Dear Diary,

Weekends are the best time to get away.  Two days are short and need to be well spent.  It’s amazing that Valentine’s Day in Thailand is a holiday.  Of course, it’s not Valentine’s that they celebrate but Makha Bucha (Magha Puja) – a Budhist festival.  So a long weekend entails a trip  out of the city.

Just 1-3 hours away (depending on traffic) from Bangkok.  We stayed at Cape Dara and got a room with a view of the beach.  I swear this hotel was made for me because they’re color is teal and I just love that color! The beach may not be the best to swim in but the view is just breathtaking.  After resting (because 2 hours in a van needs recuperation time…), we had lunch at the hotel restaurant and had some time to look around the amenities.

In the evening, we went to see a cabaret show of an all-lady-boys cast at the Tiffany;s Show.  The women were fantastic, they lip-synced to popular songs and the dance numbers were breathtaking.

For dinner, we took a taxi to Patayannis Greek Taverna, a small restaurant that serves the best slow cooked lamb (cooked for 7 hours!) that I’ve ever had.  If you find yourself somewhere in Pattaya, make sure you pass by this place!  The host is just amazing as he likes to go around and tell stories to the customers.  We even had a chance to see him play some music for us.

In Pattaya, they have this place called the Walking Street.  This place is seriously DEPRESSING (unless you’re a guy who likes to buy your girls…)  We walked through the street and you could see women (young and old) just standing around, leaning on trees or sitting and waiting for men to make them an offer. 😦

But aside from seeing the sad life that some women have to live, the rest of the trip was very relaxing.  But I did have some trouble with my migraine at the time we were heading home which also prevented me from enjoying the dim sum buffet we were having at that time.  But getting back to Bangkok at around 5PM was enough time to get over my migraine and ready for Monday again.