Here are some highlights from the quick trip to Thailand I had last week. John was working in Pattaya, so that is where we spent the week. Absolutely gorgeous Hilton Hotel ( go to http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/thailand/hilton-pattaya-hotel-BKKHPHI/index.html to see some views of the infinity pool, etc.)
The view from our window
This is one stall in a row of 10 identical ones, delectable fruits:
Party Central. Just kit out your VW bus, add neon lights and alcohol, and you have a portable bar!
Everywhere you look, people are doing whatever they can to make a living. Lots of entrepeneurs made carts out of their bicycles and took their culinary skills on the road:
This man did satay...hanging in front of him are strips of chicken:
The Thai food was excellent, of course, but sometimes you need that burger. Here Ronald displays that Thai gesture of welcome:
During my stay, I had a manicure-pedicure, a facial, an hour-long Thai massage, a haircut and an hour-long foot massage. I think I spent about $60 total. Here is my foot masseuse:
Most Thais are quite devout Buddhists, and many corners on the busy streets had devotional temples for the people to pause for a prayer or offering of food and incense:
Here is a video of the nightlife:
If this entices you, maybe you want to start a new career!
And finally, your first holiday greeting, photo taken on 9/19: