I have finally arrived in Bangkok after 13 hours of flying, 3 international airports, one very long wait in immigration and a drunken German. I have never been so pleased to have a shower and see a bed.
So my day started with leaving Heathrow, checking in my backpack and praying to God that it would turn up to Bangkok and hopefully in one piece ( after the horror stories the check in assistant was telling me about cutting off straps and them busting open). The flight with Emiratus was brilliant the staff were so welcoming and hospitable plus there was an open bar. After watching several films and eating the obligatory plane food we landed in Dubai.
Well Dubai has one hell of an airport it's absolutely beautiful with water features and lights. More escalators then I have ever seen. I had a 3 hour wait here but I may have forgotten to get Dubai Dirham so I just went and found the gate for the next flight. Well the gate I thought it should be, after about an hour half of sitting there I started to think that there's a lot of Chinese going to Thailand mayne there's some kind of conference or something. Anyway I carried on sitting there then got up to the toilet and saw actually the gate was for Shanghai ooops !!!! That would be an interesting phone call to my dad. Anyway I eventually found the right gate.
The plane to Bangkok was not as nice as the plane to Dubai mostly due to my company Peter and Ann from Germany. Peter was stinking drunk when he got on the plane as he tumbled down the aisle I thought please God don't let him sit next to me and o yes he plunked his pink rucksack down (o yes pink). Peter then proceeded to consume around 8 further cans of Heineken from the free bar, speaking to me in German while I stared blankly and banging his cup down for coffee. On the other hand his wife Ann was very nice and was telling me the we're of to New Zealand for the 3rd time where they were going to skydive. Let's hope Peter sobered up for that. Otherwise the plane journey followed the same pattern of films, food, drink and not much sleep.
It was safe to say when I finally arrived in Bangkok I was cream cracked. I then had to wait forever to go through immigration it still bemuses me why people think they can get through boarder control without their passport, then have to dig to the bottom of their bag to find it. Finally after immigration I had to tackle the Thai taxi system which was a little odd and very disorganised. I eventually found the right taxi driver who was very pleasant and a bit of a tour guide who spoke at me for the whole hour drive while I ummed and noded as I had no clue what he was going on about.
What I have seen of Bangkok is that it's a city of two halves one side of the motorway you have these big skyscrapers and train lines on the other it's shacks. Also their posters are either their royal family or sex adverts.
I'm now all tucked up in bed and looking forward to meeting my project tomorrow.
Lots of love