Due to the alcohol closures I decided to get out town for a few days. Plus I was sulking in my least commented post ever and I figured I needed a break from all that Bkk has to offer. You can only drink, pick-up and shag for so many hours a day. I needed to see the beach. For the record – no one goes to Pattaya for the beach. The beaches suck there and Jomtien is not much better. I have been to Hua Hin many times and get tired of the drive. So this time I chose Rayong since I have never been, the bus is super cheap and I heard there is even some nightlife there. 🙂
Before I get to the big getaway…
Poor Jimmy Wales – founder of wikipedia. First the divorce, the breakup, the rumors that wiki is edited by 1% of its users (meaning it is not as open as people think) and now this. Rumor was whilst he was in Bkk for a conference he hit a member club. Wonder if he expensed that too?
I am a big Apple fan. In fact – I hate windoze. I sure wish Woz would go away though. Frankly I think he is jealous and bored. I say go play some more Segway polo. BTW – all web properties of the Big Mango Empire are created on a Mac. Deal.
First stop on this outing was the Ekkamai bus station. Easy to find. Say Ekkamai bus tour or something like rot tour Ekkamai and you will get there. Find the stall selling tix to Rayong. It is 152 baht one way in an air-conditioned bus. If you are traveling alone buy 2 seats for comfort. Try not to get the very back seats since they don’t recline and your back is on fire with the engine nestled right behind you.
Once you get to the bus station in Rayong use can use the small colored trucks to get around cheaply. Bypass any of the guys trying to sell you rooms or taxis. You really don’t need them. I knew where I wanted to go. Look below for the map. One of the longest stretches of beach in the area. By songthaew it was 20 baht. So to get to the beach from Bkk was – 60 baht to Ekkamai bus station, 152 baht to Rayong and the beach was 20 baht. 232 baht all in.
Map of Hat Mae Rumphueng Beach:
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All around this beach there are tons of small and large accommodations at many different price levels. I rented a motorcycle for 300 baht and drove way down the beach and found a guest house for like 700 baht but it was more than I needed really. The beach is amazing. Long, clean, clear blue/green water, white sand and not too many people. Perfect. Only a few hours away from Bangkok.
We had a nice seafood dinner for 700 baht including one bottle of whisky/mixers. We were stuffed. Fish, oysters, shrimp, squid and so on. Try doing that in Bangkok. Then we strolled on the beach and finished off our bottle. Really could not be more perfect.
As far as nightlife goes. Since it was a no-drinking night nothing was open and not much was planned to open up late far as I could tell. There appears to be one main street with all the action. Coyote clubs, pubs, Thai pubs, Thai discos, beer-bars and I guess even a few go-go bars. To find your way there is pretty easy.
The main drag in town is Sukhumvit. 🙂 Look for the Rayong City Hotel which is just off of Sukhumvit. Past the hotel is another long street called Ratbamrung. From about Soi 8 down to the smaller sois is where all the action is. My guess is that it would be a big change of pace from the Bkk scene and worth checking out. I plan on going back sometime and staying in town to enjoy action. Keep in mind for 20 baht you can get to the beaches. I am sure there is some other nightlife but this street is where the biggest concentration is.
Back to the real world.