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Staying at the Pailin Hotel in Sukhothai
New beds in old room
July 2015 : Not conveniently located along the main road between the old and the new city of Sukhothai. It was the first big hotel (20 years ago) .... and since then nothing much seems to have changed. The rooms have been renovated a bit, the bathroom is still the old one with fixed shower-head and old bath-tub. Breakfast buffet was very simple and the staff was bored so they closed it at 9:00 am when we not yet had our breakfast. In-house telephone does not work, only wifi in the lobby. This is not a hotel but real-estate investment. I could make a even longer story about this hotel but in short .... I would not recommend to stay at Pailin Hotel Sukhothai. There are so many other nice & new hotels. Just have a look at Agoda Sukhothai
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?