Was it the 3-D Interactive Art Gallery, Underwater World, or Siam Frost Park?
Maybe it was lazy days spent around the pool, getting KFC delivered or going out to dinner?
Taking a break from English Teacher Online and spending time with my family in Pattaya was certainly the highlight of my long summer holiday this year.
My mum, dad, sister and nephew had flown over to Thailand for 2 weeks. We’d never rented a villa before, but this one had 3 bedrooms and a private swimming pool. It was all ours for 11 glorious days!
As we settled into our new holiday home, I quickly jumped on the internet and checked out all the tourist attractions in the famous seaside town of Pattaya.
The first thing that caught my eye was Art in Paradise, a 3-D interactive gallery, and the family quickly agreed that it should be our first day out.
As we walked around, inside the gallery, we were amazed at all the beautiful pictures and carefully designed camera points to help us take fantastic photographs.
Shots with T-rex, a magic carpet ride, dancing Gangnam style and holding Thors hammer, are just a few examples of the incredible memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
A few days later we went to Underwater World which boasts a 100 meter long tunnel, the longest in Southeast Asia. My nephew, Josh, fed the golden carp with a baby’s milk bottle at the entrance to the aquarium. He said that it felt weird but was very good fun too!
Inside the tunnel, it seemed as if the fish were following us around as we walked slowly through their incredible habitat. Some of the fish were well camouflaged and very difficult to see. Others were enormous and impossible to miss. My favourite was the manta ray, a flat fish which at one point swam right over my head. Incredible!
For our 8th wedding anniversary, the family went to Frost Magical Ice of Siam. We had to wrap up warm before going inside but it was still really cold. They used lots and lots of industrial sized air-con units to keep the room at freezing temperatures.
As we walked around, Josh spotted an ice slide so we carefully walked up the icy steps. I sat down at the top of the slide and the ice felt so hard and very cold. I pushed myself off and followed Josh down the slide. I turned around to see Pom sliding down too. We all laughed so much!
Next we went to the ice bar and ordered our free drinks. Fanta arrived in thick solid ice glasses that felt as cold as outer space! My wife had never been to a place so cold but said that it was a really fun and romantic way to spend 30 minutes of our 8th wedding anniversary. That’s all the time we could stand as our noses and toes started to freeze and go numb!
Pattaya had such a variety of food and things to do. One evening we found a restaurant that served traditional English roast dinners which my mum, sister and I ordered. Josh had a pizza and my wife and father ate spicy Thai food.
All good things come to an end and soon it was time for my family to go back to England. We waved good-bye at the airport and promised to do it all again next year!
What did you do this long summer holiday?
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