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Pattaya – Goodbye Action Cam
So… it was our last day in Pattaya before heading for Bangkok. My twelve year old son wanted to try the ‘Pattaya Park Tower Jump’ – a 180m high zip line from the 56th floor of the tower down to ground level. I had done the jump a few years before and knew it wasn’t for the faint of heart, but my son – despite being only twelve, was an experienced hill-climber in Scotland and he wasn’t afraid of heights. We had checked into the Areca Lodge Hotel on 2nd Road which wasn’t far from Pattaya Park. We made our way over to the tower on a motorbike I had hired and paid the 400 Baht per person, admission and jump fee.
The lift only took a minute or so to ascend the tower to the 55th floor where customers are offered a free orange juice in a tired and bland-looking, 360º observation deck with dirty, plastic windows. I knew the view was better up in the open-air 56th floor where you do the jump from, so we quickly tanned our orange juice and battered up the stairs.
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We spent a few minutes gazing out over Pattaya and Jomtien Bay as we prepared ourselves mentally for the jump. The view from the 56th floor is spectacular. I pointed out to my son any notable Pattaya and Jomtien landmarks that I recognised, including that of my old apartment building – the ‘Thepthip Mansions’ in Jomtien, which is only a few hundred metres across from the Tower.
Ready and willing to get on with the jump, we make our way over to the harness guy who fits and tests your harness for you by hanging you on a hook and telling you to lift your feet up. The jump staff don’t mess about in case you get ‘cold feet’ and decide to back out, and before you know it you’re being pushed up to the jump platform and over the edge.
‘Dad,’ my son says, ‘as we’re being ushered up the stairs: ‘you take the camera… I’ve got nowhere to put it’ – he holds out my daughter’s new action cam and I quickly take it and clip it onto my belt. Wham, bam, bump and I was over edge. I could hardly believe my eyes as I watched the brand new action cam sail through the air, falling at free-fall speed towards the flat roof hundreds of feet below me. ‘You f#cking c#nt!’
I went in and told them at the front desk about what had happened, and that my camera was on the roof – they nonchalantly waved me away and were generally unhelpful. I knew the camera would’ve been shrapnel so I didn’t argue. I have since bought her a new one.
So – back to the tower… ‘The jump was exhilarating,’ and despite having to watch my daughter’s new £120 action cam fade from view as it plummeted earthwards, I’d still recommend that if you’re ever in Pattaya, and have a head for heights, and are looking for something to do, then the Pattaya Park Tower jump – for 400 Baht, is worth a visit.
Safe travels… Ray – thai-nomad.com
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