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Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 3

September 2nd, 2011
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Had breakfast at the hotel at 6.30am, followed by a boat trip to Coral Island which is about 15 minutes from Pattaya beach.

Along the way, we stopped at one of the floating piers for those interested to do parasailing. Then went up for a round.

Video of parasailing:

Reached the island by 9am, and it was very hot. I didn’t feel like entering the sea as the weather was too hot, and the crowd was a lot. Just lazed and enjoyed watching the crowd.

Left the island at 11am, after Then did some shopping (yeah, they have a long row of stalls selling clothes, trinkets, food etc. along the whole beach).

We headed back to hotel to freshen up and then took lunch at the place below:

This was followed by visit to a gem factory and a honey factory. Then bought some honey here. The sales guy was a Malay speaking Indonesian-Thai guy.

Next destination was the Pattaya Floating Market (artificial) which was also packed with visitors.

Its a interconnected pathway on water (small lake) which houses many stalls. This place is quite big, and if you plan to spend time to buy stuff, then should allocate 2 to 3 hours here. There’s many stalls selling trinkets, handicraft, food, and so on.  Unfortunately, I started to feel sick at this point, so didn’t venture out much.

Our next destination was dinner, at Alangkarn at 5.30pm.

The reason for the early dinner is because of the Alangkarn Extravaganza Show at 6pm. This is a sound/light based stage show which highlights the legends and history of Thailand. It ran for about 1.5 hours and really worth it. This is the first time I’ve seen 6 elephants on stage at the same time, and two elephants involved in a mock fight! After the show ended, we were given opportunity to take pictures with the performers (for a fee of course).

Unfortunately, the audience are not allowed to take photos or videos during the show, so I didn’t bring in the DSLR. Took sneak shots using Samsung normal digicam, hence the poor quality.

Final itinerary for the day was a traditional Thai massage. It was a two hour massage at Massage Pavillion. No photos here, sorry 🙂

Read about Day 2 here.

 

Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 2 Part 3

September 2nd, 2011
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Continuing from part 2, we reached our hotel at Pattaya at about 7pm, after dinner. Rested for a while before heading out for the cabaret show called Alcazar. It was a 1.5 hour dance show featuring transvestites.

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The hall was packed, I guess easily with about 2000 people. Quite an entertaining performance by the singers and dancers. There was even a dance to Siti Nurhaliza song (Cindai). Also featured was a dance for Hindi movie song. Below are photo slideshow and video clips taken at the show (13 parts):

Photos:

Video Part 1 (26 sec):

Part 2 (16 sec):

Part 3 (58 sec):

Part 4 (2 min 26 sec) – the one with Siti Nurhaliza song:

Part 5 (8 min 3 sec):

Part 6 (3 min 5 sec):

Part 7 (6 min 51 sec):

Part 8 (5 min 22 sec):

Part 9 (2 min 30 sec):

Part 10 (1 min 43 sec):

Part 11 (10 sec) – one performer, two dress:

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Part 12 (1 min 21 sec):

Part 13 (27 sec) – continue from earlier segment:

As you may know, Pattaya is famous for the night life, and its not so suitable for families, especially at night. Pattaya was a quiet town up to 1960s, when the US soldiers came down to camp. From then, entertainment spots sprouted, and after 50 years, Pattaya is as it is now, more seedy than serene. In a way, the area become developed, but I think at a high cost.

Day 3 coming up next.

Sunset at Port Dickson

September 1st, 2011
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Some pics taken at Admiral Cove Port Dickson:

Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1

July 10th, 2011
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From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1

Went to Putrajaya yesterday morning to visit the Floria flower festival. It was the 1st day of the festival. We reached the venue at 9am but the opening ceremony was not started yet. The weather was cloudy, and it rained early in the morning. Heard that PM Najib was to dropped by as he was there for some koperasi event. The launching was supposed to be by FT Minister, but I saw on TV PM launching it. We saw Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen turun padang as well.

From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1
From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1

First impression we got was that last year’s festival was better in terms of the flower attraction. Maybe since its the first day or because we have seen the same stuff last year. Noticed that the small amount of the roses were not fresh or starting to wilt. I think the weather in coming days will make it worse. There were platforms to walk this time, so can avoid the mud after rain.

From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1
From Floria Putrajaya 2011 Day 1

We were interviewed by RTM but it didn’t appear on TV.

We spent about 3 hours visiting the flower booths and the stalls. The aircond pavillion was closed (supposed to open at 2pm only).  Will visit again to cover the pavillion and also the night floral parade.

The food stalls were similar to those last year.

This time around, we saw more activities lined up for families and children.

Crowd was about 100 cars by 9am, but by the time we left at 12pm, I estimate about 400 cars were in the parking bays.

Took about 80+ photos only this time.

Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 2 Part 2

July 6th, 2011
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Continuing from part 1,  at 3.30pm we stopped at the famous Si Racha Tiger Zoo in Si Racha district (Between Chonburi and Pattaya) for their tiger show. This is zoo where tiger and piglet photo was taken (widely circulated in the net). We actually saw tiger cubs trying to suckle milk from pig. They also had crocodile  shows,  AND, pig racing!

The junction to enter Sri Racha Tiger Zoo:

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The zoo has a plethora of activities:

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We started at the tiger show, which had an opening performance by a pig!:

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Photos of the tiger show:

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Standing on stools:

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dance class:

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Next was crocodile show:

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this is one brave lady:

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Putting hands inside crocodile mouth:

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After the tense crocodile show, we visited the elephane show.

So, massage anyone?

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Photos for Part 2:

We left Si Rracha at around 5.30pm, heading towards Pattaya. Had dinner at a restaurant (Kinaree Sea Food – food was so so only) in Pattaya.

Read Day 2 Part 1 here or continue to Part 3 here.