Pattaya, Thailand

By: roughseasinthemed

Feb 22 2011

Category: Thailand

10 Comments

It must be Pattaya because it says so on the back of the photograph, although I don’t remember the boats and the landing.

But wait, right in the bottom left hand corner, surely that is Buni’s little speedo thingy? No, not his swimming trunks, one of those zappy things to travel out into the sea.

My memories of Pattaya are few. The first one, is of the endless street of sex shops as the bus came into town. Girls asking for sex. When I say girls, I mean girls. Not young women, or teenagers. Girls. Under age sex, aka rape/paedophilia.

Later in Sydney, I met a Canadian who eventually confessed that he couldn’t have sex at the time (er not with me I hasten to add very hurriedly) because he was recovering from an STD contracted in – Pattaya.

The next memory is of pineapples. Huge, juicy, cheap pineapples sold by the street vendors. So huge that by the time you had got half way down you were sick of the sweet/acid taste it left on your tongue. We took it back to our tidy, basic, and cheap room. I can’t remember if we ever finished it.

Mostly I remember the beach though. And Buni of course.

When Travelling Companion and I were planning our trip, sometimes talking about it at work in the newspaper office, one of the other reporters thought the idea of lying on a tropical beach sounded rather nice.

And when we were finally lying there, on the fine golden sand, in the glorious sunshine, we sent him our virtual best wishes. In the days before the virtual world existed of course.

It was very hot. I suspected I was getting sunburned. We started chatting to some Thai boys who obviously spoke English. As they do.

Buni offered to rub some oil into my back. A free Thai massage? How could I resist? I didn’t. And it was very good, I must say.

Then he seemed to think it was a good idea for us to go gallivanting off on his little speed thingummy. The local beach lads made a living out of taking tourists out to sea on these things. This offer was for free though. To a nearby island.

I decided I had taken enough freebies for one day, and gracefully declined that one. It was still a great massage though, thanks pal.

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10 comments on “Pattaya, Thailand”

  1. lol I wouldn't have been able to resist the offer of a massage either :)Hope to go to Bangkok later this year.

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  2. You certainly are well traveled.Those poor kids, how can they ever think normally after being born into a life of sex and corruption.I love fresh pineapples but can only eat a little, the sweetness does get to you.p.s. the blond hair looked good. 🙂

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  3. what a sad story about those girls.
    and i had an inner ‘urk’ as i read about the Canadian you met in Sydney. very sad indeed.

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  4. The sex tourism is terrible, sad, disgusting. No words are enough for that. The Thai massage and the beach sounds good, tho. And I also like Thai food!!! Have you been in other cities over there? Pattaya out of my possible destinations. Thanks my friend!

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    • You are right, there aren’t enough words. Or perhaps it is just indescribable.

      The beach was truly wonderful, it really was that tropical paradise. So strange, to have a beautiful location and such degradation and abuse next to each other.

      Beaches? no. I’m not really a beach person I don’t think Bangkok fits your requirements 😀

      Have you thought of the Philippines? Added bonus – English and Spanish! but I only stayed one night in Manila before you ask!!

      I would love to go back to south east Asia, but I also want to go to South America, Cuba, Mexico – the list is endless but sadly, the money isn’t!

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  5. Oh yes the world is huge and full of places to visit. Too much stress hahaha. Philipines? I will check about it. The probem of those destinations is the cost of the flights. But in summer I will work more to save for that…. So Philipines I think can be more expensive than the others. Ill have to check. Im also not a really beach person, but I feel like one of those destinations for next winter. To try. I mean, I like nature, to walk near the sea, but not to spend hours under the sun on my towel. I have the whole summer to think about where to go. If I finally move, u know that u are more than welcome at my place 😉

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    • The world gets smaller and yet there are more places to visit than ever. I now know I won’t get round them all. Latin America/Cuba/Mexico are still at the top of my wish list though.

      Thanks B. I’ve not been to Asturias, so meeting you would be a great incentive.

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  6. Sounds so exotic and utterly lovely.. Thai beach, warm sun and a free massage.. Lucky lass you were 🙂

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