Back in Bangkok....who would have thought it?

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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New Siam Hotel

Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Monday, October 11, 2010


Day : 150
Temperature : 32 degrees
Weather : Mostly sunny

We had planned on walking to the train station in Singapore to save on a taxi fare to the airport, but our plans went pear shaped when, a) we were woken up by our room mates staggering in to the dorm at 4am, and then 5am, all little tispy, then proceeding to laugh, giggle and drunkenly discuss who was sleeping in what bed!, and b) it was pouring with rain at 7am, and by then we were too sleep deprived to care about another 10 on a taxi. We'd saved heaps the day before anyway, by walking for hours and hours around Singapore, then walking all the way back to Little India…it was a long way.

Once at the airport we checked in and said goodbye to our bags (we always do, so no laughing! We like to think that they keep each other company on the flight…I wonder, have we been travelling so long that we are now losing a grip on reality?). We bought some drinks and headed to the departure lounge. Our flight was remarkably empty. It seems that we have done so much flying recently and I started to think that I was becoming a much more relaxed air passenger. We settled in to our seats and shortly after the plane took off I began reading the Air Asia in flight magazine. Imagine my surprise when they had a special feature on travelling to Scotland! Awe, how nice. Imagine my next surprise when I turned the page and saw a feature on how to survive a ditching in water….it gave the prime example of the plane which ditched into the Hudson River in the USA…..(actually it was about aircraft safety but still!!) is this really the best article to have in an aeroplane magazine? It almost beats the showing of an air crash investigation documentary in the departure lounge of the airport in the Maldives some years ago! Yes, you read correct, images of an aircraft plunging into the ground and bursting into a fireball as the commentator describes how all passengers and crew perished!

I spent the rest of the flight engrossed in the computer, playing spider solitaire and trying to ignore the turbulence and the strange engine noises….let’s face it, they’re always strange aren’t they, and they’re  accompanied by sudden jolts and bumps or unexpected vibrations…and you always end up saying out loud, "is that normal??" Anyway, I digress. So we landed at Bangkok airport and caught the skytrain into town…bargain, 15 baht each!! Only 20 minutes to get to the city centre. Unfortunately it took another half an hour to go by tuk-tuk from the train station to Khao San Road….that’s the Bangkok traffic for you. We checked into the same hotel that we stayed in last time, ate some delicious food and went for a wee wander.

So here we are again, in Bangkok. Who would have thought it. Only a week ago we were planning to return to Indonesia, but how things change. Our plans for the next couple of days are to check out the situation for visas then either head north to Chiang Mai or fly all the way to Hanoi, Vietnam. But since I never did find the Haagen Daz shop in Singapore I’m afraid that this will have to take priority for the time being. We will let you know our travel plans as soon as we know ourselves.
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Eileen on

ahhh ..the Haggen Dazz :o) .....

when you coming home????? !! xxxx

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