
I am standing near the pool of Mida Resort. Just got a good Thai massage and we were ready to go to bed and have some rest before the tomorrow's excursions on the river Kwai. Thailand
I am on the territory of Mida Resort, Kwai, Thailand.
We had an elephant riding on the next day of Kwai excursion. The elephant was very strong to get all three of us and we bought a bananas to feed him.
Elephant riding. The village on the river Kwai
After riding we went to river Kwai and started having a bath with elephants. We got shampoo and washed heads and ears of elephants. Then sprinkled a little and dipped in the water.
Lyuba washing elephant in river Kwai
I took part in washing elephants in river Kwai. Elephants can dive a little. The man on the back sent some special signal to this big animal and we went under the weater for a few seconds.
I am washing elephant in Kwai river. Thailand
After swimming with elephants we went to small show. Elephants were dancing, playing basketball, twisting hoops. Then we gave them a few bananas.
Elephant show. Feeding them
Then we had a Thai massage by elephant. Lyuba tested baby elephant's skills and one big fat man got a big massive foot of huge animal.
Thai massage by elepnant on Kwai river
We could lift above the people by the elephant's trunk. Just 20 baht and do it. That was fun for Zhanna, I hope for elephant and helper too. Kwai river, Thailand
Zhanna and the elaphant. Kwai river. Thailand
We visited hot radon springs near Kwai river. There are 3 pools for having a bath: one for children with warm water and two for adults with hot water. 5-7 minutes limit was set for visiting each pool - more time is not recommended for the health.
Hot radon springs. Thailand
Andrey and Sergey in the pools with hot radon water. Thailand, Kwai river excursion. Lyuba and Zhanna also tested this water. They say it is useful for minor wounds recovering and for joints.
Taking a bath. Hot springs in Thai
We visited Monkey temple after hot springs. The temple is near the road and the monkeys are in the forest on the hill. We bought some fruits for feeding and went to the bottom of hill where monkeys were waiting for us.
Arrived to monkey temple. Kwai river excursion
We also bought a nuts, which were also favourite dish for monkeys. The have a special face cheek pouch where they can keep the food they don't need right now - that was fun.
Monkeys like nuts. Temple in Thailand
We feeded these greeny monkeys with nuts, papaya and bananas. They were not looking hungry but tasted all we offered to them.
The monkey taking papaya. Monkey Temple Thailand
Many monkeys didn't ask for food and just relaxed on the trees.
The relaxing on the tree. Monkey. Thai
This is the Monkey Temple in Thailand. All money from selling food for monkeys are going to the finishing of building.
Monley temple. Kwai river. Thailand
We crossed Bangkok on the way back to Pattaya from Kwai river excursion. The famous multi-level roads of this capital were found even far from the downtown.
Bangkok. Roads. Thailand
Driving in the bus we were watching the usual life of non-central Bangkok - private sector, small houses, cottages of ordinary people, I think.
Private sector of Bangkok. Thailand
This is looking like a slum of Bangkok. The antennas show that people live in this sheds. But in the country where you have no frost and snow - probably this is not so bad to live in this kind of houses.
Slum of Bangkok. Thailand
On the next day after excursion to Kwai we started our next two-days trip. That was a journey to Koh Samed Island, where people suggest to swim and relax in clear water. We arrived to the port where we should be transferred by motor boat to Island.
Fisherman's village. Port to Koh Samed Island
Going by pier we reached the place of boarding to boats. Our big group (we were 12 people) has got own motor boat which should bring us to Koh Samet Island in 15-20 minutes
Boarding the boats. To Koh Samet Island
The speed of boat was really amazing for us. Everyone was very happy to feel this motion and boat was going through the waves like the needle but jumping on the big ones.
On the motor boat. Going to Koh Samed Island
We reached the Sae Kaew beach of Koh Samet Island very quick. Water was really clear and sand was very white :)
Coming to Sae Kaew beach of Koh Samet Island
Lyuba got pigtails from local master and we went to swim in this warm water of Koh Samet Island.
Lyuba with pigtails. Koh Samet Island. Thailand
The night in Sae Kaew Villa Hotel was included to our trip to Koh Samet Island. The room was very spacious and clean. The second floor was on the level of trees. The distance to the main beach was about 1 minute to walk.
Our room in hotel Sae Kaew Villa. Koh Samet Island
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