The venue remains unchanged from the days of Kittipong and Chai
and, accordingly, is in the courtyard in front of the Chon Buri
City Hall. If travelling from Pattaya, it is easiest to drive and
Chon Buri is found directly on the way to Bangkok, about 60 kilometres
from here. On a good day, it should take little more than half an
hour to get there. There are also extremely good and regular bus
If you wish to take advantage of the public transport
option you will need to find your way to Sukhumvit Road by way of
either a baht-bus or a motorcycle taxi. You will then need to make
sure you are on the beach side of Sukhumvit, i.e. the side on which
the traffic travels towards Bangkok, where you will find that the
buses in question (i.e. pretty much all of them that pass by and
are willing to pick you up) stop near the respective junctions with
South Pattaya Road, Pattaya Klang and North Pattaya Road. The buses
are Sukhumvit Highway buses, which travel up and down Sukhumvit
all day between their stated destinations. Some are air-conditioned
while others are not, and some, for example, run between Sattahip
and Chon Buri while others go all the way, albeit with many stops,
to Bangkok from, say, Jomtien. The sides of the buses will usually
state the locations between which they travel, and as long as Chon
Buri is either one of those locations or alternatively lies between
the two then you should be alright.
If in any doubt, ask the driver and if he doesn't understand
you, try, "Bpai Chon Buri mai?", which simply means "Do you go to
Chon Buri?" A suitable bus will be along every ten minutes or so.
It is really very straight-forward and probably a great deal easier
than I have made it sound by trying to give you as much information
There are of course so many other fun-filled
and exciting things to do in and around Pattaya, particularly if
you are only here for a couple of weeks or so on holiday, and then
again there is not much wrong with sitting by the pool all day or
languishing in your favourite bar. However, how many other chances
are you going to get to watch buffalo racing, wrestling and taking
part in beauty contests?
Even if buffalo racing doesn't really
grab you as a sport, the colour and pageantry of a Thai festival
is something that is well worth taking a look at. Thais are of course
famous for knowing how to have a good time and this is an excellent
opportunity to see how they do it. And if you go along, don't forget
to take your camera with you. Some things are far more easily explained
to people back home with the benefit of a few well chosen snaps.
You can even show them what "Miss Buffalo" looked like.
This article was written by "Tim Gladwin"