First day in Bangkok

First day in Bangkok

Our flight into Bangkok arrived on time Sunday morning. Getting through customs and the visa process was very easy and straightforward. (In case the time and dates of my posts are confusing, the local time here in Bangkok is +12 hours ahead of eastern standard time).

Our luggage came out quickly as well. Actually all of our bags except for James. We couldn’t find it. It turns out his blue suitcase looked exactly like another one belonging to a passenger on our flight. The airline contacted that passenger who kindly returned our bag 45 minutes later. We were quite relieved and a good reminder to keep medication in our carry on and to make our luggage more distinct looking.

The drive from the airport to Bangkok was less than 40 minutes. We were told it can take much longer but Sunday morning was pretty quiet on the highway.

After checking into the hotel we took the Skytrain to the Jim Thomson House. It was really quite beautiful and his life story is interesting and mysterious. By mid afternoon we were all pretty wiped out and stumbled back to the hotel to rest for a little while.

For dinner we took a 20 minute walk to a restaurant called Eat Me. The name is a little funny but the people at the restaurant couldn’t have been nicer and the food was delicious. The sights and sounds of Bangkok at night is fascinating.

After dinner we squeezed into a Tuk Tuk and drove back to the hotel at the speed of light. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get Lauren back into one of those things. The kids loved it.

The sights and sounds of Bangkok is fascinating. There are shrines everywhere. There are memorials for their King everywhere. The kindness of Thai people feel so genuine. We have picked up a few simple words and I adore the Thai greeting

After returning to the hotel we all collapsed in bed by 10pm local time.

Unfortunately I woke up at 3am, wide awake. So here I am writing this post.

Anyway I am really looking forward to today. We have some exploring to do.

(please forgive any typos. wrote this on my iPhone)