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Where Do Hot Air Balloons Land?

 Where Do Hot Air Balloons Land?

One of my favorite travel moments was traveling by hot air balloon in Thailand at the Pattaya International Balloon Festival. I always wondered where hot air balloons land.

It turns out, wherever there is space! Upon landing in a farmer’s field, these local children ran over to help us roll up the balloon. It was a cool moment – dropping from the sky, and having the kids greet us. We didn’t understand each other, but knew exactly what each other was thinking.

Have you ever been in a hot air balloon? What was it like? Share by commenting.

Snapshots from the Batu Caves

 Snapshots from the Batu Caves

The view as you approach the Batu Caves (no official homepage available) is unmistakeable. The limestone caves are home to a Hindu Shrine and are worthy of a visit outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia if only to see something strikingly different than what we have here in the United States.

 Snapshots from the Batu Caves

At the base of the caves is a 140-foot statue dedicated to Lord Murugan, a Hindu Deity.

 Snapshots from the Batu Caves

Pace yourself as you climb onward. The stairs are steep. Every once in a while, be sure to stop and turnaround to see the city off in the distance.

Encountering the Scorpion Queen at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo

 Encountering the Scorpion Queen at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That person, known as the Scorpion Queen, is covered in Scorpions. I discovered her at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand. One of the featured attractions, the Scorpion Queen just stands there all day long with scorpions on her body. I have no idea how they don’t sting her.

 Encountering the Scorpion Queen at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo

For a few bucks, you can pay to stand next to her and have your picture taken. I declined, in part because I was being cheap and was tired of paying for photo opportunities over and over again in Thailand (a common occurrence), but also because I don’t trust bugs. They can’t be trained and a scorpion sting would hurt, badly.

But Wait, There’s More!

From the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Pattaya Blog [originally published 10 January 2010].

This is the final post in the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Archive collection. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to occasionally repost them to preserve them in their original format as the official, contest page has been taken down.

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Hey Explorers,

You thought we were done didn’t you? Well there’s always a few more tricks up our sleeves! In the last 26 posts we covered virtually every place we went to in Pattaya. But that’s not all. There’s always something else for you to see and do on a return visit. It’s no wonder so many visitors are repeat visitors. Here’s what else we saw, but just didn’t have enough time to fully enjoy…

Rimpa Lapin

From the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Pattaya Blog [originally published 8 January 2010].

Rimpa Lapin was one of the restaurants we dined in while in Pattaya, Thailand. It has one of the best views at night. Check it out.

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 Rimpa Lapin

Hey Explorers,

Have you ever been someplace that you want to keep to yourself because you don’t want others to know about it and spoil it?That’s how we feel about Rimpa Lapin. We don’t want you to go there, not because it’s a bad place, but because we want it all to ourselves. However, today’s your lucky day for 2 reasons: 1) we won’t be in Pattaya again until we can save our pennies for a plane ticket, and 2) they’re a sponsor of the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Competition so it we’re kinda obligated to talk about them.