We finally landed at 6am at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok having failed to sleep on the flight despite having 3 seats to ourselves.
The airport is very large, very modern and clean. We had no trouble finding the Skytrain and headed into central Bangkok. There were more Harrods bags and Union Jack merchandised clothing adorned upon the younger people on the train than I've seen anywhere before!
Within minutes of arriving at our destination station we meet a smartly dressed guy claiming to be a policemen which were a little wary of but he proves very friendly and helpful. We walk away with an array of tips and Thai phrases (written down for us in Thai and English). He'd advised that the students are on vacation tomorrow and we should get our tickets to Chiang Mai quick sharp.
In a flash we find ourselves in a Tuc Tuc flying down the streets, in blind faith, on the way to a tourist info office which is obviously a travel agent trying to get us to book stuff trough them. We politely left and went looking for a taxi to get us to the hostel.
It only cost us about 40p for the Tuc Tuc which was well worth the experience and the lesson learnt!
The taxi drivers didn't seem to know the road the hostel was on but eventually we found one that would take us but it was clear he had no idea where it was :)
After many stops for the driver to ask random people on the streets for directions, as well as several calls with the hostel we eventually get there. I genuinely believe he didn't know where it was although the hostel is convinced he did but again for about 2 quid I really can't blame the guy, it's all part of being a tourist in Thailand :)
Now sitting in a nice little hostel with great coffee and very friendly staff. The average age seems to be about 18 so now I'm feeling a little old :)
Unfortunately we now have 4 hours to kill before we can get into our room and were both dead on our feet slowly falling asleep in the cosy common room watching 127 hours ....
Off to the station to get tickets...