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Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My!

***This blog post should've gone out on Monday but due to technical difficulties (my computer crapping out on me) it is going up today instead***

We all have those days that just don't belong to us. Today was that day for me. After a long, tiring, all around bad day, I started to tear up in the middle of the Tesco food court. But then I started to reminisce of better days. And by better days I mean yesterday.

This weekend was one for the books. A few people from Chonburi went down to Pattaya for the weekend. There, we met up with two girls from my orientation and then later another girl who teaches in Chonburi who made the last minute decision to come. It was the best two days I have had in a while. Here's how it broke down:

Friday

We left around to go to Pattaya around 5:30pm Friday night. After an hour or so van ride, we were there. We checked into the hotel and then went and got Mexican for dinner. The food was sub-par but hey, it was Mexican which is definitely something that I've been missing.

After dinner, we walked around. While we were walking, we came across a night market. I was able to get a Kylie Jenner Lip Kit for 100 baht (that's like $3...I couldn't pass it up). We walked around a little bit more, then went back to the hotel to drop off our bags.

Deanna and I (yes, the lucky friend that fed a mama and baby monkey from my last post) went to the famous Pattaya Walking Street. Walking Street is a street full of bars and clubs. We decided to get gelato and people watch. After we finished, we walked all the way down the road and came across a small massage parlor. What really caught our eye was the fishtanks in the front. Yep, they were the fish pedicures. Pedicures where you stick your feet in a fishtank and the fish eat the dead skin off of them. Immediately after sticking my feet in they swarmed. IMG_3586

Saturday

On Saturday we met up with Cicely and Marla at Pattaya Beach. After about 30 minutes soaking in the sun, we decided to get our day started.

And what better way to start your day than play with tigers?! That's right. We went to Tiger Park. Tiger Park is raises their tigers from birth and never sells or exchanges them. In addition, they also do not drug, chain up, or remove the tigers' claws or teeth. All of those are issues with similar places. We all went into the small (they were still pretty big) enclosure. IMG_3719

After being able to pet and hang out with them for about 15 minutes, Cicely and I went into the medium tiger enclosure. There was nothing medium sized about these tigers. Overall, it was one of the coolest experiences that I've ever had. I was in complete awe by these amazing creatures.

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After Tiger Park, we went to the Pattaya Floating Market. In my opinion, this is a must if you are in the area. They have little stands everywhere selling everything from food to clothes to art and woodwork. They paths are over a pond and connected by bridges. Some merchants even sell food from boats. It's an absolutely gorgeous place. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

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After about 2 hours there, we headed back into town, got Indian food, and went back to the hotel for showers and a nap.

Later that night, we went out to Walking Street. We were out in the Neon Jungle until about 4:30am, which felt like 12:30.

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*A quick pit stop in Boyz Town


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*street performers on Walking Street

While we were out, a little Thai girl was celebrating her 3rd birthday. She immediately took an interest in us. We danced with her, we held her, and she kept stealing our phones to take pictures with (this was all under her parents supervision don't worry). She also stole our heart. I decided at that moment, that I'm going to try to adopt a Thai kid when I'm older.

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*peep that $3 Kylie Lip Kit

Sunday

Although the original plan was to visit a few temples on Sunday before heading back, we decided instead to take the ferry to the nearby island Koh Larn. While we were on the beach the day before, a man from Denmark suggested this island. He said it had "sand so white you need sunglasses" and "crystal clear water." After the few crazy weeks that we had, we needed a beach day. So we went.

After getting some fresh fruit from a stand and then taking a 30 minute ride on the ferry, we arrived at Koh Larn. It was one of the most beautiful beaches I had ever seen (and I went to Capri, Italy). Water that was just cool enough to be an escape from the hot Thailand sun that was so clear we could see our feet. The sand was soft and nearly white. it was paradise.

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After we washed the sand off our feet, we were back on the ferry, then back on the van and were on our way home to Chonburi, Bangkok, etc.

But don't worry Pattaya/Koh Larn, it's not goodbye..it's see ya later (cause you were way to fun to not go back).

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