>What a horrible impression all of us girls got of Thailand. I know there are some beautiful places, and the elephants were wonderful. But we were docked 2 hours from Bangkok and 20 minutes from Pattaya, to which there was a shuttle bus from the ship.
Pattaya is known for its days as an R&R resort for soldiers during the war in Vietnam. Not much has changed since then. Young women filled the streets and bars, and each one had a price tag.
We docked in the evening, and after work we took a cab to Pattaya to see some of the nightlife.
The crew were excited about some of the exotic shows happening in the city, the kind in which you might see some ping pong techniques you have never dreamed of. They brought their rackets. Instead of being the awe inspiring show they were imagining, it was only sad, embarrassing and depressing, the only redeeming part being a jaw dropping bicycle horn solo.
“I think your band needs a bicycle horn player” said the guys.
I regretted not buying this T-shirt.
Not really wanting to sit down in one of the bars, we regretfully went to Mc D’s.
On the streets you could see the demographic – only old white guys and young(er) Thai women filled the sidewalk.
All the old guys looked the same. I began to wonder if they hung out with each other. “Say, you’re a creepy old guy just like me, and we look kinda alike, too. Wanna be friends?” I imagined them saying. I saw a couple old guys ignore each other on the street. C’mon, get together, people!
Finally, I was relieved to see a pack of them.
And I really got a kick out of the ladies selling pills on the beach for them. Although after I guffawed at pills for the old men they offered me pills to improve my bust, which I wasn’t agreeable about.
Totally tired of Pattaya, I protested the whole scene at Hard Rock Cafe, a place which I usually wouldn’t be caught dead in.
This is my own personal haul of fruit. Lychee are the fuzzy ones, the big purple one is Dragonfruit. It looks like a kiwi inside, only white. And the small round ones are Mangosteen, as Expat Traveler pointed out (thanks!)
The Mangosteen were so yummy, I wished I had noticed them sooner. I cut the tops off and inside is a gooey whiteness that is so goood!