10:00AM – Doorbell rings. Time to get up.
10:10AM – Breakfast with the guys.
10:45 AM – Back in our hotel rooms on the 10th floor, packing our stuff up for an 11AM check out. We’re leaving the hotel by 11:30 and heading to Payu’s place to drop off our luggage. After that we’ll drive 1.5 hours or so to a beach town called Pattaya.
11:30AM – Checkout complete. Now in a van on our way to Payu’s.
12:15PM – Arrive at Payu’s. The Team photographer uploaded all the game photos from last night, so we’re checking them out online.
1:15PM – Driving to the beach.
2:30PM – Quick stop for lunch at a Thai restaurant on the coast line. Delicious.
4:30PM – Stop at Koh Loy Park to check out a ferry ride to an island. Seems like it will take to long so we head straight to Pattaya.
5:00PM – Driving through Pattaya. Seems like a nice place for tourists…
5:15PM – We get dropped off at the beach. Beach chairs and Singha are delivered immediately.
5:30PM – Glenn, Dennis and Dan Helfrich rent jet skis. Payu, Vinnie and Dan Willson go for the beachside foot massage. Dave and I consider tattoos. Connor chills in the sun. Rory finds a new hobby: scenic photography.
5:45PM – LAS tattoo outline is done. Don’t worry, it’s just henna.
6:00PM – Tattoo complete. Now on to Dave’s…
6:15PM – The jet skiers return with wave damage.
6:16-6:45PM – The renters want payment of 100,000 baht and Payu is called in to help negotiate. This is what happens when you let an Aussie, a German and an Indiana Hoosier go on an adventure together. Luckily Payu gets cost down to 12,000 baht and all is right with the world. For a minute there we thought young Dan H was going to be confiscated from the group as payment.
6:45PM – Ready to experience an amazing sunset?
6:50-8:00PM – Dinner at a really nice food spot in the CentralFestival Pattaya Beach Mall attached to the Hilton Hotel, a complex owned by one of the player on the Thailand Lacrosse team.
8:15PM – Leaving dinner and Payu decides to share a little bit more Pattaya culture with us. We go for a quick stroll down Walking Street.
8:45PM – Dan H nearly gets robbed while walking with his wallet in hand (Kidding). Rory saves the day.
9:00PM – Leaving Pattaya. Phil asks what the name of the town was and Rory blurts out “Heaven.”
11:00PM – Back at Payu’s eating Thai snacks and having one last drink as a group. Four of us are catching the 6:05am flight to Tokyo to SFO tomorrow morning. I can’t say I’m looking forward to 22 more hours on a plane! Then again, it’s totally worth it. What a wonderful experience this has been.