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Blessing my new motorbike
I did just buy a new motorcycle and just like new cars (or houses) it should be blessed by a monk. So we went to a nearby temple but they told us they "do not do motorbikes" because ladies are sitting on it. But we could go to another nearby temple. So we drove to that other temple where indeed we could have my new motorcycle blessed .... but today was not a good day. We had to come back another day.
Protected from all evil?
So in morning my wife went to a "temple shop" in the village to buy some flowers, some joy-sticks and some small pieces of "gold" paper. At the temple I parked my bike in the shadow under a big tree. One a bit older monk came from his small house and did put all the things on a chair next to the motorbike. Then he started to walk around the bike and sprinkle some water over the bike while with his other hand touching the bike. Then he did "write" some Buddhist marks on the windshield of my bike and he did put the "gold" paper pieces (3) on the windshield. He did walk once more around the bike and then my wife and I had to kneel down to the floor and he did sprinkle some water over us to bless us also.
Pattaya has a few bus-stations, the most used by tourists is the "Roong Reuang Coach" bus-terminal at Pattaya Nua Road. It is basically the bus-station from just 1 bus company, just like the other few bus-stations in Pattaya. Yes, indeed Pattaya is one of the few cities in Thailand that does not have a public bus-station. So where are the busses going to? Well have a look at the following photos, but here is a short list of the bussen between Pattaya and : Ekmai Bus-Station (Bangkok Eastern Bus-terminal)Mochit Bus-Station (Bangkok Northern Bus-terminal)Southern Bus-Station (Bangkok)Suvarnabhumi AirportHua Hin Bus StationThis bus-station is also a stop for the yellow-bus between Rayong and Mukdahan.
As you see there is no bus going to Don Muang Airport. You could take the bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport and the the shuttle-bus to Don Muang Airport. Or you could go to Ekmai or Mochit bus-station and then take a taxi to Don Muang Airport.
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When travelling eastbound from Bangkok at Ekmai busstation it is amazingly to see that nothing has changed here in the past 18 years. Although nowadays located in the middle of modern Bangkok the bus-station still feels and looks as 18 years ago. And you can still travel cheap for only 108 Thai baht in a comfortable 2 hour drive to Pattaya beach resort. The bus has changed a bit... All seats have now seat belts. And the passengers have also changed... 18 years ago it were mostly western tourists... Nowadays it are mostly young Chinese, Korean an Indian tourists.
I have an intrest in old mechanical things, might that be tools, motorbikes or just old machines. And at the parking opposite the Wat Phumin is parked an old read roller, unfortunately not a steamer but a little bit newer diesel. Made by Invicta. It looks like it can still be used.
View over Pattaya city seen from the rooftop at the 32th floor of The Base Condo in Central Pattaya. What a city Pattaya has become .... The little sleepy fishing village is no more. High-rise buildings all around in Pattaya now. And still building ... will it ever stop?