"Nasi Pattaya, Nasi Pattaya" Thats what we always hear in our local warung (malay food store) I have always wondered if Pattaya is really famous for this rice.
The curiosity came true when I have a meeting in the city of Pattaya itself. Pattaya is located around 200 km from Bangkok. Something like KL to Ipoh. Landed at Suvarnabumi Airport in Bangkok around noon. Took a taxi which cost around RM300 from Bangkok City to Pattaya. Stepping up the Toyota Camry taxi was joy at first but when stuck in Bangkok jam that was really "great". It took the taxi 4 hours to reach Pattaya. Normal traveling hour is around 2 hours. No make thing worse, the taxi driver do not understand English. Its like talking cock and bull. Luckily he managed to understand i need a stop for nature's call.
When the taxi reach Pattaya and was taking the costal road to the world renowned "Ah Lok Hotel" Ahem Hard-Rock Hotel, things was different. I thought I was in some western country. The ratio of westerners and locals are around 50-50.
After some rounds, the taxi stopped in front Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, which is located beside Hard Rock Cafe. I was being ushered in my a bunch of "school boys" . I called them school boys as they only wear shorts and T-Shirt which is their uniform. Checking in was a breeze as reservation have been made. USD100 per night seems OK. (Im not paying. Hehe)
The reception and lounge area is so unique with Elvis Presley and friend there. They even give you a "Star" room key. The walkway, the room are just awesome. Uniquely Hard-Rock. See for your self the pictures below and you will know what I mean.
The interior of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya (single person sleeping on 2 Queen size bed)