Koh Larn is a beautiful island just off of Pattaya. With minimal time to travel with training and fighting, Koh Larn is an excellent choice as Pattaya is not very far away from Bangkok and is very easy to get to. Pattaya itself is just alright for tourist purposes, in my opinion. Many call Pattaya the Las Vegas of Thailand due to many people making their way here to engage in the sex scene. Like with almost any place, you can find the “bad” stuff if you go looking for it. I’ve seen some nice areas that are quiet and suitable to raise a family, and I have also seen older farang men on the street with girls who look no older than 16. There are also a few good Muay Thai gyms there if you feel like staying a few days to train. Anyway, point is, to get to Koh Larn, you have to make your way to Pattaya first. As with all day trips, the earlier you go, the better, so you can take your time exploring and not have to worry too much about traffic going there.
Having been in Thailand for almost a year, I’ve barely traveled anywhere outside of Bangkok except for fights. Graced with the presence of one of my best friends visiting for New Year’s, we decided to take a trip to Ayutthaya and see the ruins everyone talks about. We were originally going to take the train from Hua Lamphong station, but upon calling, we found out that the trains leaving in the morning only had space for Thai nationals, and foreigners like my friend and me were out of luck. Going this way would have been cheaper as 3rd-class tickets are only 15-20 baht (one way). We did a bit of more research and decided to take a minivan. Mo Chit Bus Terminal (also called Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal) is a huge station where coach buses and minivans bustle in and out frequently. Here, you can catch a ride to Central, Northern, and Eastern provinces (Isaan included), and even have a few lines that operate internationally (to Laos and Cambodia). The terminal is a bit far from popular tourist attractions such as Chatuchak Market, so the best way to get there if you’re not already in the Mo Chit area is to take […]