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Photo-Walk: Towards South from Pattaya...


Oukiva

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Saturday 15 April 2017
As usual: No bar, agogo or even girls in this report, just different pictures of Pattaya surrounding :)
Woken up early and decided today to make a long walk benefiting of early morning "cool" weather.
No clear goal; Just walking South from Pattaya...

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Looking South from my condo. Pattaya still asleep (and so was I: blurry pic :()

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Pattaya City Tower from Soi 17 market place

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Supalai Ville. A nice individual houses village

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This group of 10 (?) condos is finished for about 1 year but never opened ??

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Supalai Mare Condo, on Theprasit Rd

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One more mini(Big)C. Many appear around Pattaya recently.

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Party Kart : all-terrain kart

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Party Kart: Pro kart circuit

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Many quiet roads without traffic :)

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I thought this restaurant had been destroyed long ago... Happy it isn't!

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Many individual "rooms" over a big pound. Great with your TG and her friends ;)

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Some of many "stalled" condo projects, when looking towards West/Jomtien

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Looks like some condo will be built on the big Chang & Chang plantation

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Pattaya birds :)

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Cute when small/young

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Football stadium at the Pattaya Youth Center Sports Center

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Another nice "village"

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Still many building porjects all along Jomtien

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Towers on Jomtien Beach

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The new parking for boats that used to park in front of the Waterfront Condo

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Ghetto City...

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Same

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Small hidden lake

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Reflexion towers, from Jomtien Second Rd

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Fences of the new Espana Condo project...

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and what's inside.

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Many horses and ponies in this area

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New condo (?) near the alread old La Royale condo

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Nam Taley. First half of the project.

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Venetian Signature Condo. A big part of it now is an hotel for groups.

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Kityada Pavillon condo. Another finished project that never opened ??

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Shortcut through the Wat Na Jomtien

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Na Jomtien harbour city...

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New condo project The Whales in the back

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Nice house with pool and boat garage. I could live here ;)

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Sad to see so few boats

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Nice overflowing swimming pool

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Pinnacle resort

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And still many very quiet roads :)

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The Glass House restaurant

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On the beach, looking North

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Some nice (?) beach condo towers, looking South

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The huge Marina Ambassador hotel

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Russian invasion, on the beach and in the water. Marina in the back.

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Part of the Ambassador swimming pool. Nice

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Mövenpick hotel

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Inside the marina

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Same

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Marina Resort

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Sea urchin in the marina. Indication of good quality water.
BTW, the water along the beach was crystal clear :)

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Marina gardens

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Marina Resort, east side

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Funny thing is that I managed to walk during +2 hours (since the kart circuit to the marina) without seeing any cars on the secondary streets I used! :). Just a few motorbikes.
I was arrived at Sukhumvit, at the level of the Marina and was not interested to continue South along the beach or Sukhumvit. Way to many people and noise. So I looked at GoogleMaps (what a wonderful tool!) and decided to take the opposite Soi and to walk now South-East.

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Very quickly it was another world :)

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Caption? ;)

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Oops. Huge construction for bridge and a new highway?

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Didn't know this area was big enough for a train station

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"choo choo"! Shortcut ;)

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Quiet and shadow

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Big pond...

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with nice lotus flowers :)

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GoogleMaps didn't tell me that would be a track, but fine when out of rain season

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Looks like rice ??

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Another track, ~2km, very pleasant for a walk

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No need to drink alcohol to see pink elephants ;)

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And I arrive to my next check-point... :)

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I always liked this lake with these pagodes,
amd the many reeds hiding them have been removed :)

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The garden has been cleaned too :). (Was fallow 3 years ago)

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We can see the Buddha curved on the mountain (Khao Chi Chan) behind the other side of the lake.

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Bonus: The big water-jet is working today. Wat Yansangwararam on the left

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Many things changed in a few years: this bicycle track,

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these electric "bus" to travel groups between the different must-see points, and to the new tourists shops & restaurants ;)

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These small build seems nothing special...

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but inside is a very long frieze about some important history points

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same

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same. etc.

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Another big pond...

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with again some beautiful flowers :)

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The statues at the entrance of the park, with Wat Yansangwararam in the back

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I do like the big trees in the park, like this one

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Wat Yansangwararam. Sure nice, and not a frequent architecture in Thailand

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The Chinese temple, Viharnra Sien, on the south of the lake

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Zoom on the left wall of the entrance

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And here is the fun part...

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People throwing food (20 baht) to the many big catfishes waiting for it!

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Hard to photograph them, but they really climb on each other to catch the food

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Also spotted this one; the kind of fish we put in our aquarium "to clean the inside glass".
In such a place, without predators, they become huge! This one probably +60cm (+2ft)

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South of it, I spotted this big board. Something new to me...

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so I made a detour to have a look. A huge parking area, and many different buildings...
but not one person in view! even at there information desk.

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I managed to make sign to someone. Apparently they only (mainly?) work with big tours (several busses) and 11am was way too early. She had no idea about prices, because the group operator pay for all!

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After some time I manage to see an English document, and took this pic.

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Unsure on what is really available/ready now. Many buildings new that seem empty. The "market area" is still in construction. They want build different types of traditional Thai houses, but only these 2 have been built. So maybe better to wait before visiting this place.

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The Wonder Farm was also on my way

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but seemed very quiet dispite this long week-end.

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Along the road, thousands of mangoes :)

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No idea what they are doing there, but it will be huge!

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Not far now :)

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Lot of people and an heavy traffic around the place

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More traditional Songkran, with people pouring a little water on the arm or shoulder of this Buddha figure.

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The image in full

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Many small Thai restaurants. I stopped for a well earned meal :)

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Ramayana water park is about 3 km from here. I hesitated, but too far for today walk.

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So bye-bye Buddha, and direction Sukhumvit now, and then Pattaya.

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So I was at [url=https://www.google.co.th/maps/@12.7647899,100.9523489,3892m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=fr]Khao Chi Chan[/url], at about 20+ km from Pattaya, and now going North-West towards Sukhumvit

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After about 1 km... Upside Down attraction :)

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http://upsidedownpattaya.com/

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You can see some chairs inside on the floor-at-the-top...

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or the car in the garage.

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Entrance sign

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Magic barrel. Big size. But it's just water ;)

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Leaning castle

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Business working well. Parking full yesterday.
BTW they added many smaller attractions (see http://upsidedownpattaya.com/attractions/ )
Price 300 for tourist, 180 for Thai or if you have a Thai Driving License ;)

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Strange road markings on this road ??

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Do they look like a sheep to you ??

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Swiss Sheep Farm

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A huge place with lot of parking for big busses...

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Not a sheep...

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Not sheeps either...

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Hi

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Main roundabout

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Halloween seems to be a main theme there ?

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Inside the park

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Dual pricing (180 tourist, 90 Thai), as at nearly every attraction

Here is a site with many pics: http://www.pattayadays.com/2015/12/swiss-sheep-farm-pattaya/
This place may worth a visit :)

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On the other side of the street...

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Jungle Buggy Cross : https://www.facebook.com/Jungle-buggy-cross-1689935664599503/

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Rent: 1'600 baht for 20 minutes

They also have a "crazy cart" area. 250 B for 10 min. See facebook for photos.

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Flying elephants...

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at a small fair attraction.

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"Bon voyage"... "Merci" :)

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Sukhumvit! And now only 17km from home... :)

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but already walked more than 30 km and decided it was enough for this day
So I jumped in a 20 baht white bahtbus towards Pattaya Tai :)

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The back of the buildings I saw from the beach...

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Sometimes I wondered if it would not be faster to keep walking. ;)

That's All Folks :)

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Here is the map of the walk, for those interested in doing it too ;)

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1- The walk to go South towards the marina.
GoogleMaps limitations at Na Jomtien city harbour (so had to draw around it)
and it doesn't accept that I walk on the beach ;)
A rather easy trajectory: South, south, south... :)

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2- Nearly the direct access to Yansangwararam and Khao Chi Chan,
except that I took the secondary roads and tracks along the main road.

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Great photos! I look forward to the replies where board members mark on the map where they passed out when retracing your steps! And you did it in the hottest month of the year yet!

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7 hours ago, Oukiva said:



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Pattaya birds :)

 

I thought you said at the beginning you wern`t going to post pics of Thai birds!:P

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7 hours ago, Oukiva said:



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................ Pattaya still asleep (and so was I: blurry pic :()

 

Pattaya never sleeps!

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Amazing walk mon ami ! :wink: Very useful to burn calories too.

I always ask myself why so many condos/projects built but empty of owners, tenants or costumers...... and they still building many others.

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Nice. I enjoyed reading that. Have to try the Sukhumvit baht buses. Let them get me to cool areas and explore from there. I’m like you, I enjoy walking. And it looks like once I get out of Sodom by the Sea, the traffic and tourists aren’t so bad.

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These condos are about the right size. You can relate to them when you are standing on the ground, and if you're on the top floor you could still see / call down to somebody on the street.

On 4/17/2017 at 06:08, Oukiva said:

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This group of 10 (?) condos is finished for about 1 year but never opened ??
 

 

But these ones (below) are ridiculous. Who finances them? How would you ever fill all or even half the units? How could there be demand for this much accommodation in this location? How would you make a profit? What is the building maintenance cost of (what I assume are) mostly empty buildings now and into the future? Why would you stay there with so much other accommodation in Pattaya/Jomtien? If you bought a unit there would 'you own it but the Thais really own it'? What happens if the electricity goes and you have to walk down 30 floors of stairs to go to 7/11 and back up 30? Many questions ...

but mainly they're fugly & depressing to look at imo

On 4/17/2017 at 06:09, Oukiva said:

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Ghetto City...

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Same
 

 

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i've been to the marina in the pics a couple of times but the easier way from south pattaya. baht bus 10 bht up south pattaya rd to sukhumvit. then white bus south along sukhumvit for 20 bht. reverse procedure coming back. it's enough of a journey doing it that way. to walk it is something else

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Great pics, thanks for taking the time to post.

30km is quite impressive, I did a 20km walk the other day in 28°C heat and I was fucked.

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