Sunday. It was really nice to get a nice sleep! We nearly overslept… So we need tu hurry for breakfast. It’s always exciting to see what that will be like. And this became a very good surprise! It was more like a very big lunchbuffet. Different ”corners” – Japanese food, yogurt corner, bread corner, fruit corner, Thai corner, seafood corner… And so on. Wow. They fried the eggs while you asked for them! They made all food like that, you asked for it and then they made it. Nice! So, it was really your own problem if you walked from there like hungry!
After that great breakfast we went down to the street and asked for a TucTuc to the big Chatuchak market. It’s exciting with those TucTucs. As a Swedish it’s always surprising with the traffic situation and how they do. A TucTuc is mostly a moped, on three wheels. And this one, was souped-up. The driver speeded it up in at least 100km/hours. It wasn’t nice at all with the exhausts, but you could feel the air in your hair and everything gets closer so it’s worth it anyway!
If you take Kvibergs market in Gothenburg, thousand times or something. Then you have Chatuchak. It’s one of the worlds biggest markets!
It was hot. Not just hot. Very very VERY hot! HOT !!! It was like walking around in a sauna, actually. The air was still. Totally still. It’s difficult to understand who the people that worked there, made it day in and day out. And we couldn’t understand at all, people walking around in jeans and long arms sweaters. After a short while you felt very dirty. And the sweat dropped and dripped. Hehe.
Anyhow, it was an exciting experience and we shopped trousers and shirts and shorts and shawls. Everything for about 3-400 Swedish crowns. Nice! And, some water. Several times, water. And some fruit and meat.
When we were tired of the heat, we took a TucTuc to MacDonalds in Bangkok city. We thought that they maybe should have some vegetarian option, but they only had some salad. So we walked in in the big shopping centre, it was like NK in Stockholm. And there were lot’s of restaurants! So we just choosed one.
After that, it was time to go back to Baiyoke Hotel and pick up our luggage. It would had been very nice with a shower… but, no. We took our luggage and went down to the street for a taxi, this time. And gave the driver the note that the nice girl in the reception wrote for us, how to go to Lomphraya ferry office. Unfortunately it was the first time for this driver, to find that place. So it took a while. When we came there, it was kind of chaos. Hundreds of people, waiting for buses to go to Kho Tao and the other islands around. All the people were waiting in the middle of the big street, and before you could sat down on the ground you had to find the office. So I left Bea with our backpacks, and walked away to find the office. I think it must have been one the most popular streets in Bangkok, thinking of the activity there and all the people. Wow. At last I found the office, checked in and got the tickets, and some stickers they wanted us to put on our t-shirts. We got yellow numbers for the seats in the bus. Around us there were blue, orange, greens and so on. Smart. So we waited for the bus with yellow numbers.
It took a while. Before the bus arrived and picked us up. A double decker. On the upper floor at the back of the bus, there were our seats. And we were lucky this time too, as on the aircraft – we had five seats this time! The three in the middle wasn’t able to put back, so that can be the reason. After we had left Bangkok, one of the drivers handed out blankets for everyone. Nice!
So, then we left Bangkok! 21:30.
The road wasn’t the best. The driver was maybe not the best… And maybe it wasn’t the best to sit at the back of the bus… Bumpy.
In the middle of the night, we stopped for a short break.
We arrived to Baiyoke Sky Hotel in Bangkok about 10:30, after three different aircrafts and three different airports.
Landvetter is Landvetter. Not much to say, think it’s a god and ok airport. Anyway – the first part on our trip to Bangkok, there we were, on our way! A little unreal.
Soon we landed in Berlin.
Berlin Tegel, became a dissapointment – a boring place. We were shopping to the last minute not realizing the time, and had to run to the gate. And forgot to take away our water bottles. The guy at the security control, took my bottle, held it up in the air, and asked me – Is this a bottle? His English wasnt that clear and easy to understand. – Is this a bottle? he asked us three times I think. – Yes it is, I answered him. Of Course. – Are you allowed to take a bottle with water with you? he asked. – No Im not, I answered 😜 Then a female guard asked me if I wanted to drink it up, and then I did that. I can still hear him in my head: – Is this a bottle?!……. Hahaha 😜
We were lucky to get four seats, the two ones closest to us was avaliable. So if we wanted, we could lay down and take a nap.
From Berlin to Abu Dhabi. Berlin Tegel was a dissapointment compared to – Abu Dhabi. A really nice airport. Very big. Hi tech. We walked around and then we stopped for a meal before the next flight.
It was a little confusing with the time offset, but I think it was just positive because the last flight didn’t felt that lång as we thought IT should. We had a very noicy group of arabs in front of us so it was quite difficult to relax. And they were very rude to the staff.
It was a very nice feeling to arrive to Bangkok and leave the aircraft. We got our stuff and then we walked to exit nr 5, and there a driver from our hotel waited. He should hade taken us for a round trip, but I think that if you go straight and directly to the hotel from the airport, what kind of round trip is that!? But we were tired and happy to come to the hotel.
The staff in the reception at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel was very professional. And nice.
We got the keys to the suite on the 68th floor, a suite big enough for a football team I think 😀 And she helped us check the depart from the hotel tomorrow, to go to Lomphrayay ferries office for the next part of our journey.
Before we sent out for exploring Bangkok, we took a shower and rested a little while.
Then we went to the BTS Skytrain, and after some changes we arrived to Sappan Taksin station, and went to a water taxi and a ferry across the river, to get to Wat Arun, one of Bangkoks famous temples. We thought we were much choser then we were, and a little confused we took a TocToc and the driver dropped us off much closer 👍 There we walked around, it was very beautiful.
Then the plan was to go back across the river on a ferry and get to Wat Pho, another beautiful temple. But it took a while to find the right ferry and we was very tired. So didn’t went in to Wat Pho, we just saw a glimpse from the outside. And then we became very very hungry! Bea didn’t liked the Idea to bry something from the street, so we tried to find the restaurant that we were suggested from Emelie, who lives and works in Bangkok. The restaurant was full booked, but the closest restaurant let us in and then IT was time for some dinner! We sat outside watching the sun go down behind the clouds. It was exciting to watch the acitivity with all those boats, on the river.
Now the temperature at last became a little lower but it was still very hot. We were not yet acclimatized!!! Instead of taking the same way back, we choosed a TocToc onde again, despite all the exhausts… But it’s a fun experience!
Back again at the hotel, we rested a while. Then we went to The view point floore, 83th, and I took some pics there. And in the bar the hotel invited us for a welcomedrink! CHeers, Thailand and Bangkok!