Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Chonburi & Pattaya (Thailand) - My Solo Travel Trail


What was my next travel trail thereafter my Italy tour and my eye opener to travelling with friends Malacca trip? I decided to solo travel so that I can strengthen my back bone to travelling alone. Finally as well, green light came from my other half-half. Blessings! After years of debating for agreeing to me travelling alone. Good god bless, eventually, he agreed because he felt that I should grow as an independent traveler, which by the way is for the purpose of not being lost and crushed, neither depend on others for seeing the world, should, if at all, touch-wood, should he depart permanently to the after world. Made a whole heap of sense. Seemingly timing was perfect too. Just after our  heart to heart love talk, I was asked, I agreed to join my bestie in Amata Golf & Country Club Chonburi, where she is stationed for work. The plan was spending a week with her. I didn’t mind. Something for me to start somewhere. 

All arrangements made, to tell you the truth, I actually shivered and panicked. My first ever flight flying alone in my entire life at 46. Really gonna be a totally new experience. Then again, I have not been travelling either all these years. Braving my heart, I boarded to arrive in Bangkok on this Friday. Akin hell broke loose. Took me 2 ½ hours to clear out of airport because of the tremendous number of tourists. Thank god, my luggage didn’t go missing. It was just thrown aside. I manage to immediately spot my brightest Miss Pinky luggage, prior to walking out of the airport. Thanks too to the taxi driver, arranged by my bestie who patiently waited. Otherwise, I don’t know what would I have done out of panic attack. The an hour drive landed me in the golf course, subsequently, everything was picture perfect fine for the first two days in the big, beautiful garden surrounded and facing the lake bungalow.

However, I felt as though I am in a prison. I had to literally depend and go with what my bestie wanted. Food and what not, which I really didn’t mind, but bottom line, I was bored to death. On the third day, being a Saturday, along with her and her colleagues, we headed to Siam Country Plantation where we lunched and what not. Food I must say was an absolute winner. I especially loved the power packed authentic original Thai made tom yum.

Next, we journeyed to Pattaya. People madness, traffic madness and parking madness. Nevertheless, we parked in Central Shopping Mall. Basically, another shopping mall as in my country Malaysia. Boredom. So, in between, I crossed the busy road for popping at the beach. Crowded like hell, I almost got bullied by the trader who insisted I order a drink if I continued seating at the shaded area. I tried to avoid him, but he wouldn’t leave me alone. Well, one of those things I suppose when you are alone, or maybe because you are an Indian lady. Wonder if they will try this trick if its a Caucasian? 



Departing from Pattaya at about 6, 00pm, parking nearby drove all of us up the wall. In between , we pulled over for packing food. Mango sticky rice, Thai mixed rice and Thai fried chicken. 
 



Returning to Amata Golf Course at about 9.00pm, we hungrily tucked into those food and that’s when I told my bestie that I want to head to Bangkok. She was concern, but she agreed. What’s next are you now eagerly asking me? Coming up in the next post. Stay tuned!.










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21 comments:

  1. Hey Nava, u golf too? Haven't stepped into the golf course for ages. Always enjoyed dining at cafes there cause scenery is very nice...

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  2. Wow~ Those are well presented food. :) I do love spicy food!

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  3. Everything looks wonderful and sooo refreshing, Nava! Love the look of the fresh coconut! Haven't had that for so long!

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  4. Nava!! All the food looks delicious! Would love to have some Thai food now..

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  5. Nava, love that juice, rarely found a fresh one here, combo with fiery Thai food, then it is yumm.

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  6. I would say that by far the hardest thing would be to visit a restaurant in a location you may not frequent again in which you want to try all the food. This one looks to be one of those. Lots of delicious plating and refreshing drinks. I am hungry and thirsty now!

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  7. The food all looks so wonderful my friend - I am very proud of you for ordering dessert despite exploding stomachs :D
    Lovely!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  8. Oh,,,I want that fresh coconut please,,,,nothing like that here even in the beach area everything looks delicious,,Lucky you,enjoy :)

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  9. My husband would have played golf and missing all this food which you enjoyed. I liked that fresh coconut water.

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  10. What a delicious array of foods and drinks. I love the bright colours.

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  11. What a meal!! Everything sounds amazing. Totally craving some good Thai food after reading his post and seeing those photos!

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  12. Nothing beats a cold fresh coconut water after a hot game of golf...or a fiery Thai meal.

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  13. I always love TH tomyam .. Very spicy and full with those herbs taste... nice

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  14. This sounds and looks so good! It seems like you got through an awful lot of food but, as you say, didn't stop you from trying the pudding!

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  15. I could use one of those cooling juices now

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  16. What a fun dining experience. Our wedding anniversary is coming up soon and i would love to dine somewhere othet than a chain restaurant. These are gorgeous dishes.

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  17. ah, i love thai food.... i miss thai food

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  18. All the drinks looks interesting to try.

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