New home... a huge upgrade from my previous home, the Moscow Slum.  This place has big-screen TV, pool and spa, and is close to the beach!!

New home... a huge upgrade from my previous home, the Moscow Slum. This place has big-screen TV, pool and spa, and is close to the beach!!

This is definitely luxury, by my standards... especially coming from a Moscow slum, then budget lodges in the Philippines!

This is definitely luxury, by my standards... especially coming from a Moscow slum, then budget lodges in the Philippines!

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya.... this will be a new ongoing gallery like the SuperBabies one!

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya.... this will be a new ongoing gallery like the SuperBabies one!

an enthusiastic, probably drunk, market man making himself heard

an enthusiastic, probably drunk, market man making himself heard

The market man in action!

The market man in action!

browsing in the night market in Pattaya

browsing in the night market in Pattaya

a tired Market Man in the food section

a tired Market Man in the food section

Market Lady in action

Market Lady in action

headed to get some Thai food.... although Pattaya sucks, they still have a ton of delicious Thai food here!

headed to get some Thai food.... although Pattaya sucks, they still have a ton of delicious Thai food here!

Yum!!!!  I've had a great few days, eating-wise!

Yum!!!! I've had a great few days, eating-wise!

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya continues...

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya continues...

the pet shop section of the market... so many cute pups!

the pet shop section of the market... so many cute pups!

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya.... super size edition!!

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya.... super size edition!!

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya... dork edition!

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya... dork edition!

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya

The Sex Tourists of Pattaya

my babe takes me to the market!

my babe takes me to the market!

best thing about being back in Thailand after 8 years?  The wonderful Thai food!!  (not sure if my stomach agrees or not)

best thing about being back in Thailand after 8 years? The wonderful Thai food!! (not sure if my stomach agrees or not)

swimming in the sea!

swimming in the sea!

testing out my new underwater camera!

testing out my new underwater camera!

hanging out in one of the many beaches of Pattaya

hanging out in one of the many beaches of Pattaya

good times!

good times!

more swimming in the cool waters of our pool!

more swimming in the cool waters of our pool!

enjoying the new underwater camera!

enjoying the new underwater camera!

gooood times!

gooood times!

at my new apartment

at my new apartment

there is a 'cold tub' with bubbles galore

there is a 'cold tub' with bubbles galore

nice way to spend the hot day... submerged in water!

nice way to spend the hot day... submerged in water!

I'm loving the Thai food again, of course!!!!!  It's so nice to be able to have my beloved som tam (papaya salad) with sticky rice and chicken, and longam fruits... this whole meal cost less than 2 dollars!

I'm loving the Thai food again, of course!!!!! It's so nice to be able to have my beloved som tam (papaya salad) with sticky rice and chicken, and longam fruits... this whole meal cost less than 2 dollars!

Headed up to the Wat Phra Khao Yai, and the famous 'Big Buddha' which sits on a hilltop above Pattaya.  Just below the 'peak' is a nice temple complex that we walk through...

Headed up to the Wat Phra Khao Yai, and the famous 'Big Buddha' which sits on a hilltop above Pattaya. Just below the 'peak' is a nice temple complex that we walk through...

back to the good ol' Thai Buddhist temples!!

back to the good ol' Thai Buddhist temples!!

lovely flowers at the hilltop temple

lovely flowers at the hilltop temple

Anna makes friends with a Temple Dog

Anna makes friends with a Temple Dog

testing out my new selfie stick... got a lot of work to do to be able to take good photos with this thing, haha

testing out my new selfie stick... got a lot of work to do to be able to take good photos with this thing, haha

interesting toilet sign, especially considering it's in a Buddhist temple!  haha

interesting toilet sign, especially considering it's in a Buddhist temple! haha

There it is... the Big Buddha!  I clearly remember going up to this same Buddha on my first visit to Pattaya in 2002.

There it is... the Big Buddha! I clearly remember going up to this same Buddha on my first visit to Pattaya in 2002.

climbing up the stairs to the Big Buddha

climbing up the stairs to the Big Buddha

Its selfie stick time!

Its selfie stick time!

scenes from the hilltop temple

scenes from the hilltop temple

under the Big Buddha

under the Big Buddha

nice views of Pattaya and sea from up here

nice views of Pattaya and sea from up here

Trying to throw coins into the belly button of this fat Buddha!

Trying to throw coins into the belly button of this fat Buddha!

cheater!!

cheater!!

... the search for the World's Creepiest SuperBaby continues... Thai Buddhist Edition!!

... the search for the World's Creepiest SuperBaby continues... Thai Buddhist Edition!!

Pattaya city and boat-filled bay at sunset.... the

Pattaya city and boat-filled bay at sunset.... the "official" population of the city is only about 107,000, but with all the long-term tourists and expats living here, the real population is over twice that. Pattaya is also near to Chonburi, and the metro area of the sister cities is over a million, making it the second-largest metro area in Thailand.

panoramic of Pattaya at sunset

panoramic of Pattaya at sunset

good times at the viewpoint near the Thai navy broadcasting station...

good times at the viewpoint near the Thai navy broadcasting station...

a gecko doing some hunting on the lights surrounding the viewpoint

a gecko doing some hunting on the lights surrounding the viewpoint

At the docks and about to board a boat to nearby Ko Lan island.  Despite visits to Pattaya in 2002 and 2008, i've still never been to this island.  It's hot and sunny, and we expect to spend the whole day on the beach!

At the docks and about to board a boat to nearby Ko Lan island. Despite visits to Pattaya in 2002 and 2008, i've still never been to this island. It's hot and sunny, and we expect to spend the whole day on the beach!

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