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Loy Krathong 2013
Loy Krathong this year was held a week later than normal, due to the death of Supreme Patriarch Nyanasamvara Suvaddhanaects and celebrations in some places were slightly scaled back.
However, here in Pattaya there were plenty of events to mark the occasion. Om and I decided to attend the festivities at Mabprachan Lake.
There was a Miss Noppamas competition, a display of traditional Krathongs, fairground rides, dancing and a plethora of stalls selling food and drink.
Although we arrived there quite early in the evening, it was still extremely busy and parking spaces were at a premium. The event organisers must have made an absolute fortune as they were charging an entry fee of 20 baht per vehicle.
Such was the popularity of this festival that when we started our journey home, at around 8.30 pm, there was a queue of waiting traffic stretching several kilometres.
Overall it was a lovely evening and as you can see from the photos we enjoyed ourselves immensely......
The nightlife in Thailand is the stuff of legend and a thousand bar room tales.
When I first visited the "Land of Smiles" back in 2003, I will readily admit that I was more than a little naive.
I had heard stories from friends and acquaintances about the shannanigans that went on, but dismissed most of it as jocular pub banter, but little did I know that most of the eye-opening anecdotes were actually true!!!!
Arriving in Bangkok, I can remember approaching the "naughty bar" scene with a sense of trepidation, coupled with a feeling of sheer unadulterated joy, like finding the golden ticket to visit Willy Wonkas chocolate factory.
The aim of my post is too introduce first-time visitors to the nightlife in Thailand, guide them through the complexities and hopefully help them to avoid any pitfalls.
I shall start by giving you the low-down on the types of entertainment venues that you are likely to encounter.
1) Beer Bars:
The Beer Bar is probably the most common venue that y…
Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I have been in Chiang Mai with my girlfriend renovating our holiday home....I will update you all on the progress of the improvements and post some photos in due course.
Having recently encountered a massive scorpion in the garden, (see below!!!), it got me thinking about all the potentially dangerous creatures that you are likely to encounter in Thailand.
There are plenty of run of the mill critters like ants, wasps and bees, ands although a bite or sting can be extremely uncomfortable, they are only really dangerous if you suffer an allergic reaction.
However, there are plenty of other flying, slithering and swimming critters that can pack a lethal punch.
I shall give you a breakdown of some of the worst offenders……….
One of the smallest and most common insects is responsible for more hospital admissions than all the other animals combined and that is the humble mosquito.
Most people just consider them to be a nuisance, but they can tran…
I recently heard a quote about driving in Thailand that made me chuckle.....
The first rule of driving in Thailand is: Don't! The second rule of driving in Thailand is: Don't!
It's incredible to think that a race of people who are inherently kind, friendly and forgiving turn into complete psychopaths when sitting behind the wheel of a car or riding on a motorcycle.
However, despite its horrendous reputation driving in Thailand isn't quite as bad as many people would have you believe!!!! But, I would advise caution and it's not something to be undertaken lightly or by those of a weak constitution!! I once vowed that I would never drive in Thailand, but, on my last trip to the Kingdom, I broke that promise and drove for the first time. We travelled from Bangkok to Pai via Ayutthaya, Sukothai, Phitasanlouk, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son, then back to our home in Banglamung near Pattaya, a road trip of several hundred kilometres!!!Having returned in one piece and not having…