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Pattaya, Thailand (Cont.)

July 20th, 2009 (01:36 am)

current mood: okay
current song: Stealers Wheel - Stuck in the Middle With You

The day after duty started out very warm so our first objective was to find some breakfast in a place where we could get into some air conditioning. Stopping at the same mall that I found the first cache, I believe the name was Au Ban Pain, a French bakery type place that had some pretty good breakfast food. Afterwards I was able to replace the full log with a new log page to allow others to continue to enjoy the cache. After I was done, my liberty buddy and I continued back to the beach to admire the view.


This early in the morning there were plenty of Para-sailors out enjoying the clear day. It seemed the day before the beach clean up crew had been out and did a pretty good job clearing up the area and there were plenty of people out for the weekend. Walking along the beach my liberty buddy we took advantage of the clean beach ourselves to search out some sea shells for him and a nearby cache for myself.


The first cache of the day was by a nearby pier that serviced tourist ships and had quite a few people out in the water nearby hunting for something themselves, crabs or crawfish maybe? Quickly finding the small cache we continued on to a a neat light house that we had already visited a couple days before. Luckily it was low tide because the cache there was placed were it would’ve taken a little bit of wading if the water had come in. I was pretty surprised when I opened the cache to find a travel coin from Bern, Switzerland. The description on the coin was “Never too cold.” So I knew exactly what I was going to trade for it. In my bag I had a Signal the Frog Christmas pin. Trade completed I took a picture of the cache to let the owner know it was still in good condition before we left to a nearby trail going up a hill.


Last time we took this trail it was to search out a statue that we saw coming up the beach, instead we found a Buddhist shrine that day and a pretty cool little park dedicated to Lau Tzu, Confucius, and Sun – Yatsen. This time I was able to put a few more caches into my gps. Making a couple more stops before finally making our way up to the mystery statue I was unable to find the caches but as we finally reached our destination I found that the statue we were looking for was dedicated to…wait for it…wait for it…Admiral Krom Luang Jumborn Khet Udomsakdi. Say that five times fast. Seems he was responsible for bringing the Thai navy out from the leadership of foreign nations and was regarded as the father of the Thai navy.


The pictures from the top of the statue site were awesome due to the clear day. Working our way back to town we were able to make another cache find. This one was a dedication to the amount of trash near another of the Buddhist shrines. Making our way down into town we worked our way back through the back side of the town exploring the random shops we found. Along the way we found some cool shirts that were a play on popular brands like Red Bull (Dead Bull), Puma (Pudle), and some others that I was finally able to negotiate a good price and made my purchase before we had to go and check into our hotel. After getting back to the hotel and dropping off our packs we went out to one of the malls to eat at a Japanese restaurant. The table was set up with a little Bar-B-Q in the  table and the meat was sliced in perfect sized pieces and mine was lightly gingered. The service was pretty lame though so that pretty much spoiled the meal when we couldn’t even get drink refills when the tables on both sides were taken care of very quickly.


The next day started out pretty slowly as we waited for the rest of our group to join us from the ship. It was nearly eleven when they finally joined us and we started out to the mall nearby. Eating a quick breakfast we traveled to the top of the mall where they had a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. Most of us went in to enjoy the different sections. The first section we went into was a haunted house, it was rather funny going through something that would probably have a tough time scaring a five year old. After the laughs we crossed over to the “Maze”, it would’ve been a lot more fun if there were different routes but we had fun with the mirrors and bounce rooms before we hit the museum itself. I really enjoyed the museum and wish I had more time to go through it but the others were getting antsy so we left the museums to meander around town visiting the random malls and shops.


I really enjoyed Thailand due to the fact that everything that you found could be gotten at a decent price. I was able to get my first suit, some jade for my family, and some funny t-shirts for myself. Those along with some other random items to send home were had for less then a couple hundred dollars when in other countries it would’ve been a whole lot more. I had a lot of fun there though I could do without having to watch for stray wiring.


Posted by: Risu (skwerly)
Posted at: July 20th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)

what did you eat for breakfast?

Posted by: Sarge (sarge104)
Posted at: July 20th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)

I first tried to get a egg and cheese croissant but I was denied that due to them not having any more croissants. Hehehe, a bakery without croissants, cute. Settled for a bacon, egg, and cheese wrap. Was a little perturbed when they micro'ed the bacon and egg but what can you say, it was a bakery, not a steak house.

Posted by: Risu (skwerly)
Posted at: July 20th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)

ew. I never liked the whole micro'ing eggs and/or bacon. I've found that bakeries that have really good croissants tend to run out (as they want to make sure it's fresh-baked the next morning) ...or they suck at doing the whole demand-planning thing.

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