Leaving Ao Nang for First Night in Bangkok

Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
Trip End Jul 20, 2012

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

I woke up at 10:45 AM this morning. Mickell and Major had left at 9AM to go have breakfast.  They both had activities planned for the morning.   Mickell had arranged to have a 90 minute spa treatment at 10 and Major wanted to go back to the Kid's Safari program to do some more activities.  Mickell’s spa treatment was comprised of hot salt compresses and a full body massage.  He said that they asked him to wear the disposable underwear and he did.  They asked me to do it for my back massage last night and I declined and told them I’d stay in my swimsuit.   I just don’t see the point.  The guys arrived right at 11:30 to pick up the bags.  Mickell and Major still weren’t back and none of the bags were packed, so I asked them to come back at 12:30.  We got everything packed, lined the bags up on the terrace, and were ready to go.  Major demanded to carry his IBM backpack despite our repeatedly telling him that we’re not going to carry it for him.  I was a little apprehensive about leaving our bags on the terrace because of the monkeys.  But, we threw caution to the wind and locked the door behind us.  We made our way down to the restaurant and had a delightful lunch.  I had Tom Kha Gai soup AGAIN along with a salad.  Mickell had a soup with prawns, lemongrass, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions and white rice.  He said it was so, so hot.  He had told them medium and the lady said Thai Medium or European Medium.  Mickell said he nearly choked on the first bite.   This is one of the few restaurants that has had a kids menu and Major had the Captain America sandwich (hame and cheese) cut the fries.  Instead of fries, he ate half of my steamed rice.  The boy loves the rice.

After our leisurely lunch, it was nearly 13:15 and I still needed to check-out.   I couldn’t wait to see if we made out on the pre-pay deal we took advantage of from day 1 (prepay for 10,000 Bhat and spend 15,000 Bhat).  We had figured that with the "free" money we’d pay for the spa treatments and not feel guilty about splurging on the Mai Tais/Pina Coladas served in pineapples and the Coco Locos served in coconuts.    Turns out we spent it all and 4000 Bhat more.  But, all in all, not too much damage for a great time spent here.  From there, we made our way out to the infamous floating pier and hopped on the speedboat.  Our luggage was already on-board.  The pilot took us and several other couples to the pier where there was a car waiting for us to take us to the airport.  The ride to the airport took around 20 minutes.  The Krabi International Airport is not large and we had no trouble finding the Air Asia check-in counter.   Air Asia only allows 15 kg per passenger as checked baggage which gets us only 45 kilograms.  All of our bags together weigh around 80 kg so I went on-line last night and bought the right to check-in an additional 35 kilograms of luggage.  By doing it on-line ahead it only cost us roughly $18 USD as opposed to nearly $100 if we had waited and paid the extra fees at the check-in counter.

The plane arrived a little late, but we were onboard well before the planned departure time.  Air Asia is a Thai based airline with super low prices.  They keep prices low by making you pay for the little things – like priority seats and food and drinks, etc.  It’s only an hour flight from Krabi to Bangkok, so refreshments really aren’t a concern.  We gave Major 100 Bhat to go buy him some candy in the store inside the airport waiting area.  He was super apprehensive about going to do it himself, but we wanted him to accomplish it himself.  He probably spent 10 minutes telling me all the reasons I should go up there with him.  He cracked me up with his good reasoning.  I keep telling him he should be a lawyer, but always responds, “no, I’m going to be a scientist.”  He finally accomplished the purchase and came back with some M&Ms and a Hershey chocolate bar.

We arrived in Bangkok at 18:00 and I wanted to get to the hotel by 19:00 so I could start work.  I decided to take a half-day vacation today and tomorrow.  I’ll work from 8-Noon NY time (7pm to 11pm Bangkok time).  That will save me from staying up so late and let us start our sight-seeing a little earlier tomorrow and Friday.   We’re staying at the Intercontinental downtown.  It was a choice between the Intercontinental and the Four Seasons.   My immediate decision without any investigation was, of course, to choose the Four Seasons, but I discovered that the rooms were a little tired at the Four Seasons so we opted to stay at the newer Intercontinental.  The Four Seasons is right next to the Intercontinental so we’ll switch if we thing it makes sense.  Thus far, the rooms seem just fine, but we’ll check out the Four Seasons tomorrow.

You might know there was a McDonalds and a Starbucks right across the street from the hotel and Major saw it when we pulled in.  So, we had to go to McDonalds tonight.  Major mentioned that if this McDonald’s doesn’t have chocolate milk, then we’ll go next door to Starbucks and get some there.   I had them bring me McDonalds while I was working.  Little did I know, Mickell also went to a Thai place called Summer Palace and I wish I had not wasted my appetite on the McDonald’s.   For himself, he brought back Hot Pot Spring Chicken with Sweet Basil and Chinese Wine Dark Soya Sauce along with deep-fried crispy squid with takarashi powder.  He also had a nice chamomile tea.   All that and I somehow got stuck with a Big Mac. Anyway, I finished work around 23:30 and we were lights out by midnight.  The plan for tomorrow is to go to the Grand Palace and Tha Chang Pier.  We also plan to see the Emerald Buddha.   Good night from Bangkok!
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