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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!

Have a look to our best pictures from Thailand. Read the comments and add yours.


Zhanna and amazing scene with trees and stones in the park not far from Pattaya
Zhanna in the park of millionyears stones
Lyuba is sitting in comfortable stone in the park not far from Pattaya
Lyuba in the park of millionyears stones
Sergey and Zhanna - sweet couple in the park of million years stones. Pattaya. Thailand
Sweet couple in the park of stones, Pattaya
Sergey, Lyuba and cock on the photo in the park of millionyears stones. Pattaya. Thailand
Sergey and Lyuba in the park of stones. Pattaya
We had a Christmass dinner included to the hotel booking. In the evening of 24th December we took our seats on the yard near the hotel building.
Christmas dinner in Grand Jomtien Palace. Pattaya
For the dinner we could choose any food on the tables. I decided to take sea food and ate a few octopuses.
Octopus in my fork. Hotel dinner. Pattaya
There was a wonderful song once and we danced with Zhanna
Dancing, christmas party. Pattaya
While we were dancing Lyuba found tasteful cakes and was eating them when we returned. I think she could eat all there if we were late, but said that a half of portion was for us also.
Lyuba is happy with cakes. Christmas dinner. Pattaya
Our family and Christmas tree near hotel Grand Jomtien Palace.
Our happy family and Christmas tree. Pattaya
Lyuba was my teacher for swimming in the pool. I was trying to swim like a sea star following my teacher's instructions.
Lyuba and Sergey in the pool. Pattaya
Discussing the methods of jumping to the pool. Lyuba is generating ideas and I am testing.
Learning the jumping to the pool. Pattaya
This is the hotel Grand Jomtien Palace where we were living during our visit to Pattaya. The hotel is wonderful and the pools were really clean and surrounded by green trees.
The hotel Grand Jomtien Palace in Pattaya
Last days we had no any excursions and just had relaxing. I visited pools, had sun burning time and tried a wonderful hat. Pattaya
I am having a sun baths near the pool. Pattaya
Lyuba is standing near the pool of Grand Jomtien Palace Hotel. This our favourite place in last days in Pattaya.
My beautiful daughter Lyuba near the pool. Pattaya
We are standing on the stairs of our hotel near Jomtien street. The distance to the beach is about 50 meters, just cross the road. The beach was 'ok' to swim, but we preferred the pools, especially after visits of islands with the clear water.
Happy couple: Sergey and Zhanna. Pattaya
Lyuba is near the hotel. Each house in Thailand has a special place where small God's temple is situated. So when you go by streets you see them in the yards with different size, the one near our hotel was quite big.
Lyuba near the hotel in Pattaya
There was a tradition - to celebrate coming and departure in German Restaurants with fresh beer. We ordered 3 litres of great beer thinking that would be enough for 5 of us...
We are in German Restaurant again. Pattaya
Sergey, Zhanna, Katay, Andrey and Sasha in German Restaurant in Pattaya before the flight back to Russia. The second portion of 3 litres beer was just in time...
Our group in German Bar in Pattaya
We visited the evening market to buy fruits which should be brought to Novosibirsk. Pineapples, mangos and other exotic fruits were bought very cheap and packed to bags carefully.
Buying of fruits in Pattaya
After fruits were bought we packed them to suitcases and took a taxi (tuk-tuk) to go back to hotel. Taxi price was 250 baht this evening time. And this suitcase we bought for 700 baht, very cheap price for such a size. We'll see how long that can live.
In the 'tuk-tuk' taxi on the way to hotel
You can seat in tuk-tuk, or stand at the back stair keeping the handrails. The speed of this taxi is very fast sometimes, so the standing can be risky, but not for Lyuba...
Lyuba and Zhanna in tuk-tuk by Jomtien road
Lyuba and Zhanna in Bangkok airport before the departure to Novosibirsk. The huge statues to some monsters and fantastic dragons were installed in different places...
Zhanna, Lyuba and monster in Bangkok airport
There was a big New Year Tree in Suvarnabhumi airport of smiles, Bangkok.
Happy New Year to all! Have a great 2013. Sergey and Lyuba!
We are near New Year Tree in the airport of smiles in Bangkok.
There were no delays or other troubles with our flight and in the scheduled time we were in the sky of Bangkok heading back to Russia, Novosibirsk. We were sure that our trip to Thailand was not the last one. We'll come here again, I am sure. That was a great journey for us, full of emotions and happiness!
Sunset in the sky of Bangkik. Goodbye Thailand!
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