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Blast from the past .... The Beginning (part 1)
Photo taken by my grand-father
I am now living in Thailand for more as 15 years. How that I get there? Well that story starts around 1940 in my home country. When my grand-father took a job at the "Bataafse Petroleum Maatchappij" (part of what we now call Shell) he was send to Miri, British Borneo (now a part of Malaysia). And he took his wife with him. While living and working at many different places in Indonesia my mother and her 2 brothers were born. Just before the start of WW2 my and the children moved back to Europe. But my grand-father did stay in Indonesia and came back after the war ... as a different man. But his spirit and love for Indonesia was not broken and when the call was made he did return to Indonesia. Of course by that time Shell-Asia was nationalised and all was taken over by oil companies from the USA (clever boys). And my mother, born in Indonesia, had somehow gained "Asian" roots that she did give to me. Not that I was aware of that, but I would find out when I traveled to South East Asia for the first time in 1985. But that is the next story.
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?