Keeping in line with our desire to get out of town a bit more often this year, we headed off to a nearby beach town called Pattaya for a 3 day weekend. Even though it's nice and close to Bangkok, the town has a bad reputation in Thailand for being super sleazy. Truly, one of the only bummers about Thailand is the sleaze factor. But the best way to avoid the yucky street action is to stay in a fabulous hotel where you don't have to leave! At a posh new hotel, they were having what is called a 'soft opening.' Basically, this means they are working out some of the kinks and practice having guests at a much reduced rate. Think movie star hotel at teacher prices! However, some of the kinks they are working out were weird, like the exposed electrical wiring right next to the kids' water slide. And the sand that was somehow glued onto another water slide, making for an exfoliation that I didn't ask for! No matter, though, because this place was kid heaven and grown up heaven. Water slides, kiddie pools, great big sister-like friends to hang out with Sojo and good, good times.
p.s. We ditched the public bus idea when our lovely taxi driver offered to drive us to Pattaya for a reasonable price. Gotta say it sounded so much nicer than a bus, so we agreed.