Bangkok to Hong Kong via Shenzhen
Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
42Trip End Jul 20, 2012
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We don't have much time before we need to leave for the airport, so we head to a local Thai restaurant that one of the concierge attendants indicated that they eat at for lunch. We told them that we just want some more Tom Kha Gai! The restaurant was good, not great and we walked back over to the hotel to claim our bags and load up the cab for the airport
Before we left for the airport, I went back to my store and bought the tea pot set I wanted it. It was 2800 Bhat, but well worth it. While I was buying that, Major bought 2 toy animal snakes to join the zoo that he is carrying in his backpack. So, we'd not had any issue throughout the entire trip with security, but Bangkok was the first time. They stopped us and wanted to look inside Major's backpack. They asked if we were carrying live snakes! Mickell and I just looked at each other and laughed. Major opened the bag for them and they were relieved that they were only toy snakes. Anyway, the flight to Shenzhen from Bangkok took around 2 hours and we set our watches ahead an hour along the way. We landed around 10:30, but we had a lot more traveling to do! We picked up our bags and then we had to catch a taxi to the border. Border you might be saying? Everyone knows that Hong Kong is now part of China after being handed over from British control in 1997. Being part of China now, one would think that they would use the Yuan and that the Chinese border would extend to include Hong Kong such that no border control would be necessary between Hong Kong and China
There were only busses and we had no idea which one, if any, we should take. So, I called the hotel and after much work, they told us to take the Tsun Tsui bus. We bought tickets for the bus, loaded up our bags, and off we went. But, we still weren't done! The bus stopped and then we pulled into a station and everyone got out. We followed the crowd and deduced that we had to get our bags off the bus, take them through Hong Kong immigration. So, off we went again. Once we made it through Hong Kong immigration, we did find that there were cabs on that side of the border, but e had already bought the bus ride so we found the bus stop and boarded the bus that took us near to our hotel. Ultimately, 3 stops later (we tried getting of at each stop, but the bus driver took pity on us and told us when we were there) we were let off essentially in a bus alley
The bellman showed us to our room and we were completely underwhelmed! Terrible view and the room was so ordinary. I knew immediately that we wouldn't be spending our Hong Kong leg here, so I started researching for better hotels. We decided that we'd check out in the morning and drop our bags off at the new hotel on our way to Disneyland tomorrow. I got us some reservations at the Langham Place Hotel which was just a little north of this hotel. After we were settled on that, we quickly got to bed so we could rest for the big day at Disneyland tomorrow!