nag-PATTAYA pa kami!

Posted: July 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Nag-PATTAYA pa kami!
PATTAYA
ITLog No.7
25-30 June 2011

Waking up to an exciting day ahead because we would be going around Pattaya. Our first stop to visit was The Khao Chi Chan, where the image of Buddha was etched on the side of the mountain.

Khao Chi Chan carved Buddha mountain in a cliff face inlaid with gold leaf in the outline of a sitting Sukhothai-Lanna Buddha is dedicated to the commemoration of His Majesty the King’s Golden Jubilee, the 50th anniversary of his accession to the throne. This 130-metre-high Buddha’s royally- bestowed name is Phra Phuttha Maha Wachira Utta Mopat Satsada, which means His Lord Buddha is virtuous and glorious as Maha Wachira (the Great Wisdom). The surroundings are a wide variety of flowering plants and a number of pavilions for meditation and rest. Directly in front of the cliff face are shrines, elaborate gardens, and a number of terraced pools stocked with lotus flowers.

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Silverlake winery (Silverlake Vineyards or Silverlake Grape Farm) has recently become one of most popular attractions in Pattaya. Although visitors are unable to see the vineyards with a plenty of grapes all the time, it is still very popular without any seasonal problems. This is because visitors can find a spectacular view at this Silverlake Winery such as the colorful flowers, Khao Chi Chan as a background, sunset at the lake, and so on. Activities and grape-made products also provide more attraction to visitors.

The owner of Silverlake Winery is Thai ex-leading actress, named Supansa Nuangphirom, is inspired in establishing this winery after visiting several wineries in the United States. The current location of this winery, she said, was also chosen because of great advantages – near a reservoir, Khao Chi Chan, and Pattaya, which are constantly being developed to be a Pattaya tourist attraction.

After opening it to tourists, this winery was once promoted in the Thai TV series, named “Soot Saneha”, and became very popular to Thai visitors. These days, Thai visitors, especially from Bangkok, have included Silverlake in the list of places to visit when coming to Pattaya.

The main reason that Silverlake became even more interesting to visitors is its spectacular views. Visitors can see colorful flowers across the front of the vineyard, they can feel the gentle breeze while walking through or seeing the large vineyard. Khao Chi Chan, which is located near Silverlake is presented as a great background of the view. Moreover, lots of visitors are pleased to see the romantic atmosphere of the sunset on the reservoir. However, it is quite hot in the afternoon, so it would be better to bring a hat or whatever for protection against the sunlight.

Silverlake is still being developed to attract more visitors, adding more activities and grape-made products to encourage more visitors. Activities that tourists can currently do in the Silverlake are riding an ATV, horse-drawn carriage, Elephant rides, bicycling, and walking around the yard. In the case of grape-made products, there are wine, 100% grape juices, grape jam, grape pie, grape jelly, and raisins.

Additionally, there is a restaurant opposite the wine yards, so visitors need not prepare any food in Silverlake. However, visitors are allowed to take their own food to have a picnic there. With the windmill and reservoir, it would be a good choice to have a picnic at Silverlake Pattaya.

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The trip back to the city made us all hungry, so we headed to a favorite restaurant, which is not to fancy but busloads of tourists eats there. Here, we ordered meat with noodles served in big bowls. Then buying some food by the street where I tasted the grilled eggs. After lunch, we headed for the Lukdod Shop where they sell lots of souvenirs and other stuff here I saw that most of the patrons there are Russians. Passed-by Central Festival Mall then went to Big C to buy same groceries for the next day then headed home to rest and eat dinner

After dinner and resting a bit, we headed out to Pattaya Walking Street (which is like mabini here in the old days) where we watched a show that every tourist going to Thailand should watch… you did not visit Thailand if you did not watch this show. Like they say, “Good guys got to heaven, but bad guys go to Pattaya”. Here I did not bring my camera to take photos because cameras are not allowed inside the establishment, so I left it at home (but brought it the next day to take some photos). After a long night watching which closely resembles aling dionisa doing some stuffs with her private thing, we headed home laughing thinking how could they do all those things. After freshening up, i tasted the Pad Thai that we bought which was less noodles and full of other things and really tasted good and before i knew it, i finished the whole pack.

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All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use, copy, editing, reproduction, publication, duplication and distribution of the digital photos, without his explicit permission, is punishable by law

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