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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.

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.

Mekhong Whiskey

From the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Pattaya Blog [originally published 7 January 2010].

As part of our experience as Ultimate Thailand Explorers, Brian and I indulged on a Sabai Sabai made from Mekhong Whiskey. Take a look.

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 Mekhong Whiskey

Hey Explorers,

We have a few more sponsor thank you’s to share with you before we wrap up our blog. After arriving back to Bangkok from Pattaya we celebrated with our sponsors at the Amari Watergate Hotel; Mekhong Whiskey. One of the bartenders from the Amari shared with us how to make a cocktail with Mekhong Whiskey called the “Sabai Sabai”. Who doesn’t love a good cocktail right?

Driving on the Left!

From the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Pattaya Blog [originally published 6 January 2010].

Ever what what it is like driving on the left-hand side of the road? I took a trip on the highways of Thailand from Bangkok to Pattaya and hilarity ensues.

Enjoy your weekend. For those of us in Florida, warmer beach weather is just around the corner.

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Hey Explorers,

We’re going to take a quick break from our itinerary posts and share with you a tense, but funny moment we had on our trip: navigating the roadways.