My friend got a 100 Euro note (worth about 4000 Baht) from a customer which he shows to everyone who wants to see it or not. He checks the exchange rate on every exchange booth we come across and even takes me on detours. I should have told him that stock exchanges are closed and the exchange rate doesn’t change over a public holiday (at least I think so).
We take baht bus to Sukumvit Road / South Pattaya bus station and bus to Bang Saen (80 Baht per person, 13:20 to 14:55). The bus station in Bang Saen is called Nong Mon Market (ตลาดหนองมน).
A few words about Bang Saen (บางแสน) (I only recently learned about Bang Saen and as it gets only little publicity in the forums I assume others don’t know it). It’s a university town and beach resort half way between Bangkok and Pattaya. It hosts the largest university in Chonburi province, Burapha University (มหาวิทยาลัยบูรพา) (which has it’s share of gay students, personal observation on camfrog). The main reason for my visit was the Buddhist Hell Garden Wang Saen Suk (วังแสนสุข). The layout of the town is similar to Pattaya (i.e. there is Sukhumvit road parallel to the beach but far away, beach road, second road).
We have lunch near the bus station and take a baht bus to the beach. We come across a tourist information where I get a flyer in English with a map and descriptions of points of interest. The beach is considerably wider and nicer than in Pattaya or Jomtien. There are many Thai and few Farang. We take a chair on the beach and rest there for a while. Pictures from Bang Saen beach:
But my reason to go to Bang Saen was the Buddhist Hell garden. So we take another bath bus (my friend was too lazy to walk, but on the map it’s just about two kilometers).
These boys were having a party on the pickup (loud music from the driver, bottles with drinks and cigarettes) and obviously driving around in circles:
Traffic was slow, but finally we reach the entrance to Soi 19. About 500m walk to the entrance of the Wat Saen Suk (picture taken upon leaving).
An empty artificial pond:
These statues have a connection to the Chinese Zodiac:
Buddhist teachings (?)
The core of the park, depictions of tortures in Buddhist hell:
The punishment for adultery is to climb a thorny tree:
and finally the highlight of the park: the giant hungry ghosts:
On our way out, scenes from Buddha’s life:
Dry leaves from the trees were burnt, so the smell of burning matter was all over the place. I don’t remember closing time of the area, I think it was 6 pm (I made a mental note that you can sneak in through the exit if the main gate is closed).
Baht-bus back to the bus station on Sukhumvit road. Return to Pattaya (80 Baht per person, 18:05 – 19:15). Back to hotel with my friend. By chance, K from two days before is there chatting with the receptionist. K and M know each other. I can’t understand what they are talking, but surely it’s about me, how small my dick is and what a stingy tipper I am. I have an appointment wit B who came from Buriram to meet me in Pattaya (fortunately at his place, so I can avoid having three fuckbuddies meet). M has an appointment with another customer, perfect timing for both of us!
We have dinner, then go for a drink to Question Mark bar and then to Jomtien beach to watch the fire lanterns and the firework for new year.
Bang Saen is worth going again. I made several contacts via camfrog to meet gay students. The university has a large aquarium that is open to public. There is a mountain with a viewpoint. Some kilometers to the north (Ang Sila) is an interesting chinese temple I recently read about (an entire temple complex with multi storey buildings, according to pictures on the web).
To be continued.
Here some webpages about the Buddhist hell garden which I read before going there and to prepare this post:
http://www.bangkok-daytrips.com/buddhis ... nd-heaven/
http://www.forteantimes.com/features/fo ... iland.html
http://horrorfanzine.com/trip-to-the-bu ... -thailand/ (there are two similar hell gardens in Thailand)
http://atlasobscura.com/place/the-wang- ... ell-garden
http://www.thailandphotomap.com/chonburi/wang-saen-suk/ (with map)