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Published: February 17th 2006
not quite "the beach" no leo dicaprio as yet but i smell we're getting close!
never has a truer statement been written. pattaya is indeed a bustling hub of eastern thailand were in the imortal words of mcfly 'the days are long and the nights go on and on'. i truely dont believe they have ever visited here as they would have to include words like 'gaudy' and 'raucous' as the lonely planet describes the place, but being a bunch of moronic kids they've probably never heard of these words! we met up with "mr michael" in the hotel lobby as we arrived and it took about 30 seconds before beer was in hand and arse was on seat! we were treated by mike to a night on the town to 'break us in gently!' upon leaving the hotel lucy's first and most profound comment was, "i cant belive how many hookers there are!" to which really there was no reply! we spent the evening at a number of drinking establishments keen to offer everything but liquid refereshment! one bar had a live thai band playing hendrix, stones and eric clapton covers which got the feet tapping and keen to spend mikes money it was made sure that they were all brought a drink as the
lead guitarist kept pointing and laughing at me for most of the set, as we both stood open mouthed at the surrounding environment! the night was ended with a meal of squid and chips at mikes "friends" bar. apparently the chips were served because mike was with us reminding me that most english tourists 'dont want no foreign muck!' hes even got his own hp sause for gods sake!
bangkok international airport was met by lucy with the sort of christening of asian porcelain that im sure we will get to know very well in the coming months! (guess whos writting this?!) leaving england was an emotional experience for everyone concerned, tears of both love and joy were spilled, joy by my father at the prospect of having 5 minutes without me bleeding the poor man dry! the flight from london to bangkok was a nightmare of cramps and spasms thanks to the overwhelmingly sardine like furnature arrangement of quantas' boeing 747. sleep was the only sparse thing about the whole experience, of which at one point there was about half an hour of unbroken kipping action! the arrival at the airport is for the most part a very
simple case of welcome to our country, how can we rob you! its all about having a smile and a sense of humour here as the thai people seem to be among the happiest on the planet, but will do anything to have as much baht from the westerners as possible. this being said it seems like the sort of county where everyone loves a haggle, and as im too tight to bleed, am excited at the prospect of saving a few quid!
today has been spent exploring pattaya with a walk around the bustling streets which crossing becomes a case of close your eyes and run! its hot here. seriously hot. not the kind of hot when you go to spain for a week with the lads, the kind of hot that makes your eyes melt, and air conditioning is our god. we have been very sensible by keeping ourselves hydrated and with bottled water costing about 7 p a litre, evien had better be listening back home.
we plan to spend the rest of today looking around pattaya for some shades and sandals. im going to wear socks with them to try and put the ladyboys
off, think it might take a bit more than that though! tonight we have been promiced by mike that he will take us to play ping pong. its a very popular sport over here with females, probably the only where women can outclass men, an update will follow soon!
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