1st and 2nd September - travelling to Bangkok.
Armed with just our backpacks, we set off on our worldwide adventure. It was an emotional goodbye but we were excited to find out what lay ahead. It's always been a dream of both of ours to travel and what's better than doing it together. Asia is known for having a culture very different to that of Europe and I am a true believer that you should learn about as many cultures as possible. Especially in this ever increasing multi-cultural world we live in.
After 22 hours travelling we made it to Bangkok! Let me just say that Qatar airways are amazing! The food is awesome, a 3 course meal on each flight and a snack. Delicious flavoursome middle eastern food! We got free drinks throughout both flights as well. That went down well with Mark. Cheers to our adventure!
The majority of flights that I've been on throughout my life have flown over the sea but this one was mostly over land so I was fascinated watching the map on our individual TV screens. We flew over Amsterdam, Dortmund, Prague, Budapest and Romania. Then for the not-so-nice places... Syria, Iraq and Iran. I got a weird feeling flying over these places. They're the sort of places you only really want to see on TV at the moment with all the conflict going on so it was a strange feeling to be flying over a warzone.
We arrived in Doha, Qatar at 11:30pm and stepped off the plane (to get a bus from the runway to the airport) into what felt like a heater. Almost midnight and 38 degree wind! Until you feel the heat for yourself, it's hard to imagine. How people can live there, I do not know! The airport was very fancy with lots of well dressed men and women strutting around the designer shops. Qatar and the UAE are definitely on my bucketlist.
After a 2 hour wait we got our 2nd flight to Bangkok. After a yummy chicken curry we fell asleep so not much else to say about this flight other than for those interested and as obsessed with maps as I am, we flew over Dubai, Central India and Myanmar before arriving in Bangkok.
We got to our lovely hotel around 3pm and had a well deserved nap, it had been a long journey. Once showered and feeling more lively we headed to Khao San Road (AKA backpacker central) to grab some food. I had a delicious yet really spicy Thai green curry and Mark had chicken noodles. Both meals were delicious and very cheap - I think I'm going to like it out here. Cocktails and beer followed. Starting as we mean to go on.
First impressions of Bangkok was how busy it was, vehicles, tuk tuks and people everywhere - a little overwhelming after 22 hours travelling, especially navigating around with no English signs and no Google Maps. It really was how I imagined Asian cities to look. Bright lights, the smell of food cooking in the streets and lots of smiley faces. After all Bangkok is known as the City of Smiles.